Car Hire at Galway
This information is correct as of August 2015.
There are no public transport services from Galway Airport to pretty much anywhere. This shouldn't be a problem, considering that there are car rental providers in the city. Use Skyscanner to find out which car rental companies provide service at Galway. From the city, there are plenty of scenic drives you can take.
Where to hire a car at Galway
On 31 October 2011, the Galway Airport ceased all commercial operations. The airport was closed in November 2013 as it was announced that its aviation licence would cease. The car rental companies at the airport were closed as well. In January 2015, there was announcement that Galway Airport would reopen for private and commercial flights. However, there have been no announcements regarding re-opening of any car rental companies at the airport.
If you're in Galway and in need of a car rental, there's still a way: Europcar and Budget Car Rental offer their services in the city.
What to expect when hiring a car from Galway
Galway Airport is located in the town of Carnmore, 7.4 kilometres east of Galway City, County Galway, Ireland. It's only a 20-minute drive to the centre via R339. Petrol stations near the airport include Esso on Tuam Road and on Old Dublin Road, Derrydonnell Filling Station on Derrydonnell Cross, Ballybrit Service Station on Ballybrit, and Merlin Park Service Station on Merlin Park, Dublin Road.
Driving around Galway
Traffic in Ireland is on the left side of the road. It would be wise to avoid driving in the town centre, where traffic is often very heavy and parking is expensive. Try the car park at the Dyke Road, just off the Headford road, for one of the more popular car parks near the centre. It is only a five-minute walk from the Eyre Square. The maximum speed limits unless stated otherwise are as follows: 120 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on national roads, 80 km/h on regional roads, 50 km/h in urban areas, and 30 km/h in special areas like schools and hospitals.
Getting to your destination
Connemara in West Ireland is known for its fairy tale-like scenery. It comprises of the cities Carraroe, Claddaghduff, Cleggan, Clifden, leenane, and Spiddal. Many tourists come to see one of the most beautiful places in the world with their own two eyes, whether it be by driving, biking, cycling, or hiking around. Another nice place to visit is Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens, regarded as Ireland's most romantic castle.
From Galway Airport, you can get to Connemara via R336.
The Burren is a region of County Clare, consisting of the towns Corofin, Ballyvaughan, Doolin, Kilfenora, Lisdoonvarna, and Fanore. It is home to one of Ireland's best preserved stone ring forts, Caherconnell Stone Fort. Because The Burren is made up of a huge limestone sheet, only short grasses and wildflowers can grow on the surface.
The Burren is accessible via N18 and N67, via N18 and R460, or via R347.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher at the south-western edge of The Burren region rise 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and reach a maximum height of 214 metres. It is a popular tourist destination, as one will be able to view the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges, and Loop Head from the cliffs. There is a visitor centre called the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience in a hillside approaching the cliffs.
You can drive to the Cliffs of Moher via N67, N18, or R476.