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How to get from Cork Airport to Kinsale

Kinsale is a beautiful, colourful town on the southern coast of Ireland just 20 km south of Cork airport. It is known for its rich heritage, awarded restaurants, and breathtaking natural beauty. Kinsale boasts several fortresses from its medieval past, the Kinsale harbour, a 16th-century lighthouse, and the most southern point of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Old Head Signal Tower with its dramatic cliffside seascapes.

You can get from Cork Airport to Kinsale in 20 minutes by taxi or private transfer, or in 25 minutes by bus.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €43 20min 24/7
Bus €11.60 25min 06:10–00:10

How to get from Cork Airport to Kinsale by taxi

The easiest, quickest, and most comfortable way to get from Cork Airport to Kinsale is by taxi or private transfer. The average trip takes about 20 minutes in normal traffic and costs about €42.

Taxi fare from Cork Airport to Kinsale

Taxis in Cork do not use set rates for transfer, as the fare is calculated with the use of an official taximeter, by taking into account a number of variables, including exact destination, duration, and time of day. There are two types of taxis available at Cork airport; the official taxis with a roof sign and branding, and private taxis called hackneys. Official taxis are required by law to calculate fares using a taximeter, whereas hackneys are not, so it is important that you agree upon the fare before your journey. On average, a transfer from Cork airport to Kinsale takes about 20 minutes and costs €42. For your peace of mind, and to secure a competitive set rate, book your private airport transfer in advance.

Also, keep in mind that taxis in Ireland have several surcharges that you may not be used to. For example, a €2 booking fee, and a €1 fee for each additional adult passenger, whereas for children under 12, one child rides for free but for each additional two children, there is a €1 surcharge.

Cost

€42

Trip Duration

20 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?

At Cork airport, you’ll find the taxi rank just outside the terminal building.

Convenience

A taxi or private transfer from the airport in Cork to Kinsale is by far the quickest and most convenient way to reach your destination. With a private transfer, you don’t have to wait for an hour for a bus, and instead can be taken directly to your hotel. For a fast and comfortable transfer from Cork airport to Kinsale, we recommend booking your private transfer in advance.

Editor’s Note

A taxi or private transfer is the fastest way to get to Kinsale, as the available bus service only runs once every hour.

Useful Tips

Cork taxis accept all major credit and debit cards with no additional charge.
Remember to double-check that the taximeter has been reset to the initial fare before your transfer begins.
It is not mandatory to tip your driver in Ireland, but if you want to, you can add 5-10% or simply round up the fare to the nearest euro.
Private hire companies are not subject to the official taxi rates, so you should agree on the fare with the operator or driver before getting in the car.

How to get from Cork Airport to Kinsale by bus


Taking the bus from Cork airport to Kinsale is a very budget-friendly option as a single ticket costs just €5.80. The Bus Éireann 226 service takes just about 25 minutes to reach Kinsale, so it is also quite fast. However, buses run only once an hour from around 06:00 to midnight, so if you want to get to Kinsale by bus, make sure to plan your itinerary carefully.

How much is the bus from Cork Airport to Kinsale?

A single bus ticket from Cork airport to Kinsale costs €5.80 and the journey usually takes 25 minutes. You can buy your tickets online, on the bus, or at one of the ticket machines that are by the bus stop just outside the terminal.

Cost

€5.80

Trip Duration

25 Min.

There is a waiting time of 60 minutes for the bus service to Kinsale.

Convenience
Safety
Value for money

The buses to Kinsale run only once every hour from 06:10-00:10, with minor changes to the times on weekends.

Where do I get the bus from?

You can find the bus and coach stop just outside the terminal building of Cork airport.

Convenience

The bus is a very budget-friendly option, and the trip duration is only 25 minutes. However, the bus to Kinsale only runs once every hour, from around 06:10-00:10, so it’s only a convenient option if your flight coincides with the bus times.

Editor’s Note

The buses run only once every hour, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Useful Tips

You can buy your tickets online, on the bus, or at a ticket machine by the bus stop.
You might be able to secure a discount if you purchase a return ticket instead of two separate singles, so keep an eye out for such options.
Bus Éireann offers discounts for young adults and for children.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Cork airport from Kinsale?

The town of Kinsale is 20 km south of Cork airport. Getting from the airport to Kinsale takes 20 minutes by taxi or private transfer, or about 25 hours by bus.

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

A taxi or private transfer is the fastest and most comfortable way to get from Cork airport to Kinsale. The average journey takes about 20 minutes in normal traffic conditions and costs around €42. However, we recommend booking in advance so that you can secure a competitive set rate for your private airport transfer.

How do I get from Cork airport to Kinsale?

You can get from Cork Airport to your hotel in Kinsale in about 20 minutes by taking a taxi or private transfer for an estimated cost of €42. You can also get to Kinsale in 25 minutes by bus, with a single ticket priced at €5.80. However, keep in mind that the 226 bus service to Kinsale only runs once every hour.

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