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 provide 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. Cork Airport, which has a new state-of-the-art terminal, is the principal international gateway to the South of Ireland and is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre. There are frequent connecting flights from Amsterdam, Paris or London to Cork. Everything you need to know about Cork airport, including transport connections, is available on UCC Conference Office Cork Airport Routes website. A taxi journey, with little traffic, takes approximately 20 minutes and costs approximately €20. You may be also flying into Dublin Airport or Shannon airport, from where there are frequent connections by train or bus to Cork. These are detailed below and are also available on the airports’ websites.
There are several intercity bus companies operating routes to Cork. Aircoach and GoBus operate a direct service from Dublin Airport to Cork city centre. The journey from Dublin airport to Cork city takes 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 as well as the university campus are easy to navigate and both within walking distance from each other, however, UCC is also served by public transport by two city bus routes (No 205 and No 208). Bus Eireann operates 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. Nearest bus stops at UCC are located on College Road / O’Donovan’s Road (Route No 205) and Western Road (Route No 208). Timetables and fare details are available here.
Cork’s Kent Station is the main train station in the city. From here, services to all over Ireland can be reached. Intercity Trains depart hourly from Cork to Dublin, making connectivity between the two cities easy and offering passengers a great amount of flexibility. 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 the Irish Rail website. 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.