Christmas Park and Ride returns next week


The annual Christmas Park and Ride is returning to Galway city next week to give Christmas shoppers a quick and easy way in and out of the city.

The Park and Ride will operate from Ballybrit Racecourse to the City Centre Coach Station from 9:30am to 9:15pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 9:15pm on Sundays.

Fares are €1 per person each way, with children and pensioners travelling for free. All-day parking is included in the fare.

Buses will run every 15 minutes in both directions every day, and every 30 minutes from 7pm to 9pm on Sundays.

I am delighted to launch the 13th annual Christmas Park and Ride, on behalf of Galway City Council,” said city Mayor Mike Cubbard.

“This service aims to alleviate traffic congestion in the City in the run up to Christmas, and offers a stress-free, reliable alternative to the car.”

“Christmas is a great time to come into Galway City, to shop, to see the Christmas lights, or to soak up the atmosphere of the Christmas Markets.”

“I would encourage everyone to enjoy the best of Galway City this Christmas, and to consider using the Park and Ride”.

Councillor Eddie Hoare, head of the Transport Strategic Policy Committee, said that this service offer high frequency buses, competitive pricing, and faster journey times for people coming to the city.

“The terminus at Galway Racecourse is ideally suited to those travelling to the City along the M6, N6, N17, N18 and Monivea Roads.”

“Over 26,000 passenger journeys were made on the Christmas Park and Ride service in 2018, reducing congestion on our road network. I welcome the service, and am delighted to support the launch”.

The Christmas Park and Ride Service is operated by Callinan Coaches on behalf of Galway City Council.

Tommy Callinan, Managing Director of Callinan Coaches, commented that they are proud to offer this service.

“As a locally based, family-owned company, we can bring our extensive expertise to facilitate passenger comfort and satisfaction using our modern vehicles and experienced staff.

“In tandem with the City Council, we will endeavour to assist customers in having a stress free and enjoyable visit to Galway city centre during this busy Christmas period for a very reasonable cost.”