Galway and Shannon draw ever closer with launch of non-stop, five times daily Bus Éireann service

Access to and from the West of Ireland to its premier international gateway, Shannon Airport, has been boosted with the launch of Bus Éireann’s five times daily direct service to and from Galway.

The service will provide 500 seats every day to Shannon, delivering excellent connectivity between the capital of the West and the airport, with its expanding  international network of services to 35 destinations.

Bus Éireann’s Expressway will operate a non-stop 70 minute service from Galway, departing from Galway Bus Station in Eyre Square and including a stop at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology on the Dublin Road.  It will operate at 05.00, 08.00, 11.00, 14.00 and 19.00. An introductory €10 one-way fare is in place as part of the launch.

The service, which operates until 24 October 2015, is geared towards heightening access to and from Galway for inbound and outbound passengers for the ‘summer season’ at Shannon, which continues to grow for the third year in a row.

Brian Connolly, Bus Éireann Regional Manager said:  “This service will benefit customers in Galway travelling to Shannon Airport,  and Shannon passengers will have better connections to Galway.  Shannon is the only airport on the Western seaboard that connects the region with the major tourist markets of the UK, US and Europe and Bus Éireann are boosting scheduled services onwards from there, for these visitors. The new timetable will also help customers to access  the Wild Atlantic Way, on a more regular basis.”

Andrew Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer at Shannon Group said: “We are delighted that Bus Éireann has launched this non-stop 70 minute service, making it even easier for Galway to avail of our wide range of international services.  With the success of the Wild Atlantic Way, it is also be very timely in terms of getting tourists into Galway City, one of the touring route’s key gateways, and supporting Galway’s excellent tourism offering.

“Having services to key international destinations is, of course, the main reason why people use Shannon and with our network having grown substantially over recent years, we are delivering in that area.  Another key reason why people use Shannon is because of its accessibility, which is all about getting to and from the airport and its ease of use.  This new Bus Éireann service will heighten that considerably for people getting to and from Galway.”

Friday, 10th July, 2015