There are 11 ways to get from Plymouth to Cork by train, car ferry, bus, bus and ferry, car or plane

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Train, car ferry, bus  •  15 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Newport (S Wales)
  2. Take the train from Newport (S Wales) to Fishguard Harbour
  3. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  4. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  5. Take the bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay 600

$185 - $262

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Bus, bus and ferry  •  19 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the bus from Busáras to Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station 707

$79 - $105

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Train, bus and ferry  •  17 h

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin 871
  3. Take the train from Heuston to Cork Kent

$170 - $247

Bus, train, car ferry  •  17 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Plymouth City Centre, Plymouth Coach Station to Bristol International Airport, Airport Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Bristol International Airport, Airport Terminal to Cardiff, Castle Street Stop KB (Castle Arcade) 216
  3. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
  4. Take the car ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare
  5. Take the bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station 40 / ...
  6. Take the bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay 600

$149 - $195

Car ferry  •  27 h 13 min

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

$125 - $210

Drive, car ferry  •  10 h 19 min

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

$122 - $160

Train to Exeter, fly  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Exeter St Davids
  2. Fly from Exeter (EXT) to Cork (ORK) EXT - ORK

$147 - $670

Train to Bristol, fly  •  6 h 40 min

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

$146 - $382

Train to London Heathrow, fly  •  7 h 50 min

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

$203 - $555

Train, train to Southampton, fly  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Southampton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Cork (ORK) SOU - ORK

$198 - $505

Train, train to Cardiff, fly  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
  3. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Cork (ORK) CWL - ORK

$195 - $1,141

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Plymouth to Cork is to bus and bus and ferry which costs £60 - £80 and takes 19 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Plymouth to Cork is to train and fly which costs £110 - £300 and takes 6 h 40 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Plymouth station to Cork station. However, there are services departing from Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way and arriving at Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station via Birmingham and Busáras. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 5 min.

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The distance between Plymouth and Cork is 216 miles.

The best way to get from Plymouth to Cork without a car is to train and car ferry and bus which takes 15 h 56 min and costs £140 - £200.

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It takes approximately 15 h 56 min to get from Plymouth to Cork, including transfers.

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Plymouth to Cork bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way.

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There is no direct flight from Exeter Airport to Cork Airport. The quickest flight takes 5 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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Plymouth to Cork bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, arrive at Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station.

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Air France, Flybe and Aer Lingus offer flights from Exeter Airport to Cork Airport.

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Map of how to get from Plymouth to Cork.
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  • Distance: 216.4 miles
  • Duration: 15 h 56 min

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 Newport (S Wales), take the train to Fishguard Harbour, take the walk to Fishguard, take the car ferry to Rosslare, take the walk to Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour, take the bus to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station, take the walk to Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford, then take the bus to St. Patricks Quay. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Plymouth to Cork via Birmingham New Street, Birmingham, Dublin, Busáras Luas Stop, Heuston Luas Stop, and Heuston in around 17 h.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Exeter to Cork via Manchester
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Exeter to Cork via Dublin, Manchester
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $750
Flights from Exeter to Cork via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Exeter to Cork via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Exeter to Cork via Alicante
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $1,400
Flights from Bristol to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $480
Flights from London Heathrow to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $500
Flights from Southampton to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $950
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Exeter to Cork via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Cardiff to Cork
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $360
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Plymouth to Newport (S Wales)
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$65 - $100
Train from Plymouth to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Single
$90 - $140
Off-Peak Single
$90 - $140
Train from Plymouth to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$26 - $40
Train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from Reading to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Newport (S Wales) to Fishguard Harbour
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $80
First Anytime Day Single
$80 - $130
Train from Cardiff Central to Fishguard Harbour
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$22 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $75
First Anytime Day Single
$75 - $120
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Plymouth to Exeter St Davids
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $50
Train from Plymouth to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $55
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $130
Train from Plymouth to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$60 - $95
Advanced Single
$65 - $95
Anytime Day Single
$120 - $220
Train from Plymouth to Reading
Ave. Duration
2 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $190
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$50 - $80
Advanced Single
$55 - $80
Anytime Day Single
$100 - $190
Train from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Rosslare Harbour, Rosslare Harbour to Waterford, Waterford Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Bus from Busáras to Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell Place Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
buseireann.ie
Eurobus
Website
transportforireland.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $15
Schedules at
transportforireland.ie
Dublin Coach
Website
dublincoach.ie
Bus from Days Hotel Merchants Quay Waterford to St. Patricks Quay
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
dublincoach.ie
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
Bus and ferry from Birmingham to Dublin
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Bristol International Airport, Airport Terminal to Cardiff, Castle Street Stop KB (Castle Arcade)
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach South West
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Plymouth City Centre, Plymouth Coach Station to Bristol International Airport, Airport Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
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
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $120
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$35 - $45
Car
$75 - $120
Car ferry from Roscoff to Cork Port
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$82
Schedules at
brittanyferries.ie
Adult
$82

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