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Basic information

  • Area: 7,457 km² (2,879 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +353
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 481,295
  • Official language: Irish, English
  • Time Zone: WET (UTC+0)

Cork – Getting Around

Bus

Cork has an extensive public transport system that comprises of a large fleet of buses that takes passengers all around the city and surrounding suburbs. Tickets can be purchased from automated machines at stops or from the driver and usually cost €1.30 for a single. Daily, weekly and monthly passes are also available which work out to be very cost efficient for longer term visitors.

Long distance buses arrive and depart from the main terminal located on the corner of Merchant’s Quay and Parnell Place - with services to most major cities in Ireland. Tickets to any destination cost under €20 and can be purchased at the terminal building or via contacting the bus companies directly.

Taxi

There are many official taxis that operate throughout Cork and can be hailed on the street or from ranks around the city. Be sure to only use licensed vehicles that have a yellow bar on the roof that says “Taxi” (or TACSAÍ) and displays their license number. Predominantly operated by large companies, vehicles are almost always licensed and use their meters and fares are standard. Many drivers offer sightseeing tours and prices can be negotiated for longer journeys.

Train

Cork Trains are maintained and operated by Irish Rail, arriving and departing from Kent Station situated just north of the River Lee on Lower Glanmire Road. The station offers daily services to Ireland’s major cities including Dublin, Limerick, Tralee and Killarney. The station can easily be reached by taxi or bus and tickets can be purchased via the internet, telephone or from booths on the station concourse.