Shannon Airport is the third busiest airport in Ireland after Dublin Airport and Cork Airport. In 2017, it served over 1.7 million passengers alone.
During the 1930s, the trans-Atlantic travel was mainly dominated by flying boats that were located in the terminal in Foyne. But because of the growing demand, by 1936, the government started building a runway and an airport in Rineanna in the Shannon area.
The airport serves mainly the areas of Galway, Limerick, Ennis and the southwest region of Ireland. If you happen to be arriving in Shannon Airport and would like to go straight to neighboring major cities in Ireland, then this guide is for you.
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Airlines that serve Shannon Airport
Currently, below are the major airlines that serve Shannon:
And for available transport between Shannon Airport and major cities and towns in Ireland, see below:
Shannon Airport Bus Transfer Options To Major Towns and Cities
Shannon Airport To Limerick
Shannon Airport from Limerick is only 35 km. To get to Limerick, take a bus outside of the main terminal. There are 3 Bus Eireann buses that go to Limerick: bus #51, #343 and #X51.
If you are in a hurry, bus #X51 is the fastest at 25 minutes. It goes straight to Glentworth, Limerick Bus Station with no stop. Bus #51 takes about 30 minutes to get to Limerick. It has one stop that’s why it’s longer by 5 minutes. Bus #343 will take you longer as it has over 20 stops before getting to Limerick. This bus takes about 50 minutes.
The bus fare is between €5-7 for a one-way trip and there are buses that leave every hour.
Shannon Airport To Galway
Shannon Airport from Galway is only 94 km. To get to Galway, take a bus outside of the main terminal. There are 2 Bus Eireann buses that go to Galway: bus #51and #X51.
If you are in a hurry, bus #X51 is faster at 1 hour and 10 minutes. It goes to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station with just one stop. Bus #51 takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes to get to Galway. It has 10 stops that’s why it’s longer by 40 minutes.
The bus fare is between €11-16 for a one-way trip and there are buses that leave every hour.
Shannon Airport To Dublin
Take a Bus Eireann (#51, #343) to Old Creamery Pub from the main terminal in Shannon Airport. This only takes 25 minutes for €2-4 (one-way) and there are buses that leave hourly.
From Old Creamery Pub, walk a bit towards the Bunratty bus stop then take a bus (Dublin Coach #300 or Euro Bus #300) that goes to Dublin from there. The trip takes a little more than 3 hours and there are buses every hour as well. For bus fare, it is €10-15 (one-way) for Dublin Coach and €18-22 (one-way) for Euro Bus. Both bus operators will drop you at the Arlington Hotel in Dublin.
Shannon Airport To Cork
Shannon Airport from Cork is about 127 km. To get to Cork, take a bus outside of the main terminal. There’s only 1 Bus Eireann bus that goes to Galway: bus #51 and the trip frequency is only every 2 hours so plan accordingly.
Bus #51 takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes to get to Cork. It stops to other 8 bus stations. The bus fare is between €14-20 for a one-way trip.
Shannon Airport To Bunratty
Take a Bus Eireann bus (#51, #343) to Old Creamery Pub in Bunratty from the main terminal in Shannon Airport. This only takes 25 minutes for €2-4 (one-way) and there are buses that leave hourly.
How to buy bus tickets in Shannon Airport
You can either buy at the self-service kiosk in the arrival hall or you can just pay on the bus as well. Just make sure you have exact change just in case the driver doesn’t have any.
Shannon Airport Taxi Service
There are several taxi service at Shannon Airport. Below are estimates of the taxi fare going to major towns and cities in Ireland. Please note that this is an estimate only so it is used for guidance purposes only. Always negotiate first with the driver before getting in on the taxi.
Bunratty – €28
Limerick City- €40-55
Galway City -€130