Dublin to Galway with Expressway route X20

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Temporary Schedule in Operation from 7 June 2020

From Sunday 7 June and until further notice, this service will operate on a reduced schedule. To view the updated timetable, click here.

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Services and Stops

With 7 services each day, the X20 connects the two major cities and cultural hubs of Dublin and Galway.

Departing from Busáras Bus Station in Dublin non-stop to Athlone and on to Galway, the Expressway X20 bus service travels via the M6 motorway to Galway and back - providing a direct route straight into the heart of both cities.

It also conveniently passes through Dublin Airport, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Loughrea Co Galway en route, arriving at the bus station in Galway City Centre.

Notable stops:

Dublin Airport

Departures from Galway start at 07:30 am, and end at 20.00 pm, so no matter when your flight time is, with the X20, you’ll get to the airport in ample time. And on your return home, we operate services throughout the day up until 20:20 pm.

With the X20 passengers are dropped right outside the terminal, so the next time you’re heading to the airport from Galway, go stress-free with Expressway.

For more information on our airport services, click here.

For more information on Dublin Airport, click here.


Dublin to Galway Travel Time

The journey time between Dublin and Galway is approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes. Not only is the Expressway Route 20 service one of the fastest ways of travelling between Dublin and Galway, it's also one of the most convenient,


Dublin to Galway 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 Dublin

Stepping off in our city’s capital opens up the entire island of Ireland for any prospective passengers travelling on, with our extensive services from Dublin giving you unparalleled access to the island of Ireland. See our list of related routes for details.

Dublin Tourist Attractions

If you’re looking for a good day out, you could do worse than to spoil yourself with the historic delights of the Capital.

From the Book of Kells in the glorious surroundings of Trinity College , to the National Museum and Gallery, some of Ireland’s most storied sculptures and artefacts are just a 5 minute walk from Busáras.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head North to Glasnevin, and learn about the heroes of Ireland’s revolutionary past in Glasnevin Cemetery.

A trip to the northside is never complete without a visit to the GAA’s home of Croke Park – in the museum you can learn all about the heritage and history of our national sports.

Shopping in Dublin

If you’re heading to Dublin for a day out, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice. From high street shopping in Grafton Street, to some of Ireland’s best bars and restaurants, Dublin dwellers are spoilt for choice.

