Top Travel Tips for Transfers from Shannon Airport

Top Travel Tips for Transfers from Shannon Airport

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Airport transfers are an important part of making your trip easy and hassle-free. Booking an airport transfer is the best way to guarantee you will be picked up on time and arrive on time at the airport. Travelling into and out of Shannon Airport like many travel plans can be made easier with some simple planning and knowing what is the best option for your needs.

Pre-booking an airport transfer you can be assured that you will be met in the arrivals area by your driver who will assist you after a long flight. There is nothing like the comfort of a private driver and vehicle to get you to your destination at your ease.

The smile on some peoples faces when they see there name on a name board in the arrivals hall speaks volumes and this is important when planning your trip that your make it as easy as possible because we all know how much hassle it can be travelling long distance for a trip of a lifetime.

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There are a number of companies offering chartered services to and from the Airport. Bus companies operated services to and from Shannon Airport, Bus Eireann run a number of services from various locations around Ireland to Shannon Airport.

There is a taxi desk operating in the airport, you can pre-book on their website. Pre-booking an airport transfer you be assured that your driver with has the knowledge and experience that is needed to get your trip off to a good start and make you feel relaxed and at ease.

Check out my list below of important tips for transfer from Shannon Airport!

Plan Your Transfer

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In the age of the internet, this allows some companies to offer more services than others and some simply excel in these areas. Do a bit of research online and check out the prices and services you require, maybe you just don’t need an airport transfer provider you may also need a company that can take you on a day tour to the Cliffs of Moher or travel along the Ring of Kerry.

See my post here on my full Cliffs of Moher Guide!

Shannon Airport Information

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Shannon Airport is located in County Clare in the Midwest region of Ireland, it’s around a 25-minute drive to the closest city which is Limerick. Limerick is Ireland’s third-largest city with a population of 195,000 people. Shannon Airport has the benefits of a pre-preference service for passengers travelling to and from the United States of America., this is a very handy service and saves a lot of time and stress.

The airport is operating since the 1940s and is known as a hassle-free Airport, because of the pre-preference USA service this is a great option while travelling to and from the United States. The airport benefits from relatively small airport passenger numbers, this means that people enjoy using the airport because it’s just easy and hassle-free.

Passenger numbers excessed 1.8 million in 2018, but this isn’t a huge amount compared to some other airports and this really has added benefits when choosing Shannon Airport as your Irish airport of choice.

Top Travel Tip 1 – Make sure you allow for all luggage!

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There nothing worse than trying to squeeze bags into a tight space, make sure you allow for luggage space. People like to bring enough items with them nowadays so allow for this when booking a transfer or maybe send an email before booking to ask if the amount of bags will be OK in a certain sized vehicle, maybe you will need a bigger vehicle like an MPV or a minibus?

A good idea is to maybe take some phone of suitcases if you’re not sure of the size or measure the empty cases and send sizes by email if required.

Top Travel Tip 2 – Plan effectively when travelling with children!

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Travelling can be stressful especially when young children because of the demands on parents while travelling with kids, make sure to book child seats or booster seats and allow for buggies and prams when booking a transfer.

Again send an email or picture from your smartphone to show the number of buggies or child seats needed to cater for.

Top Travel Tip 3 – Pre-book online and pay for the transfer!

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Its always good idea to pre-book your transfer and get your drivers phone number, always enter all contact information, phone numbers and email addresses, flight numbers and names and addresses. When travelling in groups make sure to organise a meeting point.

Top Travel Tip 4 – Flight delays, have an emergency plan in place!

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Flight delays can throw plans up in the air, but its always a good idea to have a plan if flights are delayed. It’s always a good idea to send an email if the flight is running late or delayed. Your driver will keep an eye on flight times so don’t be too stressed about it. Leaving a quick voice mail or sending a message on Wats App to your driver can be very helpful when flights get delayed.

Alternately if you don’t use Wats App, check out this article on Top 5 Wats App Alternatives you can use to keep in touch while travelling.

Top Travel Tip 5 – First impressions last!

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When travelling on business trips, you only get one chance to make a great first impression when arriving in style and comfort. This can have an impact on your business deal and could be the difference in gaining a new customer of losing one. Arriving in style in a clean tidy shining vehicle with a well-dressed driver is always positive.

Top Travel Tip 6 – Check the companies full fleet!

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If you are travelling in a group, check out the company that they can cater for the group’s requirement like Wi-Fi in vehicles, onboard fridges and air-con, mobile phone charging point and laptop power sockets. Some companies may be able to provide better packages than others. Make sure they can cater to all the luggage the group is arriving with.

Top Travel Tip 7 – Check company reviews online!

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It’s a good idea to check other peoples experiences when booking Airport transfers to and from Shannon Airport. The benefits of checking reviews should ensure you have a very positive experience and get a company that excels in the transfer sector.

Top Travel Tip 8 – Payment options!

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Having the ability to pay with your smartphone or credit card onboard the vehicle is very handy, this can be time-saving also, because you won’t need to find an ATM machine if you don’t have cash on you, in the days of the internet of things this option makes life a little easier.

Top Travel Tip 9 – Plan a tour!

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Sometimes when you arrive at Shannon Airport, it can be an hour before you’re able to check into your hotel room, maybe organise something to do to pass away a few hours like a short tour of the Cliffs of Moher or a shopping trip to Limerick city. Check with your transfer company if this can be done?

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Hey, my name is John Conway and I love travelling around Ireland. I have a passion for All Things Ireland. I love the Emerald Isle! I love Guinness and green fields!

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