Galway Diabetes Research Centre Launch, November 16, 2012
To/From Galway

Traveling 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 N18. You'll by-pass Ennis & Gort and pass through Adrahan and Clarinbridge.
  • Arrive at the Oranmore roundabout just outside Galway. Take the second exit at this roundabout.

From Oranmore to NUI Galway

  • Follow the dual carriageway (N6) until the Martin roundabout and take the second exit, sign-posted Galway West.
  • At the next roundabout take the second exit, sign-posted Clifden.
  • Continue on to Kirwan roundabout, take the second exit.
  • Come to your sixth and last roundabout and take the fourth exit, sign-posted Clifden.
  • Turn left at the next traffic lights, towards Lower Salthill. Continue on until the next traffic lights -- Distillery Road.  Turn left. You'll be at the entrance to the car parks of the university.

From the North/ East

  • From Dublin and Belfast, continue onto M4 (signs for Sligo). At junction 1, exit onto M6 toward Galway and follow signs for Galway.
  • Arrive at roundabout off M6. Take the first exit at this roundabout and the third exit at the next roundabout just up ahead which will bring you on to the Dublin Road.
  • Continue straight on the Dublin Road following the directions for City West to NUI Galway.


Travelling by Public Transport

Galway is easily accessible by public transport.


  • Trains: Galway's train station is just off Eyre Square. The city's 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 on of the private bus services such as CityLink or GoBus. Direct (non-stop buses) take 2.5 hours.
  • 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 Galway Airport, Knock Airport, Dublin, and Shannon airports. 

  • Galway Airport is only 5 miles east of Galway city. To get to the university, you can grab a taxi, or hire a car at the airport. Use this journey planner for directions to the university.
  • Shannon Airport and Knock Airport are both just an hour's drive from Galway. To get to Galway, you can travel by bus with Bus Eireann or CityLink. Alternatively, car hire is easily available at these airports.
  • Dublin International Airport is 3 hours drive from Galway city. You can fly from Dublin to Galway airport, or rent a car and drive using our journey planner to help you find your way. There are also a number of frequent and reliable bus services to choose from to travel to Galway.