Departing Shannon Airport By Road

Departing Shannon Airport by Road

Shannon Airport is situated in County Clare and is in the Midwest region of Ireland. Limerick city is the closest largest city. We recommend downloading the Google Maps App, it’s a great app and easy to use. Ireland AA route planner is a very good website for detailed directions also. Maps can be purchased in the Londis shop on the ground floor of the terminal building.

Driving out of Shannon Airport, follow the road until you come to a roundabout and process out of the grounds. There is only one route into and out of the grounds of the Airport.

Shannon Airport Car Hire

The car hire companies will shuttle you to their collection points just outside the car parks on the grounds of the Airport. Please allow 40 minutes to one hour if you are dropping back a car after your holiday. Driving from Shannon follow the road out of the grounds via the N19 road, be careful entering roundabouts and remember that vehicles on the right-hand side have right of way. Make sure you have enough fuel for your trip. There is a Circle K fuel station close by in Shannon town centre.

Hiring a car can be the best way to see Ireland’s beautiful scenery, historical sites, castles and coastal areas, villages and towns. Ireland is full of nice scenery and wonderful landscape, with beautiful road trips to keep you busy for a day or a few days.

  • Travel to Limerick city via N18 road.
  • Travel to Dublin via M7 road.
  • Travel to Cork via N20 road
  • Travel to Galway via M18 road.
  • Travel to Kerry via N21 road.

Distance and travel time from Shannon Airport to various locations 

To Shannon Town Centre 6.1km (10 minutes)

To Limerick 26.8km (30 minutes)

To Galway 84.5km (1 hour and 10 minutes)

To Ennis 26.4km (25 minutes)

To Cork 123.3km (1 hour and 45 minutes)

To Dublin 228.5km (2 hours 35 minutes)

To Waterford 154.4km (2 hours 30 mins)

To Killarney Kerry 134.9km (1 hour 55 minutes)

To the Cliffs of Moher 64.3km (1 hour)

To Bunratty Castle 12.9km (14 minutes)

To Dromoland Castle 13.6km (19 minutes)

To Adare Manor 43.1km (45 minutes)

To Thomond Park 24.3km (30 minutes)

To University of Limerick 35.9km (40 minutes)

Irish Road Signs

Irish road signs are in two languages, Irish or Gaeilge and English. Irish Road signs will have names of destinations in both languages with distance in kilometres.  Roads names marked blue are major roadways similar to freeway roads in the United States.  Roads names are marked in green and yellow, these roads are known as minor roads. Ireland has tolls roads also we recommend using Ireland’s tolls road network to reduce driving time.

Car Hire

Shannon Airport car hire companies will shuttle you to their collection points just outside the car parks. The car rental depots are not far from the Airport.  After you pick up your vehicle you can proceed out of Shannon towards the N19 roadway. Follow road signs and directions out of the grounds of the Airport and onto your destination.

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