Getting around

Clare is linked to neighbouring counties with a range of motorway and national routes. The road system is good - however be warned as you head into the country, roads tend to get smaller and you may come across a very Irish traffic jam - sheep or cattle on the road! The bus and rail services are good and usually punctual. There are plenty of options for getting around the county.


Hire a taxi from taxi ranks. Taxis in Ireland are regulated and despite the perception that airport taxis are more expensive than other taxis, generally taxi fares are similar across the board. Prices tend to be higher for more rural areas but that is not unusual. Irish taxis do not have a uniform colour, but will have a 'taxi' sign on the roof. The driver should have his card visible for you to see with his photo and vehicle registration details. You are entitled to a print out receipt, the price should be clearly visible on the metre and of course you are entitled to travel in a clean car.

There is also A "Hackney" service. The main difference between a Hackney and a Taxi is that they Hackney cannot pick you up on the road side (even though this often happens) but can collect you if you call them out. Fairs between Hackneys and Taxis are generally the same.

Hire a vehicle

If you prefer, you can hire a car or a camper van. There are a number of car hire options available from Shannon International Airport and also in Ennis. Drive on the left hand side of the road and the signs are similar to those used in the UK and across Europe. There are a few different sign types which at times can be confusing. The old "Iron Black and White" signs often show the distances in miles and not KM so be sure to double check. The modern signs are also black and white but carry all the distances in KM. You will also notice a number of Brown Signs. These are Tourist signs and give directions to and from popular tourist sites and destinations as well as hotels and other accommodation types.


The state-owned Iarnrod Eireann (CIE) runs rail services from Ennis to Limerick and Galway. This is a regular service and serves Athenry as well as Galway city. The trains are modern and clean and it is a reliable service. You can change at Limerick and Galway to reach any destination across the country.


The state-owned Bus Eireann transfers passengers from most towns, cities and villages throughout Ireland. Remember to check their timetable and schedule first. There are a number of private-owned bus companies that you can also avail of. The main bus station in Ennis runs a service to most small towns and villages as well as all major cities in Ireland via transfers in Limerick and Galway. The bus service is very modern and Air Conditioned and you should have a pleasant trip. Tickets should be bought at the station before departure, however you can pay as you board. You can use the bus service to plan an inexpensive journey around County Clare. There are bus stops on most main roads, except the motorway, and you can hail the driver by raising your hand.