Getting there & away
Bus Éireann (450 8188; www.buseireann.ie) operates from the bus station on the corner of Merchant’s Quay and Parnell Pl. You can get to most places in Ireland from Cork, including Dublin (€9.50 single, 4¼ hours, six daily), Killarney (€13.50 single, one hour 40 minutes, 14 daily), Waterford (€14.90, 2¾ hours, 14 daily) and Kilkenny (€14.90 single, three hours, three daily).
The following companies have desks at the airport. In our experience, Budget has the best rates.
Alamo/National (431 8623; www.carhire.ie)
Avis (432 7460; www.avis.ie)
Budget (431 4000; www.budget.ie)
Hertz (496 5849; www.hertz.ie)
Sixt (4318644; www.e-sixt.ie)
Thrifty (434 8488; www.thrifty.ie)
Kent Train Station (450 4777) is north of the River Lee on Lower Glanmire Rd. Bus 5 runs into the centre (€1.30) and a taxi costs from €7 to €8.
The train journey to Waterford is long and circuitous: better to take the bus.
Brittany Ferries (427 7801; www.brittany-ferries.com ; 42 Grand Pde) sail to Roscoff (France) at 4pm every Saturday from the end of March to October. The crossing takes 15 hours and you have to book accommodation (reclining seat/2-/4-berth cabin €10/125/155). The best fares are available online. Some sample high-season fares (not including accommodation) are: car and two passengers €430; motorcycle and driver €147; and foot passenger €92.
Cork airport (431 3131; www.cork-airport.com) is 8km south of the city on the N27. Facilities include ATMs and car-hire desks. Airlines servicing the airport include bmibaby, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Ryanair and Wizz. There are direct flights within Europe only; other overseas flights go via Dublin.