Shannon Airport is located in Shannon Town in County Clare, and serves Limerick City, Ennis Town, and Galway. The airport played a prominent role in the country’s aviation history as it was the first transatlantic gateway between Ireland and the United States, and where duty-free shopping originated from! The Government of Ireland picked the location for the country’s first transatlantic airport in 1936, almost a decade later the first transatlantic flight from New York landed at the airport, and the rest is history. Shannon Airport implemented the ‘Customs Free Airport Act’ in 1947, making it the world’s duty-free airport.
Approximately 1.4 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013, landing it in Ireland’s top 3 busiest airports. There are more than 10 passenger airlines operating domestic and international flights at Shannon Airport, with over 25 regular non-stop flights to United States, United Kingdom, and Europe.
The big airport offers extensive services for passengers and facilities, including for the disabled, restaurants and bars, retail stores, car rental, currency exchange counters, ATMs, post box, taxi desks, free WIFI, prayer room, lost and found, as well as luggage deposit and key holding facilities. For families who are travelling with children, and could do with an extra hand, the airport offers porterage service for a small fee.
How to get around (within destination)
Shannon Airport sits about 22 kilometres south of Ennis Town, 24 kilometres north of Limerick, and 90 kilometres south of Galway. Taxi is a convenient way to travel to the city, and you can book one from the taxi desk in Arrival. A journey to the heart of Limerick or Ennis generally costs about NZD 50.50. Alternatively, you can catch Bus Eireann to either Limerick or Ennis. The service to Limerick runs every 30 minutes, and the journey takes about 30 to 50 minutes, with a single trip ticket costing about NZD 8. The service to Ennis runs hourly, and the journey takes about 50 minutes, and ticket costs about NZD 8.50.
What to see & do
If you’re on a long transit and would like to see a bit of the County Clare region, there’s an attractions a short travel away from the airport you have to see. Be sure to visit the must-see authentic medieval Bunratty Castle, built in 1425. Explore the magnificent castle that’s been decorated with furnishings and tapestry capturing the style of that era, and the Folk Park that’s been recreated to display 19th century Ireland, with a village street, farm houses, a water mill, blacksmith’s forge as well as agricultural machinery. Stay for dinner and enjoy the bustling and merry atmosphere at the medieval banquets, which are held there every night, all year round.
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