Getting Here

Map of Ireland with Athlone highlighted

Athlone is the most centrally located town in Ireland and is easily accessed by both rail & road.

By Car

Driving directions to Athlone

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

distance chart

Parking Information

Paid public parking systems are in operation in Athlone.

Car Hire

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Rhino Car Hire

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 national bus line, Bus Éireann provides daily services to and from Athlone.

Buses From Station

No.20/X20 Dublin-Athlone-Galway,
No.21 Dublin-Athlone-Westport
No.X20 Dublin-Athlone-Tuam
No.65 Galway-Longford-Sligo-Belfast
No.70 Galway-Athlone-Dundalk
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 weekdays and Dublin/Westport trains, with services daily on weekdays.

Station Address:    
Southern Station Road
Co. Westmeath

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

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, Ireland West Airport Knock, Sligo Airport, Waterford Airport


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 and from 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