With its friendly people and live music scenes, Galway is one of Ireland's most charming cities. Whether you're interested in quiet afternoons walking by the shore or long evenings of dancing in a local pub, Galway is certain to draw you in. Ebookers offers flights to Galway on both international and domestic airlines, so you can find air-ticket deals any time of the year.
Galway Airport, which served the city for decades, closed to commercial flights in late 2011 towing to lack of funding and airline support. The airport is not currently scheduled to reopen, but its future depends entirely on government support or private investors. The closest airport to Galway is the Shannon International Airport, which sits about 40 miles away on the N19.
Because of the distance from Galway, the most convenient transportation option is Ireland's bus system. A one-way fare to Galway aboard Bus Ã‰ireann is â‚¬14.25. If you are returning home via the Shannon Airport, a round-trip ticket is â‚¬19. The ride takes between 2 and 3 hours, depending on whether or not a bus change is required. Taxis are also available at the airport, and the drive to Galway costs about â‚¬125. The ride usually takes about 1 hour.
Galway experiences cool weather year round, but extreme cold is rare. In July, the hottest month of year, temperatures top out at 18Â°C. Winters are long, grey and rainy, and most days average 5Â°C. Because of its geographic position, Galway can experience heavy rain during any part of the year, but particularly during the winter months, so it is essential to pack rain gear. The best time to visit is during the summer, when you will experience the highest number of sunny days.
Galway is known for its live music scenes, and there's rarely a night without a performance. You can find all types of music in the local pubs and restaurants, but the city has a particularly large number of Irish folk bands. Galway's many pubs are the best places to listen to music and mingle with the locals in the evening. During the day, you can spend hours wandering through the city's winding stone streets and exploring the extensive waterfront. Some of the city's most popular attractions are Galway Bay, Salthill and the many traditional craft shops. If you visit in the winter, you can escape the tourist crowds and take advantage of the lower prices at local hotels.
Galway entices visitors, drawing them in with the traditional Irish friendliness. Around the city, you'll meet people who came for a visit and decided to stay. Whether you're travelling for a quick weekend holiday or an extended trip, you'll find plenty to do. With ebookers, you can find great deals on flights to Galway and discounts on events around the area.
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