County Clare is home to Shannon International Airport. See the daily services on

Shannon Airport, Co Clare Shannon airport, with services to Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.A., lies at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s coastal touring route that spans seven of Ireland's counties, taking in breath-taking scenery along the way. From Donegal to Galway, Clare to Kerry and onto Cork, the Wild Atlantic Way is a journey of discovery and has something for everyone to enjoy.

Shannon brings you to the hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lie waiting. You will encounter moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences that you will want to return to again and again.

Shannon Airport is unique both in its location and its place in the history of world aviation. Of all European Airports it is situated at the most western point, making it the ideal stepping stone between the old world and the new. Chosen for its geographical position as the transatlantic gateway between Europe and America, Shannon was designated as Ireland’s Transatlantic Airport at its inception by the Irish Government. The airport itself covers about 2,000 acres in County Clare on the north bank of the Shannon Estuary and is located approximately 24 kilometres (15 miles) west of Limerick City and a similar distance south of Ennis.

Shannon Airport meets all the requirements of a first class international airport and much more. Runway (06-24) is capable of taking the largest type of aircraft now in operation. This facility is used by scheduled and non-scheduled carriers. Together with Shannon’s temperate and varied weather conditions, it makes the airport an ideal location for flight training.

There are almost 2000 people employed at the airport (not counting the nearby Industrial Estate) of which the airport itself employs about 500. The remainder are employed by a number of State Services including Air Traffic Control, State Radio, the Meteorological Service, Immigration, Customs, Agriculture, Public Health and Telecom as well as commercial services such as airlines, aircraft handling agencies, car hire, tourism interests, taxi hire and fuel companies. In addition some 1,000 temporary staff are recruited during the peak summer season. The airport is used by around 20,000 scheduled commercial aircraft and nearly 8,500 non-scheduled commercial aircraft. In all, there are around 26,000 aircraft movements at Shannon every year.


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Bus Eireann provides connections to and from all of Ireland's major cities. Main Office: Tel: +353 (0)61 313333.
There is a bus station in Ennis Town which will provide you with a timetable of daily services. Tel +353 (0)65 6824177. There are a number of bus stops located around Co. Clare. Visit the Bus Eireann website for a timetable and Bus Stop locations:

Other Bus providers in Clare include:
Clare Accessible Transport, Feakle, Co Clare Tel +353 (0)61 924375 Clare Accessible Transport runs a community transport group, where it operates a travel demand centre to operate a fleet of four low floor accessible buses throughout East Clare and other parts of Co Clare.

Citylink provide a service between Shannon Airport and Galway city. Tel: +353 (0)91 564163  

JJ Kavanagh & Sons provide a service between Shannon Airport, Limerick and Dublin Airport. Tel: +353 (0)56 8831106  

Galway to Lahinch Hop on Hop off Bus Service. Service operates seven days a week from April to October 31. Leaving Galway Coach Station, Forster Street at 08.00 a.m. daily the coach stops at various locations along the route and returns to Galway in the evening, to arrive back at Galway Coach Station at 06.35 p.m.  

Other Local Clare Bus Operators include:

Ennis Town hosts 14 FREE coach parking spaces at Friars Walk Coach Park, Ennis. Facilities at the coach park include:
• Water Supply for Coach Washing
• Waste Water Disposal Facilities (toilet drop)
• 24 hour CCTV Monitoring
• Drivers Lounge in the Temple gate Hotel with CCTV & free wi-fi
• Passenger Drop off/Pick up facility with Bus Shelter


Dollar Thrifty

Tel: +353 (0)61 471770
Fax: +353 (0)61 471827

Dooley Car Rentals

Tel: +353 (0)61 471098
Fax: +353 (0)61 472740

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Tel: +353 (0)1 429 0200 


Tel: +353 (0)61 701200
Fax: +353 (0)61 701201

Hertz Rent a Car

Tel: +353 (0)61 471639
Fax: +353 (0)61 361191

Irish Car Rentals

Tel: +353 (0)61 206088
Fax: +353 (0)61 326766

353 Car Rental

Tel: +353 (0)61 472633
Fax: +353 (0)61 472000

Avis Rent a Car

Tel: +353 (0)61 715600
Fax: +353 (0)61 471672

Budget Rent a Car

Tel: +353 (0)61 471361
Fax: +353 (0)61 471688

Sixt Car Rental


Rhino Car Hire

Tel: +353 (1)800 814105

Payless Car Rental Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 61 650002


Cycling in county Clare could not be better with more than a few country roads and byways leading to seaside coves, rural villages and towns, castles and historic sites. There are several places to rent bikes with daily and weekly rates available.