Dublin Transport Links

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

Dublin Bus
Luas
DART

Monday to Friday
Service Number X20 20 X20 X20 20 X20 X20 20 20 X20 X20 20
Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd, Zone 14 Stop 13) DEP. 06.00 07.00 08.00 09.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 16.00 17.00 18.00 20.00
Dublin (Busáras) P 06.30 07.30 08.30 09.30 10.30 11.30 12.30 13.30 16.30 17.30 18.30 20.30
Dublin (Heuston Station) P 06.40 07.40 08.40 09.40 10.40 11.40 12.40 13.40 16.40 17.40 18.40 20.40
Maynooth (67A Terminus) P | 08.05 | | 11.05 | | 14.05 17.05 | | 21.05
Enfield (Café Main Street) | 08.20 | | 11.20 | | 14.20 17.20 | | 21.20
Kinnegad (Public House Main Street) | 08.35 | | 11.35 | | 14.35 17.35 | | 21.35
Kilbeggan (The Square) | 08.55 | | 11.55 | | 14.55 17.55 | | 21.55
Moate (Opp Bank Main Street) | 09.10 | | 12.10 | | 15.10 18.10 | | 22.10
Athlone (Opp Athlone IT) 08.00 09.25 10.00 11.00 12.25 13.00 14.00 15.25 18.25 19.00 20.00 22.25
Athlone (Bus Station) 08.05 09.30 10.05 11.05 12.30 13.05 14.05 15.30 18.30 19.05 20.05 22.30
Ballinasloe (Dunlo Street) 08.40 10.05 10.40 11.40 13.05 13.40 14.40 16.05 19.05 19.40 20.40 22.55
Ballinasloe (Portiuncula Hospital) 08.42 10.07 10.42 11.42 13.07 13.42 14.42 16.07 19.07 19.42 20.42 22.57
Aughrim (Opp Emo Station) 08.47 10.12 10.47 11.47 13.12 13.47 14.47 16.12 19.12 19.47 20.47 23.02
Loughrea (Beattys) 09.06 10.30 11.06 12.06 13.30 14.06 15.06 16.30 19.30 20.06 21.06 23.30
Craughwell (Opp Church) | 10.44 | | 13.44 | | 16.44 19.44 | | 23.44
Galway (Opp GMIT Dublin Road) D 09.39 11.04 11.39 12.39 14.04 14.39 15.39 17.04 20.04 20.39 21.39 00.04
Galway (Bus Station) ARR. 09.45 11.10 11.45 12.45 14.10 14.45 15.45 17.10 20.10 20.45 21.45 00.10
Service Number 20 X20 20 X20 X20 20 X20 20 X20 20
Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd, Zone 14 Stop 13) DEP. 07.00 09.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 13.00 15.00 16.00 18.00 20.00
Dublin (Busáras) P 07.30 09.30 10.30 11.30 12.30 13.30 15.30 16.30 18.30 20.30
Dublin (Heuston Station)  P 07.40 09.40 10.40 11.40 12.40 13.40 15.40 16.40 18.40 20.40
Maynooth (67A Terminus)  P 08.05 | 11.05 | | 14.05 | 17.05 | 21.05
Enfield (Café Main Street) 08.20 | 11.20 | | 14.20 | 17.20 | 21.20
Kinnegad (Public House Main Street) 08.35 | 11.35 | | 14.35 | 17.35 | 21.35
Kilbeggan (The Square) 08.55 | 11.55 | | 14.55 | 17.55 | 21.55
Moate (Opp Bank Main Street) 09.10 | 12.10 | | 15.10 | 18.10 | 22.10
Athlone (Opp Athlone IT) 09.25 11.00 12.25 13.00 14.00 15.25 17.00 18.25 20.00 22.25
Athlone (Bus Station) 09.30 11.05 12.30 13.05 14.05 15.30 17.05 18.30 20.05 22.30
Ballinasloe (Dunlo Street) 10.05 11.40 13.05 13.40 14.40 16.05 17.40 19.05 20.40 22.55
Ballinasloe (Portiuncula Hospital) 10.07 11.42 13.07 13.42 14.42 16.07 17.42 19.07 20.42 22.57
Aughrim (Opp Emo Station) 10.12 11.47 13.12 13.47 14.47 16.12 17.47 19.12 20.47 23.02
Loughrea (Beattys) 10.30 12.06 13.30 14.06 15.06 16.30 18.06 19.30 21.06 23.30
Craughwell (Opp Church) 10.44 | 13.44 | | 16.44 | 19.44 | 23.44
Galway (Opp GMIT Dublin Road)  D 11.04 12.39 14.04 14.39 15.39 17.04 18.39 20.04 21.39 00.04
Galway (Bus Station) ARR. 11.10 12.45 14.10 14.45 15.45 17.10 18.45 20.10 21.45 00.10
Service Number X20 20 X20 20 X20 20 X20 X20 20 X20 20 X20
Galway (Bus Station) Dep. 05.20 06.30 07.30 09.30 11.30 12.30 13.30 14.30 15.30 16.30 18.30 21.30
Dublin Rd (Opp GMIT Dublin Road) P 05.26 06.36 07.36 09.36 11.36 12.36 13.36 14.36 15.36 16.36 18.36 21.36
Craughwell (Church) | 6.56 | 09.56 | 12.56 | | 15.56 | 18.56 |
Loughrea (Main Street Opp Kings St) 05.59 07.10 08.09 10.10 12.09 13.10 14.09 15.09 16.10 17.09 19.10 22.09
