Getting Around Galway

Walking (and #OER19 #WalkingBus)

Fortunately, Galway is a very walkable city! The walk from Galway city centre to the conference venue (Lifecourse or  ILAS Building on the north campus of NUI Galway) spans one end of the city to the other, however, so will take approx. 25-30 minutes — depending on where you are staying. The maps below will help, but in addition, some friendly Galway folks have committed to organise a ‘walking bus’ from the city centre to the ILAS Building on both mornings of the conference. We’ll post details online here before the conference — or you can just check Twitter any time for #oer19 #walkingbus.


Travel by Car

If you bring or have a car in Galway, you will be happy to know that the ILAS Building is located next to NUI Galway’s “Dangan Park & Ride” car park. You can park here for free and walk 1-2 minutes to the conference venue.

Travel by Taxi

Travel by Bus

From the Eyre Square bus station, take the 404 Bus to Lower Newcastle Greenfields stop and then walk 1-2 minutes to the ILAS Building. This journey takes 10 minutes. The one-way fare is €2.40 (or €1.68 with a Leap card).

Travel by Shuttle Bus

There is a free shuttle bus service running from the Dangan Park and Ride facility (next to the ILAS Building) to the Orbsen Building in the central campus (a 10-15 minute walk from city centre), with several stops en route. Buses usually run every 15 minutes during peak times in the morning and evening, and at less frequent intervals during the day. There is no night time bus service. Check out the bus timetable.

Bike Share

If you’d prefer to cycle, you can purchase a 3-day bike share pass from If you apply for a 3-day subscription, subscriber details will be sent to you via email — you can use your unique PIN code to access a bike.