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 31 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

$62 - $87

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€ - 27€ and takes 1 h 40 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 bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road takes 2 h 35 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from St. Patricks Quay and arriving at Kilkenny, Ormond Road. Services depart every 30 minutes, 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 31 min.

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Cork to Kilkenny bus services, operated by Eurobus, depart from Parnell Place station.

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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?

Eurobus operates a bus from Cork to Kilkenny hourly. Tickets cost $17 - $20 and the journey takes 2 h 35 min. Dublin Coach also services this route hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cork to Kilkenny via Portlaoise Train Station and Kildare in around 4 h 31 min.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Cork Kent to Portlaoise Train Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Kildare to Kilkenny MacDonagh
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
irishrail.ie
Bus operators
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $20
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from St. Patricks Quay to Kilkenny, Ormond Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie

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