Galway to Limerick on Expressway Route X51

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Galway to Limerick on Expressway Route X51

Departing from Galway Bus Station, the Expressway Route X51 bus travels express to Limerick and back via the M18 motorway. It travels on the Dublin Road, arriving at Limerick Bus Station in Limerick City.

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Services and Stops

Departing from Galway Bus Station, the Expressway Route X51 bus travels express to Limerick and back via the M18 motorway. With a total 10 services a day from Galway and 9 from Limerick, Route X51 is one of the most convenient ways of travelling between these two cultural hotspots on the West Coast of Ireland.

The X51 also passes through Shannon Airport for your convenience.

Notable stops:

Galway Coach Station

Galway Coach Station and WebWorks is located at the junction of Forster Street, College Road and the Fairgreen Rd a short stroll from Eyre Square. The station major transport hub comprising 14 bays and is fully equipped with waiting rooms, and coffee shops.

Galway Bus Station marks the start of the X51 route.

Limerick Bus Station

Limerick Bus Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is situated on the same site as Limerick Train Station.

A short stroll to main to Parnell Plaza, Limerick City Gallery of Art, and a host of museums, cafes, bars and shops, the X51 puts you right in the heart of this vibrant city.


Galway to Limerick Journey Time

The journey time from Galway to Limerick is approximately just 1 hour and 20 minutes.

For your convenience and comfort, onboard services include extra-comfortable seats, Wi-Fi access and charging points.


Galway to Limerick Coaches

Expressway coaches are a byword for comfort - reclining leather seats, air conditioning, sockets for charging any phones and laptops you might have, free Wi-Fi onboard, and plenty of room for any luggage you may have. Our fleet of brand new coaches will ensure your journey is Way Better.


Arriving in Galway

The Galway Bus station is located in the heart of the city, just a short stroll from Eyre’s Square.

Visitors to Galway have a host of bars, restaurants and accommodation within walking distance from the station while passengers can also board Expressway buses to other locations direct from the station.

Staying in Galway

Bus Éireann operates a city bus service in Galway that connects the community with hospitals, schools, shopping and tourist attractions.

For more information, please see: www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=459

Travel to Hospitals in Galway

The largest hospital in the region is University Hospital Galway (UHG) located on the Newcastle Road, wile the city and our services also cater to the Merlin University Hospital.

Shopping in Galway

Galway has a wide range of shopping options. Choose from Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Corbett Court Shopping Centre on Williamsgate Street, or Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road.

In addition, you can find an abundance of arts, crafts and artisan food shops in the city centre. The Galway Market in Church Lane by St Nicholas' Church, takes place every Saturday and has been going for hundreds of years. It sells a wide array of fresh locally produced food and crafts items.

Galway Tourist Attractions

Galway City is located right in the middle of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way which stretches all the way from Donegal in the Northwest to West Cork. The ‘City of Tribes’ offers easy access to the wilds of Connemara and the Aran islands.

In Galway city itself Spanish Arch, a focal point built in 1584 is part of the city wall and is located within the city’s bohemian Latin Quarter abundant with coffee shops, cafes, bars and unique West of Ireland gift shops.

Galway City Museum which offers a detailed explanation of the city’s history and hosts year-round art exhibitions. It also has a cosy coffee shop.

Galway harbour offers both a tranquil setting, as well as being home to local and international sailing events.

With three swimming pools, an events centre for concerts and shows, a playground for children and a state-of-the-art gym, Leisureland is definitely worth a visit and especially with children. Located in Salthill – a five minute drive from Galway City Centre, it is easily accessed from the city centre with Bus Éireann.

Galway Events

Galway Arts Festival: Every July, Galway comes alive as the city is taken over by one of the biggest arts festival’s in the country. Choose from a wide range of visual art, theatre, dance, literature and musical events and expect a fantastic atmosphere throughout the city.

