Travel & Accommodation

OER19 will be held at National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway, a vibrant city, known as Ireland’s cultural heart and has been officially designated as European Capital of Culture 2020. On the edge of Europe, Galway is a city of contrasts – modern and ancient; a centre for theatre and the arts, a hub for the biomedical industry, a haven for tourists and scholars. At the heart of this medieval city is the University.

Venue Information

Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS)
Upper Newcastle Road

The conference venue, The Institute for Lifecourse and Society is a fully accessible building adapted to make your visit as easy as possible. If you have any specific questions about accessibility, do contact us.

Travel around Galway and Venue

Bike – there is a shared bike hire scheme available throughout Galway with a rack opposite the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS). You can get a 3 day pass for €3 (Security Deposit of €150 is required). More information is available from the Bike service website.

Getting to Ireland

There are daily direct flights to Ireland from a wide range of cities to three different airports that provide good access to Galway: Dublin, Shannon, and Knock airports. Although Dublin Airport is the furthest from Galway, it is the largest airport, by far, and has the best connections (both international flights and public transport links within Ireland). So:

  • If you plan to travel to Galway by public transportation, the best airport choice is likely Dublin Airport (travel distance is  2.5 hours from Galway city.
  • If you plan to rent a car to travel to Galway, then you also could consider Shannon Airport, just over one hour’s drive from Galway city, or Ireland West Airport Knock, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Galway city.

Getting from the airport to Galway

Bus – Dublin Airport: Express bus routes between Galway and Dublin Airport are operated by Citylink and Go Bus. These buses are comfortable, air-conditioned, and equipped with free Wi-Fi. Journey time to Galway is approximately 2.5 hours (with no stops).

Shannon and Knock Airports: Bus Eireann operates between Galway and Shannon Airport (Route 51) and Knock Airport (Route 64). In both cases, journey time to Galway is approximately 2 hours (depending on the number of stops).

Rail – There is no direct connection between Dublin Airport and Dublin’s Heuston station — the options are bus (Route 747) or taxi (via the city centre). However, if you are spending time in Dublin before or after the conference you might consider traveling by train: see schedules and fares at Irish Rail. Rail journey time between Dublin and Galway is a little over 2 hours. Tip: book your rail tickets in advance to save money on fares.


Accommodation Suggestions

There are a number of hotels in the area please see below for some example details:

Hotel Stars Budget (per night €) Walk to venue (mins)
7 Cross Street Boutique 4 190 31
Harbour Hotel 4 120 35
The House Hotel 4 100 33
Eyre Square Hotel 3 90 34
The Victoria Hotel 3 75 34
Travelodge Galway 3 70 35
Galway Arms Inn 3 65 29
Sleepzone Hostel 20 28


Other options include:

AirBnb (rooms in private houses), there are various properties close to the venue with prices starting at £21 per night.

Prices for rooms and are given for guidance only. Please contact the hotels/accommodation provider for availability and prices.

You can also contact Tourist Information, Galway (email [email protected]) for help with accommodation or for any other questions about the local area.

Suggestions from Galway locals:


…light bites

  • Dough Bros – great/cheap pizza, the. best. pizza.
  • Coffeewerk and Press – amazing coffee, even more amazing little gallery & seating space (with turntable & record collection) upstairs
  • BiteClub – good food/drinks/brunch
  • Sheridans Cheese (because cheese!!) – has a lovely wine bar above the shop, excellent for a mid afternoon snack of cheese & wine
  • McCambridge’s
  • Galway outdoor market (Saturdays only)
  • Galway indoor market (if it is open by April!)

…dinner (reservations usually necessary)

  • Kai Cafe – great (but expensive) dinner, great (less expensive!) lunches)
  • Ard Bia – great for breakfast/lunch/dinner

…and pubs!

  • Tigh Nora – gin bar, gin is really big in Ireland right now
  • Bierhaus – cheap & good sandwiches, beer and cocktails)
  • Salt House – great craft beer and whiskey selection



…Galway city

  • The Spanish Arch and Long Walk
  • The Claddagh – visit the historic Claddagh area of Galway city (inspiration for the Claddagh ring)
  • Salthill

…beyond the city