Sizzling summer service offering early & late coaches from Galway & Limerick to Shannon Airport

(L-R): Marie King, Regional Sales Executive, Bus Éireann; Brian Connolly, Senior Operations Manager (West), Bus Éireann and Pamela Books, Head of Operations, Shannon Airport.

  • Seven return trips from Galway to Shannon Airport with a journey time of 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • Five return trips from Limerick to Galway via Shannon Airport with a journey time of 1 hour and 45 minutes

Expressway is bringing the City of the Tribes and the Treaty County even closer to the rest of the world with the launch of a sizzling summer X51 service between Shannon Airport and Galway and Limerick cities.

Expressway today launches its daily X51 summer service operating from Galway and Limerick offering customers a nonstop service direct on the M18 to Shannon Airport. This is a significant boost for Galway and Limerick passengers flying to and from Shannon Airport and tickets can be booked online at

The Galway-Shannon X51 service will comprise of seven daily departures each way with five daily departures extending to Limerick. The service is linking in with peak time arrivals and departures, including early morning transatlantic flights. This summer service compliments the 14 daily return services on the Expressway Route 51.

The X51 service will deliver 700 seats to and from the airport daily, providing excellent connectivity between the West Coast and the Atlantic seaboard’s busiest airport - with its expanding international network of services to 33 destinations across 11 countries including mainland Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA.

The Expressway service will operate non-stop from Galway Bus Station to Shannon Airport before terminating in Limerick city, departing at 02:45, 04:45, 07:00, 11:30, 16:15 and 19:45. For customers travelling from Limerick to Shannon Airport and Galway, services will depart at 05:25, 08:55, 13:30, 18:30 and 00:45

Return services from Shannon Airport to Galway city will operate at 05:55, 07:00, 09:25, 14:00, 19:00, 22:00 and 01:15. Return services from Shannon Airport to Limerick city services will depart at 04:00, 06:00, 08:20, 12:45, 17:30, 21:00 and 22:50.

With online early bird return fares from €18 for Galway to Shannon Airport and from €24 for Galway to Limerick, we advise passengers to book ahead on to avoid disappointment and benefit from a guaranteed seat on their preferred service.

Andrew Yates, Head of Expressway said: “The new summer X51 service offers Limerick and Galway customers fast, direct connections to and from Shannon Airport. By using Expressway, we take the stress out of travelling, while you sit back, relax onboard and avoid car parking and toll charges. With Shannon Airport’s passenger numbers on the increase and a demand for access between Galway, Limerick and Shannon Airport, we are delighted to offer this summer service and hope we can expand it beyond the summer months. We are offering customers special early bird online fares, so book today at to avoid disappointment.”

Ray O’Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer at The Shannon Airport Group said: “We are confident we will reach the two million passenger mark by the end of 2024 for the first time since 2009. This new X51 summer service will enhance public transport to the airport, allowing passengers to connect to the extensive range of flight options available from Shannon Airport to Europe, the UK and US. This direct service from Galway and Limerick will support business connectivity and inbound tourists, and benefits holidaymakers exploring the vibrant tourism offering along the Wild Atlantic Way.”

Wednesday, 5th June, 2024