st-patricks-church-newport-co-mayo-colour-3Ireland has a very well developed nationwide bus service and for this reason getting around Mayo is very easy by bus. The national bus carrier, Bus Eireann, has an extensive selection of public bus services throughout the West of Ireland and Mayo. Bus Eireann offers many open-road visitor bus passes that allow unlimited travel on bus services for several days.

Bus services

Bus Eireann route 440 DooaghWestportKnock Airport operates once a day in each direction. On Sundays route 440 does not operate however Expressway route 52 provides an evening journey each way to/from Westport and Galway

Rail access

The nearest rail services may be accessed at Westport railway station approximately 14 km distant. There are several trains a day from Westport railway station to Dublin Heuston via Athlone. See their website at

By Air

You can fly to Mayo from Dublin, the UK and continental Europe.  There are a number of daily services to these locations from airlines service Ireland West Airport Knock (airport code NOC).  Visit the Knock Airport website for flight schedules and more information.

By Car

The county town of Castlebar  is approx 18 km east of Newport and can be accessed via the N5; a national primary road in Ireland, connecting Longford town with Westport. It is the main access route from Dublin (via the M4/N4) to most of County Mayo, including the county  towns of  Castlebar and Westport. Almost all of the route has been improved during the 2000s with the construction of bypasses and extensive resurfacing works on stretches not bypassed.

The road has wide driving lanes and hard shoulders for 65 km between Castlebar and just west of Frenchpark, and between Strokestown and Longford (20 km). When driving to Newport you can come here via Westport on the N59 a national secondary road or direct from Castlebar on the  R311 regional road. But if using this route please use GPS and take the route via the roundabout at Aldi in Castlebar town centre. See a You Tube clip of entering Newport via the R311 at