Cork Airport is located 8km south of the city centre. Among the main scheduled passenger operators out of Cork Airport Aer Lingus, Jet2, Ryanair, and Wizz Air. You can fly directly from these European cities: Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow (International), Krakow, La Rochelle, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Heathrow & Stansted), Malaga, Manchester, Munich, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Rome, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Full list here.
The train service in Ireland is operated by Irish Rail (Irish: Iarnród Éireann) which provides rail services from Cork to Dublin (16 trains per day), Cobh (22), Midleton (20), Tralee (3 direct, 6 with one change) and Mallow. All other towns and cities are accessible through connecting trains. Cork’s main station is Kent Station, located on the Lower Glanmire Road, a 10-minute walk east of St Patrick’s Street. Trains in Ireland can be expensive by comparison with other modes of transport. For example, a single (one-way) adult ticket from Dublin to Cork can cost as low as €10 if booked online, but be aware that adult single tickets bought at the station cost €60. So always book online at least 24 hours in advance!
The main nationwide bus carrier in Ireland is Bus Éireann who run services from Dublin to Cork every two hours, on even hours from 8:00am until 6:00pm. Similar express direct bus services exist to Waterford, Killarney, and Limerick, Shannon Airport and Galway, all of which are hourly. Aircoach also run services to and from Dublin city centre every hour from 5:00am until 7:00pm, and every two hours from 1:00am to 3:00am. A passenger can then catch a connecting bus to go on to Dublin Airport. City Link operate services on the Limerick-Shannon Airport-Galway route.
Cork has a small city centre and is entirely walk-able. It will be a good idea to carry your own map in addition to our fantastic map, and an umbrella, in case of fire.
There are bus services to the residential suburbs. Most buses leave from St. Patrick’s Street or nearby streets such as South Mall, Grand Parade and Merchant’s Quay.
There are numerous Taxi ranks located throughout cork city, fares are calculated on a meter and all taxis are the same price. Fares are also negotiable for longer out of town trips.