Galway Airport is located in Carnmore, approximately 6km from Galway City near Oranmore. The short drive to the city centre is well signposted. On exiting the airport, turn left and at the first roundabout, take the 3rd exit road. From there follow the clear signposts through a series of roundabouts to the city centre. Direct daily flights operate to and from Dublin and London (Luton).
Knock International Airport in Charlestown, Co. Mayo is a little over an hour from Galway City. From Knock Airport take the N17 south past Knock Town, Claremorris and Tuam to Galway City. Flights run regularly to Knock from Dublin, London (Stansted), Manchester and Birmingham. Shannon International Airport in Co. Clare is an hour and a half south of Galway City. If you are driving, take the N18 north from Shannon to Galway City through Ennis, Gort, Kilcolgan and Oranmore. Shannon Airport offers a wide range of direct flights from Dublin, the UK, continental Europe and North America.
From the South: Follow the N18 and follow the signs to Galway
From the North/East: Follow the M4, at junction 1, exit on to the M6 toward Galway and follow the signs.
Driving in Ireland is on the left hand side of the road and the N6 is the major road from Dublin. The drive from Dublin to Galway is 140 miles and will take approximately 3 hours.
To find the best directions please use this journey planner to plan your exact route.
Ceannt Station in Galway City is just off Eyre Square in the centre of the city. Irish Rail/Iarnrod Eireann run a regular train service to Dublin stopping off at major towns. Advance booking is not usually necessary and trains offer a dining service. Travel time is around 2.5 hours from Dublin.
Travel to Galway is available using the services offered by Bus Éireann, the public bus service.
There are also the services of private bus services such as CityLink or GoBus. Direct non-stop bus services from Dublin take around 2.5 hours.
Buses go to Ceannt Station (also the railway station) just off Eyre Square in the centre of Galway City. From city centre, you can take a taxi to the university, or take the No. 4 Bus in the direction of Newcastle from Eyre Square.
The Quilters Village is set on NUI Galway campus, which is right in the centre of our small city, just a 10 minute walk from the famous Eyre Square. It is also easily reached from visitors coming from outside Galway – take the signs for the UCHG (Galway Hospital) – we’re across the road.
For more information about traveling to NUI Galway please visit the university website:
For those wanting to drop visitors off at the Festival, please use the route on campus marked on this map.
Please note that there is very little parking available on campus on Friday June 7th, and this parking is Pay + Display and intended mostly for staff and students of NUIG. IQFOI visitors are encouraged to use city centre parking. We recommend parking beside the Cathedral, which is a 2 minute walk from the Quilter's Village on University Road and costs €4 per day. There are also a number of spaces within the Cathedral grounds itself, with a rate of € per day.
For more information, please see Galway City Council's website.
Parking on Campus
Those who park on campus in Non-Pay + Display parking spaces without a valid Student/Staff parking pass will be clamped by University Authorities.
Parking on campus is available on Saturday and Sunday at a rate of €5 per car – please look for our Festival Parking Staff who will guide you from the entrances to campus to the car parks. For any questions on parking, please contact our office on 00353 91 449696.