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Dublin to Cork by train

The journey from Dublin to Cork by train is 136.16 mi and takes 3 hr 20 min. There are 61 connections per day, with the first departure at 5:20 AM and the last at 9:00 PM. It is possible to travel from Dublin to Cork by train for as little as or as much as . The best price for this journey is .

Journey Duration3 hr 20 min
Connection per Day61
First Departure5:20 AM
Last Departure9:00 PM
Distance136.16 mi
CarriersIrish Rail

Dublin to Cork Train Times

Departure date
Friday, Jun 21, 2024

Traveling from Dublin to Cork by Train

Embarking on a train journey between Dublin, Ireland's dynamic capital, and Cork, the vibrant heart of the South, offers travelers the chance to experience the rich landscapes and bustling towns of Ireland. The average journey time for this route is 3 hr 20 min, with approximately 61 daily trains, providing ample choice for travel planning. Ticket prices generally start at , but booking in advance is recommended for the best fares and seating options. The journey begins at Dublin's Heuston Station and concludes at Cork's Kent Station.

Amenities on the train from Dublin to Cork

Iarnród Éireann, also known as Irish Rail, operates this key intercity service. Passengers can select from various classes, including standard and first class, each offering different levels of comfort and amenities. Onboard, facilities such as power sockets, fast Wi-Fi, and a selection of refreshments enhance the travel experience.

Direct trains are frequently available, ensuring a smooth and straightforward journey. However, it's advisable to check specific timings and routes as some services might include stops or changes. The onboard catering offers a range of refreshments, suitable for the journey's duration.

Dublin Heuston Station, located just three kilometers from the city center, is a major hub for national rail services, connecting Dublin to Ireland's West and South-West. In Cork, Kent Station, the sole remaining station of the original six in Cork, offers connections to Kerry County and Kilkenny, and features historical displays like the Engine No. 36 steam locomotive. From Kent Station, travelers can easily explore Cork city or continue their journey across the region.

Things to Do in Cork:

  1. Blarney Castle: Kiss the famous Blarney Stone and explore the historic castle grounds.
  2. English Market: Experience local flavors and artisan products in this iconic food market.
  3. Cork City Gaol: Delve into the city's history at this former prison turned museum.
  4. Fitzgerald Park: Enjoy a leisurely stroll in this picturesque public park.
  5. St. Fin Barre's Cathedral: Marvel at the stunning architecture of this Gothic cathedral.
  6. Crawford Art Gallery: Discover Irish art in this central gallery.
  7. University College Cork: Wander around the historic campus and its beautiful gardens.
  8. Blackrock Castle Observatory: Explore space and science at this interactive museum.
  9. Red Abbey Tower: Visit the remains of this historic 14th-century abbey.
  10. Cobh: Take a short trip to this charming seaside town, known for its Titanic heritage.

What to Eat in Cork:

  1. Traditional Irish Stew: A hearty and comforting dish made with lamb or beef.
  2. Seafood Chowder: A creamy soup filled with fresh local seafood.
  3. Boxty: A traditional Irish potato pancake, often served with savory toppings.
  4. Corned Beef and Cabbage: A classic Irish dish, especially popular in Cork.
  5. Soda Bread: Freshly baked traditional Irish bread, perfect with butter.
  6. Full Irish Breakfast: A filling start to the day with eggs, sausages, and black pudding.
  7. Colcannon: A delicious mix of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale.
  8. Driscoll's Traditional Black Pudding: A Cork specialty, this blood sausage is a must-try.
  9. Irish Coffee: A warming beverage made with coffee, whiskey, and cream.
  10. Butter Shortbread: A sweet treat, perfect with a cup of tea.

Day Trips from Cork:

Kinsale, known for its colorful streets and gourmet food, is a short drive from Cork. The historic Rock of Cashel offers a glimpse into Ireland's medieval past. Gougane Barra, with its serene lake and forest park, is ideal for nature lovers. The picturesque village of Cobh, steeped in maritime history, is a must-visit. Lastly, the scenic Beara Peninsula provides stunning coastal views and charming small towns.

Travel Tips for Cork:

In Cork, navigating the city is easy with its comprehensive bus network. The city center is compact and pedestrian-friendly, ideal for exploring on foot. Cork is known for its lively music scene, so be sure to catch a live performance in one of the local pubs. For understanding of Cork's rich history and culture, guided walking tours are highly recommended. Additionally, Cork's location in the South of Ireland makes it a great starting point for exploring the scenic Wild Atlantic Way. 

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Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Dublin to Cork, 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 Dublin to Cork.

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 $1.44 to $17.29 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 92% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Dublin to Cork

The cheapest Dublin - Cork train tickets can be found for as low as $2.16 if you’re lucky, or $3.61 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $5.27.

Find the best day to travel to Cork by train

When travelling to Cork 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!

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Dublin to Cork CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Dublin to Cork by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Dublin and Cork are 15.34kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Dublin and Cork? By taking the train between Dublin and Cork you will save 28.49kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 1.09kg compared to a bus and 19.72kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the distance between Dublin and Cork by train?
Dublin to Cork is 136.16 mi.
How long does the train between Dublin and Cork take?
Dublin to Cork is on average 3 hr 20 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hr 23 min.
How many train connections per day go from Dublin to Cork?
Dublin to Cork has 61 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Dublin to Cork leave?
The earliest train from Dublin to Cork departs at 5:20 AM. 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 Dublin to Cork depart?
The latest train from Dublin to Cork departs at 9:00 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
How many direct connections depart from Dublin to Cork?
There are on average 13 direct connection(s) from Dublin to go to Cork.
What's the fastest journey time between Dublin to Cork by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Dublin and Cork is 2 hr 23 min.
Is there a direct train from Dublin to Cork?
Yes, there is a direct train between Dublin and Cork.
What are the CO2 emissions for Dublin to Cork by train?
The train journey from Dublin to Cork creates 15.34kg of CO2 emissions.

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