Travelling to Connemara
Connemara is home to wild breathtaking land and seascapes. Getting here is relatively easy and travelling around is simple enough with planning. With direct flights from Europe and North America to the major airports – Dublin and Shannon. The road network will be required to complete your journey to Connemara. There are ferries to the main islands situated off the Connemara coast.By Air
Direct flights from North America and Europe operate all year round to Dublin with a limited number to Shannon. Drive times from Dublin and Shannon are 4 hours and 3 hours respectively to safely reach Connemara. Other regional airports include Galway and Knock and connecting flights can be arranged from Dublin but again flights are less frequent and could involve a delay or even an overnight stop in Dublin. The simplest way to reach Connemara from the main airports is to pre-book car hire and then drive to Galway city and then take the Clifden Road (N59). Travel time from Dublin airport is approximately 3hrs 45 mins depending on traffic and you don’t get lost! There are bus services non-stop from Dublin airport to Galway (travel time approximately 3hrs) with a connecting bus service into Connemara from the same terminal building in Galway (travel time 40 mins to 1hr 15 mins depending on destination in Connemara).
Dublin : +353(0)18141111; www.dublinairport.com
Galway +353(0)91755569; www.galwayairport.com
Shannon: +353(0)61712000; www.shannonairport.com
Knock (Ireland West Airport) +353(0)949368100 www.irelandwestairport.com
Airline Carriers to Dublin:
Adria Airways, Iberia, Aer Arann, Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, Luxair, Air Baltic, Malev Airlines, Air Canada, Norwegian Airlines, Air France, Ryanair, Air Southwest, S7, Air Transat, SAS, American Airlines, SATA, Blue Air, Swiss Airlines, BMI, Turkish Airlines, Cimber Sterling, US Airways, Delta, Eithad, Germanwings.
There is an Iarnrod Eireann mainline service from Heuston Station in Dublin to Galway. Travel time approximately 2hrs 15 mins. Unfortunately Heuston Station is in central Dublin and is a bit of a trek from the airport. Travel time from the airport is approximately 1 hr give or take for the traffic. Upon arriving in Galway by train a further bus or car journey is required to get North into Connemara. Travel time 40 minutes to 1hr 15 mins depending where in Connemara. Buses are available from the station (Bus Eireann) or a relatively short walk to the New Coach Station, College Road (City Link).
Train information Iarnrod Eireann Enquiries: +353(0)719169888; 24 hour timetable: 1890201393 (only available within Ireland) & www.irishrail.ie
Both City Link and Go Bus have direct journeys to Galway city and are located a short walk from the Dublin airport terminal building. There are also bus services from Shannon airport to Galway city. City Link and Bus Eireann have services into Connemara from Galway city.
Bus Eireann: www.buseireann.ie
Go Bus: www.gobus.ie
City Link www.citylink.ie
There are ferry services from UK and France.
For a fast and reliable way to book your car hire please refer to the car hire application box in the left hand side colomn for quotations and bookings.