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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5 Delicious Brunch Locations in Galway City

Here at Citylink, we associate brunch with good times and relaxing days with our nearest and dearest.

With Galway brunch options on an upward curve all the time, we decided to put together a list of some of the most exciting places to stuff your faces.

This is by no means a definitive list of the best places in Galway, but instead some of our favourites, and a few of the places you simply have to try over the next few weekends. Get drooling!

Dela Restaurant

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Dela Restaurant, Lower Dominick Street, Galway

Well, the picture speaks a thousand words. Just WOW. Have a sweet tooth? Then you NEED to try the Buttermilk pancakes. They are simply delicious and most definitely hard to beat. On the other hand, we have never tried one savoury dish on the menu that wasn’t delicious either. There is something for everyone. Want to kick it up a notch? Order yourself a cheeky mimosa to wash it down.

Available Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 15:00 and Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

McCambridges

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McCambridges, Shop Street, Galway

Right in the heart of town, they’re known for exquisite coffee and always well-renowned, delicious food. From avocado egg smash, devilled Irish crab meat to cinnamon french toast, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. Want to take some of the goodness home? Well, you’re in luck. McCambridges stock a full range of local artisan foods and boutique wines and spirits.  This is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Available Sunday 10:00 – 18:00

Harry’s at Water Lane

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Harry’s at Water Lane, Bohermore, Galway

Not only is their brunch menu AMAZING with sweet and savoury waffles, homemade pancakes, chicken wings and their signature Harry’s fry, they have outdone themselves with delicious selection of cocktails. They also have a new dessert menu including waffles, cookies skillets and much more!

Hyde Bar Galway

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Hyde Bar, Forster Street, Galway

The Hyde Bar & Gin Parlour in Galway offer a fantastic array of brunch options including bottomless brunch. There are so many options to suit all your different tastes such as brioche french toast, super salads and wild mushroom bruschetta. Feel like something more filling? Go for the steak and eggs, meat tacos or eggs royale. Whatever you choose, you won’t be dissapointed. Add in to the mix that Galway Coach Station is directly across the road from the Hyde & you are on to a winner from the off!

Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 17:00

Tribeton

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Tribeton, Merchants Road, Galway

Absolute FAB brunch. They do a delicious full Irish and the eggs Benedict are to die for! Not to mention that the atmosphere in there is wonderfully chilled, exactly what you want for a well-deserved weekend brunch after a busy week!

Available Saturdays 10:00 – 16:00 and Sundays 12:00 – 16:00

Well those are five places to brunch 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 brunch!

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Our Top 5 picks for a Spring City Break in Europe!

Nothing beats the post Christmas blues like a quick Spring getaway to look forward to. There are a multitude of amazing destinations at our doorstep in Europe, waiting to be explored. Keep reading to find out about our Top 5 picks for a Spring City Break in Europe.

1.Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is well known for it’s artistic heritage, narrow houses with gabled facades and being the world’s 2nd most bicycle friendly city in the world. Amsterdam’s nickname is “Venice of the North” attributed by the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world in the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century and became the leading centre for finance and trade.

Exploring the cities canals by foot, enjoying a walk on Blijburg beach and learning about Amsterdam’s history at Stadsarchief (City Archives) are a few of the many amazing things you can do to make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

Things to do:

Flight time from Dublin Airport: 1 hr 40 mins

2. Berlin

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a world of culture, politics, media and science. It is the capital and largest city in Germany bursting with fascinating history. It’s 3,748,148 inhabitants make it the second most populous city of the European Union after London.

Among the city’s main features are the many lakes in the western and southeastern boroughs formed by the Spree, Havel, and Dahme rivers. Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. About one-third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals and lakes.

The city has numerous orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events. It’s Zoological Garden is the most visited zoo in Europe and one of the most popular worldwide. The city is also well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a very high quality of living.

Things to do:

Flight time from Dublin Airport: 2 hrs 20 mins

3. Paris

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Paris, France

The “City of Love” as it is well-known globally is the perfect place to visit with your loved ones to overcome the Christmas blues. Paris, France’s capital city, is a major European city and global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture.

Paris is especially known for its museums and architectural landmarks: the Louvre was among most visited art museums in the world in 2019, with 9.6 million visitors. The historical district along the Seine in the city centre is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and popular landmarks in the city centre included the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, now closed for renovation after the April 15, 2019 fire.

