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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Galway Christmas Park'n'Ride service, 2016

The information below is correct for Christmas 2016 / New Year 2017 only. 

 See Galway Park-and-ride information for more recent information.

A park-and-ride service will be in place for the Christmas 2016 shopping period.

It will operate from Saturday 3 December until Saturday 24 December inclusive, and is being operated by Bus √Čireann on behalf of Galway City Council.

Parking area and city-centre bus stop

Parking is provided at Ballybrit Racecourse
  • Follow the signs on the major routes into Galway.  
  • Enter the racecourse from Parkmore Rd  beside Galway Technology Park- see the Parkmore Neighbourhood Map for details of this area.

The central city drop-off and pick-up point is the Galway Coach Station (point "S" on the regional bus stops map).

There is no specific arrangement for cars to be left at Ballybrit overnight:   any cars which are left there are at the owner's risk.

Hours of operation

Buses run every 15 minutes
  • Fom 9:30am to 9.30pm,  Monday - Saturday (last departure from Ballybrit at 9:15pm)
  • From 11am - 7pm on Sundays (last trip from the Coach Station at 6:45pm)

On 24 Dec, Christmas Eve, the last bus will leave the city-centre in the early evening - the exact time is to be advised, last year it was 5:30pm.

Unlike 2015/16, this year's service will not extend into the New Year, and will not operate in the early morning (7:30 - 9:30am).


The flat-fare is €3 per car,  This includes all-day parking, and return bus travel for as many passengers, adults or children, as were in the car.


Buses use the most appropriate route between the race-course and the city centre.   The service is non-stop, with no pick-ups or drop-offs along the way.

See Galway City Christmas holiday bus services (coming soon) for information about regular city bus services during this period.