Aran Island Ferries uses the port in Rossaveel, which is 45 mins – 1 hr from Galway City in a bus or car. Ferries depart for and from Inis Meáin twice a day, although depature times change depending on the time of year, and Sunday ferries also run on a different schedule. Tickets can be bought in advance via their website. They advise passengers to arrive at the point of departure a minimum of 30 minutes before departure time.
There are two ferry companies in Doolin who offer service to the Aran Islands, Doolin Ferries and Doolin2Aran Ferries. As Inis Meáin is the quietest of the three islands, the Doolin-based ferry companies customarily skip Inis Meáin unless they already have advance bookings. Please be sure to book in advance with them.
Aer Arann Islands operates a small plane that flies to all of the islands from Connemara Airport in Inverin, 19 miles west of Galway City. The short flight affords you a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the islands. The airline also has a mini-bus service between the airport and The Victoria Hotel in Galway City to complete your journey.
Ireland has two international airports, one in Dublin and the other in Shannon, and there are rail and bus services from both to Galway and Doolin.
A new pier has been built on Inis Meáin that does not reflect on older maps (and on Google Maps), and this is where all of the ferries dock. The map below shows the fastest route to Tig Congaile Bed & Breakfast from the new pier. There is a taxi service on the island, contactable on the following numbers: 09973993 / 0876526263.