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Shannon is a town in County Clare, Ireland. Its main claim to fame is its airport, the place where the Duty Free Shop was invented and once a frequent stopover for early transatlantic flights.

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Shannon is situated in the heart of Ireland's beautiful Shannon Region.

By plane

  • 1 Shannon Airport (SNN IATA). The second biggest airport in the Republic of Ireland after Dublin Airport. Shannon Airport is well connected with the UK, Europe and the United States and is one of the very few international airports with US border pre-clearance. Shannon airport was historically important in the early days of transatlantic flights as the first stopover coming from North America. Therefore the concept of duty free stores as well as many other innovations originated here. Since the invention of long range jets however, the airport has lost its importance and has even been surpassed by other airports in Ireland. Its counterpart on the other side of the "pond" was Gander.

In terms of scheduled passenger airlines, Aer Lingus, Delta, Ryanair, and United Airlines, are the main carriers with Ryanair accounting for up to 60% of the total aircraft movements at Shannon Airport.

By bus

The town of Shannon is mainly served by Bus Eireann. A single adult fare from Dublin to Shannon with Bus Eireann costs €14.90 with return tickets available from €20.50 depending on the day of the week.

Shannon Airport is well served by Bus Eireann with a total of 136 buses serving the airport on a daily basis. From Shannon Airport, and with changes in either CorkEnnisGalway or Limerick, most locations within Ireland are accessible.

Among the other major bus operators to Shannon Airport are JJ Kavanagh & Sons which connects Shannon Airport to Limerick and Dublin.

By train

While the town of Shannon is not served by a train station, it is possible to travel to Limerick by train, and then either connect to Shannon by bus or taxi. Limerick is directly connected to DublinCork, and Waterford by Irish Rail

By car

The town of Shannon is relatively well connected with the rest of Ireland due to its close proximity to the city of Limerick which is within 20 kilometers of Shannon. Recently, major upgrades along the N7 (Dublin - Limerick), the N18 (Galway - Limerick) and the N20 (Cork - Limerick) have improved the accessibility of Shannon immensely.

Car rental

Major car rental companies can be found at Shannon airport.

Get around

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Drink

  • 1 The Shannon Knights, ☏ +353 61 361 045. M-F: 9AM-1AM, Sa: 9AM-3AM, Su: 10AM-3AM.

Sleep

  • The Oakwood Arms Hotel, ☏ +353 61 361500. Also has a pub.
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (10min from Shannon Airport, N18), ☏ +353 61 478700. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:30. Part of the Blarney Group Hotels, with spacious rooms, etc. From €99.
  • Bridge Side B&B, ☏ +353 61 369633. Sixmilebridge The Bridge House is a family run bed and breakfast, close to Shannon Airport.
  • Bunratty Castle Mews, Village of Bunratty (Adjacent to Bunratty Castle and Durty Nelly's Pub), ☏ +353 61 369766. Bunratty Castle Mews is a family run bed and breakfast.
  • Rowan Tree Hostel, Ennis. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. This hostel located in Ennis is at 20 minutes from Shannon by car. Renovated hostel, very large, very clean.
  • Park Inn Shannon Airport, Shannon Airport, ☏ +353 61 471122. Located in Shannon International Airport near Bunratty Castle, Folk Park and Shannon Golf Club.

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