Travelling to Hagstravaganza…
To make your journey to the festival is safe and quick as possible we’ve provided you with travel options from Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Galway. The majority of our attendees stay in Sligo town and the surrounding area. Ballymote is located just over 20 minutes south of Sligo town and is catered for by the Sligo-Dublin train line. You will find that the majority of our attendees will be going and coming on this train.
…on Friday 26th
Previously reserved for Barrel Adopters only, we’re now opening it up for those who purchase an all-in ticket for the Barrel Aged talks and tasting. Doors will open at 7pm and close at 9.30pm. This will leave you with enough time to catch the 10.03pm train back to Sligo.
…on Saturday 27th
We’re opening up early at 1.30pm and will be closing the doors at 9.30pm. There is an exclusive White Hag Train booked to bring everyone into Sligo Town to continue the celebrations. Over the past few years The White Hag Train has become a staple part of the Hagstravaganza experience and is one not to miss! Although one of guest brewers did miss it last year… (We found him a lift back thankfully)
For day travelers from Dublin the last train is now at 19.23 – an extra 1.5 hours for craft beer goodness.
Bus from Dublin city centre to Sligo
Log onto www.buseireann.ie for more details on Timetable 23 that caters for the main Dublin – Sligo route.
Bus from Dublin city centre to Ballymote
There is no bus that caters for the Dublin City centre to Ballymote directly. However, there is a bus (see Timetable 23) that caters for the main Dublin – Sligo route and you can then take one of the following bus routes to Ballymote: See Timetables 460 or 471. Check out www.buseireann.ie for more information.
Train Dublin city centre to Ballymote
Once you arrive at Dublin city centre (get off at either O’Connell Street (a 15 minute walk from O’Connell Street) or Bus Aras (main Bus Terminal) and make your way to Connolly Train Station which is beside Busáras Terminal, for the Dublin-Sligo train. The train journey is around 3 hours to Sligo. The cost is €37.98 for return and €18.99 for single if booked online early in advance and we do recommend this. See: www.irishrail.ie Prices can vary so be sure to review in advance. Ballymote is 2 stops before Sligo town on this line.
… from Cork
All roads lead to Dublin
Bus from Cork city centre to Sligo
Log onto www.buseireann.ie for more details on Timetable x8 that caters for the main Cork – Dublin route. From here you can follow the Dublin section of our travel instructions.
Train Cork city centre to Ballymote
Take the train from Cork city centre to Dublin Heuston. From there you can take a 17 minute Luas tram from outside the station to Dublin Connolly for the Dublin-Sligo train. From here you can follow the Dublin Train section of our travel instructions The total cost for the Irish Rail train from Cork to Sligo or Cork to Ballymote is the same at €51.38 for return and €25.69 for single if booked online early in advance and we do recommend this. See: www.irishrail.ie Prices can vary so be sure to review in advance. Ballymote is 2 stops before Sligo town on this line.
… from Belfast
Bus from Belfast to Sligo
Log onto www.translink.co.uk for more details on the 261 Belfast (Europa Buscentre) – Enniskillen bus route followed by logging into www.buseireann.ie for information on the 458 Eniskillen – Sligo bus route
Train from Belfast to Sligo
Log onto www.translink.co.uk for more details on the 5 Belfast (Lanyon Place) – Dublin Connolly Train route. From here you can go to the Dublin to Sligo Train section of our travel instructions
… from Galway
Bus from Galway to Sligo
Log onto www.buseireann.ie for more details on Timetable 64 Express Route that caters for the main Galway – Sligo route. This bus does not stop in Ballymote but from Sligo you can take the 460 or 471 bus routes to Ballymote.
Is there a taxi service for getting around Sligo?
There is a taxi rank located on Quay Street (opposite the town hall) in Sligo (around the corner from The Swagman) for those needing a lift back to your accommodation. And below are some contact numbers for bus and taxi services in the area:
- The Four’s Taxi – 0719144444
- Emerald Taxis Sligo – 0719148888
- Euroline Cabs – 0868144044
- Doddy’s Taxi – 0860701020
- Gerry Gurn – 0879191911
- Jeff’s Cabs – 0876930250
- Fureys Bus Hire 071 91 63092
- Feehily’s Taxi & Bus Hire 071 91 43000 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings in advance.
Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes (driving) from Dublin Airport.
- Approximately 35 minutes (driving) from Ireland West (Knock) Airport. For more info see below*.
- Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes (driving) from Dublin Airport.
- Approximately 2 hours 55 minutes (driving) from Shannon Airport
- Approximately 3 hours 10 minutes (driving) from Belfast Airport.
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