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Ireland's second largest city enjoys excellent rail connections with other major cities in the country, notably via fast, hourly services from Limerick and Dublin, as well as suburban services from nearby towns including Mallow, Cobh, and Midleton. Trains arrive at Cork Kent Station and are operated by Irish Railways.
The city's main train station is Cork Kent Station, which is located to the east of the city center in the historic Victorian Quarter, a 20-minute walk and a 5-10 minute bus journey to the main shopping area and an eight-minute walk to Cork Bus Station. Kent Railway Station is also the main hub for the suburban rail system in Cork, with trains arriving frequently from Mallow, Cobh, and Midleton and other nearby suburbs and villages. Cork Kent Railway Station is Ireland's busiest station outside of Dublin.
All trains that arrive in Cork are operated by Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann), the national rail operator for the Republic of Ireland. This applies to both intercity services from Dublin and Limerick as well as suburban rail services. Kent Railway Station is also managed by Irish Rail.
Trains arrive in Cork from other cities with a high frequency, making it the easiest way to travel to the city. Trains from Dublin Heuston to Cork take two and a half hours and depart hourly throughout the day. Trains from Limerick to Cork take one hour and also depart hourly. Trains arrive at Kent Station from which passengers can easily walk to the city center, to Cork Bus Station, or board a suburban rail service to reach their final destination.
Cork has a history so rich that locals refer to the city as 'Ireland's Real Capital.' While there are plenty of historic attractions to visit, a unique way to learn more about the city's darker stories is via a ghost tour. The city also boasts a growing reputation as a foodie destination, thanks in part to the city's access to both fresh seafood and local meat and dairy. The best places to sample the food is often at the traditional pubs where locally brewed beers flow and live music plays day and night.