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Dublin to Cork by train

The journey from Dublin to Cork by train is 136.16 mi and takes 3 hrs 19 mins. There are 60 connections per day, with the first departure at 05:20 and the last at 21:00. It is possible to travel from Dublin to Cork by train for as little as or as much as . The best price for this journey is .

Journey Duration3 hrs 19 mins
Connection per Day60
First Departure05:20
Last Departure21:00
Distance136.16 mi
CarriersIrish Rail

Dublin to Cork Train Times

Departure date
Thursday, 25 Jul 2024

Dublin to Cork by train

The train from Dublin to Cork takes 3 hrs 19 mins, and there are connections per day. The first train leaves at 05:20, while the last train departs at 21:00. You can expect to pay an average of .

Irish Rail serves the route from Dublin to Cork, which is a direct line that runs several times a day. The train departs from Dublin Heuston Station. This centrally located station is close to O'Connell Street, and can easily be reached by tram or bus from across the city. Cork Kent Station is about 10 minutes' walk from the city center and has plenty of bus links to help you get around.

There is free WiFi on the train, and each seat has a power point where you can charge your devices. Small dogs and cats can be carried, as long as they travel in control on your lap. If you want to take your bike, it's a good idea to reserve a space in advance, as slots are limited. Some trains have a restaurant coach, allowing you to get refreshments along the way. If not, you'll find plenty of options to buy food and drink at Dublin Heuston Station.

One of the biggest attractions near Cork is Blarney Castle, home to the world-famous Blarney Stone. It's said that if you kiss this large stone, you'll be rewarded with the gift of the gab. Inside the city limits, St Finbarr's Cathedral and the historic English Market are both popular spots for visitors. Cork is also known for its number of traditional Irish pubs, many of which offer live music, and its annual jazz festival, held each October.

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Cheap train tickets from Dublin to Cork
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Dublin to Cork.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Dublin to Cork, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Dublin to Cork.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around £1.18 to £14.24 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 92% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Dublin to Cork

The cheapest Dublin - Cork train tickets can be found for as low as £1.78 if you’re lucky, or £2.97 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as £4.34.

Find the best day to travel to Cork by train

When travelling to Cork by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Dublin to Cork CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Dublin to Cork by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Dublin and Cork are 15.34kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Dublin and Cork? By taking the train between Dublin and Cork you will save 28.49kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 1.09kg compared to a bus and 19.72kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the distance between Dublin and Cork by train?
Dublin to Cork is 136.16 mi.
How long does the train between Dublin and Cork take?
Dublin to Cork is on average 3 hrs 19 mins. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hrs 23 mins.
How many train connections per day go from Dublin to Cork?
Dublin to Cork has 60 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Dublin to Cork leave?
The earliest train from Dublin to Cork departs at 05:20. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Dublin to Cork depart?
The latest train from Dublin to Cork departs at 21:00. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
How many direct connections depart from Dublin to Cork?
There are on average 15 direct connection(s) from Dublin to go to Cork.
What's the fastest journey time between Dublin to Cork by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Dublin and Cork is 2 hrs 23 mins.
Is there a direct train from Dublin to Cork?
Yes, there is a direct train between Dublin and Cork.
What are the CO2 emissions for Dublin to Cork by train?
The train journey from Dublin to Cork creates 15.34kg of CO2 emissions.

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