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Popular rental locations in Shannon

The following rental locations are the most popular for renting a car in Shannon

Car rental offers in Shannon

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Shannon.

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Station wagon
Passenger van

Car rental companies in Shannon

Below are the car rental companies in Shannon with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • Alamo

    8.5 (7551)
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  • Thrifty

    8.3 (4532)
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  • Hertz

    8.3 (5795)
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  • Budget

    8 (8560)
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  • National Car Rental

    8 (366)
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  • Enterprise

    7.8 (1621)
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  • Avis

    7.8 (4961)
  • Carhire

    7.8 (8)
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  • Europcar

    7.7 (6800)
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  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.7 (3652)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.5 (2825)
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  • Sixt

    7.5 (2620)
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  • Payless Car Rental

    7.1 (433)
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  • Easirent

    6.5 (491)

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Shannon Guide

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Located in the very heart of the breathtaking Shannon Region, Shannon is one of the highlights of Ireland and has been popular with tourists for decades as a result. Due to the compact size of the Emerald Isle and Shannon’s central location on the west coast, those with their own transportation can split their time between exploring the town and visiting other quaint Atlantic Ocean coastal towns effortlessly.

Who to Book With
Practically every car hire company found in Shannon is located on the town's industrial estate, which can be found just southwest of the centre. Big names such as Budget, Avis, Hertz and Thrifty all have a presence, alongside locally-run outfits such as 353 Car Rental Shannon and Irish Car Rentals. Looking online in advance for deals on rental vehicles in Shannon can free up time and money on arrival.

Best Time to Go
The summer months of May, June, July and August are considered the best times to visit Shannon. Outside of this period, there is often heavy rainfall and low temperatures, so the area unsurprisingly can become incredibly busy during the peak months. Making accommodation and transportation arrangements in advance comes highly advised in order to avoid disappointment.

Need to Know Essentials
When collecting car rental in Ireland, companies ask for the following documents:

- International Driving Permit
- A valid passport
- A credit card
- Printed rental confirmation

For more info read our FAQs.

As a relatively small town that is famous for being a tourist destination, Shannon unfortunately experiences high volumes of traffic, especially around the centre and close to the lakes. Roads linking Shannon to Limerick, such as the E20, can become congested during peak travel times.

Our Guide to Ireland contains more detailed driving information.


Shannon has a limited public transport network which, despite the traffic, makes it a driver's town. Options for those visitors that choose not to arrange their own vehicle include buses and taxis. No metro, rail or tram networks exist in the town.

Shannon is without its own internal train or tram network. It has no rail station, with the nearest rain hub nearby Limerick. Here, Irish Rail trains serve the likes of Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Bus transport from Shannon Airport and around the area is mainly supplied by Bus Eireann, which has over 136 different services around Cork and nearby towns such as Limerick. Fares typically cost between £5 and £10 depending on the distance involved.

The majorities of taxi companies in Shannon provide transport between the airport and the town centre but they can offer other routes if contacted. A2B Cabs Shannon is based at the airport but offers general transport around Shannon, too.


Shannon is a conveniently located destination in that a series of tourist haunts in the southwestern corner of Ireland can be reached from it. Visitors with their own transportation aren't limited to this particular area of the country, as cross-country trips through the heart of Ireland to Dublin on the east cost are possible.

Recommended Drives

Cork – Driving along the N20 for 1 hour, 30 minutes leads tourists from Shannon to Cork, the second-largest city of Eire and the third-largest city on the whole after Dublin and Belfast, respectively. Shopping along St Patrick's Street is enjoyable, as are peaceful walks along the banks of the River Lee.

Galway – The town of Galway is only an hour north of Shannon along the M18. The City of the Tribes, as it is known throughout Ireland, is enjoyed for its market, the Eyre Square Centre and its Irish-speaking theatre – which is something of a rarity these days.

Dublin – The M7 provides drivers with access to the Irish capital, which is 2 hours’ drive east of Shannon. The Irish capital doesn't require an introduction for its role as one of Europe's, if not the world's, leading tourist destinations and is enjoyed for both its history and party-atmosphere. Tours of the Guinness brewery are a must for those that enjoy a pint of the black stuff, while the Dublin Writers Museum features high on the lists of fans of Irish literary greats such as James Joyce.

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  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Irish
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Alamo
  • Thrifty
  • Hertz
  • Budget
  • National Car Rental
  • Enterprise
  • Avis
  • Carhire
  • Europcar
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Sixt
  • Payless Car Rental
  • Easirent
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