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    Car hire from Shannon Airport

    Car hire from Shannon Airport will take you to the centre of Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher - the most recognisable Irish landmark. Shannon Airport services Galway, Ennis, and Limerick. As a hub for Aer Lingus and Ryanair, the airport also receives domestic and European flights. Having been the first transatlantic gateway from Ireland to the United States, Shannon is now the third largest Irish airport. Auto Europe suppliers have their desks located directly in the terminal to ensure a hassle-free car rental experience.

    Airport information

    Shannon Airport (SNN)
    Irish: Aerfort na Sionainne
    Address: Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
    Location: Shannon Airport, located in central Ireland, is only 5 km (3 miles) or 10 minutes away from Shannon city centre.
    Airlines operating at Shannon Airport: Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Ryanair, Flybe, and United Airlines. Seasonal flights are operated by Air Europa, Croatia Airlines, or US Airways flying to Philadelphia.


    The new terminal was opened in March 2000 with arrivals and departures located in one building. Passengers can enter the departures and arrivals terminals through separate doors. The arrivals facilities are located on the ground floor: the baggage reclaim area, car hire desks, currency exchange, and tourist office. Passengers departing from Shannon Airport check in on the ground floor and proceed to the gates on the first floor where the duty free shops, bars and restaurants, newsagents, and children's playing area are located.

    Car hire pick up and drop off

    Car hire at Shannon Airport is fairly easy. Once you pick up your luggage and walk through the arrivals doors, you will find car rental desks to your right. Check your supplier's name, mentioned on the voucher issued from Auto Europe under "Pick-up information", and proceed to the respective counter. Make sure to have your credit card for the security deposit block and driving licence ready to present at the desk. Before signing the pick-up report, you will inspect the vehicle for any existing damages. Check list: fuel gauge and tyre pressure. If you are arriving later than booked, please call the local rental office to advise about a delayed pick up.

    Drop off

    Cars need to be parked in "car rental returns" parking. If you need to return your vehicle before the desk opening time, all our car rental suppliers at Shannon Airport have "drop boxes" for car keys; please remember to make arrangements at the pick-up time to be able to use the drop box. Plan some extra time to drop off the car to be on time for your return flight. And don't forget to stop at the petrol station to fill in your rental car before dropping it off.

    Car hire desks operating hours

    Company Opening Hours
    Avis Monday to Friday: 5:30am to 10:45pm Saturday:  6:00am to 9:15pm
    Sunday: 6:00am to 10:45pm
    Budget 6:00am to 11pm all week
    Hertz 6:00am to 11:30pm all week

    Airport facilities

    Shannon Airport has everything to make you feel comfortable. It's compact; you don't need to walk long around the terminal to find your gate. Flight check-in desks are located on the ground floor with boarding gates on the first floor, where all other services departing passengers would need are conveniently located. On top of all the facilities designed to meet travellers' highest expectations, there is free wi-fi throughout both terminals. Families travelling with children will find it convenient to have the children's play area close to the boarding gates. On the first floor, next to the duty free shop, there are also bars, restaurants, a book shop, and some financial facilities such as exchange offices and ATMs machines.

    Transportation/How to get to the airport

    By car: Shannon Airport can be easily reached by the N19 national route that ends at the terminal building. The road connects N18 from Limerick and M18 from Ennis. There are also public bus connections to the airport (Bus Eireann or JJ Kavanagh & Sons). You can also choose to use the Airport Cab facilities.

    Parking tips

    The airport car park building is well signed and finding "car rental returns" is very easy. For those arriving at the airport with their own vehicles, there is a choice between short and long term parking. Short time parking is free for up to 15 minutes stay. Visit our driving information page for traffic rules in Ireland.

    Parking outside Shannon Airport
    In the nearby cities of Limerick or Ennis, there are on-street parking bays. Having parked your car, look for a ticket machine. There are also multi-storey car parks, where you collect your ticket at the entrance. In smaller cities or towns, you may also find free on-street parking. Pay attention to single or double yellow lines and fingerpost signs that indicate restricted parking areas.

    Useful links

    Shannon Airport Website

    Additional Information About Shannon Airport

    Shannon Airport
    Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland 35230
    IATA Code: SNN
    IACO Code: EINN
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 52.4207
    Longitude: 08.5529

    General Information: Shannon airport is the third busiest airport in Ireland. It is located 3.5 miles southwest of the city centre of Shannon.
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