Shannon Airport

Travelling to County Clare

So if you are travelling to County Clare, how do you get there?

By Air

One of Ireland’s biggest airports is in County Clare. Shannon Airport was Ireland’s premier airport where all transatlantic flights had to stop. This is no longer the case but there are still many transatlantic routes as well as flights to Europe.

Travelling to County Clare - Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport

There are flights to and from Shannon to the following destinations:
Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester.
Berlin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Lanzarote, Lyon, Malaga, Marseille, Memmingen, Nantes, Nice, Palma, Paris, Toulouse, Warsaw, Wrocklaw.
Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto.
For flights, Airlines and times check here.

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Travelling to County Clare By Train

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) provides a regular train service to Ennis and on to Galway with stops at Clarecastle and Gort.
For train times, fares and online booking go to Iarnrod Eireann website.

By Bus

Bus Éireann provides a regular and comprehensive bus service to all the main towns of County Clare including Ennis, Kilrush, Kilkee, Killaloe, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Shannon Airport and many more with stops at numerous villages and other locations.
For bus times and online purchase of tickets go to Bus Éireann website.


Shannon Ferries operate an hourly ferry (daylight hours) between Tarbert in County Kerry and Killimer, near Kilrush in County Clare. This is very useful for tourists travelling along the west coast or The Wild Atlantic Way and also for regular commuters. The journey takes less than half an hour and shortens the time and lessens the cost of travelling via Limerick by road.
Further details and online purchase of tickets at Shannon Ferries website.
There are a number of other ferries operating from Doolin to the Aran Islands.

By Road

There is a good network of roads throughout the county. The major motorway the M18 makes access very easy through to Galway and carriageways to to Shannon Airport gives fast access.
Roads in the remoter areas are good but sometimes narrow and winding so visitors should exercise caution.
Speed limits
Motorway: Max 120km per hour. Lesser roads Max 100km per hour. Smaller roads 80km per hour. Through towns and villages limits are reduced to 50 or 60 km per hour.
Speed limits on all roads are well signposted and should be adhered to strictly both for safety and to avoid fines/penalty points. Gardaí are vigilant and fixed and mobile speed cameras are in operation.
Car Hire and Taxis: Cars can be hired at Shannon Airport and Limerick City. operates a good service at Shannon Airport. You can pre book a car here.
Taxis and hackneys are available in all the main towns in County Clare.


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