Shannon Airport is an important gateway to south-west Ireland. The majority of visitors fly into the airport and immediately travel on. Limerick is 25 kilometres north of the city, with Ennis equal distance to the east. A range of public transport options are available, but none are as convenient as hiring a car from the airport.
For those travelling by car from Shannon Airport, the N18 is one of the most important arteries. It passes the terminal to the east connects to several important regional motorways. Roads connecting Dublin, Galway and Cork to Dublin have been recently redeveloped and are in particularly good condition.
There are roughly 1,000 parking spaces on offer at Shannon Airport, including short- and long-term options. The car parks are operated by the local airport authority, and they’re regularly patrolled by airport police. Around three-quarters of the parking facilities are designated for long-term parking. The short-term car park is across from the terminal entrance, within walking distance of the Arrivals and Departure Halls.
Travellers who don’t mind touring Ireland by bus find two major operators at Shannon Airport. Bus Éireann connects to Galway (1 hour, 45 minutes), Cork (2 hours, 30 minutes) and Ennis (about 1 hour). Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver or from the ticket office in the terminal. JJ Kavanagh & Sons runs lines to Dublin (3 hours, 15 minutes) and Limerick (30 minutes).
Taxis operate between Shannon Airport and area destinations whenever flights are running. Fares are expensive, but it’s sometimes possible to save a few Euro by purchasing a ticket from the desk inside the terminal. The desk is located in the centre of the Arrivals Hall, and information on travel routes and distances can be viewed on the airport website.