Getting there & away
Driving from Dublin is easy: take the M7 motorway to the M9 and head south. Work is ongoing to extend the M9 all the way south past Carlow, which will greatly relieve the busy parallel N9. At Paulstown, the N10 branches off for the 17km run west to Kilkenny. When road work is done, the city will be well under two hours from Dublin.
Bus Éireann (776 4933; www.buseireann.ie) operates from a shelter about 200m east of John St adjacent to the train station – which also sells tickets. Bus Éireann also picks up and drops off passengers at the very central Café Net on St Patrick’s St. There are services to Carlow (€6.30, one hour, 12 daily), Clonmel (€6.80, one hour, 12 daily), Cork (€14.90, three hours, two daily), Dublin (€9.80, 2¼ hours, five daily) and Waterford (€8.40, one hour, two daily).
The train station has been shoved 200m back from John St to make way for the vast new mall. Kilkenny sees five trains daily for Dublin (€22, 1¾ hours) and Waterford (€9.80, 50 minutes).