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There are 8 ways to get from Plymouth to Cork by train, car ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train, car ferry, bus

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Cardiff Central
  2. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  3. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  4. Take the bus from Rosslare Europort, stop 355501 to Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051
  5. Take the bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Parnell Place, stop 255021

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Train to Bristol, fly to Dublin, train

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Dublin (DUB)
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Cork Kent

Car ferry

  1. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff
  2. Take the car ferry from Roscoff to Cork Port

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Plymouth to Fishguard
  2. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  3. Drive from Rosslare to Cork

Train to Bristol, fly to Cork

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Cork (ORK)

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Cork

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cork (ORK)

Train to Bristol, fly to Kerry, bus

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Kerry (KIR)
  3. Take the bus from Killarney Station, stop 635601 to Wilton Centre CUH, stop 225031

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Shannon, bus

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Shannon (SNN)
  3. Take the bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609521 to Parnell Place, stop 255021

Plymouth to Cork by train, car ferry and bus

The journey time between Plymouth and Cork is around 33h 35m and covers a distance of around 764 km. This includes an average layover time of around 19h 21m. The fastest journey normally takes 26h 25m. Operated by First Great Western Service, Transport for Wales, Stena Line and others, the Plymouth to Cork service departs from Plymouth and arrives in Parnell Place, stop 255021. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
14h 13m
Layover time:
19h 21m
Total time:
33h 35m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
26h 25m
Journey distance:
764 km
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
65 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
08:50
Last service departs at:
12:50

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Plymouth to Cork train, car 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.
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International entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland)
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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Rules to follow in Ireland

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The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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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 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.

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: 23 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Plymouth to Cork is to train and fly which costs £85 - £340 and takes 9h 49m.

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The fastest way to get from Plymouth to Cork is to train and fly which takes 6h 22m and costs £100 - £380.

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The distance between Plymouth and Cork is 346 km.

The best way to get from Plymouth to Cork without a car is to train and car ferry and bus which takes 16h 55m and costs .

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It takes approximately 16h 55m to get from Plymouth to Cork, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Cork Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Aer Lingus offers flights from Bristol Airport to Cork Airport.

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There are 70+ hotels available in Cork. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Map of how to get from Plymouth to Cork.
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  • Distance: 346.3 km
  • Duration: 16h 55m

What companies run services between Plymouth, England and Cork, Ireland?

There is no direct connection from Plymouth to Cork. However, you can take the train to Cardiff Central, take the train to Fishguard Harbour, take the walk to Fishguard, take the car ferry to Rosslare, take the walk to Rosslare Europort, stop 355501, take the bus to Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051, then take the bus to Parnell Place, stop 255021. Alternatively, you can take a car ferry from Plymouth to Cork via Roscoff, Cork Port, and Deep Water Berth, stop 245521 in around 22h 48m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Kerry via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €350
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€15 - €120
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€550 - €1900
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Flights from Bristol to Dublin
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €100
Flights from London Heathrow to Shannon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €140
Train operators
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Plymouth to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€70 - €85
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€70 - €85
Anytime Day 1st Class
€120 - €160
Train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€50 - €70
Anytime Day 1st Class
€90 - €130
Train from Plymouth to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
3h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€90 - €120
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€90 - €120
Anytime Day 1st Class
€160 - €220
Bus operators
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 Rosslare Europort, stop 355501 to Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Waterford Bus Stn, stop 355051 to Parnell Place, stop 255021
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Killarney Station, stop 635601 to Wilton Centre CUH, stop 225031
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Shannon Airport, stop 609521 to Parnell Place, stop 255021
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €18
Website
Bus Eireann
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €100
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Brittany Ferries
Adult
€30 - €40
Car
€65 - €100
Car ferry from Roscoff to Cork Port
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Brittany Ferries

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