Getting around in Cork: info, costs and tips

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Cork is a town in the southwest of Ireland, it is considered the cultural and moral capital. Many young Europeans choose to move right here, away from the chaos of the big cities, especially in search of a brighter future. Its wonderful medieval old town is the main attraction, which for the its small size can be visited on foot, you can visit the city even in just one day! Clearly, if you want to move to the hilly parts or the east coast, then you will need public transport.

Just about this, here's one guide on getting around Cork: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to Cork city center
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Cork city has a very small center ideal for walking around. For a first approach to the city, especially if you have little time, the advice is to take a guided tour on foot, or alternatively, with the evergreen Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus, ideal for easily reaching all the main attractions and to enjoy a panoramic view of the city! Do not miss the Jameson Whiskey Experience in Cork, the tour of the famous whiskey produced right here!

Cork is often used as starting point for excursions in the surrounding area: in this sense, the advice is to rely on guided tours to visit the Cliffs of Moher or the Ring of Kerry in a day.
Furthermore avoid renting a car if you only stay in town, as it is not necessary. If you are traveling to Ireland with several stops, and Cork is one of them, you should still park it at the hotel or in suburban areas, considering that parking spaces are limited and expensive (€ 2,00 / hour).

We advise you to purchase the Leap Card, a prepaid card that will allow you to have a discount on fares for transport, such as buses, but also to travel outside Cork by train.

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, bus, taxi
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Leap Card (from € 5,00 -), weekly bus booklet (€ 23,00)

How to get from the airport to Cork city center

Il Cork Airport it is the largest airport in Ireland immediately after Dublin, it sees millions of passengers passing through every day. It is located 8 km south of the city from here you can reach by bus, the service is active from early morning until after midnight, or with taxi.

Cork Airport

  • Distance from the center: 8 km / travel time: 20 min;
  • By taxi: average cost: € 15,00 / travel time: 20 min
  • By bus: average cost: € 2,00 / line 226 (towards the center) and line 226A (towards the railway station)

How to get around on foot

The best way to see Cork is on foot, the historic center extends for about 1 km and the attractions are close to each other (about 300 meters on average). To settle in and learn about the history and attractions of the city, the best solution is a guided tour on foot or with the evergreen Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus.

Several pedestrian streets branch off from Paul Street on which you can enjoy a relaxing walk, or maybe a drink in one of the many typical cafes. Two other very famous streets in which to walk, which are not pedestrian but have wide sidewalks, are St. Patrick Street, full of luxury boutiques, and Oliver Plunkett, full of traditional shops and pubs.

Some attractions are further away: in this sense, the advice is to rely on guided tours to visit the Cliffs of Moher or the Ring of Kerry in a day or Blarney Castle from Cork, 8 km north-east.

Con i mezzi pubblici

Cork's public transport system includes rather frequent and efficient buses, however, beware as they are often delayed at peak times. There is also a rail service which has three useful lines for traveling out of Cork to Cobh, Midleton and Mallow.

Il cost of the ticket it is around € 3,00- € 5,00 depending on the route made. If you choose to travel by bus, you can save money by purchasing a weekly or daily booklet instead of a single ticket.

For settle in the city or if you only have one day available, an excellent solution is the Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus, which will allow you to easily reach all the main attractions and enjoy a panoramic view of the city!


In Cork there are 14 bus lines serving the city center, suburbs and even neighboring towns. In the central area the cost of the ticket is € 2,30, if you travel more than 5-6 km from the center, higher rates apply. For example, to reach the aforementioned Blarney Castle you will pay around € 5,00. Another line that may come in handy, besides 226 to the airport and 215 to Blarney, is 202 to Blackrock Castle.

The purchase of the Leap Card is recommended, a card that will allow you to have numerous discounts on routes (30% discount) and on day tickets. More info on the official website.

  • Downloadable map: cork-bus-map
  • from 7:00 to 23:30, Sunday from 9:30; airport lines (226 / 226A) from 5:30 to 00:30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 2,30
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: daily € 5,60, weekly € 23,00


Taxis will be particularly useful for returning to your accommodation in late at night or on the way to / from the airport. You can find them almost everywhere, especially parked along St. Patrick Street, in the South Mall and outside the main hotels. They are not very expensive, considering that 3 km will cost you € 7,90.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: basic rate from € 4,00 + € 1,30 per km

By car

Some info for make getting around easier: Cork, being in the Republic of Ireland, you will find the motorways indicated with the prefix "M" and the national roads with the "N"; the guide is also on the left side, like in the UK. As for the road signs, they show distances and speed limits, which in the city is 50 km / h, in the center 30 km / h. Road signs are in both Irish (Gaelic) and English.

Car use in Cork is not recommended as not necessary. For a road trip, it is better to find accommodation with parking included and forget about the car for a few days.

Stops and parking

- spaces on the road to park your car you will find them at South Mall, Grand Parade, Parnell Place, Drawbridge Street and Cornmarket Street. There are special signs indicating the hours during which it is necessary to pay for parking and how long you can leave the car. It is important to know that where yellow, double or single lines are marked, parking is not allowed.

It is possible to pay for parking on the road by purchasing and marking a parking disc and placing it visible inside the vehicle. You can buy these records in the main shops, restaurants and bars of the city, or alternatively you can easily make the payment by phone by downloading the Cork Park by Phone app.

In the city of Cork there are also two main multi-storey car parks: North Main Street (Get Directions), access is via Kyrl's Quay and is open 7:30 am-21:30pm daily with an hourly rate of € 1,70; and Paul Street (Get Directions), accessed via Lavitt's Quay and open from 7:30 am to midnight with an hourly rate of € 2,30.

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