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Bicycle transfer from Galway to Dublin

  • 10-04-2017 8:24am
    Registered Users Posts: 5

    Hi Folks,

    Quick question regarding bike transfers within Ireland.

    Myself and some friends will be cycling from Dublin to Galway in May. The plan is to do it over 2 days with a stop off in Athlone, however we dont fancy cycling back again.

    We have checked with the usual transport companies and all of them will take a bike, however they cannot guarantee it. Irish rail can only take a max of 4 per train. Bus Eireann, Aircoach and Citilink will all take a bike but only if there is room.

    While there will only be 4 of us, we cant be sure that we will all be able to get the bike onto the bus/train and we dont want to be stranded.

    Has anybody had any experience with this? Are there private bus companies that would transfer us and the bikes?

    Any hints or tips are greatly appreciated.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,440 ✭✭✭cdaly_

    If you're travelling back outside of rush hours, you'll likely get all 4 bikes on the train. There are two bike racks, a third concealed in a locker and you'll probably get the fourth on somehow. Talk to the chap on the platform ahead of time.

    Alternatively, there are very frequent private bus services also. If you have to, you'll fit bikes in a smaller space by taking off wheels.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,827 ✭✭✭✭loyatemu

    it might be better to takes the bikes to Galway and cycle back - you're more likely to have the wind behind you in that direction.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 23,208 Mod ✭✭✭✭godtabh

    I've brought the bike to athlone to dublin many times. No issue.

    The cycle from Athlone is much easier than to Athlone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 BobBelcher

    Cheers lads,

    I think we'll most likely take a punt on the train, no harm if we have to split up onto separate modes of transport either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,107 ✭✭✭mr spuckler

    godtabh wrote: »
    I've brought the bike to athlone to dublin many times. No issue.

    The cycle from Athlone is much easier than to Athlone.

    not when i do it :mad:

    only once have i had a tailwind of any sort coming back!

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