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There are 3 ways to get from Cork to Galway by bus, train or car

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Bus  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from St. Patricks Quay to Galway Coach Station 251 / ...

$14 - $40

2 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Cork Kent to Limerick Junction Cork/Mallow Service
  2. Take the train from Limerick Junction to Galway Limerick Service

$50 - $73

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Cork to Galway 122.9 miles

$26 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Cork to Galway is to bus which costs 12€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cork to Galway is to drive which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 16 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from St. Patricks Quay and arriving at Galway Coach Station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cork to Galway. However, there are services departing from Cork Kent and arriving at Galway via Limerick Junction. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 35 min.

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The distance between Cork and Galway is 158 km. The road distance is 196.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cork to Galway without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 50 min and costs 12€ - 35€.

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The bus from St. Patricks Quay to Galway Coach Station takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Cork to Galway bus services, operated by Citylink, depart from St. Patricks Quay station.

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Cork to Galway train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Cork Kent station.

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The best way to get from Cork to Galway is to bus which takes 2 h 50 min and costs 12€ - 35€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 4 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from Cork to Galway.
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  • Distance: 98.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

What companies run services between Cork, Ireland and Galway, Ireland?

Citylink operates a bus from Cork to Galway every 4 hours. Tickets cost $14 - $23 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Bus Eireann also services this route every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cork to Galway via Limerick Junction in around 4 h 35 min.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Cork Kent to Limerick Junction
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Limerick Junction to Galway
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
irishrail.ie
Bus operators
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Galway Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $23
Website
Citylink
Standard
$16 - $23
Web Fare
$14 - $20
Bus Eireann
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station to Eyre Square, Galway Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
Bus Eireann

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Cork to Galway bus services, operated by Citylink, arrive at Galway Coach Station.

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Cork to Galway train services, operated by Irish Rail, arrive at Galway station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cork to Galway is 197 km. It takes approximately 2 h 16 min to drive from Cork to Galway.

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There are 318+ hotels available in Galway. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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