Practical information guide - Arts Festivals Summit (AFS) 2020

How to get to Galway

Airports in Ireland

There is no airport in Galway. If you expect to fly to Ireland you can land in Dublin Airport, the biggest airport of the country. Many airports have direct connections to Dublin. Some countries also have direct flights to either Shannon Airport or Cork Airport. From the airports, there are several ways to get to Galway.  
Please find a flights timetable here.

From Dublin Airport to Galway

Somebody at the airport will be there to help you out. There are three bus services for the route between Dublin Airport & Galway. Tickets can be booked here:

The Bus Eireann line takes longer than the two other lines, which take about 2.5 hours.

There is also a rail service between Dublin & Galway. However you would need to travel to the city first and then to the train station, which is not located in the city centre. Tickets can be booked here: www.irishrail.ie (download timetable here)

From Shannon Airport to Galway

The bus service Bus Eireann connects the Shannon Airport to Galway. Tickets can be booked here: www.expressway.ie
(download transfer options between Shannon airport and Galway

From Cork Airport to Galway

The bus service Bus Eireann connects the Cork Airport to Galway. Tickets can be booked here: www.expressway.ie
(download transfer options between Cork airport and Galway)

Visa requirements

Citizens of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland do not require a visa to travel to Ireland for a conference or an event (the members of the EEA are the 28 countries of the European Union (EU), together with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein). Other EU contries and countries outside of Europe often need to apply for a visa. 

You can check this website to know if you need a visa to enter Ireland: www.inis.gov.ie

If you need more information on travelling to Ireland and how to apply for a visa, you can check this page.

Where to stay

The Galway Bay Hotel, the Conference hotel

We are taking care for the accomodation at the Galway Bay Hotel. EFA Members and all delegates will be accommodated here. 

Hotel price per night: single room €125 / double room €140 (2 nights for free for first delegate of EFA Members)

Galway Bay Hotel
The Promenade
H91 W295, Galway, Ireland 
T: (+353) 91 514 645
info@galwaybayhotel.com
Booking online through the registration form.

Some other hotels in Galway (two-star value lodging):

If you want to arrange your accommodation by yourself, we can recommend the two following hotels

The Imperial Hotel (City Centre)
Eyre Square 
H91 X529, Galway, Ireland
T: (+353) 91 563 033
imperialhotelgalway@gmail.com
Booking online: www.imperialhotelgalway.ie

Flannery's Hotel Galway (within walking distance 1.2km of the GMIT) 
Old Dublin Road
H91 KH64, Galway, Ireland
Tel: (+353) 91 755 111
Booking online: www.flanneryshotelgalway.com

Summit venues

Galway Bay Hotel

Accommodation / AOIFE Arts Festivals Summit Meet Up / Open Podium / Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit / Dinner on Monday, 27 April 2020

The Promenade
H91 W295, Galway, Ireland 
T: (+353) 91 514 645

GMIT Galway Campus

Arts Festivals Summit MeetUp on Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Dublin Road
H91 T8NW, Galway, Ireland
T: (+353) 91 753 161

St Nicholas Collegiate Church

EFA Young Artists Concert on Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Lombard St
H91 PY20, Galway, Ireland
T: (+353) 91 564 648

Nun's Island Theatre

EFA General Assembly on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 

47 Dominick Street 
Galway City, Ireland
T: (+353) 91 565 886