How to Reach Doolin

Doolin is a rural town and is well-connected to the rest of the country by the means of road and sea routes. There is no airport in Doolin, and the nearest airport is located at Shannon, some 68 kilometres from Doolin.


  • By Ferry: You can catch a ferry to and from Doolin Pier to reach the Aran Islands from mid-March to October. But the sailings are often cancelled due to high tides.
  • By Road: The R479 and R459 are the two regional roads that connect the village of Doolin to the rest of the country. You can of course drive to Doolin, but aside from renting a car, Bus Éireann (the Irish Bus Service) is the best way to reach Doolin.
  • By Train: The closest railway station to Doolin is at Galway.


  • The best way to get around in Doolin is by car or taxi. Alternatively, you can also rent a bike or bicycles.

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Doolin. The most preferred mode of transport in Doolin is Car.

Average distance: 12.75 km Average time: 24.7 min

  • Car 45.45%
    Driving 29.6 min Walking 1 min Overall average time for 22 kms 30.6 min
  • Bike 18.18%
    Bike 7.5 min Walking 2 min Overall average time for 2.5 kms 9.5 min
  • Walking 27.27%
    Walking 15 min Bus 6.67 min Waiting 3.33 min Overall average time for 4.17 kms 25 min
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