7 Best Day Trips From Galway City (Cost, Transport and Tips)

Galway is an amazing harbor city with lots of things to do. From medieval buildings, quaint fishing village to awesome nightlife, Galway is a good base for your Ireland adventure. However, if you find yourself running out of things to do in this city, there are several day trips from Galway that you can do.

Here are the 7 best day trips from Galway.

Best Day Trips From Galway City

1.The Cliffs of Moher

cliffs of moher tour and tips

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The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland. It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Admission Fee

Adults €6

Students €4

Senior Citizens €4

Children under 16

Free Group rates available on request

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Galway

Take a bus from Galway Bus Station on Eyre Square to Cliffs of Moher. Take the Bus Eireann #350 and it will take you directly to the gate of the visitor center. It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes for €16-19 one-way trip. Bus leaves every hour.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren region is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that includes a 2hr stops at the Cliffs of Moher and visits to Kilfenora and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Cliffs of Moher.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

2.Kylemore Abbey

kylemore abbey castle

Kylemore Castle was built by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy doctor from England, as a gift to his wife Margaret in 1871. It was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester in 1903 and was then purchased by the Irish Benedictine nuns in 1920. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery was then founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara. Since the 1970s, the estate has been opened to the public.

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Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain and along the shore of Lough Pollacappul in Connemara, the Abbey is one of the most iconic attractions in Galway, Ireland. It is also one of the most beautiful castles in Ireland. And no visit to Ireland is complete without spending a half day to the castle ground.

Check out this Kylemore Abbey Tour article for more information.

Admission Fee

€13 for adult, €9 for a student, €10 for senior, and €26.00 for a family of 4.

How to get to Kylemore Abbey from Galway City

Take a Bus Eireann (bus #419) from Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate to Kylemore Post Office. This takes around 2 hours and it costs between €13-17 one way. Then walk towards the estate’s garden for less than 5 minutes.

Or you can also take this day trip from Galway.

This tour to Kylemore and Cong is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that also includes Killary Fjord and Lough Nafooey. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 7 hours to enjoy Kylemore Abbey.

Opening Hours

9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last admission is at 4 pm.

Contact Information

Location:  Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Email: bookings@kylemoreabbey.com

Phone: N/A

3.Connemara National Park

Connemara national park ireland

The Connemara National Park is the second smallest national park in Ireland with only 30 square kilometers area size. It was established in 1990 and the area covers bogs, heaths, grasslands, and forests. It is well known for the diversity of bird life in the area.

Admission Fee

Admission is free to the national park and visitor center.

How to get to Connemara National Park from Galway

Take a Citylink bus (#923) from Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate to Letterfrack/Veldons. This takes around 3 hours and it costs between €8-20 one way. Then walk towards the park’s visitor center for 10-15 minutes. The visitor center is about 1 km from the bus stop.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway.

This tour to Connemara and Cong is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that also includes Killary Fjord and Lough Nafooey. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Hours

Visitor Center – Open daily, 9 am to 5.30 pm from March to November

Park Grounds – Open daily 9.00 am-5.30 pm all year round

Contact Information

Location: Letterfrack, Connemara, Galway

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Email: cnp@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353 76 100 2528 

4. The Aran Islands

Aran Islands

Aran Islands are a group of rocky islands located in Galway Bay. The islands include Inishmore (Inis Mór – the largest island), Inishmaan (Inis Meáin – the second largest), and Inisheer (Inis Oírr – the smallest). On the islands, you can explore ancient stone forts and churches, awesome cliffs, and flora and fauna. The islands are considered the soul of Gaelic culture and it’s considered one of the top island destinations by National Geographic.

How to get to Aran Islands from Galway

Take a bus (#524) from Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square to Rossaveal Port. The journey is about an hour and it costs between €8-11 one way or €16-22 for a round-trip fare. Then take a ferry from the port to Inis Mór. The ferry journey is about half an hour but make sure to check in half an hour before sailing time. Return ferry fare is €25. For sailing schedule, click here.

Or you can also take a bus to Doolin and take a ferry from there. Although the ferry in Doolin is just season compare to Rossaveal where they have ferries all throughout the year. To get to Doolin, take a bus (#350) from Galway Bus Station to Doolin. The bus ride takes about 2 hours and it costs €15-18 one way or €30-36 for a round-trip fare. From Doolin port, take a ferry to any of the islands. Return ferry fare is €30-40. For sailing schedule, click here.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Aran Islands is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that includes Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher. It’s € 50 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy one of the islands.

