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 June to August. Avoid the hours of 11am to 4pm if your schedule permits.
While in the area why not Visit the Burren
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
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: each year we participate in Irish National Bike Week to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of cycling.
‘Beginning in fertile lowlands flanking the Shannon estuary, this route rolls past golden-sand beaches to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher facing the Atlantic. Next come the music hotbed towns of Milltown Malbay and Doolin, where you enter a pub only if you’re in for the long haul – leaving before the last song is sung seems a monstrous breach of etiquette. From here progress to the relentlessly grey, yet captivating, limestone expanse of the Burren, reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Then take a sojourn into Yeats’ country before sauntering back in a loop through County Clare’s gentle patchwork countryside.’
– Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010
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.
Look out for sports events such as the Tour de Burren and the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge.
Check Burren.ie for looped cycle routes.
Walkers can walk on the path from Fisher Street in Doolin all the way along the coast to the Cliffs. From there, you can take a path that runs the full length of the Cliffs down to Hags Head or you can carry on to Liscannor. The walk is 20 kilometres long in total. The walk to or from Doolin to the Cliffs will take approximately 2.5 hours (8 Kilometres). Starting at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre a round trip to Hag’s Head (12 kilometres) will take approximately 3hours. It takes about 3 hours (12 kilometres) to walk to or from Liscannor Village.
Come prepared with good walking shoes or hiking boots, water and a rain jacket. We do not advise walking in windy, poor weather conditions or after a prolonged spell of rain.Remember the cliff walk is beyond the grounds of the visitor centre and is an open cliff walk for experienced hikers. The walk is not patrolled by Rangers and walkers should take responsibility for their own safety.
What better way to spend a day then to put on your hiking boots and walk to the Cliffs of Moher? Enjoy the spectacular views of the Cliffs, 750 feet at their highest point, and marvel at the sheer drops to the ocean as you take in nature at its most beautiful.
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 ride to the Cliffs is part of The Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the best untapped motorcycle roads in Ireland. For your convenience, the Cliffs of Moher has motorcycle only parking facilities in the public car park, and helmet and tank bag drop.
Car rental is available at Shannon Airport – with a good choice of hire companies available – and you can get here by road from both the Limerick and Galway directions.
On your arrival you should park in the main car park on the opposite side of the road from the visitor centre. You can purchase your admission ticket at the entry cabins which includes unlimited car parking.
If you are a disabled driver or passenger, you need make your way to the public 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. There are 5 disabled parking spaces in front of the visitor centre on the same side of the road as the Cliffs. These are the closest car spaces to the visitor centre and Cliffs. After parking please go in to the visitor centre to buy your tickets. There are only 5 spaces here so we are sorry if they are already full. There are an extra 6 disabled parking spaces in the main car park on the opposite side of the road at the point closest to the pedestrian crossing.
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.
If you are travelling in a vintage car and are visiting in a large group, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to park. It may be possible for you to showcase your vintage collection in front of the Visitor Centre.
If you are travelling by campervan, there are no height restrictions for campervans but you are required to book your place, please contact email@example.com. The number of spaces we have for campervans is limited so ensure you book to avoid disappointment. Please note that overnight camping is not permitted in the Cliffs of Moher car park.
Please pick up your admission ticket at the public car park green cabins, where taxi drivers can receive complimentary admission.
There are many nationwide operators offering luxury coach tours of Ireland during the peak period of April to September. 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 7am and returning at 7 pm or later. (Please remember you will be in the bus for a minimum of 7 hours).