Bus Éireann has introduced a revamped Limerick-Shannon Airport route

Bus Éireann has introduced a new Limerick-Shannon Airport service that will provide a greater number of services between Limerick, Shannon town, Shannon Industrial Estate and Shannon Airport.

The Shannonlink service replaced the existing 343 service from Sunday November 21st 2010. It operates every half hour during morning and evening peak times and every hour outside of peak hours providing commuters, tourists and airport users with a wider range of services to choose from. Shannonlink also enables them to make coach and train connections at Colbert Station, Limerick city.  

Shannonlink services from Limerick bus station start at 5am every day of the week and operate on a standardised route via Coonagh, Bunratty, Shannon Town, Shannon Industrial Estate and Shannon Airport. A number of services will also operate via Sixmilebridge. The last Shannonlink departure from Limerick bus station is 11.15pm (Mon-Sat) or 10.30pm (Sunday).

Shannonlink services from Shannon Airport start at 6am and run until 12am/midnight (Mon-Sat) or 11.15pm (Sunday).

Commuters travelling on Shannonlink can also potentially save themselves hundreds of euro on the cost of annual/yearly, part-yearly and monthly Bus Éireann tickets with the Taxsaver Commuter Ticket.

Under Taxsaver from Bus Éireann, employers can purchase monthly, flexible part-yearly (tickets covering from two to ten months of travel), and annual/yearly bus tickets on behalf of their employees with the cost of the ticket deducted from the employees’ weekly or monthly salaries. Employers who take part in the programme benefit from a PRSI saving of up to 10.75 per cent.

Since Taxsaver Commuter Tickets are not subject to Tax, PRSI or Income Levy, if the employee is paying the top rate of tax, 41 per cent, then this, along with the eight per cent they pay in PRSI and the two per cent they pay in the income levy, is deducted from the cost of the ticket giving a total saving of 51 per cent.

If the employee is on the lower tax band, i.e. 20 per cent, then they will achieve a saving of up to 30 per cent (20 per cent tax, eight per cent PRSI, two per cent income levy) on the cost of their Bus Éireann monthly or annual ticket.

For example, a person commuting from Shannon to Limerick whose annual/yearly Bus Éireann ticket usually costs €1,968 would benefit from savings of between approximately €1,000 and €590 on the overall cost of their ticket depending on their tax status.

Please click here for Table 343, Limerick - Shannon Airport

Friday, 19th November, 2010