Galway Film Fleadh: It’s one of the biggest film festivals of the year – and if you’re a film buff - you don’t want to miss the Galway Film Fleadh.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature: The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is one of Ireland’s premier literary events features a host of well-known writers and literary experts from all over the world.


Arriving in Limerick

Stepping off in Limerick doesn’t mean your journey ends there – in fact, with Expressway’s extensive network of services you can access some of Ireland’s best Western towns and cities.

Bus Éireann operates a city bus service in Limerick that connects the community with hospitals, schools, shopping and tourist attractions. Timetables accessible here.

Staying in Limerick

Limerick is one of Ireland’s most established and well known cities making it a perfect place for tourists and domestic adventurers alike.

Shopping in Limerick

Limerick City has a great selection of small family-run shops, stylish boutiques and modern department stores.

Retail centres in the city include the Arthur’s Quay shopping centre, the Crescent Shopping Centre in Dooradoyle which is the largest shopping centre outside Dublin, and the Parkway Shopping Centre on the Dublin Road.

At Limerick Milk Market (open to 3pm each day) you can purchase a range of organic and artisan food products.

Tourist Attractions

King John’s Castle is a 13th-century structure located on King's Island next to the River Shannon in Limerick City Centre. The castle has an interpretative centre which offers an interactive learning experience with guides wearing full costume.

Founded in 1168, St Mary’s Cathedral on Bridge Street in Limerick is the oldest and most historic buildings in Limerick and no trip to the city is complete without a visit.

Make sure to check out Limerick Museum, located in City Hall, Merchants Quay, Limerick. Founded in 1906, it houses a wide range of historic artefacts and documents which tell the story of the city.

The Hunt Museum is also well worth a visit. Established to house a collection of approximately 2,000 works of art and antiquities collected by London art dealers John and Gertrude Hunt in their lifetime, there are year-round exhibitions, an attractive gift shop and a coffee shop on site.

Events

Limerick Literary Festival: Don’t miss the Limerick Literary Festival taking place this year from February 26 to 28. With a range of talks and readings by top authors, workshops for writers and literary walks this is a great event for anyone who loves a good book.

The Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance: The Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance takes place at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Expect tons of traditional music sessions and dancing like you’ve never seen before.

Horse Racing at Limerick Race Course: Head to Limerick Race Course for a great day out with all the family. Whether it's a family occasion, a corporate event, or you're a serious punter looking for a great day's racing. Get there with Bus Éireann route 320 or 321.

Hospitals

The Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Croom, Co Limerick is the biggest hospital in Limerick. St John’s Hospital on St John’s Square can also be accessed. Barrington Hospital on George’s Quay in Limerick City offers a wide range of medical services and specialises in orthopaedics. You can also chose to attend University Maternity Hospital on Henry Street in the centre of Limerick.

Dublin Transport Links

When you’re in Dublin, the best way to get around is either with:

