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Galway City Bus Fares

Prices for Galway city bus services, as at December 2016.   
Fares apply to city services only:  see bus company websites for regional and national fares.



Fares for City Direct services

To / from Eyre Square and ...

  • Adult  
    €2.10 to/from Westside, or €1.60 using a Leap card
    €2.30 to/from Knocknacarra, or €2.00 using a Leap card
     €3.50  - Barna 
  • Third level students with ID:
    On route 412 only  €1.30
    On route 414, €2.00
  • 13-16 years
    €1.40 - Westsid
    €1.50 - Knocknacarra
    €2.00   - Barna
  • Children up to 12 years (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm):
     €1.00 - Westside
    €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: €2.20   
  • Child:  €1.25 
  • School-child:  €1.05
  • Adult Day-saver city pass:  unlimited access to Bus Éireann city services (not regional services, or further than the Galway Clinic):    €4.50
These fares are only available from bus-drivers, and must be purchased using cash.

Much cheaper fares are available if you use a Leap card.  For example:
  • Adult: €1.61   (a saving of 39c)
  • Child:  €0.91 
  • School-child:  €0.77

Some buses have signs saying "exact change only", but the drivers do give change (within reason:  do not expect a driver to change a €20 note first thing in the morning.)

Weekly city-service tickets:

  • Adult:  €20.50
  • Student:  €17.00
  • Child: €8.90

Monthly city-service tickets:

  • Adult:  €71.00
  • Student:  €57.00
  • Child €33.00

Weekly and monthly tickets are purchased from the Bus Éireann office in Ceannt Station / Galway Travel Centre, or from the Daybreak store at the top of Eyre Square (near SuperMacs)   Cash, Laser and credit cards are accepted.

You need to have an ID (possibly photo ID) to purchase them, and may be expected to carry the ID while you are using the ticket.  

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 in €759.70.

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