Getting to the Aran Islands
Two ferry companies operate a regular services from Rossaveal to Kilronan, the main village on Inis Mór. Both companies offer four services a day during peak season evenly spaced between 9am and 6pm. A regular coach service links Galway to Rossaveal which is located about 50km (one hour drive) the city. The crossing takes about 40 minutes. Discount vochers are available to Galway.Net readers (see links below).
For those that prefer to travel by air, Aer Arannoperate a service from Connemara Regional Airport at Inverin. Unfortunately Inverin is also located some distance from Galway city - about a 45 minute drive. A coach service is available from the city. Air fares are competitive with ferry prices and package deals including accommodation are often available. The view from the air on a clear day is amazing so its worth checking out.
Aran Island Ferries4 Foster Street, Galway
Aran Island Ferries was established in 1982 by Paddy and Sally O'Brien, providing a year round service to all three islands. It is a local company situated in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, providing employment for 24 permanent staff and 97 part-time.
The original service was provided by one of the traditional Galway Hookers `An Tonaí` which has been part of the O’Brien family for the past 5 generations. Island Ferries Teo. now have a fast modern fleet of 6 vessels.
The ferry departs from Rossaveal, about 1 hour drive from Galway. There are several extra sailings a day during peak season. A coach service is available to shuttle people to/from Rossaveal.
Aer Arann (Islands)Connemara Regional Airport, Inverin, Co. Galway
Originally a small airline servicing the three Aran Islands, but have now expanded to offer intercity and international routes.
The Aran Islands service operates from Connemara Regional Airport at Inverin (about 27km from Galway city). An hourly service is available during peak season. Flight time is only 10 minutes (although the drive to Connemara Airport is at least 40 minutes!) The fare is competitive with the ferry companies and the view from the air is amazing.
Aer Arann also operate a regular service to Dublin and London (Luton) from Galway Airport which is located only a few miles from the city.