Bridging the Best of Ireland’s West

Shannon Ferries links the picturesque Tralee and Dingle regions to the untamed beauty of Loop Head, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the mountains of Ballyhoura in the Golden Vale of Limerick.

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!

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.

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
Operates Daily Year Round

Sailing all year round except Christmas Day.

Ferry leaves Killimer every hour on the hour and Tarbert every hour on the half-hour. Extended service in high season.

Please see timetable on


Admission Rates Apply

See the website for details.

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Free leaflets available in English.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café onboard and onshore at Killimer where there are also picnic facilities.

SHOPPING: Gift shop.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.

ACCESSIBILITY: 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.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available on-board.

Getting There

Killimer: 11 km off the N68 (between Ennis and Kilrush)–take R485 and R486. From Loop Head, the Burren & Cliffs of Moher, take the N67 to Killimer

Map Location: 52.615321, -9.381037
Contact Shannon Ferry

ShannonFerry Group, Killimer, Kilrush, Co. Clare, Ireland

Eircode: V15 FK09
T: +353 (0)65 905 3124
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