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    Cheap Car hire at Shannon Airport and West Ireland

    Providing good access to the many tourist attractions of Munster, Ireland’s largest province, a car hire at Shannon Airport is the ideal option for exploring the lovely south-west of the island. Blessed with a character all of its own, it’s a land of extremes, of luxurious vegetation and vast fertile plains with large stone circles and other remnants of prehistoric society set against a brooding mountain backdrop.

    A particular highlight is the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,600-mile-long road down Ireland scenic west coast. This organised and well-maintained route offers visitors the chance to stop at will, park up and discover all the history and places of local tourist interest at over 160 of West Ireland's best-known and most popular attractions (many of them natural) along the way, including Skeligs View near Kerry, Derrigimlagh at Galway and Slieve League at Donegal.

    The beauty of Ireland’s long Atlantic coastline is based on its geological foundations, having once belonged to the continent of Laurentia, which now forms part of Canada and the northern United States. For nature lovers, there are the wild and beautifully remote headlands of west Cork, Kerry and Clare, plus the whole area’s also an important bird habitat, attracting countless species including puffins, Manx shearwaters, fulmars, razorbills and storm petrels.

    The stately River Shannon ebbs and flows unhurriedly out to sea between County Clare and County Limerick, passing Shannon’s modern international and increasingly-busy airport en route. Steeped in history and romance, the landscape of south-west Ireland is remarkably varied and totally unspoilt, while the pace of life of the local people couldn’t be more relaxing, because these people really know how to make a stranger feel at home!

    There’s a strong sense of separateness about this part of Ireland, perhaps due to all the local folklore and great mythological tradition that extends across the region. Visitors looking for a taste of the north-east Atlantic will find it right here at the very edge of Europe, a place where some of the country’s most enchanting scenery exists, most notably the famous Cliffs of Moher which rise majestically to almost 400 feet.

    Visiting Ireland with Auto Europe couldn't be easier and you can book your car rental at Shannon Airport in a few simple steps using our booking engine. If you need help choosing the right vehicle for your trip, feel free to give our reservation specialists a call on +441233225114 who are available seven days a week and always happy to help with your itinerary. And once all the local sightseeing is done, why not venture further afield with a leisurely drive south to Cork or east across the country to Dublin, one of Europe's most fascinating cities.

    For more information about visiting the west coast and all other parts of Ireland, please see our Ireland driving guide. Visit our Shannon car hire reviews page to find out what others had to say about their recent Auto Europe car rental experience in the city.

    Airport Information

    First opened in 1945, and now catering for almost 2 million passengers a year, Shannon Airport runs a year-round operation for an increasing number of airlines offering a gorwing range of destinations. Located very close to the small town of Shannon and just 15 miles west of the lovely city of Limerick, the airport is within easy reach of most places in Ireland, including the capital Dublin. The airport has a total of 30 on-site aircraft stands and its Category 2 runway is 3,199 metres long and 45 metres wide with an 8-metre shoulder on each side.

    Shannon Airport (SNN)
    Address: Shannon Airport Authority DAC, Shannon Airport, Co Clare, Ireland. V14 EE06
    Telephone: +353 (0)61 712000
    Airlines operating at Shannon Airport: Aer Lingus, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair and United Airlines.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Shannon Airport

    Head for the Arrivals Hall to pick up your rent a car at Shannon Airport, where some of the world's leading car hire suppliers have their desks (including Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar and Thrifty) offering a wide range of vehicles. Once you pick up your luggage and walk through the arrivals doors, you will find the car rental desks to your right. Check the supplier's name mentioned on your Auto Europe voucher under 'Pick-up information' and proceed to the respective car hire counter. Make sure to have your credit card ready (for the security deposit block) and your driving licence ready to present at the desk. Before signing the pick-up report, it's important to inspect the vehicle for any existing damage. You should also check the fuel gauge and tyre pressure. If you are arriving later than previously booked, please call the local rental office to advise them about the delayed pick up. When dropping off the vehicle, cars need to be parked in the special 'car rental returns' area. 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, although you need to make arrangements at the pick-up time to be able to use the drop box. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time to drop off the car in order to be relaxed for your return flight, and don't forget to stop at a petrol station to fill up your rental car before dropping it off.

    Car hire desks' operating hours

    Avis Car Hire at Shannon Airport Avis at Shannon Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Shannon, Ireland V14 EE06

    +353 614 71672
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 5:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    Budget Car Hire at Shannon Airport Budget at Shannon Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Shannon, V14 EE06
    +353 614 71688
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Enterprise Car Hire at Shannon Airport Enterprise at Shannon Airport
    Arrivals Hall
    Shannon, Ireland V14 EE06

    +353 61 704914
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Europcar Car Hire at Shannon Airport Europcar at Shannon Airport
    Arrivals Hall
    Shannon, Ireland V14 EE06

    +353 61 471096
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thrifty Car Hire at Shannon Airport Thrifty at Shannon Airport
    Arrivals Hall
    Shannon, Ireland V14 EE06

    +353 613 611 91
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Sun 6:00 AM - 11:30 PM


    The modern terminal at Shannon international airport opened in March 2000 and caters for both arrivals and departures in the same building, although passengers can enter the departures and arrivals halls through separate doors. The arrivals facilities are located on the ground floor, along with the baggage reclaim area, car hire desks, currency exchange and tourist information office. Passengers departing from the 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. Shannon Airport is in the phase of catering for an increasing number of passengers with 40 check-in desks, 5 baggage carousels and 14 boarding gates, with plans to add more in the future. The number of aircraft stands (currently 30) will also rise as the airport consolidates its status as one of the busiest air transportation hubs on the western edge of Europe.

    Airport Facilities

    Compact and modern, Shannon Airport has everything passengers need in order to feel comfortable and relaxed before their flight, meaning that they don't need to walk far to find their gate. 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's a newsagents and some financial facilities such as currency exchange offices and ATM machines. There’s free Wi-fi all over the airport and passengers have access to a good selection of bars, restaurants and boutiques whilst using the airport, as well as a large Duty Free shop. For healthy eaters, the Zest Food Market in the Departures Lounge offers freshly-made meals and snacks, while JJ Ruddles in the Arrivals Hall specialises in Irish fare with an Italian twist.

    How to get to and from Shannon Airport

    Connecting with the M18 motorway, the N19 main road ends at Shannon Airport and provides good access to many other destinations, such as Limerick a short drive to the east and Galway about 60 miles north. The airport is very well served by public transport: take bus 51 for Galway and Cork, X51 for Galway and Limerick or 343 for Limerick, Shannon and Ennis. The nearest railway station is located at Limerick, from which regular trains run to Dublin and other key destinations in Ireland.

    Parking Tips

    Whether you’re picking up your car hire at Shannon Airport or just dropping it off, you’ll always be in very close proximity to the terminal building. An excellent range of 24-hour parking options are available, including long-term, short-term and a special low-cost scheme called Shannon Park4Less. Besides being able to book your parking space online, Shannon Airport also provides a professional valet service, while the airport itself offers free de-icing, tyre inflation, key holding and battery jump-starting services. In the nearby cities of Limerick and Ennis, there's a good choice of municipal car parks and on-street parking bays. Having parked your car, look for the nearest ticket machine and it's always a good idea to purchase a bit more time than you think you might need in case you get held up. All towns and cities in Ireland have multi-storey car parks where you collect your ticket at the entrance and pay when you leave. In smaller places you'll probably need to rely on on-street parking spaces, many of which are free of charge. Pay special attention to single or double yellow lines that indicate restricted parking areas.

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