We arrive very early in Dublin and plan to take a train to Cork. How far is the train station from the Dublin airport? Where can I find the schedule of trains from Dublin to Cork?
I have the same situation. We're arriving early from NYC and heading to Cork. When I looked at the bus schedule you need to know the terminal stop for bus pick up. Any idea how to find out that information? Also, what if we book a bus ticket and our plane is delayed or it takes a while to get through customs? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I have a similar situation in my upcoming trip. The train station is a short drive from the airport (maybe 30 minutes?). If you google Ireland trains, you'll find the official website. It's very easy to find the time table for your train and book a ticket.
A lot of people online recommend taking a bus from the airport to your destination city rather than coming into Dublin then taking a train. Personally, I prefer trains, in part because on a train you can walk around at least a bit and you have more room at your seat than you would on a bus.
As far as timing -- my flight arrives at 5:30am. I have a train booked for 10am. I anticipate that I'll be at the train station much earlier, and I could probably take an earlier train, but I'd rather not stress. I also paid a bit extra so that my tickets can be changed up until shortly before the train leaves in case there are unforseen issues.
I plan to take a taxi to the train station. I'm sure there is some sort of public transportation I could investigate, but with 6 people, including 2 kids and 2 grandparents, the convenience of walking out of the airport, grabbing a taxi from the taxi rank (well, 2 taxis for our group), then arriving at the train station wins out. Also, the taxi fare estimator I used said the taxi should only be €40 or so.
@ schoelkoppfe- all is clearly signed at the airport to get to the stop.
You don't have to book the coaches. For convenience you can, but equally you can pay the driver. It's an airport coach, they know about flight uncertainties, and are geared to do that.
In the unlikely event that the coach is full, they are frequent enough that you can wait for the next one- and buy the ticket on your phone while waiting.
I know why people take the coach, but it is nice to see the poster after you taking the train. I think her timing allowances are good, the Cork trains are quality trains, and catering is now back on Irish Rail after a long Covid related break. Equally, if her flight is on time, she can have breakfast while waiting at or around Heuston station.
Hopping on this discussion. I will be traveling to Cork in June for a rowing adventure and plan to take the bus from the airport to Heuston Station and then the train to Cork.
- Is it necessary to buy a train ticket ahead of time or can I buy one at the station? Like others I am concerned about a late arrival or other travel snafus.
- Is it worth it to buy a First Class Ticket?
Adding my vote for train travel!
It is possible to book tickets on arrival, but you may end up standing. I would book a flexible fare, which can be changed up to 60 minutes before departure.
The coach from the airport takes 45 minutes, so add on whatever you think is a reasonable delay allowance. If your flight is beyond that time change your train booking on arrival at the airport, or presumably you will have paid for Wifi on the airplane or at your origin airport.
Looking at tomorrow most daytime trains are sold out- presumably there is a big event in Cork, so on those trains no seats are available. A flexible fare will cost you 33 Euro, a first class fare 45.50 Euro.
Hoping I can hop on this train thread too. Taking the train from Dublin to Cork. Looking for transportation from the Cork train station to Kinsale - four travelers plus luggage. It looks like a 30-minute trip by auto. Can you catch a cab/taxi at the train station without making arrangements in advance? I have read about a bus route that starts from the airport, but that is across town as well.
The bus to Kinsale starts from Cork (Kent) Railway Station.
The station is called Cork (Kent) after Thomas Kent- an Irish Nationalist who was executed for his role in the 1916 Easter Uprising, as opposed to the county in south east England.
Looks like we're trying to figure out the same thing.
At the end of June I'm flying into Dublin from NYC.
My plan is to either take a bus from the airport directly to Cork, or take a bus from the airport into Dublin and then take the train to Cork. From Cork, I need to figure out how to get to Kinsale.
This will be the 1st morning of our vacation. My husband and I thought we'd head to Kinsale instead of deal with jet lag in Dublin.
If you can figure it out, please send info my way :)
I have a similar situation and have similar questions.
The question that didn't seem to get answered is: is it reasonable to expect taxis to be available at the airport to take one to Dublin Heuston without prebooking?
Unless there is a special event there should be plenty of taxis at the airports.
So to clarify…the bus from Dublin to Cork sounds a bit easier (and cheaper) as you can pick it up at the airport. Train more comfortable and relaxing but requires more planning. Jet lag and I are not always the best of friends so one of my goals is to minimize my stress after a long flight from California!
I will arrive at the Dublin airport late September around noon. I am assuming there will be less crowds and tourists so maybe I don’t need to plan ahead by buying a ticket for the bus or train. Is this correct or just wishful thinking?
Then there is the issue of getting to my hotel in Cork. Clayton Hotel Cork City site says they are ‘near’ the bus and train stations. Is pretty much everything easily accessible in Cork?
Thanks so much for your suggestions.
Thanks, Trotter. Your answer very helpful regarding taxis at DUB.
@patfrasca- Looking on Google maps the Clayton Hotel is only 2 blocks from the Bus Station, and across the river from the Railway Station. But the aircoach arrives just down the road from the Railway Station NOT at the Bus Station, so you are about 4 city blocks, maybe 5 from the Aircoach stop- which is marked on google maps above.
Thanks isn3lc. Do you have any recommendations re train or bus? For example, do they generally run on time? I need to be at the hotel at 1730 and do not want to arrive the day before.
We've decided to use the bus rather than taking the train. Bus leaves right outside the airport. So there is no taxi service needed. Travel time by bus is direct from the airport to Cork. Only 20 euros per person. I understand it's about a 3.5 hour trip and there is a toilet onboard.