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There is a regular ferry service 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.

For those that prefer to travel by air, Aer Arann operate 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.

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1. Aran Island Ferries

Telephone: +353 91 568903 / +353 91 572050

Fax: +353 91 568538


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.

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2. Aran Direct

Telephone: +353 91 566535

Fax: +353 91 534315


Aran Direct offers daily sailings to all three Aran Islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr) on Galway's newest luxury ferries. Known as “The Islander’s Choice”, Aran Direct is owned and operated by Islanders.

The ferries leave from Rossaveal in County Galway, and there is an optional private bus transfer from Galway City. Aran Direct's ferries are the only ferries with exclusive Electronic Stabilisers that ensure a smooth, safe and comfortable crossing. The service operates all year round.

Aran Direct has two ticket offices in Galway City Centre - at 29 Forster Street (opposite the main Tourist.Office), and also at Port Cafe, 124 Eyre Square. The office at Port Cafe is just around the corner from the bus departure point, and has internet facilities, gaming computers and a cafe that opens from 8 till late.

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3. Doolin Ferries, The Pier, Doolin, Co Clare., tel: +353 65 7074455/7071710
4. O’Malley’s Ferries, Clare Island, Westport, Co. Mayo, tel: +353 98 25045
5. Inishbofin Island Ferry, Inishbofin, Co. Galway, tel: +353 95 45903
6. Clare Island Ferry Co. Ltd., Clare Island, Westport, Co. Mayo, tel: +353 98 28288
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