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Getting Around Clare

Clare is located in the famous Shannon region in the southwest of Ireland. Home to Shannon Airport, Ireland's second international airport, it is an important gateway to the country, and, as such, has good transport links, in the form of rail services to Limerick and on to the rest of the country. Bus services also exist to Cork, Limerick and Galway and onward.

Bus Services to and from Clare

Bus Éireann provide services to County Clare from Dublin, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. Limerick City, which is 23 miles from Ennis, is the Shannon Region's major hub for bus connections.

For further information on bus services telephone: +353 (0)65 682-4177 (Ennis) or +353 (0)1 836-6111 (Dublin), or visit

Rail Services to and from Clare

The railway network serves Co. Clare with a station at Ennis. Ennis has regular services to Limerick with connections from there to much of the rest of the country.

For further information on rail services, telephone: +353 (0)65 684-0444 (Ennis) or +353 (0)1 836-6222 (Dublin), or visit

Getting to Clare by Sea

Ireland is linked to Britain and France by a number of car-ferry routes. Ennis is less than two hours drive time from Cork ferry port, and about three-and-a-half to four hours from Rosslare, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Ferry ports.

For more information, see our Ferry to Ireland Guide.

Irish Airports

Ireland's second largest airport is situated at Shannon. Scheduled services are operated by major Irish and International airlines to and from the USA, UK, mainland Europe, and, of course, other Irish airports.

More information, including airlines, destinations, and transport to and from the airport can be found on our Shannon Airport page.

Driving Distances from Shannon Airport

  Kilometres Miles
Athlone 134 84
Belfast 346 215
Cork 129 81
Derry 351 219
Donegal 283 176
Dublin 222 138
Dundalk 265 165
Galway 92 58
Kilkenny 137 86
Killarney 135 84
Limerick 24 15
Portlaoise 138 86
Roscommon 154 96
Rosslare Harbour 235 147
Sligo 219 137
Waterford 153 96
Wexford 214 133
Wicklow 251 156

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