The Journey is just as important as the Destination
As is always the case in Ireland – the journey is just as important as the destination. The drive to the Cliffs is one of the most beautiful trips you’ll make in Ireland – so consider carefully which of the many ways of getting there suits you best.
Pick your time to visit carefully. As Ireland’s most popular natural attraction the Cliffs of Moher can be very busy in the middle of the day and during the peak summer period from May to September. Avoid the hours of 11am to 4pm if your schedule permits.
While in the area why not Visit the Burren
Car rental is available in all cities and towns with a good choice of hire companies available. There is a good road network in place. See below for approximate distances from all major cities.
On your arrival please park in the main car park on the opposite side of the road from the visitor centre. We strongly advise you to book your tickets online in advance to be sure of entry and to save time.
If you are a disabled driver or passenger, please proceed to the main car park and the attendant at the entry cabin will advise and direct you to the available spaces in the area designated for disabled parking.
If you have a disabled permit on your car you can park in one of the disabled parking spaces on the cliffs side.
If you are travelling in a chauffeur-driven vehicle with less than ten passengers you will also need to use the public car park. Chauffeur drivers receive complimentary admission.
Please pick up your admission ticket at the public car park green cabins, where taxi drivers can receive complimentary admission.
You can get direct public bus connections from Galway Bus station to the Cliffs of Moher and on to Ennis along the Wild Atlantic Way on the Bus Eireann 350 route. Bus connections are available to and from Shannon, Dublin Cork and Knock Airports but you may have to change bus.
Bus Eireann operates up to 5 services a day in the summer each way every day between Ennis and Galway and 3 on a year round basis.
Remember, bus services may be different on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Plan your trip using www.buseireann.ie If you are coming from Dublin or Limerick, you need to go to Ennis for a direct connection to the Cliffs of Moher. Download Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis 350 timetable
You can get a rail connection to Ennis, via Limerick, and then catch the bus. All the main cities in Ireland are connected by train including Dublin, Galway, Cork and Belfast. You can also take the train to Galway and get a bus from there.
Visit Irish Rail for more information.
The routes along the Cliffs of Moher and County Clare Coastline have made it into the top 10 greatest Cycling Routes in the World – and the Cliffs are a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Cyclists enjoy a view of forever and the freedom of the open road.
Did You Know?
County Clare was selected as one of Lonely Planet’s 10 ten places in the world to cycle. We also encourage cycling here as a means of sustainable transport and reducing carbon emissions.
There is a bike park with a local area map close to the Visitor centre.
Baggage storage is available free of charge in the Shannon Heritage gift shop on the ground floor of the Visitor Centre.
Touring bikes can be hired locally in Lahinch and Doolin, while e-bikes can be hired in Kilfenora.
Check Burren.ie for looped cycle routes.
There are many nationwide operators offering luxury coach tours of Ireland. Most incorporate the main visitor attractions from east to west and north to south of Ireland. Visit www.itoa-ireland.com for details.
To get the most from your trip, we recommend you visit outside the peak periods of 11.00am – 4.00pm. What could be better than an early-evening solitary walk on the cliff edge? We also advise you to spend time in County Clare – stay overnight in the local towns and villages and visit the attractions.
If your time is very short and you do not have any other option you can also take a day coach trip to the Cliffs of Moher from Ennis, Limerick, Cork, Galway or Dublin all year round. A day tour usually takes a full day leaving Dublin at 7 am and returning at 7 pm or later. (Please remember you will be in the bus for a minimum of 7 hours).