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How to get from Cork Airport to Limerick

The international entry point to the south of Ireland is Cork Airport. It is well situated at the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. Near Cork is a western country with the fourth most populous city on the island of Ireland – Limerick.

To get from Cork Airport to Limerick, located 105 km away, you have two different transfer options: taxi and bus. The fastest and most comfortable transfer option is to cover the distance by a reliable airport taxi. It takes 1 hour and 25 minutes to reach Limerick by taxi, and it costs €228. Alternatively, the slower but more cost-effective way to travel from Cork Airport to Limerick is by bus. The bus costs €17 per passenger and takes 2 hours 55 minutes to reach Limerick.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €228 85min 24/7
Bus €34 115min 07:45–19:45

How to get from Cork Airport to Limerick by Taxi

If you are in a hurry then taking a taxi from Cork Airport to Limerick is your best option. It takes 1 hour and 25 minutes to reach Limerick by taxi, which is 1h and 30 minutes less than the bus. Moreover, if you are carrying hefty luggage, choosing an airport taxi is the most convenient transfer option.

How much is a taxi from Cork Airport to Limerick?

The taxi fare may vary when travelling from Limerick to Cork Airport and vice versa. Your taxi driver will take you through the N20 or the M8 and factors like exact distance travelled, traffic and weather conditions may affect your final fare. Either way, you are expected to pay around €228 for your transfer from the Airport of Cork to Limerick.

Nevertheless, the taximeter is going to determine your ride’s total cost and taxis in Cork charge €4 as a base fee and €2 per kilometre.



Trip Duration

1 Hr. 25 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Cork Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

The Cork Airport taxi rank is located directly outside the terminal building so you’ll easily spot the queue of taxis waiting for their next customers.


Taking a Cork Airport taxi to Limerick is the quickest and the most comfortable transfer option and it is highly recommended after a long and tiring flight. While you sit back and relax, the taxi driver takes you door-to-door from the airport terminal to your Limerick accommodation in 1 hour and 25 minutes, ensuring your travel companions and personal belongings are kept safe.

Editor’s Note

Tipping your taxi driver is not expected in Cork, however, for great service, rounding up your end fare would be appreciated.

Useful Tips

The National Transport Authority's Taxi Regulation Directorate will provide passengers with useful information, including their rights and obligations and taxi fare details, with displays on the front and back of every licensed taxi vehicle.
As of September 2022, every taxi in Ireland must accept credit and debit card payments, as well as cash and no surcharges for card payments should apply.

How to get from Cork Airport to Limerick by Bus

Taking the bus is best if you are looking for an affordable travel option from Cork Airport to Limerick or from Limerick to Cork Airport. However, not all buses on this route take you directly to Limerick. Some make a stop at the Parnell Palace (Cork Bus Station), make a transfer, and then take you to the desired destination i.e. Limerick.

How much is the bus from Cork Airport to Limerick?

For the bus, one-way Citylink tickets cost €17, and round-trip tickets cost €28. Moreover, regular one-way tickets cost €13 and €10 for students and kids (4–14 years old) respectively. You can buy your tickets from the bus driver or pre-book them online.



Trip Duration

1 Hr. 55 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 3 hours for the Citylink bus.

Value for Money

The Citylink bus is available between 07:45 and 19:45 daily.

Where do I get a bus from?

As you exit the Terminal Building following the relevant signs you’ll easily find all the buses and coaches departing from the Airport’s bus stop. The Citylink bus from Cork airport to Limerick has two stops: one at Cork, St. Patricks Quay, and the other at Cork Road, Raheen. Ensure the service goes towards the Galway Coach Station and that you alight at Henry Street in Limerick.


The journey from Cork Airport to Henry Street in Limerick by bus should take approximately 2 hours and 55 minutes. The Citylink bus runs 8 times a day and is the most affordable transportation mode from Cork Airport to Limerick. However, if you’re travelling with family, due to the long wait times between each bus departure and the lengthier trip duration, taking a taxi is recommended.

Editor’s Note

By booking your tickets online in advance you can secure lower prices and it is therefore recommended. Return tickets are also a better value-for-money option so if you have a round trip, you should consider those!

Useful Tips

The Citylink bus offers facilities like WiFi, air conditioning, WC on board, reclining seats, and a luggage compartment.
If you are carrying a valid TFI Young Adult Card or Student Leap Card, you can enjoy up to an 85% discount.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Cork airport to Limerick?

Your most convenient transportation options from Cork Airport to Limerick are two: taxi or bus. The bus takes 2 hours 55 minutes, and a one-way bus trip costs €17 per traveller, making it the least expensive option. On the other hand, choosing an airport taxi is the more expensive option at €228, however, it means you’ll get to your destination in just 1h 25mins with convenience, style and comfort.

Is there a direct Cork airport to Limerick bus?

Yes, there is a direct bus option from Cork Airport to Limerick. The Citylink bus takes 2 hours and 55 minutes to cover a distance of 106 km and a one-way bus ticket costs €17 per person.

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

A taxi from Cork airport to Limerick will cost approximately €228. You can easily find a taxi 24/7 at Cork Airport upon your arrival, but if you wish to secure a guaranteed on-time pickup service, at a fair fixed price without hidden fees, you should consider booking your airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

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