Paris received 24.5 million visitors in 2018. It was ranked as the second most visited travel destination in the world in 2018, after Bangkok. The football club Paris Saint-Germain and the rugby union club Stade Français are based in Paris. The 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located just north of Paris in the neighbouring commune of Saint-Denis.

Things to do:

Flight time from Dublin Airport: 1 hr 45 mins

4. Venice

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Venice, Italy

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated on a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. It was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as an important centre of commerce – especially silk, grain, and spices, and of art from the 13th century to the end of the 17th.

The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. Venice is known for several important artistic movements – especially during the Renaissance period.

Although the city is facing some challenges (including an excessive number of tourists, problems caused by pollution, tide peaks and cruise ships sailing close to the buildings), Venice remains a very popular tourist destination, a major cultural centre, and has been ranked many times the most beautiful city in the world. It has been described by the Times Online as one of Europe’s most romantic cities and by The New York Times as “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man”.

Things to do:

  • Grand Canal – Canal, basilica and palace
  • Rialto Bridge – Ornate footbridge over the Grand Canal
  • St. Mark’s Square – Landmark basilica dominated square
  • St. Mark’s Basilica – Landmark cathedral with gilded domes
  • Burano – Island of lace-making and colourful fishermen’s homes
  • Murano – Museo del Vetro and glass souvenirs
  • Bridge of Sighs – Iconic white-stone enclosed bridge

Flight time from Dublin Airport: 2 hrs 40 mins

5. Budapest

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Budapest is a global city with strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. It is Hungary’s financial centre, and was ranked as the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe.

Among Budapest’s important museums and cultural institutions is the Museum of Fine Arts. The central area of the city along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several notable monuments, including the Hungarian ParliamentBuda CastleFisherman’s BastionGresham Palace, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church and the Liberty Statue.

Things to do:

Flight from Dublin Airport3 hrs

No matter where you decide to travel in Europe, you are guaranteed to find some delicious cuisine, historic landmarks, fantastic nightlife, beautiful scenery and much more!

Travelling to Dublin Airport? Travel in luxury with Citylink. Our coaches offer on board toilets, Free WiFi, charging points, generous luggage allowances, comfortable seats and friendly and helpful drivers. Have any queries about our services? All information about our services can be found on www.citylink.ie

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How To: Manage Your Booking

We understand that life is hectic and sometimes things come up. We here at Citylink want to make your experience as pleasant and seamless as possible. A question we get asked a lot is “Can I change my booking?” and the answer is, yes! Keep reading to find out the terms and conditions of amending your booking with Citylink.

Conditions:

  • You can amend your booking with Citylink up to 3 hours in advance of the departure time of that service from the first stop.
  • Please note there are no changes permitted to promotional fares purchased online.
  • We are happy to change the time and date of your booking but we cannot change the destination.

How to manage your booking:

When you go to our website www.citylink.ie, click “Manage my Booking” in the top left corner as seen below:

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Irish Citylink, Website.

When you click on the “Manage My Booking” section the following page will appear:

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Irish Citylink, Manage My Booking

Enter your booking reference number which can be found in your confirmation email, or if you chose to have your ticket text to your mobile, your booking reference number can also be found here. You will also need to enter the email you used to book your initial journey.

Once you have submitted these details, you can proceed to change the date and time of your booking. Your new ticket will be sent to your email.

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Student Online Sale!

We have a fantastic sale for our students for the month of November. All online student single tickets between Galway – Dublin City only €10! (Return journeys only €20). All student singles from Galway – Dublin Airport on our eireagle services only €12! (Return journeys only €24)

You can even book now for future journeys months in advance and continue to save! Tickets purchased at this price are effective from the 01/11/2019 onward. Book online at www.citylink.ie to avail of this offer.

View our timetables below for the routes included in this offer:

Galway – Dublin City – Dublin Airport

Galway to Dublin Airport express website

Dublin Airport – Dublin City – Galway

Dublin Airport to Galway website timetable

For more information and to view all of our timetables click this link.

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Citylink Fancam: Connacht Vs Benetton

🙌 Citylink was in the stands as Connacht sealed their first win of the Pro14 aginst Benetton at the Sportsground. Outstanding performances by Caolin Blade, Tom McCartney, Conor Fitzgerald and a superb solo effort by Kyle Godwin ensured a comfortable victory.

