Closest airports to Galway in Ireland

Galway is a city in West Ireland that attracts visitors all year round for diverse reasons: studying, doing business, getting the best views of its river and castles, enjoying the Christmas markets or attending annual events like the Galway Arts Festival every summer. Travellers who have allowed time to take a tour and visit different cities within Ireland often consider flying into Dublin airport, then hiring a car to drive to Galway, which usually takes them about two hours and a half. Direct buses run by Citylink also connect DUB with Galway, and train services departing from a nearby railway station may take up to four hours to reach the west, and this is why we recommend direct flights to Galway in order to save time and money and have shorter commutes after landing.

Does any airline fly direct from Dublin airport to Galway?

As of today, you cannot book direct flights from Dublin airport to Galway or any of its two closest airports. Aer Lingus, British Airways and Flybe –among others- cover this route yet all flights make at least one stop; for this reason, the great majority of travellers arriving via DUB choose to commute by road for a more convenient trip as well as to save precious time.

Which are the closest airports to Galway?

If you want to fly to Galway in Ireland, there are two airports located about one hour away by car: Ireland West airport Knock and Shannon International airport. With Galway halfway between the two, you would need to cover a distance of 85 kilometres from either airport, meaning that you would need to drive for a little more than one hour after landing. However, there are other transportation options for you to travel to your accommodation in Galway. Continue reading to learn further about the airlines flying regularly to this destination and the available transport option from the different air terminals.

Ireland West airport Knock near Galway

National Irish carrier Aer Lingus connects London Gatwick airport to Knock on a regular basis, however, you may also fly to this airport near Galway city from UK air travel hubs like Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester with Flybe. Ryanair also covers scheduled routes between Ireland West airport Knock and Lanzarote, Tenerife, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stanted, East Midlands and Bristol. As for the chartered and seasonal operations, we count Palma de Mallorca (handled by AlbaStar) and Alicante, Bergamo, Cologne, Faro, Girona and Granada by Ryanair among the most popular connections between Galway in Ireland and European holiday destinations.

Upon landing in Ireland West airport Knock, travellers may hire a car from the rental offices run by Budget, Avis, Europcar or Hertz and take a short road trip to Galway. Alternatives to hiring a car include taking bus line 64 covering the route between Galway and Derry, although the number of stops along the way will make this journey slightly longer. In case none of the previous options suits your travel plans, you may catch a train form Ballyhaunis station, although you will need to commute by taxi to arrive there. Note that travelling by train to Galway from this point might take up to three hours or more.

Shannon International airport in Ireland close to Galway

The airlines connecting Shannon International airport near Galway to other airports in the Ireland, UK, Europe and the United States on a regular basis are Aer Lingus (to and from London Heathrow, New York JFK and Boston Logan) and Ryanair (Alicante, Fuerteventura, Kaunas, Kraków, Lanzarote, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Málaga, Manchester, Tenerife South, Warsaw and Wroclaw). Seasonal operations include flights from Birmingham and Edinburgh to Galway operated by Aer Lingus; flights to and from Philadelphia by American Airlines and routes to New York Newark and JFK by Delta; connections with Frankfurt by Lufthansa and holiday flights to Lanzarote and Reus in Spain with TUI.

In order to go from Shannon airport to your hotel in Galway, you may use bus routes 51 (Galway-Cork) or X51 (Galway-Limerick), both taking about two hours to reach the city centre. Alternatively, you may head over to the car rental offices in the Arrivals hall or, provided you travel with a group of people, take advantage of the private transfer services offered such as the Eire minibuses and coaches and other chauffeured transportation options.

After considering these two options, some travellers may still opt for flying to Dublin International airport. Should you need to stay overnight close to the facilities of DUB before driving to Galway or prior to your flight back home, take a look at our recommended accommodation close to Dublin airport in Ireland.