Shannon Airport

Car Hire Shannon Airport

Almost 2 million passengers pass through Shannon Airport annually, many in transit for flights to and from the USA and Canada, but also for flights to Europe and to Dublin, mainly for business passengers. It is the gateway to the west of Ireland and situated on the River Shannon estuary, only 16 miles from Limerick and 52 miles from Galway. 

Shannon Airport Mini Guide

About Shannon Airport
If you are arriving into Shannon Airport, you will find porters in the baggage hall should you need assistance, there is also a cafe serving drinks and snacks and the major international car hire companies desks are to be found here.  For your departure from Shannon, there is a bar near the check in area – ideal for the last goodbye drink and a bar/restaurant in the departure area.  Here you will also find a selection of shops offering anything you may need and of course the duty free if you are on an international flight. 

For business travellers, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the airport and an executive lounge is available.  Should you be travelling through the airport with reduced mobility there are excellent facilities for the disabled, there are car parking spaces closer to the terminal, low level coin operated vending machines suitable for wheelchair users and plenty of lifts and disabled toilets throughout the terminal.

About Shannon City
Shannon Airport is located in the Shannon region of Ireland. County Clare is an area steeped in history and culture, it's the birthplace of traditional Irish music and home to the Cliffs of Moher, which is Ireland's number one tourist attraction.  These cliffs are 214m high and overlook 8km of the Atlantic ocean, they are Ireland's entry for the next “Wonders of the World”.  They are home to one of the major colonies of sea birds in Ireland and now have a state of the art visitor centre – The Atlantic Edge which will educate and entertain everyone. This part of Ireland is also famous for it's fishing and there is plenty here for any angler. There is sea angling from one of the small ports along the coast, or salmon fishing in the lakes and rivers, if you've always fancied fishing but don't know here to start, you can even have lessons!

If it is culture you are after in the Shannon area, visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the folk park has some fantastic reproductions of local cottages and street scenes from Victorian Ireland, whilst the castle, which was restored to it's former glory in 1954 hosts medieval banquets twice weekly which are something definitely not to be missed.

For those visitors who are looking for some relaxation as well as finding out more about the local area, why not try Burren Retreat Holidays, where you will be taken on daily outings accompanied by a guide to the Burren hills and also the sea. Part of the package includes visits to the best eateries in the area where you can try out some of the local food and dishes. Each day starts with meditation and yoga classes, it doesn't matter if you haven't done that before as all levels are catered for even if you are a complete novice.

There is also the Bunratty Cookery School nearby where you can learn cookery skills from the owner and professional chef Donnagh Gregson.  For somewhere to stay in the area, there are several luxury hotels including some in castles and manor houses and the area also has plenty of self catering cottages available too, so you can take advantage of the excellent local produce.

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Shannon Airport

If you are flying to the USA, Shannon is the first airport in the world outside the Americas to be able to offer US Immigration Preclearance, meaning that you arrive in the USA as a domestic passenger, making your process through your destination much quicker and easier.

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