Trains Cork to Killarney: Times, Prices and Tickets

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Cork to Killarney by train

The journey from Cork to Killarney by train is 45.9 mi and takes 1 h 16 min. There are 8 connections per day, with the first departure at 7:25am and the last at 9:55pm. It is possible to travel from Cork to Killarney by train for as little as or as much as . The best price for this journey is .

Journey Duration 1 h 16 min
Connection per Day 8
First Departure 7:25am
Last Departure 9:55pm
Distance 45.9 mi
Departure Cork
Arrival Killarney
Carriers Irish Rail

Cork to Killarney Train Times

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Traveling from Cork to Killarney by Train

The average train journey duration from Cork to Killarney is 1 h 33 min. The distance between the main stations of these two cities is about 46.0 mi. Travelers have 9 daily train connections to choose from. This route's least expensive train ticket begins at $3.69. Departures from Cork typically leave from Kent Station and arrive at Killarney's centrally located train station. While many direct routes are available, Virail offers direct and transfer route details to ensure travelers have the best possible options. For a smooth boarding experience, arriving at the station 30 minutes before the train's departure is recommended.

Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) primarily operates trains servicing this route. Passengers can expect a comfortable journey, with options ranging from first-class accommodations, boasting additional comforts and spacious seating, to standard cozy and budget-friendly seating.

Cork and Killarney: Ireland's Southern Charms

Cork, known as "The Rebel City," offers a mix of modern vibrancy and rich history, with attractions like the English Market, St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, and the scenic Cork City Gaol. Kent Station in Cork is a significant transportation hub, featuring several amenities such as shopping outlets, cafes, and tourist information. Conversely, Killarney, often called the "Jewel in Kerry's crown," is a gateway to the stunning Killarney National Park and the beginning of the Ring of Kerry. Known for its natural beauty, historic buildings, and warm hospitality, it's a favorite destination among national and international tourists.

What to Eat in Killarney:

  1. Irish Stew: A comforting blend of lamb or beef with potatoes, carrots, and herbs.
  2. Boxty: A traditional Irish potato pancake.
  3. Seafood Chowder: Creamy soup filled with fresh seafood, common in this coastal region.
  4. Cured Salmon: Often served with capers, onions, and brown bread.
  5. Barmbrack: A sweet bread with sultanas and raisins, typically enjoyed with butter.
  6. Colcannon: Mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale.
  7. Killarney Pie: Local savory pies filled with meats or fish.
  8. Guinness Cake: A moist cake made using the iconic Irish stout.
  9. Irish Whiskey: Sample some of the local distillations.
  10. Traditional Irish Breakfast: A hearty start to the day with bacon, eggs, sausages, black and white pudding, and more.

What to Do in Killarney:

  1. Killarney National Park: Explore the stunning landscapes, lakes, and Muckross House.
  2. Ross Castle: A 15th-century tower house located on the edge of Lough Leane.
  3. Gap of Dunloe: Experience a scenic mountain pass with picturesque views.
  4. Killarney House and Gardens: Dive into the history and enjoy the beautifully manicured gardens.
  5. St. Mary's Cathedral: A neo-Gothic church built in the 19th century.
  6. Muckross Abbey: A primary ecclesiastical site with well-preserved ruins.
  7. Jaunting Cars: Take a traditional horse and carriage tour of the town.
  8. Torc Waterfall: A 20-meter-high waterfall set in lush woodland.
  9. Ladies' View: A panoramic viewpoint offering spectacular vistas of the park.
  10. Boat Tours: Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Killarney lakes.

Day Excursions from Killarney

Killarney serves as an excellent base for exploring Southwest Ireland. The world-famous Ring of Kerry offers breathtaking coastal scenery, charming towns, and historical sites. The Dingle Peninsula is another must-visit, known for its rugged landscapes, Gaelic culture, and the friendly Fungie, a local dolphin. For those interested in history, the ancient Skellig Michael island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides a unique experience.

When plotting your train journey from Cork to Killarney, turn to Virail for support. Our platform sifts through various routes and transport modes to offer the best deals. Consult the price calendar below to find the most budget-friendly options for your Cork-Killarney expedition.

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Cheap tickets from Cork to Killarney
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Cork to Killarney.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Cork to Killarney, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Cork to Killarney.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $4 to $10 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 65% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Cork to Killarney

The cheapest Cork - Killarney train tickets can be found for as low as $4 if you’re lucky, or $5 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $6.

Find the best day to travel to Killarney by train

When travelling to Killarney by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

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Irish Rail is the national railway operator in Ireland, providing passenger services throughout the country. With an extensive network spanning over 2,400km of railway lines, Irish Rail connects major cities and villages like Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick. The company operates a modern fleet of trains, including intercity and commuter services such as InterCity, Commuter and DART, and provides various ticket options to accommodate different needs and budgets.

Services on board Irish Rail from Cork to Killarney
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Cork to Killarney CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Cork to Killarney by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Cork and Killarney are 0.5kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Cork and Killarney? By taking the train between Cork and Killarney you will save 139.1kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 3.0kg compared to a bus and 12.9kg compared to a car.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the distance between Cork and Killarney by train?
Cork to Killarney is 45.9 mi.
How long does the train between Cork and Killarney take?
Cork to Killarney is on average 1 h 33 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 1 h 16 min.
Which companies operate from Cork to Killarney?
The train journey from Cork to Killarney is covered by 1 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Irish Rail.
How many train connections per day go from Cork to Killarney?
Cork to Killarney has 8 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Cork to Killarney leave?
The earliest train from Cork to Killarney departs at 7:25am. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Cork to Killarney depart?
The latest train from Cork to Killarney departs at 9:55pm. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
From which stations can I leave from Cork to Killarney?
There are 1 station(s) that you can depart from Cork to go to Killarney. You can go from Cork (kent) and you can arrive at Killarney.
How many direct connections depart from Cork to Killarney?
There are on average 3 direct connection(s) from Cork to go to Killarney.
What's the fastest journey time between Cork to Killarney by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Cork and Killarney is 1 h 16 min.
Is there a direct train from Cork to Killarney?
Yes, there is a direct train between Cork and Killarney.
What are the CO2 emissions for Cork to Killarney by train?
The train journey from Cork to Killarney creates 0.5kg of CO2 emissions.

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