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There are 7 ways to get from Zürich to Galway by plane, bus, train, bus and ferry, car or car ferry

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Fly Zurich to Shannon, bus

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Shannon (SNN)
  2. Take the bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609581 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041

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Fly Zurich to Cork, bus

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Cork (ORK)
  2. Take the bus from Cork Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station

Fly Zurich to Dublin, train

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dublin (DUB)
  2. Take the train from Heuston to Galway

Train to Basel, fly to Shannon, bus

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Shannon (SNN)
  3. Take the bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609581 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041

Bus, bus and ferry

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Deva
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Deva to Dublin
  3. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station

Bus, bus and ferry via Zurich Bus Station

  1. Take the bus from Zurich Bus Station to Deva
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Deva to Dublin
  3. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Zürich to Roscoff
  2. Take the car ferry from Roscoff to Cork Port
  3. Drive from Cork Port to Galway
Switzerland → Ireland
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International entry into Ireland from Switzerland

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland
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Conditions of entry into Ireland from Switzerland

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Ireland

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Yes, entry into Ireland is currently allowed from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Galway is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Galway is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Galway is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

No, returning to Switzerland from Ireland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 17 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Galway is to fly and bus which costs SFr 85 - SFr 280 and takes 9h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Galway is to fly and train which costs SFr 85 - SFr 210 and takes 8h 34m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Galway station. However, there are services departing from Zürich and arriving at Galway Coach Station via Deva, Pearse Station, stop 399 and Temple Bar, Crampton Quay. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 20h.

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The distance between Zürich and Galway is 1406 km.

The best way to get from Zürich to Galway without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 2 days 20h and costs SFr 230 - SFr 280.

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It takes approximately 9h 19m to get from Zürich to Galway, including transfers.

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Zürich to Galway bus services, operated by Transmarian, depart from Zürich station.

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There is no direct flight from Zurich Airport to Shannon Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 40m and has one stopover.

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Zürich to Galway bus services, operated by Citylink, arrive at Galway Coach Station.

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Galway is 1h behind Zürich. It is currently 3:02 PM in Zürich and 2:02 PM in Galway.

Map of how to get from Zürich to Galway.
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  • Distance: 1406.5 km
  • Duration: 9h 19m

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Galway, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Zürich to Galway. However, you can take the train to Zürich Flughafen, take the walk to Zurich airport, fly to Shannon, take the walk to Shannon Airport, stop 609581, then take the bus to Galway. Alternatively, you can take the train to Zürich Flughafen, take the walk to Zurich airport, fly to Cork, take the walk to Cork Airport, then take the bus to Galway.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Zurich to Shannon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€180 - €2200
Flights from Zurich to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€240 - €700
Flights from Zurich to Dublin via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €480
Flights from Zurich to Dublin via London City
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€150 - €480
Flights from Basel to Shannon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€250 - €500
Flights from Basel to Shannon via Amsterdam Schiphol, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Shannon via Manchester
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€150 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Shannon via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €320
Flights from Zurich to Shannon via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€240 - €500
Flights from Basel to Shannon via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €300
Flights from Basel to Shannon via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€70 - €340
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Zurich to Shannon via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Dublin
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €390
Flights from Basel to Shannon via Amsterdam Schiphol, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Cork
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€200 - €400
Flights from Zurich to Cork via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€250 - €750
Flights from Zurich to Dublin via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €350
Flights from Zurich to Dublin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cork
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€200 - €400
Flights from Zurich to Dublin
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €420
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Dublin via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Dublin via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €480
Edelweiss Air
Website
flyedelweiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Cork
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€200 - €400
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf-connect.com
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€24 - €29
SBB GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 7531 915109
Email
info@sbb-deutschland.de
Website
sbb-deutschland.de
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
SBB GmbH
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€21 - €30
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Bus operators
Bus Eireann

Bus and coach operator Bus Éireann operates local bus services throughout Ireland, including city bus services in Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as commuter and intercity bus services throughout the country. Fares vary by region and distance; purchase tickets with cash on the bus or use a Leap Card.

Contact Details
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609581 to Galway Bus Station, stop 555041
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Bus Eireann
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Cork Airport to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€12 - €21
Website
Citylink
Standard
€14 - €21
Web Fare
€12 - €18
Bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €21
Website
Citylink
Standard
€14 - €21
Web Fare
€12 - €18
Transmarian
Website
transmarian.ro
Bus from Zürich to Deva
Ave. Duration
19h 46m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€94
Schedules at
transmarian.ro
Matei Unitrans
Website
mateiunitrans.ro
Bus and ferry from Deva to Dublin
Ave. Duration
44h 34m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€120 - €150
Schedules at
mateiunitrans.ro
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Temple Bar, Aston Quay to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€15
Website
Aircoach
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Deva
Ave. Duration
20h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€60 - €80
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
+353 21 427 7801
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.ie
Website
brittanyferries.ie
Car ferry from Roscoff to Cork Port
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Brittany Ferries

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easyJet, Edelweiss Air, British Airways and three other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Shannon Airport.

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There are 129+ hotels available in Galway. Prices start at €87 per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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