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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.
- 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
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 09:30 - 17:30 and Tarbert: every hour on the hour from 10:00 - 18:00.
Operating Times may be subject to change especially in adverse weather conditions - check the Shannon Ferries website for updates.
Closed: December 25
Car (and passengers): €19.00 single; €29.00 return
Passenger (on foot & cyclists): €5.00 single; €7.00 return
Motorcycle (and rider & pillion): €9.00 single; €15.00 return
Small trailer (max. 4m): €8.00 single; €12.00 return
Caravan/Trailer (max. 6m): €12.00 single; €17.00 return
Camper (and passengers): €21.00 single; €32.00 return
Minibus (max. 6m): €26.00 single; €42.00 return
Coach (min. 9m): €58.00 single; €89.00 return
Discounted fares available when booking online
Other Useful Information
Free leaflets available in English.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Café onboard and onshore at Killimer where there are also picnic facilities.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
ACCESSIBILITY for Wheelchair Users and Visitors with Reduced Mobility
The ferries are fully wheelchair accessible. The onboard toilets are not, but accessible toilets are available at both Tarbert and Killimer - and it is just a 20 minute crossing.
Free Wi-Fi available on-board.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Recommended on TripAdvisor
- FBD Technology Business Award 2013
- Failte Ireland Excelling at Customer Service
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