Several major airlines operate regular, scheduled flights into Shannon Airport, off the Limerick-Ennis road (N18), County Clare (www.shannonairport.com; tel. 061/712000), 24km (15 miles) west of Limerick. Aer Lingus and Ryanair operate flights to London, Birmingham, and Bristol in England. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs about €35; you can catch one at the airport or pre-book with Shannon Airport Cabs (ww.shannonairportcabs.com; tel. 061/333-366).
Bus Éireann (www.buseireann.ie; tel. 061/313-333) provides the regular Shannonlink bus service from Shannon Airport to Colbert Station, Limerick's railway station, on Parnell Street. Bus services from all parts of Ireland come to this station.They also operate services from Limerick, Wexford, and Rosslare, into Clonmel Train Station, Thomas Street, Clonmel, County Tipperary (tel. 052/612-1982; www.buseireann.ie). In County Clare, most of the small towns and countryside attractions listed in this chapter—including Bunratty, Kilfenora, Doolin, and the Cliffs of Moher—are all accessible on Bus Éireann, although frequency of services can be low in the most rural areas.
Irish Rail operates direct trains from Dublin, Cork, and Killarney, with connections from other parts of Ireland, arriving at Limerick's Colbert Station, Parnell Street (www.irishrail.ie; tel. 061/315555).
Although several of the major sights in this region can be reached on public transportation, you really need a car for the more remote and hard to get to places. Shannon Airport has offices of: Avis (tel. 061/715600; www.avis.ie), Budget (tel. 061/471361; www.budget.ie), and Hertz (tel. 061/471369; www.hertz.ie). Several local firms also maintain desks at the airport; among the most reliable is Dan Dooley Rent-A-Car (tel. 061/471098; www.dan-dooley.ie).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.