Aughrim (Emo Station) 06.18 07.28 08.28 10.28 12.28 13.28 14.28 15.28 16.28 17.28 19.28 22.28
Ballinasloe (Portiuncula Hospital) 06.23 07.33 08.33 10.33 12.33 13.33 14.33 15.33 16.33 17.33 19.33 22.33
Ballinasloe (Dunlo St) 06.25 07.35 08.35 10.35 12.38 13.35 14.38 15.38 16.35 17.38 19.35 22.38
Athlone (Bus Station) 07.00 08.10 09.10 11.10 13.10 14.10 15.10 16.10 17.10 18.10 20.10 23.10
Athlone (Athlone IT) 07.05 08.15 09.15 11.15 13.15 14.15 15.15 16.15 17.15 18.15 20.15 |
Moate (Opp Bank Main Street) | 08.30 | 11.30 | 14.30 | | 17.30 | 20.30 |
Kilbeggan (The Square) | 08.45 | 11.45 | 14.45 | | 17.45 | 20.45 |
Kinnegad (Hotel Main Street) | 09.05 | 12.05 | 15.05 | | 18.05 | 21.05 |
Enfield (Supermarket Main Street) | 09.20 | 12.20 | 15.20 | | 18.20 | 21.20 |
Maynooth (67A Terminus)  D | 09.35 | 12.35 | 15.35 | | 18.35 | 21.35 |
Dublin (Heuston Station) D 08.25 10.00 10.35 13.00 14.35 16.00 16.35 17.35 19.00 19.35 22.00 00.30
Dublin (Custom House Quay)  D 08.35 10.10 10.45 13.10 14.45 16.10 16.45 17.45 19.10 19.45 22.10 00.40
Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd, Zone 14 Stop 13) ARR. 08.55 10.30 11.05 13.30 15.05 16.30 17.05 18.05 19.30 20.05 22.30 01.00
Service Number X20 20 X20 20 X20 20 X20 20 X20 X20
Galway (Bus Station) Dep. 06.30 09.30 11.30 12.30 14.30 15.30 17.30 18.30 20.00 21.30
Dublin Rd (Opp GMIT Dublin Road)  P 06.36 09.36 11.36 12.36 14.36 15.36 17.36 18.36 20.06 21.36
Craughwell (Church) | 09.56 | 12.56 | 15.56 | 18.56 | |
Loughrea (Main Street Opp Kings St) 07.09 10.10 12.09 13.10 15.09 16.10 18.09 19.10 20.39 22.09
Aughrim (Emo Station) 07.28 10.28 12.28 13.28 15.28 16.28 18.28 19.28 20.58 22.28
Ballinasloe (Portiuncula Hospital) 07.33 10.33 12.33 13.33 15.33 16.33 18.33 19.33 21.03 22.33
Ballinasloe (Dunlo St) 07.35 10.35 12.38 13.35 15.38 16.35 18.38 19.35 21.08 22.38
Athlone (Bus Station) 08.10 11.10 13.10 14.10 16.10 17.10 19.10 20.10 21.40 23.10
Athlone (Athlone IT) 08.15 11.15 13.15 14.15 16.15 17.15 19.15 20.15 21.45 |
Moate (Opp Bank Main Street) | 11.30 | 14.30 | 17.30 | 20.30 | |
Kilbeggan (The Square) | 11.45 | 14.45 | 17.45 | 20.45 | |
Kinnegad (Hotel Main Street) | 12.05 | 15.05 | 18.05 | 21.05 | |
Enfield (Supermarket Main Street) | 12.20 | 15.20 | 18.20 | 21.20 | |
Maynooth (67A Terminus)  D | 12.35 | 15.35 | 18.35 | 21.35 | |
Dublin (Heuston Station)  D 09.35 13.00 14.35 16.00 17.35 19.00 20.35 22.00 23.05 00.30
Dublin (Custom House Quay)  D 09.45 13.10 14.45 16.10 17.45 19.10 20.45 22.10 23.15 00.40
Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd, Zone 14 Stop 13) ARR. 10.05 13.30 15.05 16.30 18.05 19.30 21.05 22.30 23.35 01.00

Key:

P = Pick-up stop only.

D = Drop-off stop only.

FO = Operates Friday 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.

From Dublin to Galway


Depart:
  • Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 11 Stop 1) Dur: 3h 20m
  • Dublin (Busáras)
  • Dublin (Opp. Heuston Station)
  • Athlone (Opp Athlone IT)
  • Athlone (Bus Station)
  • Ballinasloe (Dunlo Street)
  • Ballinasloe (Portiuncula Hospital)
  • Aughrim (Opp Emo Station)
  • Loughrea (Beattys)
  • Dublin Rd (Opp GMIT Dublin Road)
    Arrive:
  • Galway (Bus Station)

    From Galway to Dublin


    Depart:
  • Galway (Bus Station) Dur: 3h 20m
  • Dublin Rd (Opp GMIT Dublin Road)
  • Loughrea (Main Street Opp Kings St)
  • Aughrim (Emo Station)
  • Ballinasloe (Portiuncula Hospital)
  • Ballinasloe (Dunlo St)
  • Athlone (Bus Station)
  • Athlone (Athlone IT)
  • Dublin (Heuston Station)
  • Dublin (Custom House Quay)
    Arrive:
  • Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 11 Stop 1)