Dublin Bus
Luas
DART

Service Number X51 51 51 51 X51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 51 51 51 51 X51 51
SuX
Cork (Bus Station − Parnell Pl) DEP. - - - - - - 07.25 - 08.25 - 09.25 - 10.25 - 11.25 - 12.25 - 13.25 - 14.25 - 15.25 16.25 17.25 18.25 19.25 - 20.55
Mallow (Town Park) - - - - - - 08.00 - 09.00 - 10.00 - 11.00 - 12.00 - 13.00 - 14.00 - 15.00 - 16.00 17.00 18.00 19.00 20.00 - 21.30
Mallow (Hospital) - - - - - - 08.05 - 09.05 - 10.05 - 11.05 - 12.05 - 13.05 - 14.05 - 15.05 - 16.05 17.05 18.05 19.05 20.05 - 21.35
Buttevant (Main St Northbound) - - - - - - 08.15 - 09.15 - 10.15 - 11.15 - 12.15 - 13.15 - 14.15 - 15.15 - 16.15 17.15 18.15 19.15 20.15 - 21.45
Ballyhea (Northbound) - - - - - - 08.21 - 09.21 - 10.21 - 11.21 - 12.21 - 13.21 - 14.21 - 15.21 - 16.21 17.21 18.21 19.21 20.21 - 21.51
Charleville (Moloney Jewellers) - - - - - - 08.30 - 09.30 - 10.30 - 11.30 - 12.30 - 13.30 - 14.30 - 15.30 - 16.30 17.30 18.30 19.30 20.30 - 22.00
Rourkes Cross (N20 Northbound) - - - - - - 08.37 - 09.37 - 10.37 - 11.37 - 12.37 - 13.37 - 14.37 - 15.37 - 16.37 17.37 18.37 19.37 20.37 - 22.07
Limerick (Bus Station) ARR. - - - - - - 09.10 10.10 11.10 12.10 13.10 14.10 15.10 16.10 17.10 18.10 19.10 20.10 21.10 22.40
Limerick (Bus Station) DEP. 06.45 - 07.25 08.25 09.15 - 09.25 10.15 10.25 11.15 11.25 12.15 12.25 13.15 13.25 14.15 14.25 15.15 15.25 16.15 16.25 17.15 17.25 18.25 19.25 20.25 - 21.35 -
Shannon Airport (Departures Gate) ARR. | - 07.54 D 08.54 D | - 09.54 D | 10.54 D | 11.54 D | 12.54 D | 13.54 D | 14.54 D | 15.54 D | 16.54 D | 17.54 D 18.54 D 19.54 D 20.54 D - | -
Shannon Airport (Stop B) DEP. 07.10 - 07.55 P 08.55 P | 09.30 09.55 P | 10.55 P | 11.55 P | 12.55 P 13.40 13.55 P | 14.55 P | 15.55 P 16.40 16.55 P | 17.55 P 18.55 P 19.55 P 20.55 P - 22.00 P -
Clarecastle (Opposite Vision House) | - 08.15 09.15 | | 10.15 11.15 - 12.15 - 13.15 - 14.15 - 15.15 - 16.15 - 17.15 - 18.15 19.15 20.15 21.15 - |
Ennis (Bus Station) | 07.10 08.25 09.25 | | 10.25 | 11.25 | 12.25 | 13.25 | 14.25 | 15.25 | 16.25 | 17.25 | 18.25 19.25 20.25 21.25 - | -
Crusheen (Garda Station) | 07.25 08.40 09.40 | | 10.40 | 11.40 | 12.40 | 13.40 | 14.40 | 15.40 | 16.40 | 17.40 | 18.40 19.40 20.40 21.40 - | -
Gort (Market Square) | 07.40 08.55 09.55 | | 10.55 | 11.55 | 12.55 | 13.55 | 14.55 | 15.55 | 16.55 | 17.55 | 18.55 19.55 20.55 21.55 - | -
Labane (School) | 07.47 09.02 10.02 | | 11.02 | 12.02 | 13.02 | 14.02 | 15.02 | 16.02 | 17.02 | 18.02 | 19.02 20.02 21.02 22.02 - | -
