Getting to Cork


Getting to Cork city from your home country may involve several modes of transport. To help you make as smooth a journey as possible we have provided some basic information about airports, inter city buses, local buses and train services here in Ireland.


There are three principal international airports in Ireland: Cork, Dublin, and Shannon. The majority of international flights will arrive into Dublin ariport and the easiest way of travelling to Cork is directly from Dublin airport to Cork city.

Cork Airport

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. There is also a regular bus service from the airport to the city centre. 

Dublin and Shannon Airports

You may be flying into Dublin airport or Shannon airport, 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. 



Intercity Buses

There are several intercity bus companies operating routes to Cork. Bus Eireann is the national bus company run by the government ( Aircoach ( is a privately owned company as is GoBus (, 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 .


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 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

International Office

Oifig Idirnáisiúnta

Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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