Shannon Airport Control Tower
Shannon Airport (SNN) County Clare serves European and North American destinations and is under the management of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). See website.
Shannon is small by international airport standards so you cannot go wrong once you are inside the terminal for departing flights.
The airport has the distinction of having the world's first Duty Free Shop which opened in 1947 and is still serving customers today.
On the ground floor level you will find the arrivals hall, information desk, money exchange and airline check-in desks.
While the departure gates are accessed through a second floor entrance which leads to the security scanner and the duty free shops and bars as well as the departure lounge and U.S. pre clearance facility.
Once you have cleared immigration, baggage and customs you naturally enough emerge into the arrivals hall and you will immediately see the car hire desks directly facing you and the airport Information Desk is to the left of them.
Note the information desk faces to the right as you come out and is only 20 paces away but is almost sideways on to your first view and may be obscured by people waiting for passengers to emerge from the baggage area, so to find it easily move forward towards the car hire area and look to your left.
If you have pre-booked wheelchair or other assistance then your attendant will meet you at the aircraft door and stay with you until you are either met by a pre-arranged contact or are being served by car hire or other personnel who will take over your welfare from that point.
Bank and Money Exchange
There is a Bank up the hall from the information desk which is accessed by turning left on emerging from the baggage hall (keeping the info desk to your right), it is open daily and there are ATM's beside it.
There is a Bureau De Change on the ground floor level though not visible from the arrivals section as it is actually in the departure check-in area.
Ask at the information desk or else locate it by starting with the information desk directly behind you and walk past the book shop and the newsagents which are in front and to the right, carry on past the escalator which leads to the 2nd level and then take a sharp right when you come upon the check-in area.
You really should have your car pre-booked, not only do you get much better car hiredeals but also the vehicle of your choice which is more relaxing when you get out on the road, and don't forget it is left hand side driving here!
Don't worry though it is just the same as driving anywhere. Honest!
Bus Eireann the national bus carrier has a desk located to the right of the car hire stands and timetables can be obtained and tickets can be purchased from there for buses to Limerick, Ennis and Galway and all places on their route service network.
Timetable Download From Bus Eireann
Limerick to Shannon Airport to Ennis to Galway and Return route.
See All Bus Eireann's Routes and Timetables.
The bus stops are to the left on emerging from the arrivals door with the Galway and Ennis (Route 51 and marked Galway on the bus front but stopping at Ennis Bus Station) pick up point the first one.
The Limerick to Cork (Route 51 and marked Cork but stopping at Limerick Bus Station) pick up point is a further 25 meters away.
Timetables are displayed at both stops and buses serving the airport are either going to or coming from Galway and Ennis or Limerick.
Be sure to ask at the desk for information on special tickets if you are planning to journey hop by bus and return tickets are cheaper if you are coming back to the airport and are valid for a month for one round trip journey.
Or check online at the Bus Eireann site. (Opens new window)
Taxi Service to/from Shannon Airport
Taxis from and to the terminal are available and there is a desk in arrivals but be prepared to pay at least 35 Euro each way to Limerick and the same to Ennis and always price the journey first.
Shannon Airport Terminal
See selected distances from Shannon Airport below.
Distance from Shannon Airport to:
|Cliffs Of Moher (Doolin)||68.88||42.80||1hr:08m|
|Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port Dublin||236.09||146.70||2hr:44m|
|Galway City (Eyre Square)||85.78||53.30||1hr:17m|
|Limerick City (O'Connell Street)||26.39||16.40||0hr:28m|
|Rosslare Ferry Port Co Wexford||221.61||137.70||3hr:23m|
|Shannon Ferries Killimer||69.85||43.40||1hr:01m|
|The Burren National Pk (Carran)||50.53||31.40||1hr:13m|
|Tralee Co Kerry||127.46||79.20||1hr:54m|
|Westport Co Mayo||178.80||111.10||2hr:38m|