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Transportation Options from Shannon Airport to Cork

Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and it’s known as the culinary capital of the island of Ireland. Whether you’re a foodie or not, Cork is worth a visit; there’s a lot to do and see not only in the town but in the surrounding areas as well. The nearest airport to fly to if you plan to visit Cork is Shannon International Airport, about 123 km north; you can then make your way from Shannon Airport to Cork by taxi or bus.

Taking a taxi from Shannon Airport is the fastest and most convenient option to reach your accommodation in Cork. You can either take an on-demand taxi from the airport rank or pre-book a personalised airport taxi to skip the line during peak hours and have a driver already waiting for you after landing. The trip from Shannon Airport to Cork should take around 1 hour and 45 minutes in average traffic and you can expect to pay around €190 for up to 4 passengers.

If you’re travelling light and you’re not in a hurry, you can take the bus from Shannon Airport to Cork, which is a more budget-friendly option. Expressway bus line 51 provides a direct connection from the airport to Cork City in about 2 hours and 40 minutes for €21 per traveller.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €190 105min 24/7
Bus €42 160min 08:50–21:50

How to get from Shannon Airport to Cork by taxi

Getting from Shannon Airport to Cork by taxi will ensure a smooth arrival and a comfortable ride to your hotel or apartment. You can either take an on-demand taxi from the airport taxi rank or pre-book your ride with Welcome Pickups to avoid any line at the rank during peak hours. A taxi is the fastest transportation option and you should reach Cork in about 1 hour and 45 minutes in average traffic, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride.

What's the cost of a taxi from Shannon Airport to Cork?

For short routes, local Shannon taxis use a taximeter to calculate the fare based on distance, traffic conditions, and other factors. For long-distance routes, you may be able to agree on the fare with the driver before setting off. For a standard cab from Shannon Airport to Cork, you can expect to pay an average of €190 but this is only an estimate. To ensure a competitive, fixed fare that you’ll know and pay in advance, consider pre-booking a private airport transfer.

Cost

€190

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 45 Min.

Your fare will vary unless the taxi is booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Airport taxis provide on-demand service 24/7 at Shannon Airport (SNN).

Where can I find a taxi at Shannon Airport?

The official Shannon Airport taxi rank is right in front of the terminal as you exit the Arrivals Hall. You should locate it easily as there are taxis lined up 24/7 providing on-demand service.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from the airport rank or pre-booking a personalised airport transfer is the most convenient option to get from Shannon Airport to Cork. Especially if you’re carrying multiple pieces of luggage or you’re travelling with young children, taking an airport taxi will ensure a smooth experience without the hassle of carrying your luggage around. You will simply enjoy comfortable, door-to-door transportation whenever your flight lands at Shannon Airport without worrying about timetables or hurrying to catch the next bus departure.

Editor’s Note

Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient option but it may seem pricey if you're travelling alone or you have set a tight budget for your trip. If you're travelling light and you don't mind following the Shannon Airport to Cork bus schedule, the bus may be a better value for money option.

Useful Tips

Before getting in the taxi, confirm with the driver whether they will use the taximeter or you will pay a fixed fare.
Some drivers request proof that you can pay the fare before agreeing to the hire, especially for long-distance routes, so don't be taken off-guard if this happens.
All taxis in Ireland must accept credit and debit card payments as well as cash.
Tipping your Shannon taxi driver isn’t required but it's common practice to leave around 10% of the total fare for long-distance trips.

How to get from Shannon Airport to Cork by bus

Another great transportation option to reach your accommodation is the bus from Shannon Airport to Cork. Expressway bus line 51 runs daily, including Public Holidays, and directly connects Shannon Airport to Cork city centre. The trip takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes and you will disembark at Cork bus station; from there, you can continue on foot, by bus, or taxi to reach your hotel or apartment.

What's the cost of the bus from Shannon Airport to Cork?

A single adult ticket for the bus from Shannon Airport to Cork City costs €21. Pre-booking your ticket online will help you secure a seat on board during peak hours.

Cost

€21

Trip Duration

2 Hr. 40 Min.

Bus line 51 departs hourly from stop B at Shannon Airport.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Bus line 51 runs from Shannon Airport to Cork runs from 08:50 until 21:50 daily.

Where do I take the bus from?

You can board Expressway bus line 51 from bus stop B in front of the Passenger Terminal; look for the relevant signs guiding you there and check that you’re at the correct bus stop.

Convenience

If you’re looking for the best value-for-money option, getting from Shannon Airport to Cork by bus is the one. It’s ideal for solo travellers and small travel parties with light luggage who are looking to spend less on transportation. However, keep in mind that it’s also the slowest option and that it’s not available 24/7; if you’re arriving at Shannon Airport early in the morning or late at night, you’ll either need to check the Shannon Airport to Cork bus timetable for the next scheduled departure or find alternative transportation. You might also consider looking up how far your final destination is from the bus stop in Cork.

Editor’s Note

The bus from Shannon Airport to Cork is a much cheaper option than taking an airport taxi but that is the case only for small travel parties. For larger groups, booking multiple bus tickets may result in a similar fare to that of an airport taxi so taking a taxi in the first place is a better option.

Useful Tips

You can purchase your ticket online, at the self-service kiosk in the Arrivals Hall or from the driver on the bus.
Each passenger may carry one medium-sized suitcase or equivalent on the bus free of charge and store it in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.
Most Expressway buses are fully accessible to people with reduced mobility and wheelchair users.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Shannon Airport to Cork?

You can get from Shannon Airport to Cork by taxi or bus. Taking an airport taxi is the fastest but most expensive option; the trip takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes and costs around €190 depending on various factors like the number of passengers and time of day. Airport taxis are available 24/7 for on-demand service but you can also pre-book your ride to skip the line at the rank. The bus from Shannon Airport to Cork City is a budget-friendly but slower option. Bus line 51 will take you to the main bus station in Cork in about 2 hours and 40 minutes for €21 per traveller.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Shannon Airport to Cork?

Standard taxis operating at Shannon Airport usually use a taximeter to calculate the fare. For a long-distance trip, like the one from Shannon Airport to Cork, you may be able to agree on the fare with the driver before you set off. As an estimate, you can expect to pay around €190 but several factors like the number of passengers, luggage, and time of day may affect the total fare. For a competitively priced taxi to Cork, check out Welcome Pickups.

How far is Cork from Shannon Airport?

The distance from Shannon Airport to Cork is approximately 123 km south. The trip by car or taxi should take around 1 hour and 45 minutes in average traffic conditions.

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