Ardrahan (Garda Station) | 07.50 09.05 10.05 | | 11.05 | 12.05 | 13.05 | 14.05 | 15.05 | 16.05 | 17.05 | 18.05 | 19.05 20.05 21.05 22.05 - | -
Kilcolgan (Nilands Shop) | 08.00 09.15 10.15 | | 11.15 | 12.15 | 13.15 | 14.15 | 15.15 | 16.15 | 17.15 | 18.15 | 19.15 20.15 21.15 22.15 - | -
Clarenbridge (Sherrys) | 08.05 09.20 10.20 | | 11.20 | 12.20 | 13.20 | 14.20 | 15.20 | 16.20 | 17.20 | 18.20 | 19.20 20.20 21.20 22.20 - | -
Oranmore (Opp Oran Town Centre) | 08.15 09.30 10.30 | | 11.30 | 12.30 | 13.30 | 14.30 | 15.30 | 16.30 | 17.30 | 18.30 | 19.30 20.30 21.30 22.30 - | -
Dublin Rd (Opp GMIT) ARR.  D 08.20 D 09.35 D 10.35 D  D  D 11.35 D  D 12.35 D  D 13.35 D  D 14.35 D  D 15.35 D  D 16.35 D  D 17.35 D  D 18.35 D  D 19.35 D 20.35 D 21.35 D 22.35 D -  D -
Galway (Bus Station) ARR. 08.20 08.30 09.45 10.45 10.35 10.40 11.45 11.35 12.45 12.35 13.45 13.35 14.45 14.50 15.45 15.35 16.45 16.35 17.45 17.50 18.45 18.35 19.45 20.45 21.45 22.45 - 23.10 -
Service Number X51 51 51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 X51 51 51
Galway (Bus Station) DEP. 05.00 - - 07.05 08.00 08.05 09.00 09.05 10.00 10.05 11.00 11.05 12.00 12.05 13.00 13.05 14.00 14.05 15.00 15.05 16.00 16.05 17.00 17.05 18.00 18.05 19.00 19.05 20.05
Dublin Rd (GMIT)  P - - 07.10  P 08.10 P  P 09.10 P  P 10.10 P  P 11.10 P  P 12.10 P  P 13.10 P  P 14.10 P  P 15.10 P  P 16.10 P  P 17.10 P  P 18.10 P  P 19.10 P 20.10 P
Oranmore (Oran Town Centre) | - - 07.15 | 08.15 | 09.15 | 10.15 | 11.15 | 12.15 | 13.15 | 14.15 | 15.15 | 16.15 | 17.15 | 18.15 19.15 20.15
Clarenbridge (Church) | - - 07.22 | 08.22 | 09.22 | 10.22 | 11.22 | 12.22 | 13.22 | 14.22 | 15.22 | 16.22 | 17.22 | 18.22 19.22 20.22
Kilcolgan (N67 Crossroad) | - - 07.25 | 08.25 | 09.25 | 10.25 | 11.25 | 12.25 | 13.25 | 14.25 | 15.25 | 16.25 | 17.25 | 18.25 19.25 20.25
Ardrahan (Opp Garda Station) | - - 07.35 | 08.35 | 09.35 | 10.35 | 11.35 | 12.35 | 13.35 | 14.35 | 15.35 | 16.35 | 17.35 | 18.35 19.35 20.35
Labane (Opp School) | - - 07.38 | 08.38 | 09.38 | 10.38 | 11.38 | 12.38 | 13.38 | 14.38 | 15.38 | 16.38 | 17.38 | 18.38 19.38 20.38
Gort (AIB) | - - 07.45 | 08.45 | 09.45 | 10.45 | 11.45 | 12.45 | 13.45 | 14.45 | 15.45 | 16.45 | 17.45 | 18.45 19.45 20.45
Crusheen (Opp Garda Station) | - - 08.05 | 09.05 | 10.05 | 11.05 | 12.05 | 13.05 | 14.05 | 15.05 | 16.05 | 17.05 | 18.05 | 19.05 | 20.05 21.05
Ennis (Bus Station) | - - 08.20 | 09.20 | 10.20 | 11.20 | 12.20 | 13.20 | 14.20 | 15.20 | 16.20 | 17.20 | 18.20 | 19.20 | 20.20 21.20
Clarecastle (Vision House) | - - 08.25 | 09.25 | 10.25 | 11.25 | 12.25 | 13.25 | 14.25 | 15.25 | 16.25 | 17.25 | 18.25 | 19.25 | 20.25 21.25
