Transport Access

Shannon Airport - Shannon, Co Clare 061-712000

One of the three most important airports in Ireland, Shannon Airport has a long history of transatlantic service. Originally an important refuelling stop for flights bound for North America, it has since developed into both an important regional hub and a strategic last stop for savvy passengers capitalising on the US pre-screening facilities for international passengers. Today, Shannon Airport serves around 1.75 million passengers every year. The main carriers here are Aer Lingus and Ryanair, and they are backed by several US-based airlines and a network of charter routes connecting to holiday destinations in across Europe, the Canaries and the Balearics. This is a single-terminal facility that’s compact and easy to navigate. It was renovated at the turn of the 21st century, delivering modern traveller conveniences including free wireless internet and airport shopping by The Loop, a famous Irish airport retailer with additional outlets in Dublin and Cork Shannon Airport also enjoys a culinary claim to fame. Joe Sheridan was once the official airport chef. His gift to society was the original Irish coffee, a beverage now enjoyed around the world. Shannon Airport is located less down 10 minutes from Bunratty on the M7 motorway. Buses go to and from the Airport to Bunratty every hour.


There are two bus operators running through the village of Bunratty.
Bus Eireann Bunratty – Limerick/Cork: On the Hour every Hour

Bunratty – Shannon: Twenty past the hour every hour

Bunratty – Ennis/Galway: Twenty past the hour every hour (Change in Shannon)

Please note times are subject to change. Contact Bus Eireann on 01-8366111 or visit

Dublin Coach Bunratty – Limerick: Twenty past the hour every hour until 12.20am

Bunratty – Ennis: Quarter to the hour every hour until 12.45am

Please note times are subject to change. Contact Dublin Coach on 01 465 9972 or visit


There is three train stations located nearby to Bunratty. There are central stations in Ennis and Limerick and a small stop in nearby Sixmilebridge village.

Ennis Station Ennis-Limerick/Dublin:

6.50, 7.45, 10.00, 11.43, 13.25, 15.00, 17.20, 19.02, 21.10

Limerick Limerick- Dublin:

5.30, 6.25, 6.40, 7.25, 7.40, 8.55, 9.45, 10.45, 11.45, 12.45, 13.45, 14.45, 15.45, 16.45, 17.45, 18.50. 19.50, 19.50, 20.45

Sixmilebridge Sixmilebridge – Ennis: 6.16, 9.01, 9.41, 12.51, 14.41, 16.51, 18.21, 20.06, 20.46

Sixmilebridge – Limerick: 7.07, 8.07, 10.16, 11.59, 13.41, 15.16, 17.36, 19.19, 21.26

Please note times are subject to change. Contact Irish Rail on 01-836 6222 or visit

Taxi – Shannon Cabs 061-474747

A local taxi service is available everyday and is never far away. Bookings can be made in advance. 

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