How To Reach Limerick City
Limerick is a city situated along the shores of River Shannon, in the very heart of the Shannon Region in Ireland. It is also the third-largest city in the country and is made up of the Irish Town and Newton Pery districts south of River Abbey, and English Town in the north, at the junction of Rivers Abbey and Shannon. It has numerous cultural and historical attractions that make it one of the most enchanting and interesting cities worth exploring in Ireland. At the same time, the city is compact enough to allow you to indulge in most of what it has to offer in a relatively shorter time frame. Read on to find out the most convenient ways to reach Limerick and discover the city’s gems for yourself.
Limerick has no airport of its own; the nearest one is Shannon International Airport, which is situated about 20 km away in County Clare. Being one of Ireland’s main airports, Shannon Airport witnesses a lot of air traffic and has regular flights across most European and North American destinations. Travellers from India will need to catch a connecting flight to Shannon Airport since there are no direct flights between the two destinations. Buses and taxis can be taken from the airport to Limerick, which is easily accessible via the N18 dual carriageway. Other alternatives for using air travel to reach Limerick is by flying into Kerry Airport or Cork Airport, which is located roughly an hour and a half and two hours away, respectively.
Limerick Colbert Station is the main railway hub for the city and for the Mid West Region. Irish Rail operates all trains at this station. The main inter-city connections to Limerick are:
- 16 daily services from Dublin, 4 of which are direct
- 2 daily services from Waterford
- 5 daily services from Galway
- From Cork via Limerick Junction. There are no direct services between the two towns.
- Between Limerick and Killarney, Tralee and Faranfore via Limerick Junction.
There are also commuter services that run to Ennis, Nenagh and Thurles.
Limerick has a central location, which means that many national primary routes meet at the city. Cars can be rented from various cities across Ireland to reach Limerick. If travelling via road, take the M7 from Dublin, N/M20 from Cork, the N/M18 from Ennis, Galway and Shannon, the N21 from Tralee and the N24 from Waterford. The bus company Bus Eireann, which is the official bus service in Ireland, operates services from Cork, Dublin and Waterford and a number of other cities and towns nearby to Limerick.
Limerick is a compact city that can be easily explored on foot or even on a bicycle. The city also has a bike-share scheme by the name of Coca Cola Zero, which has 23 stations across the city. Many new bike paths have been constructed for the ease of cyclists in the city. Public buses also run in the city and can be a cheap and convenient way to move around.