Getting to Cork
There are three principal international airports in Ireland: Cork, Dublin, and Shannon.
Cork airport is located 6 km from the city centre and 7.5km from University College Cork. A taxi journey, with little traffic, takes approximately 20 minutes and costs approximately €20. Everything you need to know about Cork airport, including transport connections, is available on the Cork Airport website at http://www.corkairport.com/.
Dublin and Shannon Airports
You may be flying into Dublin airport (https://www.dublinairport.com/home.aspx) or Shannon airport (http://www.shannonairport.ie/gns/Passengers/Home.aspx), or via Amsterdam, Paris or London, which have frequent direct connections with Cork. Whichever way you arrive, there are a number of possibilities for getting to Cork. There are frequent connections by train or bus, which are detailed on the airport websites.
If your journey involves changing flights you may be able to check your baggage through to your final destination at no extra cost. Occasionally, baggage goes missing in transit. However, if this happens it is usually traced by the airline and forwarded on a later flight. It is advisable to carry a basic survival kit such as toiletries, a change of clothes, any necessary medication and all necessary documentation in your hand luggage.
If your baggage has been misdirected you will need to fill in a report in the baggage hall in the airport. Ask the airline or their handling agents to arrange for the delivery of your baggage once it has been traced and re-routed to Cork airport. If you are uncertain of your address in Cork you may have it delivered to the International Office at UCC.
There are several intercity bus companies operating routes to Cork. Bus Eireann is the national bus company run by the government (http://www.buseireann.ie/). Aircoach (http://www.aircoach.ie/) is a privately owned company as is GoBus (http://www.gobus.ie/), both of which operate a direct service from Dublin airport to Cork city centre. The journey from Dublin airport to Cork city will take approximately 3 and half hours. Regular bus services connect Shannon Airport to Limerick, from where you may take a bus or a train to Cork: the journey takes less than two hours. For up to date information about connections from Irish airports to Irish cities log on to the bus companies website or check out the airports’ websites.
Cork City Buses
Cork Parnell Place Bus Station
Bus Eireann operate the bus services in Cork city. The number 205 departs from Cork Kent train station, and connects to UCC via the city centre’s St. Patrick Street, not far from Parnell Bus Station, the main bus station. The number 208 departs from the city centre St Patrick’s Street and stops at the UCC as well as several of the Campus Accommodation residences. Timetables and fare details are available at http://www.buseireann.ie/ .
Cork City Train Station
Kent Train Station
Irish Rail is the company operating the train network in Ireland on behalf of the Irish government. Kent Train Station is the main station in Cork. To get the train from Dublin to Cork you need to go to Heuston Station, Dublin. Trains to Cork leave every hour, and details of schedules and fares are available at http://www.irishrail.ie/. It may be considerably cheaper to book train tickets online rather than at the ticket office in the train station. The journey will take approximately 3 hours.
Details of all train connections in and out of Cork Kent Train station are available at http://www.irishrail.ie/