Situated in the bustling city of Galway, the university is easily accessible by car and public transport, and is well connect to three international airports


Travelling by Car

Follow the directions below, or use this journey planner to plan your exact route.

From the South

  • From Cork or Limerick, approach Galway on the M18. You'll by-pass Ennis & Gort and join the M6 Dublin-Galway motorway west of the city.
  • At the M6 junction follow signs for Galway city. You will arrive at a roundabout at the end of the M6 just outside Galway city. Take the second exit at this roundabout.
  • From here follow signs for Clifden. This will take you on a series of dual carriageways around the city.
  • Cross the Quincentennary bridge (a long dual-carriageway bridge over the River Corrib) and turn left at the traffic lights towards Lower Salthill. Look out for a Univeristy symbol on the signage. 
  • Continue on until the next traffic lights, and turn left into the Newcastle Road entrance to the University.

From the East

  • From Dublin continue onto M4 (signs for Sligo). At junction 11, exit onto M6 towards Galway and follow signs for Galway.
  • Arrive at roundabout at end of M6. Take the second exit at this roundabout.
  • From here follow signs for Clifden. This will take you on a series of dual carriageways around the city.
  • Cross the Quincentennary bridge (a long dual-carriageway bridge over the River Corrib) and turn left at the traffic lights towards Lower Salthill. Look out for a Univeristy symbol on the signage.
  • Continue on until the next traffic lights, and turn left into the Newcastle Road entrance to the University.
  • From Belfast, take the A1/M1 in the direction of Dublin. Travel around the M50 and exit for the M4 to Sligo (Galway). Follow the directions above from Dublin.

Travelling by Public Transport

Galway is easily accessed by public transport.

  • Trains: Galway's train station is just off Eyre Square. The city is very well serviced by rail and only 2.5 hours away from Dublin. Find out more information on services and timetables.
  • Buses: You can travel to Galway using frequent services offered by our public bus service, or use one of the private bus services such as CityLink or GoBus. Direct (non-stop) buses from Dublin take 2.5 hours.
  • Galway City public transport: From the city centre, you can take a taxi to the University, or take the No.4 Bus in the direction of Newcastle from Eyre Square, near the train station, which is the normal drop-off point for buses.

Travelling by Air

The University is within easy reach of Shannon Airport, Ireland West Airport Knock and Dublin Airpot.