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Traditionally, Killarney has been used as the perfect starting point for exploring the natural wonders of the Ring of Kerry; but the town itself has also become an increasingly popular destination in itself, with a huge choice of hotels, quality dining, hostelries and nightlife awaiting as soon as your flight lands.
The handiest flight destination for a relaxing summer holiday in Killarney is Kerry Airport, a relatively small hub just 12 miles from the beautiful lakeside town. Kerry Airport is served by a limited number of airlines from a select set of European cities. You’re in luck if you want to fly from one of Kerry’s partner airports in the UK and Ireland – London-Luton, London-Stansted or Dublin – otherwise, your journey will involve a painless transfer.
Alternatively, it is possible to book a flight to the bigger, busier Shannon Airport which is 50 miles north of Killarney: it may be possible to make savings this way, so best check the prices, factoring in price of a bus from Shannon to Killarney.
Arriving at Kerry Airport, it’s no problem hopping on a bus to Killarney at the terminus situated outside Kerry Airport’s main terminal - you just pay on board Bus Éireann services. This is certainly cheaper than a taxi and it may prove easier than catching a train into Killarney: although close by, the train station is a 10-minute walk from the airport terminal, which often translates into a taxi ride for visitors laden with luggage.
If you are planning to use Killarney as a starting point – and as a thoroughly welcome final destination – for exploring the spectacular mountain, lake and coastal scenery on the winding roads of the Ring of Kerry, it may pay to arrange car rental with Expedia direct from the airport. There are great deals on offer and your car can be picked up as soon as your flight arrives.
For the best possible chance of good weather to match the superlative scenery on offer around Killarney, a flight between the months of May and October may make the best sense. Whatever the weather, however, the town of Killarney serves up superior ‘craic’ throughout the year.
As if there weren’t already enough great food, drink and music up for grabs every night in Killarney, since 2012 the Killarney (formerly Westport) Festival of Music & Food has proven a hugely popular draw over two days and nights in late June. There are huge bills of music and comedy, with world-class quality from the music and comedy headliners down, and international gastronomical delicacies galore!