How to get to Cork from Dublin (city centre or airport)

Cork is the second largest city in Ireland. As such, it is a popular destination for many tourists who choose to spend a few days in the country. Cork is close to places like Kinsale, Cobh and the Ring of Kerry.

Connections between Ireland’s two largest cities are quite good. There are several public transport companies operating this 3-hour route, with buses available at almost any time of day. You can travel directly from Cork to Dublin Airport or vice versa.

🚗 By car

🕠 Time: 3 hours

💸 Price: €26

The distance between Dublin and Cork is 3 hours and costs around £26 if you are travelling by car.

To leave Dublin, you need to follow the N81. Continue on the R110 through Lucan, and take the N7/E20. Continue on the M7, and take the M8 exit towards Cork, and take the M6 exit. At the roundabout, take exit N73. Turn left (R665) and take exit R639 at the roundabout. Continue on the M8 and stay on the N8 until you enter Cork.

🚈 By train

🕠 Time: 2 hours 30 mins

💸 Price: 23€.

Frequency: 15 trains, every hour from 7am to 9pm.

Not the cheapest way to get to Cork, but the most punctual. The journey takes around 2.5 hours and costs €23. There are 15 trains a day, from 7am to 9pm.

🚌 By bus

🕠 Time: 2 hours

💸 Price: 12€.

🔁 Frequency: hourly

Several companies operate this route:  GobusExpresswayDublin Coach and Aircoach. Most of them offer student discounts and a reduced price if you buy the return trip together. If you are a student on Gobus, the return trip costs €20.

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