Cliffs of Moher during a dramatic winter storm.
The best way to visit the Cliffs of Moher – as well as travel around rural and coastal Ireland in general – is by car, as this gives you the freedom to travel when and where you want, make last minute changes, and shift your travel plans to match the weather. The most convenient and popular place to park your car is the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre car park, located roughly in the middle of the cliffs.
However, for those keen to avoid the crowds, a great option is to start from Doolin village on the north side of the cliffs – and then hike along the cliffs from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher (read more below)!
By Public Transport
If you want to go green, the closest rail station would be Ennis, with Bus Eirean bus 350 running from both Ennis and Doolin to the cliffs. Ennis can be reached by train from Galway or Limerick, with both journeys roughly taking 1h30. We do not recommend relying too heavily on public transport in rural Ireland as services are few and unreliable. If you do not want to drive, it’s recommended to book a tour with a driver/guide.
The Cliffs of Moher are located about 3.5 hours from Dublin. Though on the other side of the country, it’s easy enough to reach the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin. Most of the drive is on motorways: M50 to the M4 to M6 to Athenry, just outside of Galway. From there, hop on Ireland’s new motorway, the M18 southbound to Gort, where you’ll turn off to small regional road, R460. Please keep in mind that the M50 (as you exit Dublin) has an “invisible” electronic toll that must be paid within 48 hours of passing it.
The Cliffs of Moher are located about 2 hours from Galway. Head south on the N67 to Lisdoonvarna before turning off to the coastal road, R478. You’ll wrap around Galway Bay passing villages and ruined churches, abbeys and more along the way.
From Limerick / Shannon Airport
The Cliffs of Moher are located about 1 hour from Limerick city and Shannon International Airport. Drive north on the N85 to Lahinch, where you’ll turn off to the coastal route (R478). From Limerick, keep your eyes out – or even stop to visit – the spectacular medieval fortress, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.