Galway City Bus Fares

Prices for Galway city bus services, as at December 2017.   
Fares apply to city services only:  see bus company websites for regional and national fares.

Fares for City Direct services

  • Adult  
    €2.40 to/from Westside, or €2.00 using a Leap card
    €3.50  - Barna 
  • NUIG, GMIT and GTI students with ID, Sept - May only:   €1.50
  • 13-16 years
    €2.00  - Barna
  • Children up to 12 years (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm):
    €1.00 - Knocknacarra
    €1.50  - Barna
  • Children up to 3 years - one child per adult:  No charge

Weekly and monthly tickets

City Direct fare information

Cash fares are put directly into a box beside the driver  The driver does not handle cash.  No change is given, but change-dockets that can be redeemed at the City Direct office are provided.  Copper coins (1c and 2c) are not accepted.

Travel pass is accepted - passengers must have photo-id.

Fares for Bus Éireann Galway City services

Standard cash fares:

  • Adult:
    Trips up to 7.5km - €2.30
    Trips over 7.5km -  €2.70 (*)
  • Child:
    Trips up to 7.5km, €1.30
    Trips over 7.5km  €1.60 (*)
  • School-child:  €1.10  (any distance)
  • Day-saver city pass:  unlimited access to Bus Éireann city services (any journey length):
    Adult   - €4.70
    Child - €2.60
These fares are only available from bus-drivers, and must be purchased using cash.

Much cheaper fares (30%) are available if you use a Leap card.  For example:
  • Adult: €1.61 up to 7.5km, or €1.89 over 7.5km(*)
  • Child:  €0.91 
  • School-child:  €0.77
  • Adult Day-saver city pass - is the same price, but if purchased with a Leap card it lasts for a full 24 hours.   (Ones paid for using cash only last for the calendar day.)

(*)  The higher fare appears to only have been applied for journeys to Oranmore on route 404.

Weekly city-service tickets:

  • Adult:  €21.00
  • Student:  €16.70
  • Child: €9.50

Monthly city-service tickets:

  • Adult:  €74.00
  • Student:  €59.00
  • Child €35.00

Weekly and monthly tickets must now be loaded onto Leap cards:  paper versions cannot be purchased.  They can be obtained from Henchey's Daybreak store at the top of Eyre Square (near SuperMacs) who only accept cash, for Leap tranactions.   They may also be available from other Leap outlets (to be confirmed).  ID is not requested at time of purchase them. 

Weekly tickets cover any calendar week you choose (eg Thurs-Wed), and may be purchased in advance (eg you can buy a ticket on Saturday for the week starting on Monday).

Monthly tickets cover calendar months only (eg August).

Annual city service tickets

These are only available under the Tax-saver scheme, from participating employers.   Cost for a ticket is €777.00.

Employer passes

See your company's TaxSaver designated contact person (usually someone in HR / payroll), as some employers have different policies.  Not all companies participate: see the TaxSaver website for details.  Large cost-savings are available, but passes must be purchased through your company, monthly or annually in advance.

Other discount tickets

Bus Éireann has other discount tickets that are aimed at tourists, but may be useful to commuters / students in some cases.  Most of these can be used on city services as well as regional ones.  Check their website for details