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Getting Here

We'll help you plan how to get to Athlone with route guides, maps and timetables for transport services.

Athlone is the most centrally located town in Ireland and is easily accessed by both rail and road. The recent completion and opening of the M6 Motorway from Dublin to Galway has greatly reduced driving times from Dublin and Galway airports.

Our guidelines and information will help you plan how to get to Athlone and how to get around and where to park when you are here.

By Car

Driving directions to Athlone

Athlone is on the M6 motorway which runs (together with the M4) from Dublin to Galway.

Use our Route Planner below to plan your route to Athlone.  Just enter your starting location, click ‘Go', and the map will display directions within the Republic of Ireland.

Distance Grid showing distance from Athlone to cities in Ireland

Parking Information

Paid Parking systems are in operation in Athlone.

By Bus

The bus and train stations are on the east side of the Shannon on Southern Station Road, a ten minute walk from the town centre.

The Republic of Ireland's national bus line, Bus Éireann provides daily services to and from Athlone.

Buses From Station

No.20 Dublin-Athlone-Galway,
No.21 Dublin-Athlone-Westport
No.25 Dublin-Athlone-Tuam
No.65 Galway-Longford-Sligo-Belfast
No.70 Galway-Athlone-Dundalk
No.71 Athlone-Roscrea-Cork
No.72 Tralee-Limerick-Roscrea-Athlone
No.73 Waterford

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Private and public services operate to and from Athlone and a public shuttle service exists within the town environs.

Bus Éirean - Athlone Town Bus Services

County Westmeath Bus Services

County Roscommon Bus Services

Flagline Coaches operate a town service and also a daily service from Athlone to Tullamore.
Phone: 090 64 78090 or M: 086 2633310

View Flagline Athlone-Moate-Tullamore timetable


By Train

The town is serviced by an excellent rail line that connects Dublin to Galway and Westport. The main connecting train services in the region include Dublin/Galway, services daily on week days and Dublin/Westport trains, with services daily on weekdays.

Iarnród Éireann timetables serving Athlone

Dublin — Galway (pdf)

Dublin — Westport & Ballina(pdf)

To check train times and book tickets in advance of your journey, visit;

Station Address:    
Southern Station Road
Co. Westmeath

Contact Number:    
+353 (0) 9064 73300 or 1850 366 222 (+353 1 8366222)

Opening Hours:    
Booking Office Hours:
05:45hrs-16:30hrs Mon
07:45hrs-16:15hrs Tues-Sat
09:00hrs-11:00hrs and 13:45hrs-21:00hrs Sun


By Plane

The main point of entry for visitors is Dublin airport

Shannon Airport and Belfast International Airport are the other main airports.

In addition there are seven small regional airports all which serve Dublin
and some of which have European Traffic:

Cork Airport, Donegal Airport, Galway Airport, Kerry Airport, Knock Airport, Sligo Airport, Waterford Airport

Transport options from Dublin Airport to Athlone

City Link Bus:

City Link Timetable

The City Link Bus Service stops at:

Athlone IT Campus Bus Stop
Athlone B&Q Store

The Republic of Ireland's main airport is located 12km north of Dublin city,
Dublin Bus's Airlink coach service
will take you from the airport into BusÁras (Central Bus Station).

Airlink 747 and 748 provide direct services between Dublin Airport and the City Centre.

From BusÁras to Athlone


Download timetable as pdf


By Sea

There are ferry routes from the UK and northern France.
The six main ferry ports are, Dublin, Cork, Rosslare, Dun Laoghaire,
and in Northern Ireland, Belfast and Larne.

Ferry Routes

Ferry routes to%2Ffrom Ireland

Ferry Information
Check the websites listed below for details on price, timetables etc.

Brittany Ferries
Irish Ferries
Norse Merchant Ferries
P & O Irish Sea
Stena Line