Public Transport

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to operate meet and greets.  However, below you will find some information to help you get from Dublin airport to Cork City and Cork airport to Cork City.

Dublin Airport to Cork

I would suggest you get the aircoach bus from Dublin airport directly to Cork City centre.  Book your ticket in advance.  If you miss that departure time they will let you on a later bus if they have available seats.  There is a pub called ‘The Angel’s Share’ in the arrivals terminal in Dublin airport.  If you look outside the window all the aircoach buses stop there and the one on the far left (with pub behind you) is usually the stop for Cork.

I imagine a taxi from Patrick’s Quay (aircoach end point) would be best to get you to your accommodation.  If you are city based it should cost €6-€10.  Otherwise you will need to see if your accommodation is on a bus route and get a bus.

Cork Airport to Accommodation

Easiest option is to get a taxi.  It will cost around €15 to get to the centre.  It will cost more if you are in the suburbs. 

The alternative is to get the bus, which goes to the city centre from outside the airport.


The city’s railway hub is based at Kent station towards the east end of the city giving access to the national and county network. There are two local lines serving the county: one for Cobh in east Cork and one serving Mallow, Charleville and Millstreet in north Cork. 



Cork City has a modern bus system throughout the city and suburbs.  The city's bus station is centrally located on Parnell Place with services running to almost every town and village in the county seven-days-a-week. Here you can also catch a bus to other cities. Most buses and trains now have free WIFI on board.

Once established in Cork we would recommend you get a leap card, which is a reduced rate travel card.

Private operators like Aircoach also run buses from Patrick's Quay on the opposite side of the river to Dublin/Dublin Airport and other cities. 


Cork Airport

Cork Airport is the international gateway to the South of Ireland and is uniquely positioned at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.

It is the country’s second largest and best connected international airport with more choice of routes than any other airport outside of Dublin.

More than 2.2 million passengers travel through the airport this year, flying to 50+ top destinations across the UK and throughout continental Europe. Cork Airport’s customer service (as voted by passengers) has won national and international awards.

To see a full list of destinations that Cork flies to visit: 

How do I get there?

Cork Airport is accessible by public and private bus seven days a week with buses in both directions every 30 minutes from 5am until midnight.  From Cork Airport you can reach Cork City centre, Parnell Place bus station and Kent railway station by travelling on Bus Éireann’s direct Air Coach service (route 226A). Bus and Coach connections are available at Parnell Place Bus Station to various towns and cities all across Ireland.

Route 226A   Cork Airport - Cork City Centre - Cork Kent Railway Station  
Route 226     Cork City Centre - Cork Airport - Kinsale


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All drivers must have a valid driver’s licence. Since 1 January, 2003 you are required to carry your full driving licence with you at all times when driving in Ireland. Full details of acceptable and valid driving licenses are available at Motor tax and insurance are compulsory. Driving is on the left hand side of the road throughout Ireland. Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts. Motorcyclists and pillion passengers must wear crash helmets. Drink Driving regulations are strictly enforced.  All vehicles must be roadworthy. Any vehicles over four years old must pass the national car test (NCT) to ensure that it is roadworthy. For detailed information about Irish regulations, including parking regulations, see 'The Rules of the Road'. This is the official publication published by the Irish government and is available

Car Insurance

Students importing a car or purchasing one in the Republic of Ireland must have car insurance that covers them to drive in the Republic. It is illegal to drive without insurance. If importing a car it is advisable for students to check with their insurance companies prior to departure from their own countries to ascertain if insurance cover operates in Ireland. The penalty for non-insured drivers is severe.

It has become extremely difficult for students under the age of 25 years to obtain car insurance in Ireland. It is expensive. Cost is contingent upon age, type of vehicle, experience, type of licence etc. Insurance is renewable annually. 

A student found guilty of driving an uninsured car is liable to severe penalties including a substantial fine and/or imprisonment and/or disqualification from driving.  It is essential therefore, to observe the law on matters relating to car importation and insurance.


Finding a parking place in Cork can be difficult.  Most car parks charge by the hour. If parking on the road make sure that parking is allowed. Parking is never allowed on roads with double yellow lines, in disabled driver spaces, on footpaths and within 5 metres of a junction. Streets with single yellow lines forbid parking at certain times. Cars parked illegally may be towed or clamped. The city centre operates a disc parking system. Cars parked in a disc parking area must display a valid disc. Some city centre residents are eligible for Parking Permits which allows them to park free of charge in the vicinity adjacent to their residence. More details about parking permits are available at

International Office

Oifig Idirnáisiúnta

Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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