Parking throughout Galway’s streets is metered and costs €1 for the first 30 minutes and €0.80 for every hour thereafter. There are several multistorey and pay-and-display car parks around town.
Galway’s unprecedented growth and the resulting lack of infrastructure serving its urban sprawl means that traffic in and out of the city centre can bank up alarmingly. For a stress-free holiday, try to leave the roads to commuters at peak hours if possible.
You can walk to almost everything in Galway, including out to Salthill, but you’ll also find regular buses departing from Eyre Sq. For Salthill, take bus 1 (€1.20).
Taxi ranks are located on Eyre Sq, on Bridge St, and next to the bus-train station. You can also catch a cab by dropping by a taxi office. Try Abbey Cabs (569 469; Eyre St) or Galway Taxis (561 111; Dominick St).
Europa Bicycles (563 355; Hunter’s Bldg; Mon-Sat), on Earl’s Island, opposite Galway Cathedral, hires bikes for €10 for 24 hours.