Getting to the Shannon Region
Ireland's Shannon Region is easily reached by sea and air. Shannon International Airport lies at the heart of the Region and, with direct flights from the UK, North America & Europe it is the easiest way to reach it.
The Region is approximately a one and a half hour drive from Cork ferry port and about a three hour drive from Rosslare, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin ferryports.
The Region has good rail connections and a network of uncrowded roads which are a pleasure for the motorist or cyclist. With the Shannon Region being so easy to reach the only difficulty you’ll have is drawing yourself away from it!
Shannon Airport is the international gateway to the West of Ireland. You can be in the heart of rural Ireland within minutes of leaving the airport. It is approximately 25km equal distance from Limerick City and the town of Ennis and all of Ireland is easily accessible by an excellent road network and good public transport connections. For a full list of routes and scheduled services visit www.shannonairport.com
US Customs and Border Protection Facility - Shannon Airport is the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to offer Full US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities to airlines traveling to the USA . This facility allows passengers to pre-clear all formalities for US Immigration, Customs and Agriculture.
Passenger Benefits - Arrive as domestic passengers at domestic terminal- faster process through airport
No changing terminals from international to domestic for connecting passengers
Shorter connecting times mean passengers reach their final destination earlier
Baggage checked to the final destination - no pick up/drop off
The majority of sea services are through Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and Cork Ports, which are shown on the map to the left. Ireland's Shannon Region is within 3 hours drive from these ports. For full listing on sea access to Ireland please visit the sites listed below.
Irish Ferries: http://www.irishferries.com/
Stena Line: http://www.stenaline.com/
Swansea Cork Ferries: http://online.swanseacorkferries.com/
An internal car ferry is also available to/from Killimer in Co. Clare and Tarbert in Co. Kerry: http://www.shannonferries.com/
Travelling around Ireland's Shannon Region has never been easier. Whether you choose to travel by bus, car, taxi or make use of the internal car ferry to/from Killimer in County Clare and Tarbert in County Kerry, there is a range of options to suit everyone.
The choice is yours!
The Shannon Region is easily accessible from all directions and the detailed map below will help you in planning your route to the region.
By CAR - The AA Route Planner is useful in helping you to plan your driving route to Ireland's Shannon Region and also provides detailed directions for point-to-point journeys around the Shannon Region. Car rental companies at Shannon Airport can be found by clicking here
By BUS - Bus Eireann operate a comprehensive provincial service to the many towns and villages throughout the Shannon Region. Frequent user tickets, by the day, week or month are available from the main stations or online. There are many coach hire companies operating within the Shannon Region for private hire bookings. They offer a range of services from airport and hotel transfers to organising specialised scenic tour packages.
PK Travel http://www.pktravel.com/
JJ Kavanagh http://www.jjkavanagh.ie/
Joe Lawlor Coach & Minibus Service http://www.joelawlor.com/
Henry Golf Tours www.henrygolf.com/
Glynn's Coach Hire http://www.glynnscoaches.com/
Barratt Tours http://www.4tours.biz/
BY RAIL - Iarnrod Eireann, the Irish Rail Network, operates a regular train service from Limerick to Dublin, Ennis, Galway Cork, Tralee, Rosslare Harbour and intermediate points. For further details and timetables please visit Irish Rail.
Railtours Ireland, in association with Iarnrod Eireann, offer a day tour in Shannon Region featuring the highlights of Clare and Limerick. For further information please visit Railtours Ireland.