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Galway & Dublin

Transportation and Accommodations

Getting There

Fly into the main airport near Dublin and then use the bus system to get between different cities. If you are going straight to Dublin city from the airport, you can take the Airlink 747 or 757 line (7 euros a person one way); it took about 50 minutes though so it is slow.

Getting Around

Very convenient buses! You can take a bus from the airport to Dublin city or straight to Galway (or a few other locations). We went to Dublin city first. Then we caught a bus from Dublin City to Galway (about a 2.5 hour ride) and we took a bus from Galway to the Dublin airport.

The two main and best bus companies are GoBus and Citylink. They run pretty much every hour. One runs on the :15 and one runs on the :45 for non stop services and there are others that make stops.

The buses are nice, consistent and have wifi.

Accommodations

We stayed in Galway, which is a tiny town. If you stay in Galway, stay towards the center of town so you are in the main areas (near Eyre square or Shop Street). If you stay in Dublin, I would stay in the downtown area as well, perhaps not far from the Temple Bar and Trinity University.

Things to do and see

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse

You can take a tour and finish it off with a Guinness in their Gravity bar

Temple Bar

We went during the day and it was packed and live music was of course playing. We got some food and a beer here and the atmosphere was great.

Walk around the city

It’s such a nice area and the people are all so friendly!

Trinity University
Jameson Distillery Whiskey Tour
St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Park
St. Stephen’s Green

City center park in Dublin

Galway

Walk around the town
Shop Street

Cute street to walk down

Colorful houses along the water

Near the Spanish Arch

Day trip to the Cliffs of Moher

We did it with Lally Tours (20 euro student price for Burren and Cliffs day tour and that was perfect)

Eyre Square

Has Christmas markets around the holidays

Food and Drink Recommendations

Food

The Cellar (Galway)

Very affordable and good with a variety of food options in Galway

Pascal’s (Galway)

Cute coffee place where you can also get breakfast and lunch

Cave Bodega (Galway)

Good and cheap tapas spot

The Kitchen

Cute cafe, good for breakfast

Fade Street Social (Dublin)

Good flatbreads

Queen of Tarts (Dublin)

Nice spot for breakfast

Pubs

Quays (Galway)
The Front Door (Galway)
Hole in the Wall (Galway)
The Temple Bar (Dublin)