Airfare to Shannon, Ireland
Many travelers who want to start on the other side of Ireland fly into Shannon Airport instead of Dublin. Ticket prices tend to be the same, although many international flights first stop in the larger city to disembark and re-load passengers. The nearest large city is Limerick, which is relatively unspoiled by tourists. To the north of the airport sit the popular Aran Islands.
Airfare to Shannon will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into London, England or Dublin, Ireland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Ryanair and Centralwings fly to Shannon. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Aer Lingus is the national airline. However, Air Canada, Delta Airlines and other airlines also stop in Shannon.
The most expensive air tickets to Shannon are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into London, England or Dublin, Ireland and traveling overland to Shannon via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Shannon, check out BootsnAll’s Shannon Travel Guide.