Citylink’s Top 5 Galway Coffee Spots

Here at Citylink, we consider coffee a way of life! Managing buses is no easy job – the only way we can do it is with a constant caffeine hit! Now that summer is kicking off, it is the perfect time to be sitting outside with an iced coffee in hand while enjoying the sights and sounds of Galway City. Taking some inspiration from Travel with David’s Post, we think it is our duty to share some of the top places in Galway City to take a cheeky Americano or Macchiato!

(This is not a definitive list but just some of our team’s favourite spots for coffee!)

1. Roastery Lane – Forster Street: 

One of the newest additions to the Galway Coffee Scene is Roastery Lane. This boutique coffee shop, situated just around the corner from the Galway Coach Station, has already made an impact. Our team frequents this café most days and is always happy with the service and quality of the coffee – plus, they serve a complimentary truffle with the coffee! What’s not to love?

Available from 9am Monday to Sunday

2. Esquires Café – Eyre Square:

As you venture from Eyre Square to Forster Street, you’ll see Esquires before turning the corner. When you enter the café, you’ll be met by the friendliest staff with the biggest hello! The atmosphere here is just as good as the excellent coffee. They have an extensive menu of coffees to choose from. You can get some really delicious iced coffees, perfect for the scorching weather, and some tasty hot choco for when the cold is getting to your toes.

Available Wed/Thurs 8am-3pm, Fri/Sat 8am-5pm and Sunday 9am-5pm

3. Espresso 44 – Shop Street: 

This quaint coffee shop is located at the top of Shop Street and is the perfect location for people passing to pop in for a caffeine fix while they shop. Espresso 44’s coffee is strong and tasty, and the vibrant colour of the shop is enough to entice you. As you walk up to order, you’ll see the various items and goodies they have on sale, like coffee grinders, sandwiches, and delicious kombucha drinks! For those on the road on the outskirts of Galway, Espresso 44 has just opened its second premises in Oranmore! How exciting?

Available Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, and Sunday 9am-6pm.

4. Jungle Café – Forster Street:

As you traipse down Forster Street, either on your way to or getting off a Citylink bus – you’ll immediately see Jungle Café across the road from the station. The impressive greenery lining in the laneway leads to an adventurous and unique outdoor seating area. Jungle Café serves an extensive coffee and tea menu, and it also serves gorgeous food! This is the perfect place for a quiet sit-down with a tasty coffee or to grab a bite to eat before exploring Galway City. The food is fresh, and the service is top-notch. They do a delicious oat milk latte too! And for those venturing out towards Salthill, the Jungle Café Kiosk serve equally as delicious coffee with exceptional ocean views.

Available Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm, Saturday 8am-6.30pm & Sunday 9am-6pm.

5. Roots Café & Bistro – Multiple Locations:

Whether you’re in Galway City, Moycullen, Loughrea, or Oranmore, you’ll come across Roots Café and Bistro. An ever-expanding café chain that has locations popping up all over the country. If you find yourself in Shop Street or near Galway Cathedral, having a bite to eat and a frothy cappuccino in Roots is advised! Their interiors are very luxurious, and the food is immense!

Available Mon-Sat 8am-7pm and Sunday 9am-7pm.

These are five places to have some delicious coffee in Galway. If you have any you think need to be added to our list, get in touch with us on our social media. We’re always looking for new places to get our fix!

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What are my rights if my flights are cancelled?

If you are a regular user of air travel then you are well accustomed to flight delays & cancellations.

 

 How will I be informed if my flights are affected?

If your flight is delayed your airline provider will generally contact you with flight information by email or text message.

They will also look to convey information on their website as soon as possible.

Visit your airlines homepage (e.g. aerlingus.com or ryanair.com).

What rights do I have if my flight is cancelled?

If for any reason your flight is cancelled, irrelevant of whether they inform you, they are obliged to offer you the following options:

  1. A refund.
  2. Re-route your journey in the near future.
  3. Immediate re-route of journey at earliest convenience.

Is it possible to apply for a re-routing or alternatively, a refund?

In the event of a cancellation or delay, airlines are obliged to inform passengers of their options. If this unfolds at the airport, staff will typically be on hand to talk you through the various scenarios.

Otherwise, the quickest option is to check your carrier’s website. It should include the steps to process your own refunds or bookings.

What rights do I have to general care and assistance?

In plain English: you can avail of all free stuff you possibly want from hotel breaks to transfers. If your airline fails to offer any of the following, keep the proof of purchase- you have a right to be reimbursed for a reasonable amount.

Be wary, however, your airline are highly unlikely to cover a night in a 5 star hotel for you.

Is compensation a possibility?

Yes it is but it depends on a number of factors ranging from length of your flight to reasons for cancellation.