5. The Burren day trip from Galway

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles near Doolin in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras. During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Admission Fee

Free

How to get to Burren from Galway

Take a bus (#51) from Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square to Crusheen. The journey is about an hour and it costs between €10-13 one way or €20-26 for a round-trip fare. Then take a taxi from the station to Burren National Park. The taxi journey is about half an hour and it costs between €25-30 for a one-way ride.

Or you can also take this day tour from Galway which is cheaper by a lot.

This tour to the Burren region and Cliffs of Moher is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

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Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

6. Killary Fjord

killary fjord

Killary Fjord is the only fjord in Ireland. It extends up to 16 km and it’s around 45 meters deep. The fjord is also famous for shellfish farming, bird watching, and there are several protected animals in the area such as otters. There are available boat tours/ cruises for a fee in the area.

Admission Fee

Cruise Rates

Adult €21.00

Child 0 – 10 free

Youth 11 – 17 €11.00

Senior/Student €17.50

Family tickets from only €42 when booked online (up to 6 children)

How to get to Killary Fjord from Galway

Take a bus (#51) from Newcastle Road-NUIG West Gate to Leeann, Leeann. The journey is about an hour and 15 minutes and it costs between €19-24 one way or €38-48 for a round-trip fare. Then take a taxi from the station to Nancy’s Point. The taxi journey is about 5 minutes for 3 km and it costs between €7-10 for a one-way ride.

Or you can also take this day trip from Galway which is cheaper.

This tour to Killary Fjord is a leisurely guided day tour from Galway that also includes Kylemore, Cong,  and Lough Nafooey. It’s € 30 per person. To book, click here.

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 6 hours to enjoy the fjord.

Opening Hours

For the updated list of opening hours, click here.

Contact Information

Location: Nancy’s Point, Leenane, Co Galway, Ireland

Email: info@killaryfjord.com

Phone:+353 (091)566736

7. Lahinch

Lahinch beach

Lahinch is a small town in the County of Clare, a popular surfing spot for locals. Aside from surfing, there are many other interesting activities in Lahinch that visitors can enjoy. Beaches, galleries and quaint villages are just among the things to see in Lahinch.

If you don’t know where to stay yet in Galway, check out our Galway’s accommodations here.


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Comments

  1. Sydney says

    When I went to Ireland I only visited the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren from Galway! I’ll have to visit the rest next time I’m over there – I’d especially love to go to the Aran Islands.

  2. Bernadette Jackson says

    I had no idea there was a fjord in Ireland, let alone one with otters. I have to go there! I’m liking the thought of island hopping too, and getting to see some of those big open spaces. Lahinch sounds very similar to the North Devon coast, which I love.

  3. Cath - Passports and Adventures says

    We’re returning to Ireland in August for two weeks and as well as visiting family in Dublin, we’re spending a few days in the West of Ireland. We’re staying near the Burren and plan to visit the Cliffs and Galway city as well, but this guide has been helpful to know how long to give ourselves and not rush our visits, so thanks!

  4. Jennifer Bhatia says

    Gosh, Ireland has been on my bucket list for years. I really would love to take my family. It looks like we could stay in Galway and experience all sorts of day tripping experiences. (and my daughter loves Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl so, of course, she wants to go)! We will get there one day. These day trips look amazing.

  5. Arunima Dey says

    Oh, I did do Cliff of Mohr which seem to the most popular day trip from Galway. I was really lucky too as the day was bright and sunny with beautiful views. I missed out Connemara National park, that was something I wanted to visit.

  6. Richa says

    Galway itself is so beautiful. The stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries which line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter look absolutely exotic. The Cliffs of Moher look so stunning!!

  7. Mamta says

    Those cliffs look amazing, also Connemara National Park sounds interesting. I’m definitely going to do Killary Fjord for bird and wildlife watching. Thanks for mentioning it.

  8. Chloe Holgate says

    WOW…. It looks so beautiful. I really hope to visit one day and I will definitely be using this to help plan my trip! Thanks for all the wonderful tips!

  9. Smita Chandra says

    I’ve always heard that Ireland is a beautiful place to visit and your lovely pics bring this sentiment to life! The castles, cliffs and even a fjord have put Ireland on top of my wish list. I plan to visit soon and will use your advice to plan our trip.

  10. Jessica says

    I’ve been to Galway a few times visiting family but sadly have only made it to the Cliffs of Moher. This looks like an amazing list! I’ll have to make time to do all of it next time I’m in Ireland!

  11. Laura says

    Awesome post! Lahich is my all time favourite place to surf. Hoping to go to Galway once the weather gets warmer and maybe do the Aran Islands again.

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