BACKPACKER INDEX: US$74.52
Galway hotel prices
Especially since Galway’s weather is by far the nicest and most predictable during summer, this is also definitely high season. The peak season at Galway hotels and hostels in July and August, but May, June, and September are also considered high season at most places.
The Christmas holiday period can also be busy so if you are planning on coming then you should book as far in advance as possible. Aside from that you should have no problem finding a room upon arrival if you are traveling from October through April.
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Galway is a charming city with a compact center that contrasts nicely with the hustle and bustle of Dublin. It’s the best place to see traditional music performances, which are often free in pubs throughout the city. Hotels in Galway are reasonably priced compared to those in the capital as well, as are the few hostels with dorm rooms in the city.
There aren’t many real attractions as such in the city, as it’s more of a jumping off point for trips to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands among other places. The pleasant downtown near the docks is worth part of a day at least.
Food and drinks in Galway are, once again, more affordable than in Dublin, but still expensive by many other standards. Pints of Guinness are about one euro less here, for example, but still more expensive than in places like Berlin or Amsterdam.
Galway attraction prices
|Sightseeing bus tour||The official Galway tourist offices sell tickets to this tour that loops around to all the main sights in an hour.||adults||13.70|
|Cliffs of Moher bus tour||Many companies run these popular tours to the nearby cliffs plus Burren. Tours stop at cliffs for 2 hours and are all the same price.||adults||34.25|
|Galway walking tour||Spend 90 minutes with a guide exploring the historic city center.||adults||13.70|
Galway Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||20.55 - 34.25|
|Train from Dublin to Galway||13.70 - 34.25|
|Ferry to Aran Islands (return)||27.40 - 34.25|
|Bus from Galway to Aran Islands ferry||8.22 - 9.59|
|3km taxi ride in Galway||8.90 - 10.96|
|Public bus ride in Galway||2.47|
Galway food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Many hotels include breakfast. If yours doesn't you've got several options in the city center.||5.48 - 8.22|
|Budget lunch||There are small restaurants everywhere you look, including many pubs that serve food as well.||8.22 - 13.70|
|Budget dinner||Many pubs have dinner specials and also host casual traditional music performances.||10.96 - 16.44|
|Pint of beer||Guinness is available everywhere, as are local lagers. Prices are lower in Galway than in Dublin, thankfully.||4.79 - 6.16|
|McDonald's Big Mac||This price is for a Big Mac alone. Add another 70% for a "meal deal."||5.14|
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|Airports||Galway Airport (GWY), Shannon Airport (SNN)|
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Galway has a very mild climate, with temperatures during summer rarely becoming uncomfortable and also rarely going below freezing during winter. The city does receive far more rain than Dublin though, so even if you aren’t bringing rain gear for that stop then you might still need it here. The warm summer months, from May through September, are also the driest months.
Rain can come down in buckets here, unlike the steady drizzle you might get in London, so it’s a good idea to bring protective gear or clothes, especially if you are coming outside of summer.
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