There are 10 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  •  11 h 57 min

  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

$112 - $147

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  15 h 50 min

  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 Busáras to Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station 707

$73 - $98

8 alternative options

Drive, car ferry  •  7 h 56 min

  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  •  5 h 30 min

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

$103 - $312

Fly Cardiff to Cork  •  4 h 25 min

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

$111 - $963

Train to Birmingham, fly to Cork  •  6 h 49 min

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

$111 - $333

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cork  •  6 h 29 min

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

$161 - $478

Fly Cardiff to Dublin, train  •  7 h 52 min

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

$102 - $282

Train, train to Southampton, fly to Cork  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Southampton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Cork (ORK) SOU - ORK

$155 - $428

Train to Bristol, fly to Dublin, train  •  8 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB) BRS - DUB
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Cork Kent

$110 - $301

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cardiff to Cork is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £55 - £75 and takes 15 h 50 min.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff station to Cork station. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Coach Station, Sophia Gardens and arriving at Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station via Birmingham and Busáras. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h 50 min.

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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 11 h 57 min and costs £80 - £120.

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It takes approximately 11 h 57 min 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 1 h 25 min.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Cork.
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  • Distance: 229.7 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 57 min

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
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $480
Flights from Birmingham to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $500
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Flights from Southampton to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $950
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Flights from Cardiff to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $240
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Cork via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, 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
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$23 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
First Anytime Day Single
$75 - $120
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $150
Train from Cardiff Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $110
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
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$55 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $75
Train from Reading to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$23 - $35
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Busáras to Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.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
2 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $27
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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