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How to get from Cork Airport to the City Centre

The coastal city of Cork has much to offer travellers, and with its rich historical and maritime legacy, it is a key point in Ireland’s Ancient East. The harbour city of Cork, an island nestled in the middle of River Lee, was the Titanic’s last port of call and has something for everyone to enjoy. From medieval castles and gardens, ancient churches, and hidden tunnels, to local gastronomy, coastal landscapes, and the Jameson Distillery.

There are two ways you can get from Cork Airport to Cork city centre; by taxi or private transfer, or by bus. A Cork airport transfer is the fastest, easiest, and most comfortable option to get from Cork airport to city centre locations as it usually takes 15 minutes, costs €17, and will drop you off right outside your hotel. You can also get to the city centre by bus which costs €3 for a single ticket and has an average trip duration of 20 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €18 15min 24/7
Bus €6 20min 05:22–00:22

How to get from Cork Airport to the city centre by taxi

The easiest, fastest, and most comfortable way to get from Cork Airport to Cork is a taxi or private transfer. Under normal traffic conditions, the trip to the city centre takes just 15 minutes.

Taxi fare from Cork airport to city centre

The average transfer from Cork Airport to Cork takes 15 minutes and costs €17. However, the fare of your transfer can differ depending on the operator, the time of day, and the exact distance and duration of the ride. There are also several surcharges that could be added to the total cost of your transfer, including an extra €1 per adult and a €2 booking fee. We recommend you book a private transfer in advance so that you can secure a competitive set rate for your trip.

Cost

€17

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Cork airport.

Where do I get the taxi from?

You can find the taxi rank just outside the Cork airport terminal building.

Convenience

To get from Cork airport to the city centre, the fastest and most comfortable way is a taxi or private transfer. With a taxi, you won’t have to find tickets for the bus, wait around for the next hourly service, or have to figure out how you’ll get from the bus station to your hotel. For an easy and quick transfer from the airport, we recommend booking a private transfer to get you to your hotel as quickly and easily as possible.

Editor’s Note

If you arrive at the airport between, roughly, midnight and 5 am, a taxi or private transfer will be the only available transportation option.

Useful Tips

All taxis in Ireland accept all major credit and debit cards, with no additional charge.
It isn’t mandatory to tip your driver in Ireland, but you can do so if you want by rounding up the fare to the nearest pound.
Local taxis use taximeters, but private transfer companies do not so make sure you agree upon a price before starting your journey.
Before you begin your journey, make sure the meter has been reset to the initial fare.

How to get from Cork airport to Cork by bus

Getting from Cork airport to the city centre by bus is a budget-friendly option with a single ticket priced at €3. The Bus Éireann service 226 (towards Kent Station, Cork) will drop you off at Cork’s bus station in 20 minutes, which is only slightly slower than taking a taxi or private transfer.

How much is the bus from Cork airport to the city centre?

A single ticket from Cork airport to the city centre costs €3, and the trip usually takes about 20 minutes. You can buy your tickets online, on the bus, or you can use the ticket machine that is conveniently located next to the bus stop.

Cost

€3

Trip Duration

20 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 60 minutes for the buses.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The 226 service runs from 05:22-00:22, with slight changes to the times on weekends.

Where do I get the bus from?

The Cork Airport bus and coach stop can be found just outside the terminal building.

Convenience

The Bus Éireann service 226 towards Kent Station, Cork, will get you to the centre in 20 minutes, but it only runs once every hour between 05:00 and midnight. Therefore, it might be convenient for you depending on the time your flight gets in. However, it will drop you off at Cork’s bus station, Parnell Place, which is on the northeastern side of town. Depending on where your hotel is, this means that you might have to take another bus or taxi to get to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

The bus will drop you off at Cork’s bus station which is in the northeastern part of the city so make sure you plan ahead for how you will reach your hotel from there.

Useful Tips

You can buy your tickets online, on the bus, or at the ticket machine which is located by the bus stop.
Depending on available offers, purchasing a return ticket might be more economical than buying two single tickets.
There are discounted tickets available for young adults and for children.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Cork airport to the city centre?

You can get from Cork Airport to Cork city centre by taxi or private transfer, or by bus. A Cork airport transfer is the fastest and easiest option as it usually takes around 15 minutes and costs about €17, dropping you off right outside your hotel. You can also take a bus to get to the city centre which is a very budget-friendly option as it costs just €3 for a single ticket and takes about 20 minutes to reach Cork’s bus station in the northeastern part of the city.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Cork airport to the city centre?

A taxi or private transfer is the fastest and most comfortable way to get directly from Cork airport to your hotel in the city centre, without having to wait around for the hourly bus. On average, the transfer takes 15 minutes and costs €17. However, as prices can vary, we recommend you book your private airport transfer in advance so that you can secure a competitive set rate.

What’s the distance between Cork airport and Cork city?

Cork airport is located just 6.5 km south of Cork city. With a Cork taxi or a private transfer, you can get to the city centre in 15 minutes, making it the quickest way to get straight to your destination. You can also get from the airport to Cork city by bus in 20 minutes.

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