Streetside parking requires scratch-card parking discs (€1.80 per hour) obtained from the tourist office and some newsagencies. Be warned – the traffic wardens are ferociously efficient and the cost of retrieving your vehicle hefty. There are about 10 signposted car parks around the central area, with charges of €1.30 per hour, and €3 overnight.
Cork has a Park & Ride system to help tackle city-centre congestion; it’s €5 for a return bus fare into the centre, from 7.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday. The car park is on the southern approach from Kinsale; the drop-off point is Lapp’s Quay.
Most places are within easy walking distance of the centre. A single bus ticket costs €1.30.
For taxi hire, try Cork Taxi Co-op (427 2222) or Shandon Cabs (450 2255).
You can rent bikes and glean cycling tips from affable Aidan and Robbie at Rothar Cycles (431 3133; www.rotharcycletours.com ; 55 Barrack St; per day/week €25/80). They offer a one-way pick-up service from other towns for €30 (with a €100 refundable deposit) and run frequent summer cycling tours.