Car parking is an extortionate nine euro fifty a day - an utter rip off.
You could reduce your costs by parking at the 'Park inn' hotel at eight euro a day (and nothing at all if you drive on the grass around the barriers !).
The Bunratty castle hotel has a very good rate of less than six euro a day, but their shuttle bus only operates from 7.00 am to 2.30 pm. A taxi would cost 18 euro - someewhat negating the saving.
I also wonder what would happen if you just left you car in a local villag or shopping centre and got a bus into the airport = I bet it would work, but I'm not prepared to risk it. You might.
The Shannon airport is the perfect destination for a holiday in West Clare or the southern part of Ireland. It's big enough to have good flight choices, and easy access to cars for hire, but small enough to minimize the inconveniences. And as a bonus, when we traveled the fares were less than to Dublin. Copy and paste the following link into your browser address:
We were flying British Airways. They flew us in to Heathrow where we had to catch a connecting flight on their partner Aer Lingus to Shannon. Most of the flights into Shannon appear to be those of Ryan Air, but in addition to Aer Lingus there are flights of American, Aviajet, Air Transat, Continental, Eurocypria. First Choice and Spanair
Warning Note: Aer Lingus charges for food and drink on their flights. If you want anything to eat or drink, you will have to pay for it.
I asked for a wheelchair. Shannon Airport has wheelchairs available free of charge for use within the airport. However, there are no people to push the wheelchairs - my grandson got to push. We went through the nothing to declare line, and then went to get our bags. Now it is not really possible for one person to push a wheelchair and pull two roller bags. We managed to get out to the money exchange window and bought some Euros before we called a taxi to take us to our hotel.
Because we got into Shannon late in the day, the shuttle bus transportation to the Bunratty Castle Hotel was no longer available. So we had to call a cab. There is a desk in the airport (photo 2) where you can talk to a person who will do this for you. There were no cabs lined up outside the airport at a taxi stand - just a sign saying "Taxi Desk Located In Arrivals Hall" (photo 4).
The taxi when it came was an ordinary car with just a photo ID inside (photo 5) showing that the driver was a taxi driver. The rate to Bunratty Castle Hotel was €20
Current Fares are:
Rate per kilometre €1.30
Rate per mile €2.09
A minimum charge of €7 will apply to all journeys.
The website has a list of fares for other places.
Roads are easy to travel about. Shannon isnt a main town its an airport. Limerick is 15 mins away, cliffs of Moher is 30 mins and banratty is on the way into limerick. we wished we'd spent more time in Ennis 20 mins from airport. Tipperary isnt worth a visit at all! its 30 mins out of limerick. Spend time at Lahinch by the cliffs of Moher
There are two main airports in Ireland. One in Dublin and one in Shannon. Shannon airport is at a great location where one can start there tour of Ireland right away starting right by Bunratty Castle which is located close by.
The obvious way to get to Shannon is the Airport. One thing to consider is shopping at the duty-free shop on the way home. Rather than carry Waterford crystal all over Ireland, buy it as you leave! Save the shipping charges (which bring the cost up to sale prices in the States and you pay the same price all over Ireland for Waterford!) No hassle with VAT refunds - no charges for rebating your VAT!
WE HIRED A PRIVATE CAR , WE THOUGHT IT MAY BE BETTER TO START OUR TOUR THROUG IRELAND AT SHANNON ; SO WE CAN PRAKTICE DRIVING ON THE LEFT WITH THE CAR IN A SMALLER CITY THAN DUBLIN