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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Galway Christmas Park and Ride service, 2017

The information below is for Christmas 2017. 

 Click here for Park-and-ride information for other years.

A park-and-ride service will be in place for the Christmas 2017 shopping period.

It will run on selected days between Saturday 2 December until Sunday 24 December, 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 on days when the service is operating:
  • 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.

Days of operation

The Park'n'Ride service will run on:
  • Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
  • Thurs 7 December to Sunday 10 December, inclusive
  • Thursday 14 December every day until Sunday 24 December.


The flat-fare is €2 per adult,  This includes all-day parking, and return bus travel for the adults and for any accompanying children ie children travel for free.

The public announcements have not said what age counts as a  child.   However in 2014 the National Transport Authority determined that child-fares apply to all young people until their 19th birthday on services that it subsidises.   It is likely that this rule applies.


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.

More information

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