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There are 11 ways to get from Cardiff to Cork by train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train, car ferry, bus  •  11h 55m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay 600 / ...

$111 - $157

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  15h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Dublin to St. Patricks Quay 707 / ...

$48 - $75

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Train, car ferry, bus via Midleton, Midleton Cork  •  13h 30m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Waterford, Waterford Bus Station to Midleton, Midleton Cork 40

$122 - $153

Train, car ferry, bus via Limerick Junction  •  14h 30m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  4. Take the train from Waterford to Limerick Junction 10
  5. Take the train from Limerick Junction to Cork Kent 1

$143 - $185

Drive, car ferry  •  7h 56m

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Fishguard
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Drive from Rosslare to Cork

$90 - $115

Train to Bristol, fly to Cork  •  5h 22m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Cork (ORK) BRS - ORK

$100 - $309

Fly Cardiff to Cork  •  4h 25m

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Cork (ORK) CWL - ORK

$106 - $947

Train to Birmingham, fly to Cork  •  6h 47m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Cork (ORK) BHX - ORK

$110 - $332

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cork  •  6h 27m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cork (ORK) LHR - ORK

$159 - $476

Train to London Stansted, fly to Cork  •  7h 34m

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Cork (ORK) STN - ORK

$134 - $315

Fly Cardiff to Dublin, train  •  7h 48m

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Dublin (DUB) CWL - DUB
  2. Take the train from Heuston to Cork Kent

$100 - $270

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Cork is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £35 - £60 and takes 15h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Cardiff to Cork is to fly which costs £80 - £750 and takes 4h 25m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Cork. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at St. Patricks Quay via Birmingham, Outside Connolly Station and Dublin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 13m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Cork is 230 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Cork without a car is to train and car ferry and bus which takes 11h 55m and costs £85 - £120.

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It takes approximately 11h 55m to get from Cardiff to Cork, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Cork bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Cork Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Cardiff to Cork bus services, operated by Aircoach, arrive at St. Patricks Quay station.

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Aer Lingus offers flights from Bristol Airport to Cork Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Cork.
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  • Distance: 229.7 miles
  • Duration: 11h 55m

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Cork, Ireland?

Flybe flies from Cardiff to Cork twice a week.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $480
Flights from Birmingham to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $500
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $200
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Cork via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Train operators
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
First Anytime Day Single
$75 - $110
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Waterford to Limerick Junction
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Limerick Junction to Cork Kent
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Heuston to Cork Kent
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
irishrail.ie
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $30
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $85
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $19
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Waterford, Waterford Bus Station to Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Waterford, Waterford Bus Station to Midleton, Midleton Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
Bus Eireann
Dublin Coach
Phone
+353 (0)1 465 9972
Email
info@dublincoach.ie
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Dublin Coach
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $20
Website
Dublin Coach
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $30
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
National Express
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
National Express
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Dublin to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Website
Aircoach
Transport for Ireland
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Saint Patricks Quay, Saint Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $28
Website
Transport for Ireland
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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