An unofficial guide to Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport non-official guide brings you everything you need to know about Shannon Airport from live arrivals to transportation options.

One of the three most important airports in Ireland, Shannon Airport has a long history of transatlantic service. Originally an important refuelling stop for flights bound for North America, it has since developed into both an important regional hub and a strategic last stop for savvy passengers capitalising on the US pre-screening facilities for international passengers.

Today, Shannon Airport serves over 1.75 million passengers every year. The main carriers here are Aer Lingus and Ryanair, and they are backed by several US-based airlines and a network of charter routes connecting to holiday destinations in across Europe, the Canaries and the Balearics.

This is a single-terminal facility that’s compact and easy to navigate. It was renovated at the turn of the 21st century, delivering modern traveller conveniences including free WIFI throughout the airport, shopping, bars, and restaurants.

Shannon Airport also enjoys a culinary claim to fame, Joe Sheridan was once the official airport chef. His gift to society was the original Irish Coffee, a beverage now enjoyed around the world which the Sheridan Food Pub still continues to serve his original recipe.

There are three main transport options from Shannon Airport, Bus Éireann, Taxis or pre-book car hire in front of the Arrivals Hall.

The nearest tourist-oriented city is Limerick, famous for King John’s castle and a lively night scene. Other entertainment options are nearby in Ennis.