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Cross River Ferry from Cobh toward Kinsale

There is a car ferry one can take from Cobh over to the Kinsale side of land. Has anyone taken this? Does it save time going from Cobh to Kinsale rather than driving up and around Cork and then back down to Kinsale? Thanks!

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If you mean the Passage West Ferry then, yes it will save you about 10 minutes if you time it just right. It's first come, first served, and if you miss the boat you'll have a half hour wait until the next one.

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It's pretty quick - less than 10 minutes as I recall.
There wasn't much of a line when we were last there - we just drove right on the ferry with minimum wait time. Would guess that the only times it might back up a little would be during what passes for the morning and afternoon commutes in Cobh. If you avoid those times it should be smooth sailing (no pun intended).

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Thank you, for your information and replies. It appears that the correct name of the ferry is "Cross River Ferries." I offer this previous information from 2017: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/ireland/kinsale-cobh. I have the 2018 version of Rick's Ireland book. I scoured the information section of Kinsale/Cobh and there doesn't seem to be any mention of the ferry as, apparently, there was in the 2017 book. Which leads me to think that, like was said, if you miss the ferry, it is a half hour wait and one might as well drive between the "Kinsale side" (NOTE: this does not mean the town of Kinsale but the land area where Kinsale is located). I guess we'll drive by the ferry landing and, if it is there, we'll take it. If not, we'll keep driving!