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Shannon Airport

Getting there & around

Local transport


A taxi to the centre of Limerick or Ennis costs about €32 if booked at the taxi desk inside the airport. You may pay more at the outside rank. The taxi desk opens with first flights.

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Bus & tram


Bus Éireann (474 311; www.buseireann.ie 8am-5pm May-Sep, Mon-Fri Oct-Apr) has a ticket office near the arrivals area in the terminal. If it’s closed you can buy tickets from the driver. Destinations served by direct buses include Cork (€11.70, 2½ hours, hourly), Ennis (€5.40, 50 minutes, hourly), Galway (€10.80, 1¾ hours, hourly) and Limerick (€5, 30 to 55 minutes, two per hour). Some frequencies are reduced on Sundays.

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Time will tell how many flights to the US continue to serve Shannon Airport (SNN) once the Open Skies agreement comes into full effect in 2008. The airport is proving popular with low-cost carriers like Ryanair, which serves its usual mixed bag of European destinations like Hahn in Germany – which despite its 75km distance away the airline calls ‘Frankfurt’. Services to London’s Heathrow Airport are in flux.

Airlines with direct flights to Shannon:

Aer Lingus (0818 365 000; www.aerlingus.ie) Dublin, Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles.

American Airlines (01-602 0550; www.aa.com) Chicago.

Central Wings (www.centralwings.com) Warsaw.

Continental (1890 925 252; www.continental.com) Newark.

Delta Air Lines (1800 768 080; www.delta.com) Atlanta, New York.

Ryanair (0818 303 030; www.ryanair.com) London, Glasgow and numerous secondary European airports.

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Shannon Airport