Getting There Driving to the Cliffs of Moher

Getting there

Driving to the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher is located in County Clare in the West of Ireland. The cliffs are located in a beautiful part of Ireland, full of green fields and farm animals wandering the land. The postcode for the Cliffs of Moher is V95 KN9T. The closest village is Liscannor which is a short drive of 5.6 kilometres from the Cliffs. 

Liscannor is the birthplace of John P Holland an engineer who designed a submarine, his design was later developed by the US navy into the modern type submarine’s. The closest town is Lahinch. The town is on the N67 route and has a lovely beach. 

Lahinch is very popular with surfers and has a great golf course. You will travel onto the R478 road from Lahinch, this road will bring you directly to the visitor centre. The closest airport is Shannon Airport which is 61 kilometres away, this is about 1 hour of driving time.

If you need some information on public transport bus services to the Cliffs,please see our public transport page here

Driving to the Cliffs of Moher

Driving to the cliffs is fairly easy, and it’s very scenic depending on the direction your take. We have included a list below of driving times and kilometres from various locations around Ireland.

If it’s your first time driving in Ireland, make sure to drive carefully, respect other road users, and plan ahead for your road trip.

You will be driving on the other side of the road, which is the case for most American people renting a car in Ireland, this can be a daunting task, but it’s like anything you get better with experience!

We recommend the Google maps app, it’s a great app and easy to use, it’s also free once you have an internet connection or Wi-Fi connection. We also recommend the AA route planner, the route planner is very detailed, with maps and directions that can be printed off to take with you on the trip, which is very handy.

Irish Road Signs

Irish road signs are in two different languages, Irish or Gaeilge and English. Most of the road signs now are displaying kilometres. The road signs have a coloured system, black on white signs are known as regional roads. White on the green signs is national road signs or major roads. The white-on-blue road signs are motorway roads, similar to freeway roads in America. 

All Irish road signs are marked with the destination name and road number for example (the N7 roadway). There are also regulatory signs and warning signs. We have attached a link to road signs for further information.

Please note that driving times may vary depending on traffic and other factors

Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher (Route A)

Driving from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher will take over 3 hours, and the route takes approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes. Depending on where you are leaving from, you will need to get on the M4 and M6 motorways. You will travel towards Athenry Co Galway and onto Gort, Galway.

This is the fastest way is about 3 hours 15 minutes travel time and the distance is 267 kilometres.

Please see the picture below that shows the route

Dublin to the cliffs of Moher map 1

Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher (Route B) 

This journey from Dublin to the Cliffs involves travelling to Limerick city and then onto the Cliffs of Moher. This way offers a better road really than other routes. It also has the option of a nice stop at the Barrack Obama Plaza Fuel Station, which has a Supermacs food outlet attached. 

This way is a little bit more kilometres, it’s 281kms. Travel time will be dependent on a few factors, but you should allow 3 hours and 15 minutes at least. You also have the option of visiting Limerick city if you have time or stopping at Bunratty castle in Clare for some photos.



Galway to the Cliffs of Moher

Leaving from Galway to the Cliffs visitor centre, it’s a reasonably short drive. The quickest way is via the N67 Ballyvaughan and Lisdoonvarna. This journey is 76 kilometres and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Travelling to the Cliffs from Galway you will pass through Clarinbridge and Kinvarra

Driving to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway is a nice scenic route with some old castles and a beautiful coastline. This road trip is just beautiful and has many things to see. Please see our Things To Do and See In Clare page for more info.


Galway to the cliffs of moher map


Cork to the Cliffs of Moher

This fastest and easiest way is via N20 heading towards Limerick city, then travelling towards Ennis County Clare and on to Lahinch. This journey from Cork to the Cliffs of Moher will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Driving from Cork to the Cliffs, this route is well signposted and the roads are in good shape. Please be aware as you get towards N85, the road started to get narrow so take your time if you’re not experienced at driving in Ireland. This route is 176 kilometres and has many nice things to see on route. The town of Ennistymon on the route is a beautiful colourful town with many nice cafes and shops to check out.


Limerick to the Cliffs of Moher

Driving from Limerick to the Cliffs is a short drive, everything going well you should do it in 1 hour and 15 minutes. This route covers 79 kilometres, it is a lovely drive. You will pass an old Abbey named Clare Abbey which dates back to 1189 and it is taught the abbey was founded by an old High King of Munster, Donal “the great” O’Brien. 

The town of Ennis is just off the major road, the N85, it’s a perfect place to pick up some breakfast or lunch. You will also pass the Moher Cottage on the route which is very close to the Cliffs of Moher, this is a cool little cafe with a stunning view and great refreshments. 

There is also tasty fudge and lots of products to choose from at the Moher Cottage. It’s really worth pulling in to check out the amazing view, it’s also right next to St Brigid’s Well, a holy well which is steeped in Pagan roots. The Moher Cottage is a little gem!


Limerick to the Cliffs of Moher map

Kerry (Killarney) to the Cliffs of Moher

Travelling from Killarney to the Cliffs is another fairly simple driving route to follow. The nicest route is via the N23 towards the village of Adare in County Limerick. This route will take 2 hours and 40 minutes and is 187 kilometres. The route has plenty of scenic parts and lots to see on route. The village of Adare is a picturesque little village and has some wonderful thatched Irish cottages, a heritage centre and one of the world’s best five-star hotels, Adare Manor. It’s also a great place for food, maybe breakfast or lunch. You will also pass Durty Nelly’s pub in Bunratty on the route, right next to Bunratty castle, it’s also a nice place to stop for a bite to eat and some nice photos.


Killarney to tthe cliffs of moher map


FAO – Frequently Asked Questions


How difficult is it to drive to the Cliffs of Moher?

Answer – It’s not difficult, depending on where you are travelling from, which town or city, the Irish main roads are good in most areas. Plan your route out or download Google Maps App and let it guide you the way.

What are the speed limits in Ireland? 

Answer –

National Roads 100 km/h
Regional roads 80 km/h
Urban areas 50 km/h
Special limits (schools etc.) 30km/h