Galway prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$75.56   
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Galway hotel prices

Hotel type
Price(USD)
Hostel bed
18.06 - 25.00
star
44.44 - 83.33
starstar
59.72 - 91.67
starstarstar
66.67 - 151.39
starstarstarstar
105.56 - 250.00
starstarstarstarstar
183.33 - 416.67


hotel seasons

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

Location Description Type Price(USD)
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 13.89
sen/students 11.11
child 6.94
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 34.72
sen/students 27.78
child 20.83
Galway walking tour Spend 90 minutes with a guide exploring the historic city center. adults 13.89

Galway Transportation prices

  Price range
(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center 20.83 - 34.72
Train from Dublin to Galway 13.89 - 34.72
Ferry to Aran Islands (return) 27.78 - 34.72
Bus from Galway to Aran Islands ferry 8.33 - 9.72
3km taxi ride in Galway 9.03 - 11.11
Public bus ride in Galway 2.50

Galway food and drink prices

Food type   Price
(USD)
Budget breakfast Many hotels include breakfast. If yours doesn't you've got several options in the city center. 5.56 - 8.33
Budget lunch There are small restaurants everywhere you look, including many pubs that serve food as well. 8.33 - 13.89
Budget dinner Many pubs have dinner specials and also host casual traditional music performances. 11.11 - 16.67
Pint of beer Guinness is available everywhere, as are local lagers. Prices are lower in Galway than in Dublin, thankfully. 4.86 - 6.25
McDonald's Big Mac This price is for a Big Mac alone. Add another 70% for a "meal deal." 5.21

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Galway facts

Population 73,000
Metro area 230,000
Time zone UTC+0
Currency Euro
Airports Galway Airport (GWY), Shannon Airport (SNN)

Avg temps & precip

english
metric
Hi F Lo F Precip Inch
Jan 49 40 4.7
Feb 49 39 3.1
Mar 51 40 3.5
Apr 55 42 2.6
May 60 46 3.0
Jun 65 51 3.0
Jul 68 54 2.7
Aug 67 54 4.0
Sep 63 51 4.3
Oct 58 48 5.1
Nov 53 43 4.5
Dec 50 41 4.8

Weather Advice

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.

Sunrise and sunset

  Sunrise Sunset
21 Mar 6:37am 6:51pm
21 Jun 5:08am 10:08pm
21 Sep 7:20am 7:38pm
21 Dec 8:49am 4:19pm