How to travel from Cork to Galway

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from Cork to Galway

You can get from Cork to Galway by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Cork to Galway on Aug 10 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:15AMCork2h45 11:00AMGalway
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08:15AMCork2h45 11:00AMGalway
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08:15AMCork2h50 11:05AMGalway
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07:00PMCork2h45 09:45PMGalway
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04:00PMCork2h40 06:40PMGalway
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Travel Information from Cork to Galway

distanceDistance97 miles (157 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $20
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $13 (€12) • 5 h 37 min
fastestFastest modeBus • $20 (€19) • 2 h 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesIrish Citylink

Travel 97 miles (157 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train to Galway from Cork. If speed is a priority, then a bus is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 45 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $13 (€12). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Irish Citylink among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Cork to Galway.

Travel Tips: Travel from Cork to Galway

Travel to Galway easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Cork to Galway.

There are 4 ways that you can travel to Galway from Cork. You can take a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Cork to Galway is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $13 (€12) compared to other travel options to Galway:

A train is generally $8 (€7) less than a bus for the same journey. Taking a bus costs on average $20 (€19) from Cork to Galway.

The fastest way from Cork to Galway is by bus with an average journey time of 2 h 45 min.

There are alternative travel options to Galway that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 5 h 37 min.

The distance from Cork to Galway is approximately 97 miles (157 km).

The average frequency per day from Cork to Galway is:

  • 16 buses per day.
  • Around 7 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Cork to Galway as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Cork to Galway:

  • Buses from Cork to Galway most often leave from Cork, MacCurtain Street (Hillbillys) and arrive in Galway, GMIT (Old Dublin Rd).
  • Trains mostly depart from Cork City and arrive in Galway Railway Station.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Cork to Galway, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Irish Citylink to go to Galway by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Irish Citylink Cork to Galway tickets on Omio for $20 (€19).

Yes, there are direct services available from Cork to Galway with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by bus with Irish Citylink with 16 direct buses per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Galway as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Galway from Cork.

Omio customers who travel from Cork to Galway often also extend their vacation to go to Dublin, London or Belfast. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Galway and these popular destinations at a great price.

When planning your trip from Cork to Galway, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost on average $20 (€19) one way.
  • Train tickets cost $13 (€12) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Cork to Galway online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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