The cheapest way to go from Dublin to Galway

Ireland is an amazing country to visit and known all around the world for its bright green landscapes. If you are attending our traineeship programme in this country, you can’t forget to visit the biggest cities which are: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Killarney, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny. Especially Galway has grown on fame since Ed Sheeran released his hit single.  We will show you the cheapest way to go from Dublin to Galway and from Galway to Dublin!


Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and you are probably thinking about celebrating this ‘green’ day in the capital. To do so you first must travel from Galway to Dublin. Or maybe you are already in Dublin and you just want to escape this crazy mess of celebration people – in this case, Galway is your place to be.

the cheapest way to go from Dublin to Galway map connections ireland

Rent a car

There are several ways to travel through Ireland. If you want to be more flexible and decide by yourself where you want to stop on your way from Dublin to Galway, we advise you to rent a car. In this case, you must be aware that you have to be over 25 to rent a car and have an international drivers license. If you are under 25 you can still rent a car, but you have to expect higher rates to rent the car and also for the costs of the insurance. The most important thing to keep on mind is: ‘Drive on the left side’. Most car rental companies put stickers on the dashboard that say ‘Alive left. Dead right.’ to make it easier for you to memorize.

Ave. Duration: 2h 7 min

Estimated prices: €30 + (not including petrol and insurance)


Cheap bus connections

Ireland has lots of bus companies that operate between the biggest cities. Here are the bus routes that offer the cheapest way to go from Dublin to Galway:

Transport for Ireland

Ave. Duration: 2h 30 min

Frequency: Hourly

Estimated prices: 17€ – 21€



Ave. Duration: 2h 30 min

Frequency: Hourly

Estimated price: 12€ – 21€

Ave. Duration: 2h 30 min

Frequency: Every 3 hours

Estimated price: 10€ – 13€


Bus Eireann

Ave. Duration: 3h 15 min

Frequency: Hourly

Estimated price: 17€ – 24€the cheapest way to go from Dublin to Galway bus ireland

Cheap train tickets

Travelling from Galway to Dublin by train is slightly more expensive, but if you get lucky and get a promotion code or book in advance, you might save some coins. And let’s be honest – travelling by train can be so much more comfortable.

Irish Rail – Train from Heuston 1/Dublin to Galway 1

Ave. Duration: 2h 21 min

Frequency: Every 4 hours

Estimated price:

Semi Flexible ticket 17€ – 20€

Flexible ticket 21€ – 21€



This option might seem a bit unconventional, but it is also a good way to get to know new people in Ireland. A lot of people that regularly travel from their home to their workplace, offer to take passengers for little money with them. This is definitely the cheapest way to go from Dublin to Galway. Carpooling websites for Ireland are and or the app MLN.

Estimated prices: €10 – €20


You are hopefully prepared now to start your journey and travel from Dublin to Galway. If you are still looking for a reason to go to Dublin, have a look at our traineeship programmes for Dublin or get in touch with us.


Dublin, Ireland, Travel Tips, Useful Information Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,