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Review: An Electrifying Paddywagon Tours to the Cliffs of Moher

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If you’re looking for a Cliffs of Moher day trip from Dublin, then the Paddywagon tours bus is for you! The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited tourist sites, so it’s a must while you’re there. Did you know it’s 66% as tall as New York’s Empire State Building and forms part of the edge of Western Europe?

How Do You Visit the Cliffs of Moher on a Budget?

For budget travelers, the Paddywagon Tour to the Cliffs of Moher is affordable, but it is a longer day tour. Fair warning: you’re on a bus for about twelve hours. I was lucky in that I made friends with the people next to me, so the time driving between locations was spent chatting with them, which definitely helped to pass the time. But if you aren’t as lucky (though I hope you are in the land of leprechauns), I’d advise bringing headphones to listen to an audiobook or music. I can’t read on the road as I get car sick, but if you can handle that, it’s an option as well.

Update 2024: According to their website, they do now have free high-speed wifi on board which should help with the longer day trip.

Cliffs of Moher Paddywagon Tours Info

(as of March 2024)

  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Free High Speed Wi-Fi on board
  • 2 Pickup Stops in Dublin
  • 6 Stops on Along Tour
  • Skip the line access to Cliffs of Moher (€10.00)
  • Lunch stop in Irish Village
  • Live onboard commentary (English language)

Kinvara Fishing Village paddywagon tours from dublin

Paddywagon Tours Itinerary

On the way to the Cliffs of Moher, the Paddywagon tour stopped at a few locations along the way, such as the Kinvara Fishing Village (famed for their traditional boats called the “Galway Hookers”). I wasn’t impressed with this place much, to be honest. Maybe it was because there was hardly anything going on for the 30 minutes we stopped there, but I could have done without it. Had there been more time, there may have been things to do. I’m just not sure based on the limited tour stop time.

If you’re looking for something more impressive in this area, check out these free things to do in Galway. They’re a great guide to this Irish city, especially for solo female travelers! Note, however, that you can’t jump off the Paddywagon tour; you’d have to arrange to get to Galway separately.

Another stop on the Paddywagon Tour was a Benedictine Abbey, which was gorgeous! No one lives or worships here anymore; it’s just ruins now, but still incredible. It’s surrounded by hills and greenery as far as the eye can see.

The next stop was the Baby Cliffs, or the “mini cliffs.” They’re not as incredible as the full-size cliffs, but it was still a nice stop along the way. The photo of me below is of me at the Baby Cliffs. There was a stop-off for lunch; then we moved on to the main event–Cliffs of Moher!

Paddywagon Tours to the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are stunning and were well worth the long trip. If you’re lucky you’ll get a day like I did that was really clear. I had heard that it can get pretty gloomy out there and you can’t see too much when it does, so check the weather before you go.

Also, wear good shoes, you’ll be doing a fair amount of walking. The Cliffs of Moher run for about 14 kilometers (about 8.7 miles). At the southern end, they reach a height of 120 meters (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean. Their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) is just north of O’Brien’s Towers, a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs where the tour lets off.

O'Brien's Tower cliffs of moher tour Ireland

Cliffs of Moher Safety Travel Tip

A safety note about the Cliffs of Moher: don’t lean on the electric fence to move out of the way for people coming along the narrow passage; you will get shocked!

I was down the path, and a woman and her baby carriage were coming up the path. The path itself was maybe 2-3 feet wide. So I leaned toward the fence and held onto it to let them get around me. My only other option was to lean toward the Cliff, which is obviously very dangerous! Unfortunately, the electric shock sign was tiny, and I didn’t see it before I did this. Unsurprisingly, I got shocked, and the lady said nothing to me. So much for being nice!

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Stopping at Bunratty Castle

After the Cliffs of Moher, we went to Bunratty Castle. It was okay, but it was not worth the while to get there. Once again, it may have seemed more worth it if I had more time. I’ve heard great things about Bunratty, but I just didn’t experience it. It’s surrounded by restaurants, as you can see, so it loses some of its majestic castle effect. However, it is the most complete castle in Ireland, and they have done a lot of restoration on it.

After our stop at Bunratty Castle, we headed back to Dublin!

Paddywagon Tours from Dublin

Again, the Cliffs of Moher Paddywagon Tours from Dublin is about twelve hours long, so it is a whole-day trip. However, I do feel that it was well worth the time and money spent. It should be noted that the tour appears to have changed a bit since I went on it. It now includes the “Burren” landscape near Galway Bay.

Make sure to check out the Paddywagon Tours website for the latest information. The Paddywagon tour company has student discounts and does go to other locations around Ireland, such as Giant’s Causeway, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny, Galway, Kerry, and others. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, they also have a tour for you!

Travel tip: Their website says that the Paddywagon Cliffs of Moher Tour is a bestseller and likely to sell- out. They recommend buying tickets at least 24 hours in advance whenever possible. To avoid the risk of overbooking during the high-peak season, you can book your seats directly on their page.

How Much Does the Paddywagon Cliffs of Moher Tour Cost?

(as of March 2024)

  • €75 Adult
  • €69 Student
  • €69 Senior
  • €54 Child

Alternative Ways to Visit the Cliffs of Moher

If the above tour recommendation doesn’t fit your itinerary or you’re looking to explore alternatives, I highly recommend Get Your Guide Tours. They are easily refundable should you run into any issues, and they offer very affordable and reliable tour companies to purchase tours from.

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