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Transportation Options from Shannon Airport to Ennis

Ennis is the county town of County Clare, in the mid-west of Ireland. It lies on the River Fergus and is perhaps the friendliest town in the country. It’s a must-visit destination for music enthusiasts thanks to its rich traditional Irish music scene and the boutique capital of Ireland, ideal for shopping lovers. You can easily get to Ennis by flying to Shannon Airport, which is about 25 km south. The best option to reach your hotel or apartment is by taking a taxi or bus from Shannon Airport to Ennis.

In terms of speed and comfort, taking an airport taxi is the most convenient option to get from Shannon Airport to Ennis. Airport taxis provide on-demand service around the clock but you can also pre-book your airport taxi to skip the line and save time. You should reach Ennis in about 20 minutes depending on traffic and you can expect to pay from €40 to €50 depending on the applicable tariff.

The bus from Shannon Airport to Ennis is another option to reach your accommodation. Bus line 51 by Expressway directly connects the airport to the main bus station in Ennis town in about 35 minutes. A single ticket costs €9.50, making the bus the best value-for-money option.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Shannon at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €45 20min 24/7
Bus €19 35min 07:55–20:55

How to get from Shannon Airport to Ennis by taxi

Getting from Shannon Airport to Ennis by taxi is a great way to reach your hotel or apartment directly. You can simply hop in an airport taxi after landing or pre-book your transfer to have a driver already waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall and skip the line at the rank. The ride takes only around 20 minutes depending on traffic and your exact destination.

What's the cost of a taxi from Shannon Airport to Ennis?

Shannon taxis use a taximeter to calculate the fare and the local authorities set the rates mainly based on distance, traffic, and number of passengers. A ride from Shannon Airport to Ennis should cost around €40 according to the standard rate that applies from 08:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday and around €50 according to the premium rate that applies from 20:00 to 08:00 Monday to Friday and all day on Sundays and Public Holidays. For a friendly yet professional driver who will share about local hidden gems along the way, you can book a private transfer with Welcome Pickups at a competitive price.

Cost

€45

Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Fares will vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available at Shannon Airport (SNN) 24/7.

Where do I take a taxi from?

The official taxi rank at Shannon Airport is located right in front of the Passengers Terminal, as soon as you exit the Arrivals Hall. You should be able to find taxis available for on-demand service 24/7 there.

Convenience

If you’re looking for the fastest and easiest transportation option to get from Shannon Airport to Ennis, an airport taxi is without a doubt the one. You will enjoy a comfortable, private ride to your accommodation whenever your flight lands, without having to wait for the next bus departure or get on a crowded bus during peak hours. For an even smoother arrival, you can pre-book your ride to save time with a driver who will be there before you even touch down.

Editor’s Note

If you're a solo traveller, taking a taxi may seem pricey but it will ensure you'll reach your hotel or apartment directly. With other options, like the bus, you will need additional transportation to get from the bus station to your final destination, increasing the hassle, the travel time, and possibly the cost.

Useful Tips

Once you get in the taxi, check that the taximeter is turned on and set to the base fare depending on the applicable tariff.
All taxis in Ireland accept cash and credit/debit card payments.
Tipping your driver isn’t required in Shannon but it's common practice to round up the fare to the nearest euro for satisfactory service.

How to get from Shannon Airport to Ennis by bus

Taking the bus from Shannon Airport to Ennis is a good value-for-money option if you’re not in a hurry and your accommodation is close to the bus station in Ennis. Expressway’s bus line 51 route to Galway runs daily from Shannon Airport and will take you to Ennis town in about 35 minutes.

How much is the fare for the bus from Shannon Airport to Ennis?

The single adult fare for bus line 51 costs €9.50. If you’re arriving during peak hours, it’s best to check the Shannon Airport to Ennis bus timetable and book your ticket online to secure a seat on board.

Cost

€9.50

Trip Duration

35 Min.

Bus 51 departs from Shannon Airport every 60 minutes daily.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus line 51 runs from Shannon Airport to Ennis from 07:55 until 20:55 daily. It's best to check the Shannon Airport to Ennis bus timetable online for any changes.

Where do I take the bus from?

Bus line 51 makes a stop at Shannon Airport bus stop B, in front of the Passenger Terminal. Check the sign at the bus stop as bus stop B is the only one where you can board the bus; the other bus stops are for drop-off only.

Convenience

Getting from Shannon Airport to Ennis by bus is a more budget-friendly option, ideal if you’re looking to stay within budget and spend less on transportation. Keep in mind that bus service isn’t available 24/7 so if you’re arriving on an early-morning or late-night flight you may need to look for alternative transportation. Also, if you don’t book a ticket in advance, there is no guarantee that you will find a seat on board during peak hours.

Editor’s Note

The bus from Shannon Airport to Ennis is the best value-for-money option if you're travelling on a tight budget or you're a solo traveller and find the taxi fare too expensive. Despite the lower cost, the bus isn't as convenient as an airport taxi as it will take you up to the bus station in Ennis; if this is far from your final destination, you may need to take additional transportation.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your ticket at the self-service kiosk in the Arrivals Hall, online, or from the bus driver.
Each passenger may carry one medium-sized suitcase or equivalent on the bus free of charge and store it in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.
Most Expressway buses are fully accessible to people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Shannon Airport to Ennis?

Getting from Shannon Airport to Ennis is possible by taxi or bus. An airport taxi from Shannon Airport to Ennis is the most convenient option; the ride takes only about 20 minutes and costs an average of €45 depending on the time and day of the week. Airport taxis are available 24/7 but you can also pre-book a personalised transfer to save time. A cheaper alternative is to take the bus from Shannon Airport to Ennis. Bus line 51 by Expressway will take you to the main bus station in Ennis in about 35 minutes and costs €9.50 per traveller.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Shannon Airport to Ennis?

Local taxis in Shannon are metered and the fare is calculated based on distance, traffic, time of day, and other factors. For a taxi from Shannon Airport to Ennis, you can expect to pay around €45 or €55 for up to 4 passengers.

How far is Ennis from Shannon Airport?

The distance from Shannon Airport to Ennis is approximately 25 km north. Driving there by car or taxi should take around 20 minutes in average traffic conditions.

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