Of all the major airports in Ireland, the one at Shannon may be best-suited for hiring a car. This is an important regional hub, but it is not close to any single city. Once you touch down, at least 30 minutes to 1 hour of onward travel by road is going to be necessary unless you plan on staying at the airport hotel. Most visitors do plenty of self-driving around County Clare, visiting cities such as Galway, Ennis and Limerick.
There are four car hire firms at Shannon Airport including Europcar. The main car hire desks flank the entrance and exit of the arrivals area in the main concourse. This is where arriving passengers should begin if they have not yet booked Shannon Airport car hire.
Europcar Shannon Airport + 353 61 206025
Car Hire.ie – Shannon Airport + 353 61 206025
Shannon Airport Car Rental +353 61 206088
Rental guide and a checklist is available here for those looking for advice on renting a car in Ireland.
Those who have already made a booking can stop by the Europcar kiosk in the Arrivals Hall near baggage carousels 1 and 2. This is especially convenient, as you can initiate the process while waiting for your bags to arrive. Once they round the carousel, you’ll be ready to go. Advance booking also affords discounts and better selection.
Once you have completed the rental contract and collected your bags, you will be directed to a shuttle bus. From here, it’s a short ride pick-up point, where an associate will walk you through a vehicle inspection to ensure that there are not any defects. All cars in the Europcar fleet are less than three years old, and the average age of the standard vehicle is a mere six months. With this in mind, you are unlikely to find any problems.
Once behind the wheel, you’ll be ready to explore south-west Ireland. Airport road connects to the N18, which links to east to Limerick. Opposite this, the M18 connects north to Ennis.