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

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Train  •  2h 37m

  1. Take the train from Heuston to Cork Kent Cork/Mallow Service

20€ - 30€

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Bus  •  3h

  1. Take the bus from Dublin to St. Patricks Quay 704-x / ...

15€ - 27€

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Drive  •  2h 31m

  1. Drive from Dublin to Cork 252.9 km

28€ - 45€

Dublin → Cork
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cork is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Cork is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Cork is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 18 Apr 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Dublin to Cork is to bus, which costs 15€ - 27€ and takes 3h.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Cork is to drive which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 2h 31m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Dublin and arriving at St. Patricks Quay. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Heuston and arriving at Cork Kent. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 37m.

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The distance between Dublin and Cork is 219 km. The road distance is 252.9 km.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Cork without a car is to train which takes 2h 37m and costs 20€ - 30€.

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The train from Heuston to Cork Kent takes 2h 37m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Dublin to Cork bus services, operated by Aircoach, depart from Dublin station.

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Dublin to Cork train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Heuston station.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Cork is to train which takes 2h 37m and costs 20€ - 30€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 15€ - 27€ and takes 3h.

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Cork.
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  • Distance: 219 km
  • Duration: 2h 37m

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

Irish Rail operates a train from Heuston to Cork Kent hourly. Tickets cost 20€ - 30€ and the journey takes 2h 37m. Alternatively, Aircoach operates a bus from Dublin to St. Patricks Quay every 3 hours. Tickets cost 17€ and the journey takes 3h. Four other operators also service this route.

Train operators
Bus operators
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Dublin to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€
Website
Aircoach
GoBus.ie
Phone
+353 (0)91 564600
Email
info@gobus.ie
Website
gobus.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Saint Patricks Quay, Saint Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
GoBus.ie
Dublin Coach
Phone
+353 (0)1 465 9972
Email
info@dublincoach.ie
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
Dublin Coach
Transport for Ireland
Phone
+353 1 879 8300
Email
info@nationaltransport.ie
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Transport for Ireland
Bus Eireann

Bus and coach operator Bus Éireann operates local bus services throughout Ireland, including city bus services in Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as commuter and intercity bus services throughout the country. Fares vary by region and distance; purchase tickets with cash on the bus or use a Leap Card.

Contact Details
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Busáras, stop 135001 to Parnell Place, stop 255021
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
19€ - 27€
Website
Bus Eireann

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Dublin to Cork is 253 km. It takes approximately 2h 31m to drive from Dublin to Cork.

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There are 120+ hotels available in Cork. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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