The Cliffs of Moher are undoubtedly one of the most visited places in Ireland each year. In fact, 1.5 million people visit the cliffs each year. You know what one of the most-visited cities is? Galway. And thankfully, the two are close together. Have you found yourself searching “How long to drive from Galway to Cliffs of Moher”, I’ve got you covered, be it car or bus travel.

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How Close are the Cliffs of Moher from Galway?

How far Cliffs of Moher to Galway

The distance from The Cliffs of Moher to Galway is actually not far. As the crow flies, the two locations are only 43.5km apart and by road, it’s 74.9km (46.5miles). But are you driving or taking a bus to the Cliffs? Because that’s going to make a difference. See below.

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How long to drive from Galway to Cliffs of Moher –  How do I get to Moher Cliffs from Galway?

The drive from Galway City to the Cliffs of Moher is about 1 hour 20 minutes. Bare in mind you may get stuck behind sheep traffic jams, tour buses or just general traffic on route. However if you have clear roads ahead, it will take no more than an hour and a half driving a car. Simply follow the N67 from Galway all the way to Lisdoonvarna for the quickest route, and follow the signs from there. What about driving by bus though?

What is the most scenic route from Galway to Cliffs of Moher?  – Galway to Cliffs of Moher by Car

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So I mentioned above that you can take the N67 straight from Galway to Lisdoonvarna. This is by sure the quickest way to the cliffs BUT, it may not be the most scenic! There is a gorgeous coastal drive you can take. Head out the N67 from the city until the village of Ballyvaughan. From there you’re going to take a right turn at the end of the village onto the R477 joining the R479 just before Doolin village. The cliffs of just a short drive from Doolin (11 minutes) on the R478. cliffs of moher, honest guide, clare, doolin, the burren, ireland

Bus from Galway to Cliffs of Moher

You would think the bus would take the same amount of time, but generally it’s a bit longer. With Bus Eireann (Ireland’s popular bus company) it takes 2 hours 12 minutes to get from Galway city to the Cliffs of Moher bus drop off by coach. There are regular buses between 8am and 6pm this time of year – around every 2-3 hours. See the full timetable here.  Be sure to change the route direction to see the return bus timetable!


Can you do Galway and Cliffs of Moher in one day?

If you’re on a time limit I would say yes you absolutely can explore the Cliffs of Moher and Galway City in one day. Would I recommend it? Probably not. Galway city is such a gorgeous place and I think it deserves a bit more of your time. Especially so you can get out into Connemara and see some of the gorgeous beaches and sites. However if you only have a day you can absolutely do the two.

For a quick stop off, you only need a couple of hours at the cliffs (again, I’d recommend more to enjoy the full experience). So I would recommend heading to the cliffs very early (just after opening time) to enjoy the location without the crowds. During the summer months, the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre opens at 9am while during off-peak times it opens at 9am. So head there for opening times, stay 2-3 hours and go straight to Galway City for a wonderful afternoon of city exploring.

Do you HAVE to pay and go to the Visitor Centre to see the cliffs? Nope – for more info click here! 


The Cliffs of Moher are undoubtedly Ireland’s most visited Cliffs, with 1.5 million visits per year. The only attraction visited more on the Emerald Isle is the Guinness Storehouse, which is probably due to it’s location in Dublin. The Cliffs of Moher are in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland – just outside the village of Doolin and not too far from Galway City.
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What are the Best Shoes for Ireland – What shoes to wear to Ireland

We in Ireland have pretty unpredictable weather conditions. There is the phrase “4 seasons in 1 day” that we see a lot. When you’re visiting any country, what you wear in your feet is super important, seeing as you spend a lot of your time walking on them! You want to be comfortable, and you want to be prepared for the weather. This is even more important in Ireland. Well lucky for you I’ve been walking Ireland my whole life and I know exactly what you need to wear!

Let me just start by saying, you can wear anything you want in Ireland, especially on your feed. Irish people do. I’ve noticed that many Irish people don’t dress for our climate. The downside is, they complain when they find themselves walking in soaking wet shoes or walking around on ice blocks. So the key is, to be logical with your footwear!

What type of shoe is best for everyday use?

What Shoes To Wear To Ireland

There are three types of shoes I think you should bring to Ireland:

  • Comfy walking shoes or runners (trainers/sneakers) – be it runners or hiking boots
  • Waterproof boots – because you know, it rains a lot!
  • Nice shoes – for meals etc

Or to put it another way you need:

  • Casual shoes (for daytime exploring)
  • Dressy shoes (for meals or nights out)

So if you’re looking for the best shoes for Ireland (men’s and womens) see the examples below.

Casual & Waterproof Shoes (doubles up as hiking boots):

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These are the Adidas Eastrail 2 W Ld99. Something like this is PERFECT for Ireland? Why? Firstly you guessed it, they’re waterproof. Secondly, they are hiking runners suitable for city life too. They will fulfill two purposes at once (exploring cities and your day trips to the Cliffs of Moher!) meaning you’ll take up less packing space with multiple shoe options.

Hiking boots for Ireland (waterproof)

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I absolutely love KEEM Hiking boots. Honestly, the shoes above are enough but if you are going to be a doing a lot of hiking, maybe you’ll want to bring a separate pair. Personally, I love Keen boots – these are the ones I have and they are the comfiest boots I’ve ever owned and never had to break them in. They were perfection from the first wear.

Dressy / Fancy Shoes for Ireland

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When it comes to fancy shoes for Ireland, certain Irish people get very dressed up (or my generation anyway – millennials!). People wear heels out and can get quite fancy etc but having a nice pair of healed boots is perfect – again, waterproof (see the theme here!).

What Shoes NOT To Wear To Ireland

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While these runners look super comfy for walking they are just not the best option for Irish weather. They have a mesh design meaning you could be soaked in minutes.

Avoid anything like canvas shoes or ballet shoes. Why? Because even if you have a clear day, chances are it will rain at some point. And, if you’re walking around outside when it does, you’ll have wet feet for the rest of the day. Now I get some shoes like Converse are so popular no matter where you are, but again these just aren’t the most comfortable if you’re going to be out exploring Ireland and wracking up the steps. They’ll also get soaked in minutes in the rain.

Conclusion – What shoes to wear to Ireland?

Just to say again, you will see Irish people wearing “What NOT to wear in Ireland” everywhere. The thing is, people tend to dress for how they want to look or they dress by what the have. BUT I think these tips are for those who want to be prepared for the weather and have the most comfortable and enjoyable time while exploring everything this country has to offer!


Do I need waterproof boots for Ireland?

I would recommend yes. Be it waterproof walking shoes/hiking boots and a pair of nice boots for when you’re in cities. It never hurts to be prepared for the rain (which is unfortunately never far away!).

What should I wear on a trip to Ireland?

Wear clothing that is comfortable, and have a windproof or waterproof layer at the top.

Best waterproof walking shoes for Ireland

You don’t have to buy something extravegant just for your trip to Ireland. A lot of runners/sneakers/trainers are leather or

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