Shannon Airport (Departures Gate) ARR. | - - 08.49 D | 09.49 D | 10.49 D | 11.49 D | 12.49 D | 13.49 D | 14.49 D | 15.49 D | 16.49 D | 17.49 D | 18.49 D | 19.49 D | 20.49 D 21.49 D
Shannon Airport (Arrivals Gate) DEP. 06.10 - - 08.50 P 09.10 09.50 P | 10.50 P | 11.50 P 12.10 12.50 P | 13.50 P | 14.50 P 15.10 15.50 P | 16.50 P | 17.50 P | 18.50 P | 19.50 P 20.10 20.50 P 21.50 P
Bunratty (Opp Old Creamery Pub) | - - 09.10 | 10.10 | 11.10 | 12.10 | 13.10 | 14.10 | 15.10 | 16.10 | 17.10 | 18.10 | 19.10 | 20.10 | 21.10 22.10
Limerick (Bus Station) ARR. 06.40 - - 09.20 | 10.20 10.20 11.20 11.20 12.20 12.35 13.20 13.20 14.20 14.20 15.20 15.35 16.20 16.20 17.20 17.20 18.20 18.20 19.20 19.20 20.20 20.35 21.20 22.20
Limerick (Bus Station) DEP. - 07.25 08.35 09.35 - 10.35 - 11.35 - 12.35 - 13.35 - 14.35 - 15.35 - 16.35 - 17.35 - 18.35 - 19.35 - 20.35 - - -
Rourkes Cross (N20 Southbound) - 07.53 09.03 10.03 - 11.03 - 12.03 - 13.03 - 14.03 - 15.03 - 16.03 - 17.03 - 18.03 - 19.03 - 20.03 - 21.03 - - -
Charleville (Dillons Florist) - 08.00 09.10 10.10 - 11.10 - 12.10 - 13.10 - 14.10 - 15.10 - 16.10 - 17.10 - 18.10 - 19.10 - 20.10 - 21.10 - - -
Ballyhea (Southbound) - 08.09 09.19 10.19 - 11.19 - 12.19 - 13.19 - 14.19 - 15.19 - 16.19 - 17.19 - 18.19 - 19.19 - 20.19 - 21.19 - - -
Buttevant (Main St Southbound) - 08.15 09.25 10.25 - 11.25 - 12.25 - 13.25 - 14.25 - 15.25 - 16.25 - 17.25 - 18.25 - 19.25 - 20.25 - 21.25 - - -
Mallow (Opp Hospital) - 08.25 09.35 10.35 - 11.35 - 12.35 - 13.35 - 14.35 - 15.35 - 16.35 - 17.35 - 18.35 - 19.35 - 20.35 - 21.35 - - -
Mallow (Town Park) - 08.30 09.40 10.40 - 11.40 - 12.40 - 13.40 - 14.40 - 15.40 - 16.40 - 17.40 - 18.40 - 19.40 - 20.40 - 21.40 - - -
Cork (Bus Station − Parnell Pl) ARR. - 09.15 10.25 11.25 - 12.25 - 13.25 - 14.25 - 15.25 - 16.25 - 17.25 - 18.25 - 19.25 - 20.25 - 21.25 - 22.25 - - -

Key:

P = Pick-up stop only.

D = Drop-off stop only.

SSuX = Operates Monday to Friday - does not operate on Public Holidays.

Please Note:

No services on Christmas Day. Enquire about St.Stephen's Day services.

On other public holidays, services will operate according to normal timetable

we advise passengers travelling to dublin Airport to allow ample time for check-in.

From Galway to Limerick


Depart:
  • Galway (Bus Station) Dur: 1h 20m
  • Dublin Rd (GMIT)
  • Shannon Airport (Arrivals Gate)
    Arrive:
  • Limerick (Bus Station)

    From Limerick to Galway


    Depart:
  • Limerick (Bus Station) Dur: 1h 20m
  • Shannon Airport (Stop B)
  • Dublin Rd (Opp GMIT)
    Arrive:
  • Galway (Bus Station)