Financial compensation can vary depending on the flight length and the reason for the cancellation. Compensation can vary from €250 (flights below 1500 km) to €600 (flights over 3500 km).

How do I request compensation?

You will never come to a resolution regarding a claim at the airport. If you are under the impression you merit compensation, you can get in contact with your airline provider. If you wish to take your claim further, the Commission for Aviation Regulation will deal with any queries you may have.

What if the situation arises that my flight is delayed?

Delays can often prove somewhat of a grey area, if the situation arises

If your flight is delayed by more than five hours, and you choose not to travel, then you are entitled to a full refund. If you accept this refund, the airline is no longer obliged to provide onward travel or assistance.

If your flight is delayed by at least two hours (short-haul), three hours (European) or four hours (long haul), you are entitled to care and assistance as outlined above.

If you arrive at your destination more than three hours after the scheduled arrival time, you may be entitled to between €250 and €600 compensation, depending on the flight distance.

How can my travel insurance cover me?

In the event of a flight cancellation, the first source of refunds and re-routing should be with your airline (see above).

Standard travel insurance policies are not inclined to obliged much help here, but ‘missed departure’ cover can help you secure a new flight, or an additional night’s accommodation.

If your policy includes extra “travel disruption” cover, you should be covered for additional transport or accommodation costs up to €1000 pp, according to Ciaran Mulligan, Managing Director of Blue Insurance and Multitrip.com.

This covers “99%” of scenarios with flight cancellations due to weather, strikes and so on, Mulligan says, but note that it covers transport and accommodation-related expenses only – i.e. not lost annual leave, business opportunities or deposits, concert tickets or museum or attraction fees booked in advance online.

I’m nervous about travel. Can I get a refund?

Highly unlikely. If you cancel your holiday without the DFA declaring travel to be unsafe, it could be deemed “disinclination to travel”.

As such, you may have to pay a cancellation fee or forfeit some or all of the cost of your air fare or holiday package.

That said, it’s worth noting that Irish tour operators have in the past worked to facilitate customers affected by exceptional events, so it’s always worth a phone call.

See our blog “How to: Manage my Booking” if you are affected by a missed/delayed flight in which affects your travel time with Citylink.

COVID-10 Update / Consumers’ rights

Consumers are being advised that travel plans disrupted by the spread of the COVID-19 virus may not result in compensation.

When a flight is cancelled, you should receive information from the airline telling you that you have a choice between rerouting to your final destination or a refund for the part, or parts, of the journey cancelled or not completed due to the cancellation

Citylink’s Top 5 Tips for Stress-Free Airport Travel

At Citylink, we recognise travel can be stressful, here are a few simple tips to help you along the way.

Travelling to Dublin Airport can often prove an anxious journey. Allow us here at Citylink to take care of the main guidelines you need to remember before embarking on your journey to Dublin Airport.

1. Give yourself enough time

Always allow yourself extra time when travelling to Dublin Airport, this cannot be said enough. It is impossible to predict what may come in your way or what the weather may be like, therefore allowing that extra time gives you that peace of mind. As a rule of thumb we advise 3 hours for transatlantic flights & 2 hours for all flights in Europe. That is to allow 3 hours for Terminal 2 and 2 hours for Terminal 1.

For your convenience, we have attached timetables of Galway-Dublin Airport & Limerick City-Dublin Airport.

2. Fast Track

Enjoy priority security with Dublin Airports dedicated Fast Track lane. Fast Track minimises any waiting time and gets you through Security in less than 10 minutes and also it gets you 10% off on Airport shopping. So if you’re tight on time or simply want more time to shop, grab a bite to eat or relax before your flight, the Fast Track service allows you make the best use of your airport travel time.

Fast Track access is priced between €5.95 – €7.99 and is dependent on date and time of travel. This may be worth your while especially if you plan to make a purchase in Duty Free.

3. Passports/Visas

How often do you get the reminder: Do not forget your passport! This happens far more often than you think on our eireagle and Citylink airport services. Keep a print and digital copy of your passport for further travel just in case.

4. Essential luggage tips

Don’t forget to pack an adaptor, battery charger, first aid kit, phrase book, insect repellent and sun cream if appropriate for your destination. If there is anything you’ve forgotten to include, don’t worry, you’ll find most travel essentials on sale at one of the many airport shops.

5. Check-in

There are two ways to check in. You can check in online 24 hours ahead of time and go directly through security or you can check in manually at the airport at a self-service check-in kiosk or the old fashioned face to face check in option. Always check your luggage allowance which can vary airline to airline.

Conclusion

We hope the following tips can act as a guide to helping you plan your trip away with as much ease as possible. If you have any additional queries in relation to any of our airport services, do not hesitate to get in contact with our Citylink team. We also have a FAQ section to answer any questions you may have.

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