When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Shannon?
The best time for cheap flights to Shannon is during the shoulder-season months from March to May and October to November, and also during winter, outside of the Christmas holidays. Keep an eye out for last-minute flights on Netflights throughout the year and be flexible with your departure dates to grab the best deals on flights to Shannon.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Shannon?
Booking return flights between one and four months ahead of travel is your best bet for bringing down costs. You’ll also benefit from a wider choice of airlines and departure times. If you want to travel during the summer, Christmas or Easter holidays, make sure to book your Shannon flights as early as possible or search for last-minute flights.
Flying to Shannon Airport SNN
Shannon Airport (SNN) is located in County Clare and serves the south-west of Ireland and cities of Limerick, Ennis, Galway and Shannon. It’s the third-busiest airport in the country. There are a number of UK airports with flights to Shannon including London Heathrow Airport, Birmingham Airport, Manchester Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport and George Belfast City Airport. Find direct flights to SNN from London Heathrow Airport, Birmingham Airport and Edinburgh Airport. Manchester Airport and George Belfast City Airport only offer indirect return flights with most stopovers in London but also Edinburgh. The majority of Shannon flights are served by only two airlines, British Airways and Aer Lingus, with a journey time of around one hour and 30 minutes.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Shannon Airport is a single-terminal airport with modern facilities and plenty of information desks and staff on site. It has a ground floor for arrivals and departures and a first floor. Its small size makes it an easy airport to transit through. Travellers can expect half a dozen local and international bars and restaurants to choose from, newsagents, post services and a prayer room. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the terminal building. There is also two executive lounges and ATMs and currency exchanges in different parts of SNN. Though many facilities close for the night, a few stay open providing 24-hour access to food and beverages.
Getting to the City from Shannon Airport SNN
Bus Eireann operate services from Shannon Airport to the city centre departing approximately every half hour. It also provides connections to other cities like Limerick, Galway, Ennis and Cork. You can buy tickets online or at the desk inside the airport. The nearest train station is in Limerick, where connections with national rail services are also available. A taxi booking service is available inside the arrivals hall with taxis also waiting outside. The journey time to Shannon city centre is around 15 minutes.
Why Visit Shannon?
Set along the Estuary of the River Shannon, the longest river the British Isles, Shannon makes an ideal entry point for those looking to explore Country Clare with its famous castles, standing stones and rugged beauty. The ancient, neighbouring city of Limerick is less than 30 minutes away by car and the rugged coast, with the iconic Cliffs of Moher and Spanish Point beach, is around an hour away.
The past comes alive at replica 19th-century village Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and at the open-air archaeological museum of Craggaunowen Castle, which is perfect for interactive history lessons for children. 15th-century Knappogue Castle’s walled garden with climbing roses is also a popular attraction and Blarney Stone Castle promises that those who kiss its special stone will be gifted with eloquence. For those more curious about modern feats of engineering, the Atlantic AirVenture complex, with its flight simulator and aviation museum, should be on the list of things to do in Shannon.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Although you don’t officially need a passport to enter Ireland from the UK, airlines will ask for a passport before boarding flights to Shannon. Only Irish citizens are exempt from this on Aer Lingus flights, although they will require some form of ID like a driving licence. You can pick up some euros from cash machines and currency exchange services in Shannon airport. Currency exchange services are open from 6am to 2pm in the arrivals hall and from 5am to 8pm in the departures lounge.