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By Bus -- Buses from all parts of Ireland arrive daily at Bus Éireann Travel Centre, Ceannt Station, off Eyre Square in Galway City (www.buseireann.ie; 091/562-000). They also provide daily service to Clifden. Buses to rural areas sometimes run only a handful of times per day, and remote sites may be completely inaccessible without a car.

By Train -- Trains from Dublin and Limerick arrive daily at Ceannt Station in Galway City, off Eyre Square. That’s pretty much the end of the line, however; to explore the Galway countryside, you’ll need to travel by bus or car.

By Car -- Galway City is on the main N18, N17, N63, N67, and M6 roads. Journey time from Dublin is about 2 hours; from Killarney it’s about 3 hours; and from Cork it’s about 2 1/2 hours. Outside of Galway City, your options in this region get pretty limited if you don’t have a car. To hire one in Galway, try Budget, 12 Eyre Square (www.budget.ie; 091/564-570) or Europcar at Motorpark, Headford Road (www.irishcarrentals.com; 091/ 396-555). For car-rental options in Dublin, click here

By Plane -- Galway has an airport, but as of this writing it has not been used for regular scheduled flights since 2011. Check www.galwayairport.com for the latest updates.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.