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How to get from Dublin to Cork

Going from Dublin to Cork is one of the most common transfers in Ireland. They are the two most populous cities in the country and are separated by about 250 kilometers. They are perfectly connected by public transport, so you will have no problem getting to Cork from Dublin if you don't have a rental car. In this post you will find a small guide on how to get from Dublin to Cork and vice versa.


1. By train, the fastest transport to go from Dublin to Cork

One of the fastest options to get from Dublin to Cork is by train. The trip only takes 2 hours 30 minutes. There is a train every hour starting at 7am and the last return from Cork is at 8:25pm.

There are tickets from 21 euros. Although I recommend you book online since prices go up as the date approaches.

Trains depart from Dublin Heuston Station. This station is located on the outskirts of the city, but can be easily reached from the center in 5 minutes with the 145 bus. Once in Cork, the train station is about a 15-minute walk from the center. If you prefer to save yourself the walk, there are several bus lines that leave you in the center of Cork or you can take a taxi.

2. By bus, the cheapest option to go from Dublin to Cork

If you want to travel more economically in Ireland, the bus is a good option. The price of the bus from Dublin to Cork (round trip) is between 20 and 30 euros. You even have the option of going from Dublin Airport to Cork.

2.1. Aircoach Line 704X

Aircoach has a line connecting Dublin Airport, Dublin City Center and Cork City Center. There are no more intermediate stops. If you want to go to Cork as soon as you land at Dublin airport, it is the most practical option.

Buses leave practically every hour from 6:25 a.m. until after midnight. I recommend that you buy tickets online. Buses depart from both airport terminals and from stop 325 at Aston Quay.

In Cork you will be dropped off at St. Patrick's Quay, about a 5-minute walk from the center.

The price from the center of Dublin to Cork is between 20 and 30 euros (round trip), depending on whether you buy it online or at the same bus station. If you take the bus from the airport, the price of the ticket between Dublin airport and Cork is between 28 and 35 euros depending on whether you buy it online or at the bus station.

2.2. GoBus line 707

Another option is the GoBus company. It offers the same itinerary as the previous one and with practically the same prices, they vary from 1 or 2 euros.

The buses are not that frequent, leaving approximately every two hours. The stop in Dublin city center is at Burgh Quay and in Cork at St. Patrick Quay.

3. The car, the best option if you want to make a route through Ireland

Undoubtedly the best option to visit Ireland and make a route is with a rental car. You will be able to reach places where public transport does not arrive, in addition to not having to depend on schedules, carry your suitcases from here to there...

From Dublin to Cork the highway is fast and comfortable and it takes less than 3 hours to get there.


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