Cork is not a big city so, if you have enough time and the weather is good, walking is the ideal way of sightseeing. But if you have just a day or two at your disposal or if it rains, the Cork City Tour will help you see as much of the town as possible within a short time. The bus goes to most places of interest and you can hop on and off at will - the ticket is valid all day. The tour can be joined at Grand Parade or at any other stop, then you get the ticket from the driver.
First tour - 9.30 a.m., last tour - 5 p.m.
The buses go every 30 minutes in July and August, and every 45 minutes at other times of the year.
Fares: Adult - EUR 13
Senior citizens - EUR 11
Children under 14 - EUR 5, children under 5 go free
Bus Eireann coaches will take you not only around the city but also to many places all over Ireland. The fares are lower than on trains and you can get special tourist rates. You can get the Open Road Pass valid for 6 - 30 days on all Eireann buses across the country, or the Irish Explorer ticket valid on buses as well as trains. And you don't have to make your journeys every day - the tickets are valid for example for 3 days of travel out of 6 consecutive days. This particular pass - the cheapest - costs EUR 45.
Bus Eireann organise also day tours and I went on two - to the Ring of Kerry and around West Cork. The prices are reasonable, e.g. EUR 27 for a twelve-hour trip, cheaper if you book it on the Internet. Mind, your confirmation of payment printed from the computer will not do. You still have to queue at the desk at the bus station to get your ticket, so be in time to do that.
The coaches are comfortable but I haven't come across one with a toilet. The driver is also the guide on the tours. Ours was really doing his best but of course he had to do the driving first of all, especially on the narrow winding roads of Kerry.
More information on those trips can be found on my pages on County Cork and County Kerry.
The bus station is in Parnell Place in the town centre. Tour tickets can be bought there too.
Geting around Cork by public transport means using the services of Bus Eireann, Irish Rail, or one of the many taxi co-ops. I've already given contact details for these services on the 'Day Trips from Cork' tip in the 'Off the beaten path' section, so this tip is concerned soley with getting to and from the airport. Cork Airport is small and what you lose in facilities you more than gain from the ease of exit. Immediately outside the terminal ( yes there's only 1 terminal ) is the taxi rank and bus stop. Taxis are always available and average around EUR 10-12 to the city centre. Bus Eireann has a service connecting the airport to the bus station at Parnell Place in the city centre and for current schedule and prices consult the website. There's also a a privately run airport-city shuttle service called Skylink and these buses are immediately identifiable by their bright canary-yellow colour. This service runs every 30 minutes and does drop-offs at all the main hotels and hostels. Tickets are purchased on the buses and there is a reduction for return journeys.
Outside the Arrivals gate, turn Right, and you'll see the yellow bus (or the bus stop sign) for the Cork City Express, which runs a shuttle service from the airport to Cork City, 7 days a week.
Purchase your ticket from the driver-
Adult Single -5 euros - Return 8 euros
Student " " 3.50 euros 6 euros valid card needed
Child 2.50 euros 5 euros
Family 12 euros 19 euros 2 adults, 2 children
Under 3's Free
The driver was very friendly - He gave me a map of Cork, and a timetable, and asked where I was going, I gave him the name of my hostel.
Unfortunately, I was so engrossed in his conversation with a family, and looking at the view, that I missed my stop - I was heading back to the airport! He stopped and directed me back to where I needed to be- just a short distance to walk luckily!
There are 2 routes
ROUTE 1 -Via Mc Curtain Street.
Starts at 04.20 and runs 'til 00.15. Most runs stop at ;
JURYS INN (for Clarion Hotel and Parnell Place)
PATRICKS QUAY (City Centre and Victoria Hotel)
QUALITY HOTEL (Shandon and Kinlay House)
ISAACS HOTEL (Gresham Hotel, Sheilas Hostel, BRU Hostel)
JURYS INN and
ROUTE 2 - Via Western Road
Starts at 04.50 and runs 'til 23.00
GRAND PARADE (City Centre and Tourist Office)
JURYS HOTEL (Lancaster Lodge, Western Rd B&B's, UCC )
SOUTH MALL (Imperial Hotel, Victoria Hotel)
From 08.30 Route 1 leaves the airport on the 1/2 hour (i.e 09.30, 10.30 etc) and from 0900 Route 2 leaves on the hour (i.e 10.00, 11.00 etc)
I caught the Aircoach (operated by Bus Eireann) from Cork airport to the city’s central bus station during my visit to Cork in October 2008.
