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Sligo's two main pay car parks are in Wine Street and in the Quayside Shopping Centre. Prices are between €1 and €1.20 per hour. In other parts of the town, such as Temple Street (by the cathedral), you pay €3 for all-day parking. In the morning, school runs and store deliveries can cause congestion, but the town is mostly free of any serious traffic problems. Sligo is two hours north of Galway on the N17 and three hours driving time to Dublin on the N4.
Trains are in short supply in the Northwest region, but buses are plentiful. From Sligo Town, buses spider out frequently in all directions, serving rural towns and villages in counties Sligo, Leitrim, and much farther afield. The main service is operated by Bus Éireann, which has 47 departures daily from its McDiarmada Station at Lord Edward Street to many points of the Irish geographical compass. Seven daily express services link Sligo with Dublin Airport and Dublin city center's Busaras Station. There are daily services south to Ballina and Westport in County Mayo. Galway City is a 2½-hour journey. Main bus corridors north of Sligo run to Bundoran, Donegal Town, Letterkenny, and Derry. There are also four daily services between Sligo and Belfast, a trip that takes about three hours.
Iarnród Éireann, the Irish Rail company, operates efficient intercity train connections from Sligo to Dublin. However, other towns in County Donegal are not served by trains, nor are other nearby cities in Ireland: even if you're traveling to Galway or Belfast, you must transfer in Dublin first. Eight daily services run to and from Dublin's Connolly Station, taking three hours and five minutes to reach Sligo. Standard class round-trip fares are considerably cheaper if booked online. Sligo's McDiarmada Station is located on Lord Edward Street, a 10-minute walk to the city center (walk downhill and turn left).
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