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The best mode of transportation for visiting Cork is probably on foot. Even though it'll take you a few days to see it all, it's worth it for all the discoveries you'll make.
If you want to use public transportation, you'll find that the bus service has the best coverage of the city. Most of the time, this service is timely and efficient, but there are times when the system can get a little confusing and bus services are prone to being delayed during morning and evening rush hour.
Rail services are more reliable, but the network is less extensive.
The city's bus operator is called Bus Eireann. Services
to and from the city centre start at 7am and run until 11:30pm Mon-Sat.
On Sundays, services start at around 9:30am. A small number of routes
operate beyond these hours, most notable the 226/226A airport service,
which runs from 5:30am to 00:30am and the 205 service, linking Kent
Railway station to UCC and CIT, which runs from 6:30am to midnight.
You'll have to pay at least €2.10 for a cash fare or €1.60 for a Leap Card fare (as of March 2016) euros per ticket. Due to the Leap Card deposit, you will need to make at least 10 journeys before the savings pay for the card deposit. You can call 021-450-8188 for more information on schedules and ticketing.
Cork Public Transport has handy bus route maps for the city and county bus eireann services.
To go outside the city (to the airport, for example), you can take the bus from Parnell Place.
Fares are proportional to the distance travelled.
Cork has three commuter rail lines to Cobh, Midleton and Mallow. All are run by Irish Rail
To travel between Cobh/Fota and Midleton, change at Glounethaune. Otherwise, change in Cork.
Services run every half hour during peak period and hourly off-peak.
This is a list of tourist attractions that are not readily accessible on foot from the city centre.
|Attraction ||Public Transport Access |
|Blackrock Castle||Bus #202|
|Blarney Castle |
|Cobh Heritage Centre||Cobh Train Station|
|Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium||Bus #208 |
|Fort Camden ||Bus #220A |
|Fota Wildlife Park ||Fota Railway Station |
|Lifetime Lab||Bus #208|
|Midleton Distillery||Midleton Railway Station|
|Spike Island ||Cobh Railway Station |
|Titanic Experience||Cobh Railway Station |
For single journey cash fares, you can pay the driver on the bus. You may also purchase a day pass from the driver.
For regional services, you may also purchase a ticket from a machine or ticket office in Parnell Place Bus Station.
Tickets can be purchased using Leap Card pre-paid credit on the bus.
Weekly and monthly tickets may be bought from Parnell Place bus station and from the Centra store in Douglas. If you already own a Leap Card, you may purchase online from www.leapcard.ie; you must still load the ticket onto your Leap Card. This can be done at Leap Card top-up agent, at self-service machines located in Parnell Place and Patrick St, at ticket machines at the train statio, or using the Leap Card App (Android only).
Weekly and monthly tickets are split into two zones - Red Zone and Green Zone. The Red Zone corresponds to the main city area, while the Green Zone extends out to nearby commuter towns such as Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Blarney and Carrigtwohill.
Rail tickets may be bought from a machine at any rail station in Cork. Kent Station and Cobh Station also have manned ticket desks. Alternatively, you can use a Leap Card to tag on when entering the platform and tag off at your destination (only available on Midleton and Cobh lines).