Galway City Services

Galway City Service

Bus Éireann operates a city coach service in Galway that connects the community with hospitals, schools, universities, shopping and tourist attractions.

Hospitals

The largest hospital in the region is University Hospital Galway (UHG) located on the Newcastle Road.

Alternatively you can attend the Merlin University Hospital in Merlin Park Administration Kiosk.

Shopping

Galway has a wide range of shopping options. Choose from Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Corbett Court Shopping Centre on Williamsgate Street, or Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road.

In addition, you can find an abundance of arts, crafts and artisan food shops in the city centre. The Galway Market in Church Lane by St Nicholas' Church, takes place every Saturday and has been going for hundreds of years. It sells a wide array of fresh locally produced food and crafts items. 

Universities and Third level Colleges

University College Galway is the biggest university in the city and one of the best in the country. With approximately 18,000 students, it caters for those wishing to study the Arts, social sciences, Celtic studies and business, public policy and law, as well as engineering, medicine, nursing, health science and science.

Galway Technical Institute on Father Griffin Road in Galway offers a wide range of course including art and design, technology, media and sports studies.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) on Ballybane Road provides third level education with an emphasis on practical skills relevant to a number of industries.

Tourist Attractions

The Spanish Arch is an extension of the city wall in Galway which has become a focal point in Galway City Centre. Built in 1584. It is located directly across from the famous Claddagh area and within the city’s bohemian Latin Quarter. 

Located just behind the Spanish Arch. Galway City Museum which offers a detailed explanation of the city’s history and hosts year-round art exhibitions. It also has a cosy coffee shop.

With three swimming pools, an events centre for concerts and shows, a playground for children and a state-of-the-art gym, Leisureland is definitely worth a visit and especially with children. Located in Salthill – a five minute drive from Galway City Centre, it is easily accessed from the city centre with Bus Éireann.

Galway City is located right in the middle of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way which stretches all the way from Donegal in the Northwest to West Cork. The ‘City of Tribes’ offers easy access to the wilds of Connemara and the Aran islands.

Events

Galway Arts Festival
Every July, Galway comes alive as the city is taken over by one of the biggest arts festival’s in the country. Choose from a wide range of visual art, theatre, dance, literature and musical events and expect a fantastic atmosphere throughout the city.

Galway Film Fleadh
It’s one of the biggest film festivals of the year – and if you’re a film buff - you don’t want to miss the Galway Film Fleadh.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature
The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is one of Ireland’s premier literary events features a host of well-known writers and literary experts from all over the world.  

Airports

Shannon Airport
Travelling to or from Shannon Airport from Galway City? The City services buses connect to Bus Éireann route X51 which will bring you directly to Shannon. Located off the west coast of Ireland, Shannon Airport is a small but popular airport located 90kms south of Galway. It caters for flights from all over the world including transatlantic journeys and it acts as a gateway for American planes travelling to Europe and on to the Middle East. The Bus Éireann bus stop is located immediately outside Shannon Airport terminal building.  

West Knock Airport
Travelling to West Knock Airport from Galway City Centre? The City services buses connect to Bus Éireann route 64 which will bring you directly to Knock. Ireland West Knock airport is the fourth busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland, after Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Located 5.6kms south-west of Charlestown, Co Mayo and 20kms from the village of Knock, it’s also a 15-minute drive from Knock shrine. 

Click here for Galway City Network Map

Timetable No.Route
401 Salthill - Eyre Square
402 Merlin Park - Eyre Square - Seacrest
403 Eyre Square - Castlepark
404 Newcastle - Eyre Square - Oranmore 
405 Rahoon - Eyre Square - Ballybane
407 Eyre Square - Bóthar an Chóiste and return
409 Eyre Square - GMIT - Parkmore