Daily Costs to visit Galway, Ireland: our guide to prices and cost of living

Heading to the City of Tribes? We’ve rounded up the daily costs to visit Galway, Ireland, so your trip won’t break the bank.

Daily Costs to visit Galway, Ireland: our guide to prices and cost of living.

Galway is one of the most popular cities to visit in Ireland, and for good reason. Situated along Ireland’s glorious Atlantic Ocean coast, Galway is colourful, charming, and, most of all, great craic!

The city is alive with students, tourists, musicians, creatives, and local Galwegians, so the cost of living can vary across the city. But, if you find the right spots, you can enjoy all Galway has to offer within a reasonable price range.

To take off the pressure, we have a look at the daily costs to visit Galway, Ireland.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Galway, Ireland:

  • Avoid the weekends if you can. Although there is always a brilliant weekend to be enjoyed the city, weekdays are always a safe bet to avoid the crowds!
  • Prepare for rain. Galway is notorious for its rainy climate and unpredictable weather conditions, so always pack an umbrella or rain jacket for your trip.
  • In terms of public transportation, there is a city bus service throughout Galway that is affordable, reliable, and frequent in its cross-city journeys. Taxis are generally not necessary when visiting Galway.
  • There is free entertainment everywhere! You can see talented buskers and bands on the city’s main streets, and there’s world-class trad performed daily in bars across town.
  • Remember, there are limited public toilet facilities across the city.

Accommodation – the best and cheapest places to stay in Galway

Kinlay House is a POD hostel.
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There is a wealth of options for places to stay in Galway. The cheapest option for your stay is to book a bed in one of the city hostels. The Kinlay Hostel and Galway City Hostel are affordable, fun and excellently located in Eyre Square.

The Kinlay is a POD hostel providing private bed spaces for the price of a bunk. If you’re seeking privacy and comfort, consider checking out the luxurious Nest Boutique in Salthill by the beach, with private rooms on offer for as little as €60.

AirBnB is also commonly used in the city.

Prices: €25+

READ MORE: Our guide to the best hotels in Galway city centre.

Travel – the daily cost of getting around Galway, Ireland 

Daily Costs to visit Galway, Ireland: our guide to prices and cost of living.
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You can travel comfortably by train from Dublin to Galway for €32 return, and by bus with GoBus or Citylink for €25. Both services are reliable and offer student, children, and family discounts.

The inner-city buses in Galway all leave from Eyre Square and can be tracked via the TFI live app. A single adult fare is just €2.20. If you plan on using the buses more than twice, you can avail of a daysaver ticket for €3.80.

Local taxi companies offer lower-priced rides than FreeNow in Galway, but walking is always an easy option as it’s a relatively small city!

Prices: average €3-4

Tours and attractions – activities for your trip to Galway

The museum is free to enter.
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Tribe Tours in Galway offers a free walking tour of the city that is 1.5 hours in duration.

If you want to see some of the pubs Galway is famous for, you can book their Tribes Pub Crawl for just €15 per person for 5 hours of craic and conversation in the beautiful bars of Galway.

The Galway City Museum is free to enter and is located on the Spanish Arch, which is an attraction in itself. The Outset Gallery in the city centre is also free, and there are art installations all around the city, especially in the summer months and festival season. 

Prices: maximum €15

RELATED: The IB4UD guide to the best walking tours in Galway.

Food and drink – the best and most affordable places to eat and drink in Galway

Daily Costs to visit Galway, Ireland: our guide to prices and cost of living.
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Besides the top-class Michelin-rated restaurants, food is generally of good value and great quality in Galway!

For the best value coffee and treats, get yourself to one of the many Gourmet Tart Co. cafes across the city, with all hot drinks priced below €3 and delicious pastries for €2.

Pub food is popular in Galway, and a hearty meal can be had in most spots for an average cost of €15. Top tip: Xian Street Food serves tasty dishes for as little as €5.50!

For more formal dining, an average meal of three courses costs at least €35 without drinks. Early bird specials are offered in the excellent Brasserie on the Corner. Moroccan restaurant High Café and Asian joint Umbrella Asian Tapas operate a BYOB service.

For drinks, a pint of Guinness will cost below €6 in the city, on average. Cocktails are priced at €11 minimum, and glasses of wine fall at an average of €7-€10.

Prices: €5-€40

INSIDER TIPS: Our guide to unexpectedly epic restaurants in Galway.

Overall spend – getting the most of your daily costs to visit Galway, Ireland

A day visit can be done with as little as €50 by planning your trip well.
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A day visit to Galway can be done with as little as €50 by planning your trip well, booking in advance, and enjoying the free entertainment within the city centre.

If you stay for a day of food, drinks, fun, and a comfortable rest afterwards, €100 would potentially be sufficient funding for your trip.

Whatever the budget, we assure you you’ll have a great time in this lively and vibrant city!

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Daily Costs to visit Galway, Ireland: our guide to prices and cost of living.
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Currency: Remember that Galway, like the rest of the Republic of Ireland, uses the euro. Should your trip take you to Northern Ireland, you will need pounds sterling.

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Day trips: The city is a great place from which to take day trips to incredible sites like the Aran Islands and Connemara National Park.

Airport: As mentioned, public transport will get you from Dublin Airport to Galway with ease. Several international flights also arrive at Shannon Airport and Knock Airport, both of which are about an hour’s drive from Galway.

Your questions answered about the daily costs to visit Galway, Ireland

Daily Costs to visit Galway, Ireland: our guide to prices and cost of living.
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What are the best attractions in Galway? 

Salthill Beach is beautiful, as is the walk along the promenade that borders it. Salthill Promenade has arcades, amusements, restaurants, quaint pubs, and casinos.

The beach is just a 25-minute walk from the city centre. Alternatively, you can hop on the 401 bus in Eyre Square.

The Spanish Arch, Woodquay, Galway Cathedral, Eyre Square, and the Long Walk are stunning attractions in the city centre. 

What’s the weather like in Galway?

Due to being located along the coast, Galway is prone to windy and rainy conditions, but temperatures in the summer are most often in the 15-20 degrees Celsius range. 

What is there to do while in Galway? 

Galway is famous for its fabulous pubs and talented musicians, and live music is played in the city seven nights a week. Moreover, the Galway International Arts Festival takes place every July and is jam-packed with events and experiences.

Strolling the colourful side streets is a popular activity in Galway, as is going to one of the four beaches within the city. Bear in mind that some activities will add to the daily costs to visit Galway, Ireland.

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