You can get from Cork to Dublin by train, bus or flight.
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A wide range of bus services and an excellent train connection make it easy to travel from Cork to Dublin. There are also a small number of indirect flights. Cork to Dublin is a popular route for both locals and visitors in Ireland, and services run every day of the week, all through the year.
Bus services provide the cheapest way to travel from Cork to Dublin. A number of different companies - primarily Aircoach, Dublin Coach, and Bus Eireann - operate services on this route so fares are very competitive, especially if booked in advance. There are no changes required as these are direct services, usually taking between 3 and 4 hours total travel time depending on the service and time of day. Buses run at least hourly almost 24 hours a day, with a gap in services only between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Buses leave from around Cork Bus Station in the east of the city center, and arrive into Bachelors Walk, Arlington Hotel, and Eden Quay bus stops on the northside of the River Liffey in central Dublin.
Train offers the fastest way to travel from Cork to Dublin. The quickest express train journeys between Cork and Dublin take just 2 hours and 15 minutes. The average travel time for all train journeys is 2 hours and 50 minutes, although most services take around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Train services between Cork and Dublin are operated by Irish Rail, originating at Cork Kerry Station and arriving at Dublin Heuston Station. They operate from early morning until late evening every day of the year except December 25th, with the first services leaving before 6:00 a.m. and the last services arriving into Dublin just before midnight.
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Daily direct train services from Cork to Dublin are operated by Irish Rail. Trains leave from Cork Kent Station and arrive into Dublin Heuston Station. Departures are frequent throughout the day, running approximately every hour between early morning and early evening for a total of nearly 20 trains per day and over 100 scheduled trains per week, with the most frequent departures at peak commuting periods during the week. Cork Kent Station is located east of the city center, through the Victorian Quarter on the River Lee. Dublin Heuston Station is located 2 miles west of the city center and well connected by local tram services, which run every few minutes throughout the day. Alternatively, it's a 30-minute walk or 5-minute taxi into the city center.
Buses from Cork to Dublin are operated by Bus Eireann, Dublin Coach, and Aircoach. The express Aircoach is the fastest service, taking just 3 hours to reach Dublin, and it also leaves most regularly with hourly departures throughout the day and night, stopping only for a few hours during the early morning. Bus Eireann departs roughly every 4 hours throughout the day and is useful for anybody wanting to stop or be collected at towns along the way; it also has the option of departing directly from Cork Airport. Dublin Coach takes the longest, but it departs approximately every 3 hours and is usually also the cheapest option. Bus services depart from different stops, depending on the provider. However, all departures are from near Cork Bus Station, around St. Patrick's Quay and Parnell Place on either side of the river, and all drop-off points in Dublin are close together on the Northside of the River Liffey in central Dublin, less than a 5-minute walk from O'Connell Bridge.
There are no direct flights from Cork to Dublin. However, British Airways and Aer Lingus both offer regular indirect flights from Cork to Dublin via a stopover in London Heathrow, London City, or Manchester International airports. The shortest total flight duration is around 4 hours and 20 minutes, although many take over 5 hours and longer. All of these scheduled flight services depart from Cork Airport (ORK) and arrive into Dublin Airport (DUB), located four miles north of the city center. Passengers can get to the city center by bus in approximately 20 minutes, or 10-15 minutes by car and taxi.
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