Tierney Cycles, Fishing and Hobbies,

Abbey Street,
Tephone: +353 (0)65 6829433  
Fax: +353 (0)65 6843466  

Clancy’s Cycles,

Henry Street,
Telephone 00353 (0) 65-9051107

Gleesons Cycles Bicycle Hire,

Main Street,
Telephone 00353 (0)65-9051127  

Loop Head Adventures Ltd,

Cycling tours and bike rental,
Telephone:+353 (0)65 905 8875

Burren Bike Rental,

The Launderette,
Telephone:00 353 (0)65 707 7061

Williams Rent A Bike,

Circular Road,
Telephone: +353 (0)65 9056041

Shannonside Activity and Sailing Centre,

Telephone: +353 (0)61 376714

Irish Bike Hire,



There are two passenger ferry operators which sail from Doolin pier to the Aran Islands:

Doolin Ferries & O’Brien Line

The Pier,
Co Clare
Phone: +353 (0)65 7074189
Fax: 065 7074466

Doolin Ferries & O'Brien Line operate two modern comfortable vessels which meet the highest safety standards set down by the Irish department of the Marine. Doolin Ferries is operated by the local O’Brien family. The service was originally carried out using traditional local boats called “currachs”.

Aran Island Fast Ferries

Doolin Pier,
Co Clare
Phone: +353 (0)65 7074550

Aran Islands Fast Ferries is the fastest recorded ferry service ever to the Aran Islands with sea travelling time of only 20 minutes, from Doolin to Inis Óirr.
You can enjoy the indoor luxury accommodation and panoramic views from this 36 seater fast ferry and enjoy the safety and comfort or embarking and disembarking from the pier at Doolin without the use of currachs to get to bigger boats.
This luxury fast ferry assures you speed and comfort at all times. An hourly service operates at peak periods, the only re-scheduling of sailings which may occur will be at spring tides.
A courtesy bus shuttle is available from local hostels and hotels.

There is one car/passenger ferry which operates from Killimer to Tarbert:

Shannonferry Group Limited

Co Clare
Phone: +353 (0)65 9053124
Fax:065 9053125

The main tourist routes of the West of Ireland's Shannon Region are linked via the Killimer-Tarbert car ferry.
This pleasant, 20 minute journey across the Shannon Estuary will save 85 miles (137 km) from ferry terminal to ferry terminal providing a staging point for the many attractions of Clare, Kerry and adjoining counties.


Taxi companies in County Clare

East Clare Region

East Clare Cabs (9 Seater- Airport Transfers & Day Tours)
T: 087 2704380

Ennis Region

AAA Taxi 065 - 6892999
Ace Taxis 065 - 6845678
Base Taxi 065 - 6820511
Burren Taxi 065 - 6823456

Ennistymon Region

The Taxi Company 065 - 7075000


Cree Region
Eoin Corry 087 - 2875155 (car)
Noel O Connor 086 - 8127049 (car)
Tom 086 - 8139090 (car)
Tonys cab 087 - 2422950 (car) 


Ennistymon Region

Dial a Merc 086 - 1937114 (car) 

Kilkee Region

Around the Loop Transport 087 - 9602047
Serving: Kilkee, Kilrush, Doonbeg and Loophead Area

Kilrush Region

Joe Carmody (Killimer) 086 - 2741947 (7-seater and mini-bus)


Lahinch Region

Tom and Sue Garrihy 086 - 2516173 (7-seater) 

Liscannor Region

Liscannor Cab and Mini Bus 086 - 834 6450 (car & mini bus) 

Lisdoonvarna Region

Peter Mooney 087 - 2069019 (car) 

Milltown Malbay/Quilty Region

Jim and Bernie Hamilton 086 -2537080 (car)
J.J. Clancy 087 - 2776393 (bus)
Johnny Foran 087 - 9527323 (bus)
Josie Killeen 087 - 2778307 (wagen)
Kara Foran 086 - 0741487 (7-seater)
Luke and Patricia Flannery 086 - 6027000 (7-seater)
Matt Keating 086 - 6049444 (car)
Pat Lysaght 086 - 8457131 (mini-bus) 085 - 1319798 (mini-bus)
Peter Murrihy 087 - 6110887 (mini-bus)
Peter Power 087 - 262369 (mini-bus)
P.J. OConnor 086 - 8237171 (mini-bus)
Tom O Halloran 087 - 9683427 (car)
Tony Dooley 087 - 2737018 (mini-bus)
Tony McInerney 087 - 2504667 (mini-bus) 

Mullagh Region

Paul Donnelan 087 - 6534962 (7-seater)

Shannon Airport Region

A2B Cabs 061-705366 / 087-6871985 open 24hours
Car and 7 seater Mini bus available.  Airport transfers and tours of the Southern Region.

Shamrock Cabs Shannon 061 - 364544 (car and 6-seater)

Website: Website to book tours and airport transfers in the west of Ireland

McLoughlin Taxi operates chauffeured limo services from Shannon Airport



The only train station in County Clare is in Ennis town which offers daily services to Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Ennis Train Station

Telephone 00353(0) 65-6840444  
Visit to view the timetable.

Getting Around Clare

Ireland is famous for its wild beauty and no trip is complete without visiting Co. Clare.

Outdoor adventure, hiking and walking tours are just some of the things to do!.

Plan your holiday or weekend break in Clare. Whether travelling by plane, train or automobile, check out the transport available and save time for when you are out and about.