The following information was correct as of that date:
- a one way ticket from the airport to the central bus station cost 4.10 Euros;
- tickets are purchased from the driver on board the bus, but can also be purchased in advance online. You get a 10% discount by booking online;
- the bus departs from a bus stop immediately outside the airport’s arrivals hall and is clearly signposted for new arrivals;
- luggage can be stored in the coach’s undercarriage and incurs no additional cost;
- buses leave frequently during the day in both directions between the airport and the city centre and, according to the timetable that I picked up at the bus station, operate approximately as follows:
Mon-Fri: 2 or 3 buses per hour, between 07:30 and 23:10, with buses less frequent in the early morning and late evening;
Saturdays: approx. 2 buses per hour during the peak hours (09:00 – 17:00) and buses approximately hourly outside of peak hours. First bus at 07:30, last bus at 20:45;
Sundays/Public Holidays: approx. 1 bus per hour between 10:55 and 23:10.
- the journey time between the airport and the central bus station is approximately 15 minutes. Some buses go via the Airport Business Park which adds a few minutes to the journey time;
- Cork’s central bus station is located at Parnell Place, on the banks of the River Lee, just a few minutes walk from the heart of the city centre.
Blarney is less than 30 minutes away from Cork.
The Bus Eireann service number 224 runs 7 days a week , every day apart from Christmas Day.
Gillybob, nomad7890 and I decided to catch the 10.30 bus on the Sunday morning. We purchased our tickets from the ticket machine in the bus station (5.60 euros adult return), then walked to Merchants Quay, where the bus was to depart from.
Leave the Bus Station by the exit to the left, if facing the road, and walk about 100 metres to the bus stop
Check the timetable for place of departure, as sometimes it's from the bus station itself or Stuake
There was quite a queue already at the stop in front of the Dunnes Store, but we were lucky enough to get seats together.
Most passengers alight at Blarney Village.
For the return journey, make sure that you're at the bus stop in plenty of time... Gillybob and I had seen the 16.10 bus, but didn't rush for it as it wasn't due to depart for another 10 minutes. So we were quite surprised to see it pulling away from the bus stop!
Apparently it's not unusual for the bus to leave early! Ah well, we headed back to the pub for a while, then looked around the village, making sure that we were at the bus stop in good time for the 17.55 bus.
Bus Eireann also operates bus service 249 to Kinsale, as well as to Dublin, Tralee, Galway, Limerick and Waterford from Parnell Place Bus Station.
There is a coffee stall and newsagents in the bus station. There is also a left luggage office, but it's a bit 'hit and miss' as to when it opens (as Gillybob found out - she was hoping to leave her case there, while we were in Blarney)
It is easy to get from Dublin to Cork by bus. Buses leaves from the main bus station in Dublin. However, the trip takes minimum four hours what seems to be long and tiring. Both way ticket should be less than 20Euro. There are discounts for students under 26 with ISIC card.
There is a good train connection from Dublin Heuston to Cork Kent Station. Moroever the buses of Bus Eireann (see photo) serve Cork from all major towns in Ireland.
Cork has a well working local bus network, including buses to Kinsale or Blarney. To get to Cobh you have to take a train.
Cork has a huge bus station where there are coaches coming into and out of the city every 30 minutes or so.It is probably the best way of getting into the city without the hustle of trying to find a parking space. Black cabs are quite reasonable and can be found close to the bus station.
Definately by walking, you can admire the tall buildings, spot out the bars and restaurants you fancy trying out and have fun getting lost in the back alleys!!!
I went to cork Via dublin.
public transport wise the best 2 options are bus or train.
by bus it is about 4 hours from Dublin and by train 3.
by bus which is how i got there its 15.50 per person return(irish money)
i think the train was 19.
bus eirean runs more often than the train service and arrives at at a closer spot to the city central.
Sure the bus trip is a little long but there is some great things to look at along the way including a couple of wicked castles.
work this out I stay in cheap lodging then i use taxi's every where lol.
the good thing about cork city is its easy to travel around by foot.
the best way to get to blaney castle is by buse make sure you grab a time table to find out how often they leave cork as the pick up times are about every 2 hours or so.
if you go to the pretty town of cobh then take a train.
the veiw along the coast line is worth the fare itself.
the veryu best way is to hire a car and drive your self.the roads are okay and traffic is super light.
take the open bus tour around cork it is very informative giving you the history of cork and events that happened in the differant streets .you get the bus in the grand parade the ticket lasts 24 hours cost 12 euros and you can hop and off at differant points along the way
City bus routes pretty good serving the city centre and suburbs. Morning, lunchtime and evening buses take you to towns in Co. Cork and surrounding counties. Local train service to Cobh and Fota Island.
Cork city is quite hilly, so dont say I didnt warn you! :)