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

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Bus  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road 600

$9 - $20

2 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Cork Kent to Portlaoise Train Station Cork/Mallow Service
  2. Take the train from Kildare to Kilkenny MacDonagh Kildare/Waterford Service

$63 - $89

Drive  •  1 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Cork to Kilkenny 95.3 miles

$20 - $30

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The cheapest way to get from Cork to Kilkenny is to bus which costs 8€ - 18€ and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cork to Kilkenny is to drive which costs 18€ - 26€ and takes 1 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from St. Patricks Quay and arriving at Kilkenny, Ormond Road. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Cork to Kilkenny. However, there are services departing from Cork Kent and arriving at Kilkenny MacDonagh via Portlaoise Train Station and Kildare. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 51 min.

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The distance between Cork and Kilkenny is 118 km. The road distance is 152.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cork to Kilkenny without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 35 min and costs 8€ - 18€.

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The bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road takes 2 h 35 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Cork to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Dublin Coach, depart from St. Patricks Quay station.

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

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The best way to get from Cork to Kilkenny is to bus which takes 2 h 35 min and costs 8€ - 18€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 50€ - 80€ and takes 4 h 51 min.

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Map of how to get from Cork to Kilkenny.
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  • Distance: 73.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 35 min

What companies run services between Cork, Ireland and Kilkenny, Leinster, Ireland?

Dublin Coach operates a bus from Cork to Kilkenny every 3 hours. Tickets cost $9 - $14 and the journey takes 2 h 35 min. Eurobus also services this route every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cork to Kilkenny via Portlaoise Train Station and Kildare in around 4 h 51 min.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Cork Kent to Portlaoise Train Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Kildare to Kilkenny MacDonagh
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
irishrail.ie
Bus operators
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $20
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie

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Cork to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Dublin Coach, arrive at Kilkenny, Ormond Road station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Cork to Kilkenny is 152 km. It takes approximately 1 h 40 min to drive from Cork to Kilkenny.

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There are 112+ hotels available in Kilkenny. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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