Galway public transport news archive

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We aim to list all public transport services and information sources that relate to actual services being offered to, from and through Galway city, right now.

We don't generally report:
  • Short-term service disruptions - these are better checked directly with the public transport providers
  • Planned services unless they have an announced start date and have accepted bookings.

Direct advertising from public transport providers is not accepted.  However new services and changes are publicised - for free - when they occur.  News embargo dates requested by public-transport providers are respected. so that announcements here do not impact on planned publicity campaigns.

News for 2010:

  • 25 Nov:  CityLink service changes:
    Services from Dublin Airport now have a new stop, closer to the terminal building.  The multi-stop service is now called CityLink Commuter, and offers 10-trip, annual tax-saver and student tickets, and a stop at Athlone IT.  There is also a 12-midnight departure from Dublin City.  Full details.
  • 23 Nov:  Christmas Park and Ride for Galway City starts on Sat 4 December: park at Ballybrit Racecourse, catch the bus to and from the inner-city for €2 per car (any number of passengers)
  • 23 Nov:  Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail is offering special train fares to Galway this weekend (26-28 Nov) from (Limerick, Ennis, Sixmilebridge, Athenry, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Attymon, Gort, Ardrahan and Craughwell.  Details / book
  • 17 Nov: From 22 Nov, Bus Éireann route X51 / 51X (Galway - Limerick express) will use the Gort bypass: journey time will be 80 minutes. Updated timetable (link coming soon).
    Also, some X51s will serve University of Limerick (UL) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Friday and Sunday - details.
  • 18 Oct:  Galway Airport departure tax starts on 1 Nov 2010, €10 per passenger over 12.  Flights booked before 11 Oct 2010 are exempt.  More info.
  • 15 Oct:  From 18 Oct, changes to some train services:
    The 6:05hrs Galway to Dublin (Heuston) is replaced by a 6:35am, stopping at Athenry and Athlone, arriving in Dublin at 8:50am. This service doesn't stop at Woodlawn or Ballinasloe.
    The 7:05am Athlone to Galway service is replaced by 7:26am stopping at Ballinasloe Woodlawn, Attymon and Athenry. Arrives in Galway at 08:30.
    The 6:40am Galway to Limerick now leaves Athenry at 6:58, Craughwell at 7:07 and Ardrahan at 07:18am.   Full details.
  • 16 Sept:  Galway Culture Night is on Friday 24 Sept. The (free?) "Culture Bus" will run between Spanish Arch and Liosbán/Ballybane between 5pm and 9pm. Details and programme
  • 12 Sept:  CityLink's Galway - Shannon - Galway service is no longer running.  Bus Éireann is now the only direct public transport option for Shannon Airport
  • 9 Sept:  Farrell Travel (Athenry to Galway) have introduced a ticket concession scheme. Applies to day and Night Link services. Participating shops/pubs/restaurants etc listed on their website.
  • 22 Aug:  City Direct are encouraging bus use by offering free September travel for a child to the first 50 people who respond. Details.
  • 10 Aug:  Bus Éireann are splitting the Galway-Dublin Route into routes 20 and 20X:  the 20X service stops at Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Athlone, Dublin Airport then Dublin City.  Each route departs once every two hours.  Starting 15 August.  Press releaseTimetable.
  • 3 Jul:  Bus Éireann have reduced services on route 424 (Galway - Barna - Furbo - Inverin - Rossaveal - Spiddal - Carraroe - Lettermullen).  Updated timetable.

  • 28 June:  Liosbán Industrial Estate layout map added to

  • 15 June:  Burkes Galway city bus stop has moved from Forster St to outside the SIPTU offices on Bóthar Ui Eithir (the road linking Bohermore and the College Rd / Forster St intersection - see the regional  bus stops map)

  • 3 June:  Powerboat Festival at Salthill, Fri 5th - Mon 7th of June 2010.

    • Park and Ride at Ballybrit Racecourse:  Buses to/from the city every 5 minutes between 11:30am - 11pm. €2 per adult (children & OAPs free)
    • Bus Éireann - €5 day return to Galway from Kinvara, Gort, Loughrea, Tuam, Maam Cross, Spiddal (and places in between)
    • Shuttle Service from Eyre Square to the City - operated by Bus Éireann, €2.
  • 1 June Body and Soul, Leonard Cohen and Electric Picnic added to the Event transport page.
  • 23 May: Event transport page added to the site.  First event listed is Oxygen.
  • 1 May :  Galway Cemeteries map added to
  • 31 Mar:   Easter 2010 bus services.
  • 16 Mar:   St Patrick's Day 2010 bus services

  • 10 Mar Bus Éireann have announced the next service-changes due to their cost recovery plan. Route 70 to Galway-Athlone once per day is cancelled from 28 March. Status of the Sunday pm #70 Galway to Athlone IT unknown as yet. Full details.
  • 17 Feb CityLink cuts the Galway - Shannon Airport service to 6 departures per day, from Mon 22 Feb. Details.
  • 10 Feb:  Irish Rail's Galway-Limerick train service starts on 30 March. Details. Five services daily - see the Journey Planner for times.

  • 30 Jan:  Bus Éireann have announced the first service-changes due to their cost recovery plan. See their statement, or this summary for Galway.

  • 28 Jan:  Farrell Travel have a new-look website, and are running a Nightlink Galway-Athenry service (Thurs-Sat), and are offering some new  fare-discounts.

  • 25 Jan:  Brendan Boyle are running a new N63 Bus, now running up to 4 serivces per day between Ballygar, Newbridge, Mountbellew, Moylough, Abbeyknockmoy, Turloughmore, Lackagh and Galway Cathedral

  • 22 Jan:  Bus Éireann route 64 (Galway-Tuam-Knock-Sligo-Letterkenny-Derry) will be stopping at Knock (Ireland West) airport, from 31 January. (souce)

  • 18 Jan: City Funeral Directors map added to

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