Getting to the University
From Galway Airport, you have to take a taxi - ask for 'Corrib Village' (if that's where you're staying!). It will be about 15 to 20 euro.
From Shannon Airport, you will take a bus (either Bus Eireann or CityLink) and will arrive at the bus/train station.
From Dublin Airport, you will probably take a bus (either Bus Eireann or CityLink), but you could take a bus into Dublin city and catch a train. Either way, you arrive at the bus/train station in Galway.
From Galway bus/train station (which is located on Eyre Square):
The Google map (below) shows the relative positions of the bus/train stations and the campus. The old part of the university (south of the last bridge across the river) is easily walkable from the bus/train stations (about 15 mins walk). However, our academic sessions and accommodation are on North Campus (north of the last bridge across the river), which is a further 15 minutes walk.
If you are arriving with luggage, we would advise you to take a taxi direct to the accommodation (ask for 'Corrib Village')
Another option for getting to Corrib Village is to catch the free shuttle service which runs from the Tourist Office (near the bus/train station). It runs once an hour, at xx.30h, from 12.30 to 19.30. (The return service leaves Corrib Village on the hour, from 12.00 to 20.00.)
Bus Eireann runs two city bus services which serve the university; both leave from Eyre Square (ask at the bus station where the stop is, because it is out on Eyre Square, not in the bus station itself). Both bus 4W and 5W serve the old (south) area of the university; only bus 4W continues north to St Anthony's, the Cairnes Building (the venues for our sessions) and Corrib Village. The service is different on Sundays.
A standard map of campus is available here; the St Anthony's/Cairnes complex is at the bottom left (click, and zoom in).
A campus map showing our venues (including the location of the Welcome Reception) is available here (though note that it doesn't show the riverside path, which is the most pleasant way of getting from north campus to south campus - ask at Corrib Village reception to be shown how to walk down the river!)
We have also created a customised Google map (below) showing the university in relation to bus/train stations and airport: you can click on the markers for further information (the two red markers are the conference venues).
View Galway, STEP conference 2010 in a larger map