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Getting Here

Wild Atlantic Way Airports

There are four international airports in Ireland which cater for direct routes to Ireland from over 20 countries by 60 airlines.

The flight time to Ireland from the east coast of America is seven hours, while Ireland can be accessed from most of Europe within 2.5 hours and the UK in less than one hour. The main airport is Dublin Airport, however Cork, Shannon and Ireland West Airport, Knock are all located within easy reach of the West Coast and Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

​With Ireland being a modestly sized island with an extensive and speedy train network and modern motorways connecting the main cities, whichever route you chose - you won’t be long reaching your destination.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is one of the busiest in Europe, with hundreds of daily flights providing a huge range of options to get here from all over the world. Direct flights are available from most major cities in the UK and continental Europe, several hubs in North America, and the Gulf cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Connecting hubs hook up with further flights from all over the world, providing for easy access to the Irish capital.

Cork Airport

Cork Airport is conveniently located just 8km from Cork City Centre, in the south of the Ireland. With daily flights from London, UK airports and a number of European destinations, Cork Airport provides direct access into the very south of Ireland and provides a gateway to the Haven Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way.  The Old Head of Kinsale, a Signature Discovery Point of the Wild Atlantic Way, is only a 30-minute drive from Cork Airport.  

The airport is served by a number of bus and coach companies as well as taxis and hackneys, all allowing you to get to and from Cork Airport with ease.

Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport is located in the Shannon region in Ireland’s mid-West. Shannon Airport is the transatlantic gateway to Ireland from the USA with United Airlines, operating daily flights into Shannon. Delta and American Airlines also operate flights over the summer months.

Aer Lingus operate daily flights to London Heathrow, while Ryanair operate flights to London Gatwick and a number of other European destinations. Shannon Airport provides almost direct access to the Cliff Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way, just over an hour’s drive from the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's number one visitor attraction and a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Located just 25 minutes outside of Limerick City and less than 2 hours from Cork City, Shannon Airport is an ideal location to explore the Wild Atlantic Way from.

Ireland West Airport Knock

Ireland West Airport Knock is conveniently located in the heart of the West of Ireland, within an hour’s drive of the Wild Atlantic Way's coast.

Ireland West Airport Knock is located on the main N17 North – South road, halfway between Galway and Sligo. There are daily flights from UK regional airports and regular flights from Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Bus Eireann operates coach services to Ireland West Airport Knock from Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Mayo.
The nearest railway station to Ireland West Airport Knock is Claremorris (31km) or Ballyhaunis (22km). These stations can be accessed by airport cabs or bus services.

Internal flights

With Ireland being a relatively small island with an extensive train network and advanced road system there’s little need for many internal flights. The only internal flights available are between Dublin-Kerry (travelling from the east to the very south of the Wild Atlantic Way) and Dublin-Donegal (travelling east towards the north.) Both flights take approximately 40 minutes from Dublin. See the airports' websites for more details: kerryairport.ie and donegalairport.ie.