Getting to NUI Galway By Car

nuigalway-research-facilitiesFrom the South (Cork / Limerick / Shannon Airport) N18

From the South (Cork, Limerick) approach Galway on the N18. Pass straight through Ennis, Gort, Ardrahan and Clarinbridge. You will arrive at Oranmore roundabout (the first of many roundabouts as you approach Galway).

Bypass Oranmore village by going straight through this roundabout and the next, which is only about 0.5 km further on (take the 2nd exit at both).

Please skip to ‘Oranmore to NUI Galway’, below.

From the North / East (Dublin / Belfast) N6

From the East or North (Dublin, Belfast) approach Galway on the N6. Pass straight through Athlone, Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Craughwell. You will arrive at Oranmore roundabout (the first of many roundabouts as you approach Galway).

Bypass Oranmore village by taking the third exit from this roundabout and going straight through the next, which is only about 0.5 km further on.

Oranmore to NUI Galway

On approaching Galway, follow signs for Galway / Clifden N59.

  1. Follow the dual carriageway (still the N6) to the ‘Martin’ (next) roundabout (about 3km) and take the 2nd exit (signposted Galway West).
  2. Proceed to the ‘Lynch’ (next) roundabout (about 1km) and take the 2nd exit (signposted Galway / N6).
  3. At the ‘Morris’ (next) roundabout take the 2nd exit (signposted Clifden).
  4. At the ‘Font’ (next) roundabout take 2nd exit (signposted Clifden).
  5. Approximately 2 Km later, take the 2nd exit on the ‘Kirwan’ (next) roundabout.
  6. At the ‘Bodkin’ (traffic light controlled) (next) roundabout, take the 4th exit (signposted Clifden / N59).
  7. At the next traffic lights, turn left (signposted Lower Salthill).
  8. At the next set of traffic lights (with the AIB bank on the left), turn left on to Distillery Road. This is the entrance for all car parks for the University. (You can see this point on the map labeled with a red arrow as “Entrance to all car parks via distillery road” – http://www.nuigalway.ie/about/map.html).
Approaching from West Galway (N59)

On entering Galway, you will pass through traffic lights in Dangan (Westwood Hotel is to your right)

Continue on, passing Corrib Village (Baile na Coirbe) on your left. Go through the next traffic lights (you are now on Newcastle Road). Continue until the next set of traffic lights (AIB bank on the left) and turn left (you are now on Distillery Road). This is the entrance for all car parks for the University. (You can see this point on the map labeled with a red arrow as “Entrance to all car parks via distillery road” – http://www.nuigalway.ie/about/map.html)

Approaching from Airports (Dublin, Galway, Knock, Shannon)

From Dublin Airport

  1. Follow signs marked ‘Way Out’ or ‘Dublin’
  2. After 0.5Km take the 2nd exit (signposted Dublin) from the roundabout to join Motorway M1
  3. 0.8Km later, at the Airport Interchange, take the 2nd exit (signposted Dublin)
  4. Branch left (signposted M50 Southbound) 2.1Km later and at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit (M50)
  5. After 12.1Km, you will come to the west link toll bridge. The cost for a car is currently 1.30 Euros.
  6. Take the first exit from the motorway after the toll bridge. At the roundabout, take the third exit (signposted ‘the west’)
  7. Follow signs for Galway
  8. See directions From the North / East (Dublin / Belfast) N6, above

From Galway Airport

  1. Follow signs Galway R339
  2. 3.5Km later take the 3rd exit at the roundabout (signposted N6 / Galway)
  3. After 1.8km take the 2nd exit at the roundabout – signposted ‘Galway East’ (N6)
  4. At the next roundabout (0.64Km later) take the 1st exit (signposted City Centre / R336)
  5. 1.61Km later, take the 3rd exit from the roundabout (signposted Clifden, Oughterard / N6)
  6. At the next roundabout (0.64Km later) take the 3rd exit
  7. In 1.1Km turn left at the traffic lights
  8. Continue until the next set of traffic lights (AIB bank on the left) and turn left (you are now on Distillery Road). This is the entrance for all car parks for the University. (You can see this point on the map labeled with a red arrow as “Entrance to all car parks via distillery road” – http://www.nuigalway.ie/about/map.html)

From Knock Airport

  1. On leaving the airport, you will come to crossroads after 1.6Km. Turn right (signposted Galway / N17)
  2. Follow the N17 for 81.3Km (passing through Kilkelly, Ballindine (bear right), Milltown, Tuam and Claregalway)
  3. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit (signposted City Centre / R336)
  4. 1.6Km later, take the 3rd exit from the roundabout (signposted Clifden, Oughterard / N6)
  5. At the next roundabout (0.64Km later) take the 3rd exit
  6. In 1.1Km turn left at the traffic lights
  7. Continue until the next set of traffic lights (AIB bank on the left) and turn left (you are now on Distillery Road). This is the entrance for all car parks for the University. (You can see this point on the map labeled with a red arrow as “Entrance to all car parks via distillery road” – http://www.nuigalway.ie/about/map.html)

From Shannon Airport

  1. Follow signs for Galway, Limerick / N18, N19
  2. After 3km, go straight through the roundabout
  3. Go straight through the next roundabout, 1.5Km later
  4. After 1.5Km, take the first exit from the roundabout (signposted Galway, Ennis / N18)
  5. Continue on the N18 through Clarecastle and Ennis
  6. See directions From the South (Cork / Limerick / Shannon Airport) N18, above

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