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Ireland is a small place, and is easy to navigate. As such, flying into the country presents you with a number of options. Participants can fly via Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Knock Airport. All are located within a 3 hour transfer.
There are many low cost carriers flying into Ireland, and as a result, the cost of air transport is relatively low. Participants should check Ryanair, Wizz Air and Flybe. You should be aware that budget airlines can often have very strict baggage allowances, and can charge high fees for exceeding these allowances.
The Irish national airline, Aer Lingus, is also cheap, with regular special offers. If you want to search for prices across multiple airlines, you can use tools such as Kayak and Skyscanner, which offer reservation facilities, or Matrix, that allows you to search for flights that you can book through your local travel agent.
Dublin is the countries main airport, with over 1.8 million passengers travelling through per month. All major European destinations, including the major hubs of Schipol, Paris, Frankfurt and London Heathrow are very well served with multiple flights each day. Transfers from Galway take two hours and forty five minutes by luxury coach, with either City Link (http://www.citylink.ie/) or Go Bus (http://www.gobus.ie/).
Shannon Airport is located close to Galway, approximately two hours by bus, transfers operated by Bus Eireann (http://www.buseireann.ie/). Shannon provides connections to the UK, with many flights operated by low cost carrier Ryanair. It is also an ideal hub for those coming from the US, with direct flights from Boston, Chicago and New York.
Cork Airport is situated in the South of Ireland, again, well connected to the EU, with low cost operators Ryanair and Wizz Air covering many routes. Transfer to Galway that three hours and twenty minutes, provided by City Link (http://www.citylink.ie/).
Getting to the University
Whether you arrive at the Coach Station, or the Train Station, getting to the University is very simple. There are plenty of taxi’s available, with a journey costing in the region of €7, or you can take the city bus number 4 to the University for about €2. Make your way to the Student Centre, where we will be registering participants.