The gateway to exploring Country Clare.
Approximate flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes (total distance 301 miles)
No of flights per week: 7
Airlines that fly direct: Ryanair
No. of Airports in Shannon: Shannon Airport
Seasons: High = May- August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
As Britain’s second city, Birmingham is a great place to fly from. Fully equipped with all the facilities you would expect to find in an international airport, it caters to every traveller’s needs.
Travelling to Birmingham is easy, whether you want to arrive by car, bus or train. If you’re travelling by public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International Airport train station. The free and frequent Air-Rail link takes you from the station to the terminal in just minutes.
Drivers will find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the free shuttle bus. Book a carpark space online in advance and get up to 50% off.
Once you pass seamlessly through security and into our single terminal, you’ll find a great selection of places to shop, eat, and relax before your flight.
Many people like to kick-start their holiday with a sit-down meal at the airport before their flight. Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe with their children's menus are family favourites. There are plenty of coffee shops and grab and go options too.
We also have lots of shops for you to browse while you wait to board your flight. Get all your last-minute holiday essentials from Boots, plane entertainment from WHSmith and great savings from World Duty Free. We’ve got shops to suit every taste and every need.
We have five airport lounges for you to sit back and relax in while you wait for your flight. Book into a lounge to enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views.
Need currency for your trip abroad? Head over to our Travelex stores conveniently located in the Arrivals area of the terminal building and Departures Lounge. If you prefer, you can pre-order your currency and get next day collection if you order before 3pm at Birmingham Airport.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport is in County Clare in the Republic of Ireland. It sits next to the Shannon Estuary and lies halfway between Ennis and Limerick.
One of the most cost-effective ways to travel around Ireland is with the national bus service Bus Éireann. There are direct links to and from Shannon Airport to Limerick, Cork and Galway. As well as other towns and cities you can connect through.
When you arrive in a new destination, having the next part of your journey organised before you arrive puts your mind at ease. The airport taxi desk in the Arrivals Hall can stress out of organising a taxi.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Shannon
Created as an industrial town in the 1960s and named after the nearby river, Shannon is a great base for exploring the wild natural beauty of the County Clare area. Combining spectacular windswept landscapes and vibrant Irish culture, it’s arguably one of the best places to visit in Ireland. Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon River, is a highlight, and is perfect for cruising along. The ocean pummels Clare’s coast year-round, eroding rock into mesmerising formations and surfers flock to the beaches during the summer.
English is the main language in Country Clare, but you might hear some locals speaking Irish to one another.
The Irish weather tends to be highly changeable, so we recommend packing for every season. Be prepared for wind and rain as this is very typical for Ireland, particularly on the coast. On average the warmest month is August, the coolest January and the wettest October.
Culture in Shannon
If the land is hard, Clare's soul certainly isn’t; traditional Irish culture and music flourish here. And it's not just a show for tourists, either. In larger towns and even the tiniest of villages you'll find pubs with traditional music sessions year-round. The Shannon region is a popular tourist destination with highlights including the Shannon River, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the unique karst landscape of the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Once you’ve enjoyed a long coastal walk, you’ll be feeling hungry. Try some traditional Irish dishes like the full Irish breakfast or an Irish stew. Or why not enjoy a sambo (the Irish word for sandwich) and an Irish coffee?
So, what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Shannon and explore all Ireland has to offer.