Getting to Westmeath

We’re located right in the centre of Ireland, where Ireland’s Ancient East meets Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Here’s a quick guide to getting here....

Getting to Westmeath


Westmeath is located right in the centre of Ireland. With our range of transport options and high quality buses, railways, roads and greenways your journey here will be easy and enjoyable.

By Air:

Dublin International Airport

Located just an hours’ drive from Westmeath, Dublin Airport is Ireland’s largest international airport, offering direct flights worldwide. For more information and to book your flight, visit 

From Dublin Airport, take the M50 southbound for 13km and exit the M50 at Junction 7 (signposted Sligo/ Westport / Galway – N4/ M6). After 45 km you will reach County Westmeath at Kinnegad (junction 11), where the Motorway splits in two, the N4 and M6. Take the N4 for Mullingar with its music, lakes and legends and the M6 for Athlone and the River Shannon.

Other international airports:

Westmeath can also be easily accessed from:

By Train:

Westmeath is easily accessed by train, with two national train lines bringing visitors into Mullingar and Athlone town centres at numerous times every day. Visit to book your direct train ticket from Dublin Heuston, Dublin Connolly, Galway, Sligo, Westport and more.

By Bus:

Bus Eireann Expressway/Intercity Services link major towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland. There are many Expressway services operating in County Westmeath, all year ‘round, seven days a week, connecting Athlone with Dublin, Dublin Airport, Westport, Galway, Belfast and Shannon Airport and Mullingar with Dublin, Dublin Airport, Ballina and Sligo.

Many more routes link smaller towns throughout the country. Find out more and book your ticket on

By Car:

County Westmeath is very easy to access by car, located right in the centre of Ireland, it is traversed by numerous national motorways and high quality roads, including the M6 Dublin to Galway motorway, the N4 / M4 Dublin to Sligo and the N5 Dublin to Westport roads. A network of interconnecting National Secondary Roads link Westmeath with all other parts of the country. Plan your journey using this handy tool:

Car hire and drop-off facilities are available in Mullingar from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hamills Car Rental and in Athlone from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Europcar.

By Bike:

With 89kms of off-road greenways dedicated for cyclists, Westmeath is easy to access by bike. Take the Royal Canal Greenway from Dublin or Maynooth to Mullingar and on to the River Shannon in Longford, or join the Old Rail Trail Greenway at Mullingar to pedal your way through Moate and on to Athlone Town.

Bikes can be hired in Mullingar, Moate and Athlone: see here