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Shannon Ferries
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A gateway between the South and Mid-West, Shannon Ferries offer a ferry service between counties Kerry and Clare, saving travellers a huge 137km of driving!

Offering an unrivalled service to tourists and locals alike, Shannon Ferries links the picturesque Tralee and Dingle regions to the untamed beauty of the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the mountains of Ballyhoura in the Golden Vale of Limerick.

Established in 1969 in response to the demand for a route across the Shannon Estuary from Kerry to Clare, the Shannon Ferries service now operates two ferries, the Shannon Breeze and the Shannon Dolphin, which depart from Tarbert in Co. Kerry to Killimer in Co. Clare. Both docks boast fully serviced facilities, a much sought after offering, generating jobs and boosting tourism in both regions.

Ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Shannon Ferries offers travellers a break from the road with their 20 minute passage across the Shannon. Sit back, relax and keep an eye out for dolphin’s swimming while indulging in some delicious refreshments!

Choose from the mixture of majestic mountains and ever changing coastlines, lakelands, woodlands and bustling towns in Kerry, or the equally majestic Atlantic coastline in Clare. With Shannon Ferries, the possibilities are endless and there is something to suit everyone!

The service accommodates pedestrian passengers, cyclists, cars, coaches, mini-buses, and commercial vehicles.

Highlights include:
  • A quick 20 minutes crossing, saving you 137km of driving
  • Rest and refreshments on-board
  • Stunning views and the chance to see some dolphins and other wildlife
  • An ideal location on your Wild Atlantic Way drive

Visitor Information

Operating Year Round

June - August
Daily 07:00 - 21:30

April - May & September
Daily 07:00 - 20:30

October - March
Daily 07:00 - 19:30

  • Ferries depart from Killimer every hour on the hour.
  • Ferries depart from Tarbert every hour on the half hour.

Extra sailing: June - September: Killimer every hour on the half hour from 10:30 - 17:30 and Tarbert: every hour on the hour from 11:00 - 18:00.

Operating Times may be subject to change especially in adverse weather conditions - check the Shannon Ferries website for updates.

Contact Details

ShannonFerry Group Limited
Burrane Lower, Killimer, Kilrush, Co. Clare

T: +353 (0) 65 905 3124

Closed: December 25 


Fares 2015/2016

Car (and passengers): €18.00 single; €28.00 return
Passenger (on foot & cyclists): €5.00 single; €7.00 return
Motorcycle (and rider & pillion): €9.00 single; €14.00 return
Small trailer (max. 4m): €8.00 single; €11.00 return
Caravan/Trailer (max. 6m): €11.00 single; €16.00 return
Camper (and passengers): €20.00 single; €30.00 return
Minibus (max. 6m): €25.00 single; €40.00 return
Coach (min. 9m): €55.00 single; €85.00 return


Other Useful Information

Free leaflets available in English.

Café onboard and onshore at Killimer where there are also picnic facilities. 

Gift shop. 

Free car and coach parking on-site.

The ferries are fully wheelchair accessible. The onboard toilets are not but accessible toilers are available at both Tarbert and Killimer. 

Free Wi-Fi available on-board.


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Map Location

Shannon Ferries operate between Killimer in Co. Clare and Tarbert in Co. Kerry.

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