Location of the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland close to Liscannor village in Co. Clare. The closest airport is Shannon International Airport, located 1 hour away. Shannon Airport has direct connections from USA and mainland Europe serving the West Coast of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way. See www.shannonairport.ie for all flight information.
GPS Co-ordinates: Visitor Centre 52.97201, -9.42592. Car park 52.97256, -9.42170.
The Cliffs of Moher are easily accessed by road from Galway (1.5 hours), Ennis (40 minutes), Limerick (1.5 hours) and from the ferry which sails from Tarbert in Kerry to Killimer in Clare (45 minutes) Dublin is approximately 4 hours via Limerick.
Allow up to 2 hours for a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. We recommend staying overnight in the local towns and villages in Co. Clare to make the most of your visit and enjoy the local culture and traditional Irish music – visit www.clare.ie .
Due to the popularity of the Cliffs of Moher as a tourist attraction, we strongly advise you to book online to ensure entry and also suggest you visit outside of peak times which are between 11am – 4pm for a more pleasant and peaceful experience. It is advisable if you are travelling to the Cliffs by car that you do so outside of these times for your maximum comfort and enjoyment of the Cliffs. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre is open from 8am until 9pm May to August. See Visitor Centre opening hours and admission prices for families, students, seniors etc.
Directions from Limerick to Cliffs of Moher
Take the N18/M18 towards Ennis. From the M18 take the N85 exit marked Ennis/Ennistymon. (Junction 12)
Follow signs for Ennistymon on the N85 going through the village of Inagh. When you reach Ennistymon you will come to a sharp left turn onto the N67 (sign posted Lahinch). It is quite a tight bend so go slowly.
At Lahinch take a right turn onto the R478 (sign posted Cliffs of Moher)
Continue on this road for approximately 4km until you reach the village of Liscannor. Go through the village and follow the R478. Continue on the R478 for 5.6km, the entrance to the coach park is located on the left hand side and the car park is located on the right hand side.
Directions from Galway
Scenic Route: Leave Galway in the direction of Limerick using N67 (N18):
Follow N67 to Kilcolgan. In Kilcolgan take a right onto the N67 signposted Ballyvaughan & Cliffs of Moher. Go through the village of Kinvara and on towards Ballyvaughan along the N67. See directions from Ballyvaughan.
Journey time 1 hour 45 minutes.
Via the Motorway: Via M18 Motorway – Leave Galway following R336, R338, and Old Dublin Rd to N67.
Follow N67 and continue straight onto R458. Merge onto M18 following sign for Ennis/Limerick.
At Junction 12, take the N85 Exit to Ennis/Ennistymon/Kilrush.
Follow the N85 to Liscannor Road R478 in Lahinch.
Follow the R478 for 10km and the entrance to the car park will be on your right side.
Journey Time 1hr 36 mins.
In Ballyvaughan you have two options:
Option 1: Take the coast road (R477). This is a very scenic route which gives lots of views of the Burren and Galway Bay. However this adds approximately 20 minutes to your journey time. Follow the R477 through Fanore and join the R479 and then the R478 near Doolin. Stay on the R478 till you reach the Cliffs of Moher.
Option 2: Take the N67 towards Lisdoonvarna which takes you up Corkscrew Hill a winding but scenic road that offers wonderful views over the Burren. You will reach the town of Lisdoonvarna and pass through it remaining on the N67. Turn right onto the R478 signposted for the Cliffs of Moher.
The entrance to the car park is on the left-hand side of the road.
Journey time from Ballyvaughan 45 minutes, from Lisdoonvarna approx. 25 minutes.
Car rental is available across Ireland. Our preferred car rental partner is Avis Budget Ireland who are offering a tempting 10% discount to Cliffs of Moher visitors when using one of their discount codes.
Visit www.avis.ie/staycation and use discount code V002400
Visit www.budget.ie/staycation and use discount code Stay10
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, with a permit, please proceed to the main coach park, there are several designated parking bays available near the Visitor Centre, if these spaces are occupied there are additional spaces in the main car park. The attendant at the entry cabin will advise and direct you to the available spaces in the areas designated for disabled parking.
If you are travelling in a chauffeur-driven vehicle tickets can be purchased on this website in advance. Dedicated parking for Chauffeur vehicles is located in the 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
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.
The North Clare Cycle network offers four cycle routes varying in distance from 18km to 47km with numerous shorter alternatives. Download North Clare Cycle Map.
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).