Hostels in Galway, Ireland

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Get to know Galway (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Galway. To help you make friends with Galway before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Galway is also named and spelled Gallimh - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Galway is located on the West coast of Ireland on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 215km from Dublin. With a population of 75 thousand, it is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and there are a number of Galway hostels providing accommodation in the city.

Galway acts as a major gateway to some of Ireland's most fantastic tourist sites. The Burren is located only an hour south of Galway. The Burren is a large area of exposed limestone rock, which contains many unique species of plant as well as some excellent scenery. The Cliffs of Moher are also located in this area. These cliffs rise up to 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and offer one of the most breathtaking views in Ireland. The Connemara region is located to the west of Galway. This remote area contains some very unique and rugged scenery. It is also home to some of Ireland's only Gaeltacht areas, where locals speak Gaelic as a first language. There are several tourist companies in the city which offer tours to these places at a reasonable price. In the city itself there are many things to see such as the Spanish Arch, Galway Museum, Cathedral, Salthill Beach and the University, which is home to around 15,000 students.

Galway has a very lively night scene even during the week, with many tourists and a large student population in the area. The majority of the bars and nightclubs are located either on or near Eyre Square or Shop Street. Shop street and High Street have a large variety of restaurants which serve fantastic seafood and international cuisines as well as local dishes. There are also a large number of bars in this part of the city which regularly have live traditional Irish music. Some of the more popular bars include The Quays, The Kings Head, Tig Choili, and Taafes. This is also a wide selection of late night bars and nightclubs in the city. Some of these include Central Park (or CPs), Karma, and GPO.

There are several Galway hostels to choose from. It's best to stay near Eyre Square as this is close to the main bus and train station as well as the city centre. It is possible to stay in dorm style as well as private and family rooms. Some of these hostels offer special deals with tours.

Galway is easily accessible by air, land and rail. Galway has it's own regional airport. Shannon International airport is located only an hour from Galway, with daily direct flights to many European, North American and domestic destinations. Bus Eireann is the main bus company in the area with regular departures from Ceannt Station (located in the city centre).

Written by local enthusiast for Galway hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Galway hostels Shannon Neuber

FAQ about Galway Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Galway. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Galway. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Galway costs on average $43 for a dorm. A hostel in Galway with private rooms costs on average $203.
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Snoozles Forster Street Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Galway.

It offers: Pub Crawls, Bar.

Your Packing List for Galway

Your Packing List for Galway

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Galway and Ireland.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Galway Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Galway, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$43 Average dorm price
$203 Average private room price
$29 Cheapest hostel in Galway
The Woodquay Hostel is the cheapest
2 Party hostels in Galway
Snoozles Forster Street Hostel is the best rated
Most Galway hostels are located in
Eyre Square, Woodquay, Salthill
7.7 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Ballyvaughan (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Oughterard (25 Km / 15 mi.)
The Burren (26 Km / 16 mi.)
Lisdoonvarna (31 Km / 19 mi.)
Kilfenora (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Cong (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Doolin (36 Km / 22 mi.)

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