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There are 5 ways to get from Edinburgh to Kinsale by plane, train, night bus, bus and ferry, bus, car or car ferry

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  5h 19m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Cork (ORK) EDI - ORK

€44 - €237

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Cork (ORK) GLA - ORK

€89 - €325

Train, night bus, bus and ferry, bus  •  22h 11m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Lancaster
  2. Take the night bus from Lancaster to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  4. Take the bus from Dublin to St. Patricks Quay

€104 - €308

Bus, bus and ferry  •  24h 26m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Dublin City South, Burgh Quay to Saint Patricks Quay, Saint Patricks Quay 707

Drive, car ferry  •  9h 11m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Cairnryan
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  3. Drive from Belfast to Kinsale

Edinburgh to Kinsale by train, walk, night bus, bus and ferry and bus

The journey time between Edinburgh and Kinsale is around 41h 15m and covers a distance of around 1157 km. The fastest journey normally takes 40h 27m. Operated by TransPennine Express Service, Avanti West Coast, National Express and others, the Edinburgh to Kinsale service departs from Edinburgh and arrives in Kinsale, stop 247191. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
41h 15m
Fastest journey time:
40h 27m
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€104
Carbon emissions:
135 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
16:52
Last service departs at:
20:11

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh to Kinsale train, walk, night bus, bus and ferry and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
United Kingdom → Ireland
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International entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

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Conditions of entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Ireland from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kinsale is 1850 24 1850.

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

The social distance requirement in Kinsale is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

No, returning to United Kingdom from Ireland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Kinsale is to fly which costs £35 - £210 and takes 5h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Kinsale is to fly which costs £35 - £210 and takes 5h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Kinsale. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Kinsale, stop 247191 via Birmingham, Dublin City South, Burgh Quay and Clontarf Street, stop 247811. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 26m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Kinsale is 587 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Kinsale without a car is to train and night bus and bus and ferry and bus which takes 22h 11m and costs £85 - £270.

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It takes approximately 5h 19m to get from Edinburgh to Kinsale, including transfers.

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Edinburgh to Kinsale bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Cork Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Edinburgh to Kinsale bus services, operated by GoBus.ie, arrive at Saint Patricks Quay, Saint Patricks Quay station.

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British Airways and Aer Lingus offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Cork Airport.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Kinsale.
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  • Distance: 587.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 19m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Kinsale, Ireland?

Aer Lingus and British Airways fly from Edinburgh to Kinsale twice daily.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€270 - €650
Flights from Glasgow to Cork via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€100 - €470
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€270 - €650
Flights from Glasgow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €430
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €35
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
€12 - €17
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€27 - €35
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€7 - €95
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
€7 - €10
Anytime Day Single
€40 - €60
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
€60 - €95
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Lancaster
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €95
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
€24 - €35
Off-Peak Day Single
€45 - €70
Anytime Day Single
€60 - €95
Bus operators
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
Night bus from Lancaster to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
National Express
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
National Express
Bus from Edinburgh to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
9h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
National Express
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
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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