Cork is not as well linked to the rest of Europe as Dublin is. The city does however have useful links to some of Europe's larger airports through which you can connect to the rest of the world. Services include Ryanair routes to London/Stansted and several British and Polish airports. Aer Lingus offers links to some European hubs such as Amsterdam, London/Heathrow, Paris/CDG and Munich as well as some British airports like Bristol or Manchester. The remaining airlines offer mostly summer holiday destinations around the Mediterranean sea.
Bus lines 226 and 249 link Cork airport with the Bus station at Parnell Place with buses running at least every twenty minutes. Singe tickets or adults are available for 4,75 EUR and can be bought at the vending machine in front of th terminal building, close to the bus stop. Save some money with return tickets which are valid for up to a month (all as of 2013). Check the Bus Eirann site for further details. Citylink (http://www.citylink.ie) also has a service to Limerick and Galway running several times per day.
In operation in 2006, the new Cork Airport is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre on the south end.
By bus, 2 options are available:
1. Skylink operates a fast and frequent express coach link between Cork Airport and Cork City Centre (15 minutes trip, EUR 5 one-way and EUR 8 return).
2. Bus Éireann provides a frequent direct coach service between Cork Airport and Cork City Centre and Cork Bus Station (25 minutes trip, EUR 4.10 OW or EUR 6.90 RT).
By taxi it will cost you about EUR 15.
In 1985 Ryanair is set up by the Ryan family with a share capital of just £1... nowadays you could fly even for less! Squeeze the price could also squeeze the room, but for a short trip it is ok as I did for my 40 minutes flight between Dublin and Cork.
Ryanair was Europe's original low fares airline and is still Europe's largest low fares carrier. In the current year Ryanair will carry 52m passengers on 688 low fare routes across 26 European countries. Ryanair has 31 European bases and operates a fleet of 163 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft (March 08) with firm orders for a further 99 new aircraft.
I flew to Cork from Dublin (and back) by Ryanair for £5 each way!
The flight was on time, so I sat back and enjoyed the views from my window seat of the green countryside, then the rugged coastline of County Cork.
Typical of Ryanair flights, no frills, but a great (and cheap ) way of getting quickly from A-B, (or Dublin to Cork). Limited food and drink available, but it's only a short flight (approx 50 minutes) Newspaper for sale, scratch cards and limited Duty Free - you may need to ask for the Ryanair magazine, that lists goods for sale, as these aren't always given out.
Ryanair are clamping down on the hand luggage policy- handbags and duty free should fit into your hand luggage, but I found that this wasn't strictly adhered to. Though they have a disclaimer, that they can refuse you to fly if you don't abide by this rule, so take heed!
On arrival at Cork, there is an airport bus that runs 2 routes, stopping at places handy for various hotels and hostels (which I'll cover in my next tip)
Cork has its own airport 6km outside the centre just past the Kinsale Road roundabout. The national airline Aer Lingus flies to Cork from the UK, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Lagos, Munich, Warsaw, Berlin, Nice, Malaga and Barcelona. Ryan Air do four flights a day to Stanstead and two flights to Liverpool and Easyjet also fly to Gatwick from here. During the sumer there are charter flights coming in from all the main European tourist destinations and sometimes there are flight-only options to be had here, especially with Budget Travel. From the US or Canada there are no direct flights to Cork but Ryan Air and Aer Arann both offer reasonably priced connecting flights to and from Dublin. To cater for the large Polish population in Cork, Polish budget airlines now do regular flights from Gdansk, Warsaw and Katowice, in and out of Cork. For a full list of airlines and routes in and out of Cork airport, check the website, www.aerrianta.ie.
Ryanair have chaged there policy on luggage allowences 15th march 06, if 2 poeple are travaling together you now cannot pool your luggage allowence together ,the rule now is 1 case per passanger ,as happened to me and ryan air wanted to chage £16.50 for being 3 klios over weight or buy a seprate bag to unload the case into for £3.00 ,luckly our friends had room in their case to take our extra weight
The Cork Airport is your typical 1 to 2 runway airport, but they don't tell you about the winds. Cork gets quite a bit of wind, and the take-offs and landings are "interesting" to say the least. Everybody on the plane already knew what to expect, but we were not. It was the type of landing that made you glad to be back on the ground. Once in the airport, getting to the city was a breeze via taxi which costs around 14 Euro (two traffic jams). I'm sure it would have cost less if the jazz festival wasn't taking place.
The best way to get here is by plane.Ryan Air offer very cheap flights to/from Stansted airport or Aer lingus from anywhere in the world.The airport is located about 5-10 miles outside cork city.There are city buses to/from the airport regualrly.
To get around cork ,the best way is the bus.Taxi's are not cheap.The price of one way ticket from one stop to another within the city and suburbs is 95cent.Go to the bus station in Parnell place for further information or here.
Its possible to fly Dublin-Cork, usually €100 rtn, but shop around.
Cork airport usually serves the main UK airports and a couple of European destinations like Paris de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Palma but it wouldnt be as important a stop like Dublin or Shannon.
the following airlines fly into Cork airport regularly.
Shannon Airport in Limerick is about an hour and a half's drive from Cork and is the best airport if coming from the US.
In Cork City on foot or bicycle will do as it's quite small.
If you want to tour the county rent a car. The bus service is not great.
If you're flying in, Cork airport is only five miles from the City. Get a taxi into town for ten pounds or catch the frequent buses. Come by train or drive if you're travelling from Dublin. Coaches are available to and from most major towns and cities for budget prices but expect long journey times and driver/bus changeovers.
If you're checking out Cork, stay on foot! Cork is mainly contained between two channels of the river Lee and can be walked from side to side in ten minutes. Trying to drive from one place to another in this area is guaranteed to take longer.
Most of the shops, pubs and restaurants are contained in this area. The main exception is MacCurtain street which is to across the river to the North of Patrick Street but that is easy to walk to.
Taxis and minicabs are also abundant and fairly cheap. A 2 or 3 mile taxi ride will cost around €6. If you're wondering what the difference between a minicab and a taxi is, you can hail a taxi off a street but you have phone for a minicab or sit in a waiting room (most are on MacCurtain street but there are others around) for one to pick you up.
Driving around Cork is possible but extremely confusing due to the one way system and roadworks. Cycling is not recommended.
If you're staying for a few days, a car would prove handy to visit nearby towns or to travel further afield such as to West Cork, Killarney or Limerick. The delapidated bus station near Merchants Quay (due for renewal apparantly) has services to other towns and cities.