Getting here

With road, rail, and air links, visiting North Mayo is easier than you think!

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Mayo North on the Wild Atlantic Way Surf Coast is truly the undiscovered gem of the world’s longest signed driving route. If you’re wondering how to get to Ballina, which lies at the heart of North Mayo, then read on!

With its rugged coastline, where the cliffs meet the ocean, vast expanses of hills – perfect for losing yourself among the stunning landscape – wonderful waterways and the warmest welcome you can imagine, North Mayo is a must-visit destination.


How to get to Ballina by air

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There are scheduled flights to Ireland West Airport Knock, which is just 40 minutes’ drive to Ballina, from the following locations:

Alicante | Barcelona (Girona) | Bristol | Birmingham | East Midlands | Edinburgh | Faro | Lanzarote | Liverpool | London Gatwick | London Luton | London Stansted | Malaga | Milan (Bergamo) | Manchester | Tenerife | Cologne (starting Summer 2019)

For flight information, visit the Ireland West Airport Knock website.

Car hire is available at the aiport, as are taxi services. For route information from the airport, see below.


Getting here by car

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From the East (Dublin Airport/Dublin, Ireland West Airport Knock):  Take the M1 and M50 from Dublin Aiport, then exit onto the N4/M4 towards Galway/Westport. Follow the road past Mullingar, and take the N5 signposted Westport. Take the right turn signposted Swinford (the gateway to Mayo North) and follow the N26 through beautiful Foxford to Ballina.

Journey time: Dublin Airport – Ballina: 2 hours 45 mins. Toll bridge en route – cos €2.90 per car each way

From the South (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Shannon Airport): Take the N20 from Cork to Limerick. From Limerick and Shannon Airport, follow the M/N18 to Galway. From Galway, take the N17 to Claremorris, before turning off to take the N60 to Castlebar, then the N, N58 and N26 to Ballina.

Journey times to Ballina: Cork: 3 hours 40 mins | Limerick: 2 hours 45 mins | Shannon Airport: 2 hours 20 mins | Galway: 1 hour 40 mins


From the North (Belfast/Enniskillen): Take the M1 as far East as Moygashel, then follow the A4 through Enniskillen to Belcoo. Then take the N16 to Sligo, followed by the N59 to Ballina.

Journey time: Belfast – Ballina: 3 hours 9 mins

 From the North (Letterkenny/Sligo): Take the N13 to Ballybofey, then the N15 to Sligo, followed by the N59 to Ballina.

Journey times to Ballina: Letterkenny: 2 hours 25 mins | Sligo: 55 minutes


Getting here by bus

how to get to ballina by bus north mayoFrom the East (Dublin Airport/Dublin) Bus Eireann runs a regular bus service from Dublin Airport and Dublin, which stops in certain locations along the route. Click here for the full timetable.

From the South (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Shannon Airport): There is no direct bus route from Cork to Ballina, however it is possible to link: Cork – Limerick – Shannon Airport – Ennis – Galway (route 51 – click here for timetable) | Galway – Westport – Ballina (click here for timetable)

From the South (Galway) – GoBus has commenced a regional connect service running five times daily. Click here for timetables.

From the North (Belfast): There is no direct bus route from Belfast to Ballina, however it is possible to link via Bus Eireann: Belfast – Eniskillen  | Enniskillen – Sligo – Ballina

From the North (Derry/Letterkenny/Donegal/Sligo): No direct bus route, however it is possible to link: Derry – Sligo (click here for timetable) | Enniskillen – Sligo – Ballina (click here for timetable)



Getting here by Train

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There is a regular train service from Dublin (Heuston) to Ballina. Take the Westport line, and there is a speedy interchange at Manulla Junction, near Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

A full timetable can be generated here.