How to Reach Cork - The Easiest Way to Reach Cork


  • By Air: Cork Airport is the busiest airport in Ireland after Dublin. The airport is 8km south of the city centre, connected by the N27. The airport has prime connectivity to airports in Britain and the rest of Europe. However, there are currently no direct flights available to Cork from Dublin. Taxis and Car rentals are easily available from the airport .
  • By Train: Trains are most preferred due to their effective connectivity to Cork's main station- Kent Station, located on the Lower Glanmire Road. Connectivity to and from Dublin is good and the train journey takes 2hrs 50mins. The train service in Ireland is operated by Irish Rail 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.
  • By Boat: Ferries are available from Ringaskiddy to Roscof. You can reach Cork by ferries that sail to and from Ringaskiddy through Cork Harbor. If you are travelling from France in April-October there is a weekly ferry service to Roscoff in France with Brittany Ferries.
  •  By Bus: Bus Eireann provides connectivity throughout Ireland. Bus service from Dublin to Cork is available every two hours 8:00am until 6:00pm. Direct bus service is available every hour to and from Waterford, Killarney, and Limerick, Shannon Airport and Galway.
  • By Car: If you are travelling from Dublin, take the M7 and M8. The car travel should take less than 3 hours. The N20 connects limerick to Cork and is journey less than 2 hours.


  • By Bus: St Patrick’s Street is the main centre for bus connectivity to all the other parts of Cork. Buses are easily available from South Mall, Grand Parade and the Quay.
  • By Carpool: One of the best ways to travel if you want to go to the city’s outskirts, Cork has a good carpooling network. The Carma App is a favourite of people who are looking for drivers who want to carpool.
  • By Taxi: The Taxis have ranks all over the city and known by their distinct green and blue stickers on the front door and yellow light of the top. The ‘TACSAI’ license plate stands out for tourists. The Taxis run on a meter even though long-travels can be negotiated.
  • By Walking: Cork is best explored on foot. Most of the tourists stay at the city centre and explore, dine and sight-see the centre itself with occasional outskirt trips- making walking a reasonable way to get the best of the city.

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Modes of Transportation in Cork

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Cork. The most preferred mode of transport in Cork is Car.

Average distance: 14.43 km Average time: 33.35 min

  • Car 44%
    Driving 36.55 min Walking 0.55 min Overall average time for 23.45 kms 37.09 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 20%
    Bus 30.6 min Walking 8.6 min Waiting 5.8 min Overall average time for 12.4 kms 45 min
  • Walking 20%
    Walking 23 min Waiting 4 min Bus 1 min Overall average time for 3.4 kms 28 min
  • Bike 12%
    Bike 8.67 min Walking 0.33 min Other 0.17 min Overall average time for 3.1 kms 9.17 min

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How to Reach Cork from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Mallow to Cork 32.41 km 32 mins
Limerick to Cork 86.03 km 1 hour 26 mins
Dungarvan to Cork 98.69 km 1 hour 38 mins
Nenagh to Cork 110.91 km 1 hour 50 mins
Killarney to Cork 114.5 km 1 hour 54 mins
Thurles to Cork 114.75 km 1 hour 54 mins
Killorglin to Cork 146.1 km 2 hours 26 mins
Waterford to Cork 158.11 km 2 hours 38 mins
Kilkenny to Cork 161.18 km 2 hours 41 mins
Galway to Cork 163.4 km 2 hours 43 mins
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