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Transportation Options from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most famous attractions. The breathtaking sea cliffs are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare and they run for about 14 kilometres. Whether you’re planning to spend a couple of days in the area or you’re stopping by for a day trip, you can get from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher by taxi or a combination of buses.

An airport taxi from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher is the fastest and easiest option to reach your destination. There are taxis available 24/7 at the official airport taxi rank but another great option is to pre-book a private airport taxi and enjoy reliable, professional transportation with a local driver who will be enthused to tell you about the area. It’s a 1-hour drive to the Cliffs of Moher in average traffic and you can expect to pay around €115 for a standard taxi depending on various factors, like the time of day and number of passengers.

The bus is the best public transport option to get from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher if you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative. It’s a slower option as there is no direct bus connection; you need to get to Ennis from Shannon Airport by bus and continue your trip on another bus to the Cliffs of Moher. The total trip duration from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher is around 1 hour and 55 minutes, not including wait times, and costs an average of €17.30 per traveller.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €115 60min 24/7
Bus €34.60 115min 06:19–00:09

How to get from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher by taxi

The best option to get from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher is with an airport taxi. Whether you decide to hop in an on-demand taxi from the rank at Shannon Airport or to pre-book your ride and have a driver already waiting for you before landing, you’ll reach your final destination quickly and comfortably. The trip takes about 1 hour in light traffic and you’ll have the chance to relax while enjoying the scenic view from your window.

What's the cost of a taxi from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher?

The fare of a Shannon taxi is calculated by using a taximeter and depends on various factors like the total distance driven, the time of day, and amount of luggage. For a long-distance route such as this one, your driver may offer a fixed quote instead; make sure to confirm before setting off. For a standard taxi that can accommodate up to 4 passengers, you can expect to pay around €115 but this is only an estimate. If you prefer to know the exact cost in advance, you can pre-book a ride with Welcome Pickups at a competitive, guaranteed price.

Cost

€115

Trip Duration

1 Hr.

*Fares will vary unless you book a taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis provide on-demand service 24/7 at Shannon Airport (SNN).

Where do I take a taxi from?

The official airport taxi rank is located right in front of the terminal as soon as you exit the Arrivals Hall at Shannon Airport; relevant signs should guide you there and you should easily spot the lined-up taxis during peak hours.

Convenience

Getting from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher by taxi is by far the best option in terms of convenience. You can enjoy a private ride 24/7 without having to keep track of any bus timetables or worry about securing a seat on board during peak hours. For an even smoother experience, you can pre-book a personalised airport taxi to skip the line at the rank and hear about all the must-see spots from a friendly, local driver. 

Editor’s Note

The taxi fare is a bit pricey but it's worth it if you're carrying multiple pieces of luggage or you're in a group. For solo travellers, taking the bus may be a more budget-friendly alternative if you're looking to reduce transportation expenses.

Useful Tips

Before getting in the taxi, confirm with the driver whether they will use the taximeter or you will pay a fixed fare.
All taxis in Ireland must accept credit and debit card payments as well as cash.
Tipping your taxi driver from Shannon isn’t required but it's common practice to leave around 10% of the total fare for long-distance trips.
The driver has the right to request proof that you can pay the fare before agreeing to the hire, so don't be take off-guard if they ask this.

How to get from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher by bus

You can also use public transportation to get from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher as a budget-friendly transportation option. There is no direct bus line departing from Shannon Airport, but you can take bus line 343 or 51 to get to Ennis from Shannon Airport and continue to Cliffs of Moher with bus line 350. The total trip from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher takes about 1 hour and 55 minutes by bus in average traffic, excluding wait and transfer times.

What's the cost of the bus from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher?

The total fare for the trip from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher by bus depends on which bus lines you will use. A single adult fare for bus line 343 from Shannon Airport to Ennis costs €6.80 while for bus line 51 costs €9.50. You will also need a ticket for bus line 350 from Ennis to Cliffs of Moher, which costs €10.50, bringing the total bus fare to either €17.30 or €20 per passenger. Passengers are permitted to transport one medium-sized piece of luggage on the bus; additional items may increase the total cost. Also keep in mind the need to walk or catch a cab to your final destination from the bus stop, which may add to the budget for this travel itinerary.

Cost

€17.30

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 55 Min.

Bus line 343 departs from Shannon Airport every about 40 minutes and line 51 every 60 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus line 343 from Shannon Airport to Limerick runs from 06:19 to 00:09 and bus line 51 from 07:55 until 20:55 daily.

Where do I take the bus from?

Bus lines 343 and 51 depart from bus stop B in front of the Passenger Terminal at Shannon Airport; relevant signs should guide you to the boarding area. Make sure to check that you’re at the correct bus stop as some stops are drop-off only. You will then need to reach Clarenbridge Sherry’s or Ennis central bus station to take bus line 350 to Cliffs of Moher.

Convenience

The bus from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher is a great value-for-money option to reach your destination, but it is not the most convenient since you have to change buses and still have to get to your destination once you reach the final bus stop. Keep in mind that even though departures are scheduled frequently from Shannon Airport, departures from Ennis to the Cliffs of Moher are less frequent so you need to plan accordingly. Though taking the buses is relatively safe and reliable, a private transfer or taxi is most convenient and offers direct door-to-door service.

Editor’s Note

If you're a solo traveller or you're travelling on a tight budget and you don't wish to spend a lot on transportation, the bus is the best value-for-money option. It's a good idea to check beforehand the distance from the bus stop at the Cliffs of Moher to your final destination to make any additional transportation arrangements if needed.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your ticket online, at the self-service kiosk in the Arrivals Hall or from the driver on the bus.
Each passenger may carry one medium-sized suitcase or equivalent on the bus free of charge and store it in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.
Most Éireann or Expressway buses are fully accessible to people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher?

To get from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher, you can take an airport taxi or a combination of two buses. Airport taxis are available 24/7 for on-demand service at the airport taxi rank but if you’re looking to save time you can pre-book a personalised airport transfer. The trip takes about 1 hour and costs on average about €115 for up to 4 passengers.

The bus from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher is a cheaper but slower alternative. There is no direct connection so you need to first get a bus from the airport to Ennis, and then from there take another bus to the Cliffs of Moher. The trip takes about 1 hour and 55 minutes and costs €17.30 per traveller.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Shannon Airport to Cliffs of Moher?

For a standard taxi from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher, your driver will either use the taximeter to calculate the fare or give you a fixed quote before you start the ride. As a reference, you can expect to pay around €115 but this is only an estimate and may vary depending on the number of passengers, luggage, time of day, and other factors. For a private transfer at a competitive fare, you can pre-book a ride with Welcome Pickups and enjoy guaranteed customer satisfaction.

How far are Cliffs of Moher from Shannon Airport?

The distance from Shannon Airport to the Cliffs of Moher is approximately 64 km northwest; getting there by car or taxi should take about 1 hour in average traffic conditions.

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