Shannon Airport is not in the direct vicinity of any major cities. Instead, it stands as a transport hub and gateway for south-west Ireland, within a short drive of several popular destinations. With that in mind, a rental car is essential for onward transport into the region.
The airport is about 25 kilometres west of Limerick, which can be reached via the N18 in about 30 minutes outside of rush hour. Ennis is a little over 20 kilometres to the north.
- M18 – Driving south from Ennis,
- Take the M18 to the N19 turnoff on the right.
- N18 – From Limerick, take the N18 (a partial toll road) and take the N19 turnoff on the left.
- M7 – Arriving on the M7 takes drivers past Limerick, at which point they pick up the N18 and follow the directions above.