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Key facts for hiring a car at Shannon Airport
SNN is one of Ireland's three main airports.
Car hire pick up point
Company desks are located in front of entrance and exit of the arrivals hall.
The closest petrol stations are in the town of Shannon, 5km from the airport.
The airport only has one terminal, making it easy to navigate.
There is free wifi throughout the airport terminal.
Hire a car at Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport is the third-busiest airport in Ireland, serving 1.75 million passengers each year.
It was Ireland’s first transatlantic international airport, originally functioning as an important refuelling stop for flights travelling onward to North America. Since then, it has become a significant regional hub for south-west Ireland, with Limerick, Ennis and Galway being the closest major cities.
Whether you’re arriving from the UK or US, Shannon Airport is the perfect arrival point to explore the west coast of Ireland.
Tips for hiring a car at Shannon Airport
Limerick is the nearest city, located 25km away from Shannon Airport. Take the N18 Southbound from the airport to reach the city. If you’re heading the opposite direction, Galway is roughly an hours drive north on the M18/N18.
There are five car hire companies operating out of Shannon Airport: Hertz, Avis/Budget, Enterprise, Dooley, and Europcar.
Checking your rental
Upon picking up your vehicle, we recommend thoroughly checking the car over for any small damages. Take a photo and report and scratches or issues you see before you leave, so you will not be charged for them when returning the car.
Airport fast facts
There are three international currency exchange locations throughout the airport, all open between 5am and 6am with various closing hours.
Facilities include: a tourist information centre in the arrivals hall (offering maps and guidebooks), four major restaurants, a variety of shops and executive lounge.
There are both year round and seasonal flights from the airport. The top international routes from are: London, New York, Boston, Newark and Manchester.
Seven different airlines service Shannon Airport and the top carriers include Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
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Ireland driving tips
Ireland is no doubt an incredible place to self-drive, with beautiful scenery and easy-going routes. Here are a couple of tips to consider before starting off:
Farm traffic – From slow moving tractors to farm animals, expect to be slowed down by the local rural traffic. Drive defensively and keep an eye out for herds of cows or sheep, and only over take farm machinery when it is safe to do so.
Petrol – If you’re heading into rural areas, be sure to always keep your tank topped up. There are often few petrol stations in the countryside, and almost none are open 24/7. Also, not all will take credit cards so have some cash handy.