Getting Here

How to get to Ballina Co. Mayo

Ballina town boasts a regular Irish Rail and bus service, and is located just 1.5 hours’ drive from the bustling Galway city, one hour from Sligo and just three hours’ drive from Dublin.

How to get to Ballina by air

Ballina is just 40 minutes’ drive from Ireland West Airport, near Charlestown, which offers routes to the UK and mainland Europe. There are public transport links from the airport to Ballina. There are scheduled flights to Ireland from a number of European locations. For flight information, visit the Ireland West Airport website. Car hire is available at the aiport, as are taxi services. For route information from the airport, see below.

From Dublin Airport,  follow the signs for the N4 until you reach Mullingar, then head west via the N5.

Getting here by car

From the East (Dublin Airport/Dublin, Ireland West Airport Knock):  Take the M1 and M50 from Dublin Aiport, then exit onto the N4/M4 towards Galway/Westport. Follow the road past Mullingar, and take the N5 signposted Westport. Take the right turn signposted Swinford (the gateway to Mayo North) and follow the N26 through beautiful Foxford to Ballina.

Journey time: Dublin Airport – Ballina: 2 hours 45 mins. Toll bridge en route – cos €2.90 per car each way

From the South (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Shannon Airport): Take the N20 from Cork to Limerick. From Limerick and Shannon Airport, follow the M/N18 to Galway. From Galway, take the N17 to Claremorris, before turning off to take the N60 to Castlebar, then the N, N58 and N26 to Ballina.

Journey times to Ballina: Cork: 3 hours 40 mins | Limerick: 2 hours 45 mins | Shannon Airport: 2 hours 20 mins | Galway: 1 hour 40 mins

From the North (Belfast/Enniskillen): Take the M1 as far East as Moygashel, then follow the A4 through Enniskillen to Belcoo. Then take the N16 to Sligo, followed by the N59 to Ballina.

Journey time: Belfast – Ballina: 3 hours 9 mins

From the North (Letterkenny/Sligo): Take the N13 to Ballybofey, then the N15 to Sligo, followed by the N59 to Ballina.

Journey times to Ballina: Letterkenny: 2 hours 25 mins | Sligo: 55 minutes

How to get to Ballina by bus

From the East (Dublin Airport/Dublin) Bus Eireann runs a regular bus service from Dublin Airport and Dublin, which stops in certain locations along the route. Search for Route 22. View timetable

From the South (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Shannon Airport): There is no direct bus route from Cork to Ballina, however it is possible to link: Cork – Limerick – Shannon Airport – Ennis – Galway (Route 51 – click here for timetable) then Galway – Westport – Ballina (click here for timetable)

From the North (Belfast): There is no direct bus route from Belfast to Ballina, however it is possible to link via Bus Eireann: Belfast – Eniskillen  | Enniskillen – Sligo – Ballina

From the North (Derry/Letterkenny/Donegal/Sligo): No direct bus route, however it is possible to link: Derry – Sligo (click here for timetable) | Enniskillen – Sligo – Ballina (click here for timetable)

Getting here by Train

There is a regular train service from Dublin (Heuston) to Ballina. Take the Westport line, and there is a speedy interchange at Manulla Junction, near Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

A full timetable can be generated here.


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