🚌 Citylink are the official coach providers to Connacht Rugby, driving Connacht Rugby forwards in the hail rain or snow.

 

The Top 6 Hostels in Galway City

One of the main topics for consideration when going on a weekend away is where you can get some rest without having to break the bank.

Ideally, somewhere that can save you a few bob, not too far away from the best pubs and clubs & all the best tourist attractions, Galway has to offer.

Well, look no further as we compile a list of marquee hostels in Galway for our Citylink customers.

Snoozles

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Snoozles is located right beside the city coach station in Galway’s City Centre in a safe, semi-residential area, yet only seconds walk from Eyre Square.
The city coach station is on our doorstep, serving Citylink customers to & from Galway Centre.

Snoozles is a brand new, spacious purpose built hostel with over 122 beds. All rooms are of high standard boasting modern hostel facilities & ensuites. Why not relax in our common room and avail of TV, DVD Player, Internet Kiosks, Book Library, have a game of pool or simply relax after an eventful day exploring Galway. Snoozles customers love it so much some have become permanent residents for the academic year. Snoozles is a hub of activity on the weekends

Snoozles gets the Citylink seal of approval for all your Galway City Centre Hostel needs

Kinlay Hostel

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Located on the corner of Eyre Square in Galway City, the multi-award-winning Kinlay Hostel is 1 minutes’ walk from both the coach and train stations.

This hostel is described as ‘Top Choice’ in the current edition of the Lonely Planet’s guide.

Kinlay Hostel boasts a mix of private rooms and dormitories. Guest facilities include a common room with a pool table and TV, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a dining room. A free breakfast and high-speed WiFi, as well as free computer usage, free luggage storage, free printing and free city maps, are all provided to guests.

Located on the corner of Eyre Square in Galway City, the multi award-winning Kinlay Hostel is 1 minutes’ walk from both the coach and train stations.

This hostel is described as ‘Top Choice’ in the current edition of the Lonely Planet’s guide (but more importantly has made it onto the Citylink Top 10!).

Kinlay Hostel boasts a mix of private rooms and dormitories. Guest facilities include a common room with a pool table and TV, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, and a dining room. A free breakfast and high-speed WiFi, as well as free computer usage, free luggage storage, free printing and free city maps, re all provided to guests.

Barnacles

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Barnacles is located on the pedestrianised Quay Street in the centre of Galway and offers free Wi-Fi, free tour booking, and free linen amid Galway’s shops, cafes and bars.

Barnacles Quay Street House has friendly, helpful staff and excellent hostel facilities. There are clean rooms, a TV lounge, a kitchen, laundry service and Wi-Fi access.

Guests can make use of free maps, as well as regular organised events, music, and film nights. The hostel is a 5-minute walk from the train and bus station where Citylink coaches depart.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Galway & has one of the best-rated locations in Galway!

Sleepzone

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Friendly, clean, safe and central with great facilities – and always great value for money.

Light breakfast included along with free internet and Wi-Fi enabled rooms and free tea and coffee all day.

Sleepzone offers free internet (with several terminals) and free Wi-Fi plus international power sockets for those with their own laptops. Sleepzone is just 100 metres from Eyre Square and three minutes’ walk from the coach station where our Citylink coaches depart.

 

Woodquay Hostel

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This is a family run hostel with spacious ensuite rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and common room for the use of all guests.

We pride ourselves on our hospitality and hope to make all our guests feel welcome. Our hostel has recently been refurbished and offers you all the comforts and conveniences of a home away from home.

Woodquay is located within a 5-minute walk from where Citylink drops you off.

We are close enough to be able to walk throughout the city but located on a quiet street so you are sure to get a good nights sleep.

The Galway City Hostel

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Galway City Hostel is one of Galway’s best hostels conveniently located 2 minutes from the Coach Station. Galway City Hostel has a bright modern look with top-class facilities. The Galway Hostels facilities boast free Breakfast each morning, universal plugs, Free Wi-Fi, secure storage in each room, a fully equipped kitchen, a common room and free use of an I-mac with free printing. The Galway City Hostel was awarded the Best Hostel in Ireland award in 2017 by Hostelworld International.

 

If you are looking for festive activities then check out our Top 5 things to do in Galway for Christmas.