14 Best Day Trips From Cork City (Cost, Transport and Tips)

Cork is an amazing city with lots of things to do. From medieval buildings, museums to amazing nightlife, Cork is also a good base for your Ireland adventure. However, if you find yourself running out of things to do in this city, there are several day trips from Cork that you can do.

Here are the 14 best day trips from Cork, Ireland.

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1. The Cliffs of Moher day trip from Cork

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The Cliffs of Moher are sea cliffs located in County Clare, Ireland. It is one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and one of the most visited attractions in Ireland with 1.5 million visitors annually.

Standing 702ft above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. In a good day, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

Admission Fee

Adults €6

Students €4

Senior Citizens €4

Children under 16

Free Group rates available on request

How to get to Cliffs of Moher from Cork City

Take a bus from Cork Bus Station, Cork Parnell to Ennis Bus station. This takes about 3 hours for €23-28 per one way trip and then take a bus from Ennis Bus Station that goes directly to Cliffs of Moher. This takes another 50 minutes for €9-11 one way trip.

Or you can also take this Cliffs of Moher tour from Cork that also includes The Burren, Bunratty Castle and Limerick for €35 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Cliffs of Moher.

Opening Hours

8 am to 7 pm although, during winter, the cliffs are closed by 5 pm.

Contact Information

Location: Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland

Phone: bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Email: +353 65 708 6145

2. The Burren

Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is the smallest among the national parks in Ireland. Established in 1991, it only covers an area of 5.8 square miles near Doolin in County Clare.

The name Burren came from the word “Boireann” which means “great rock”. It is because the entire park is dominated by a glaciated karst landscape. Despite the soil being covered by rocks, the park has diverse and rich floras.

During summer, these floras bloom in a way that will leave the visitors in awe because of the park’s natural beauty.

Admission Fee

Free

How to get to Burren from Cork

Take a bus (#51) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Crusheen. The journey is about 3 hours and it costs between €25-30 one way or €50-60 for a round-trip fare.

Then take a taxi from the station to Burren National Park. The taxi journey is about 20 minutes and it costs between €25-30 for a one-way ride.

Or you can also take this the Burren day tour from Cork that also includes Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, and Limerick for €35 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Times

April to September only. Daily between 9:30 am to 5 pm. To verify the schedule, click here.

Contact Information

Email: burrennationalpark@chg.gov.ie

Phone: +353-65-6827693 

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3. Blarney Castle

blarney castle

One of Ireland’s most popular attraction is Blarney castle. It was built nearly six hundred years ago by Cormac MacCarthy, one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains. Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations.

Aside from the castle itself, the place is also popular because of Blarney Stone. In order to get the gift of eloquence, for over 200 years many famous people from around the world visit Blarney to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

There is an ongoing debate over the story of Blarney stone but no one has been able to prove the origin of the stone.

Admission Fee

€16 for adult, €13 for student and seniors, and €40 for a family. For more information regarding booking, click here.

How to get to Blarney Castle from Cork

Take a bus (#215) from Watercourse Rd to Blarney Village. The journey is about 20 minutes and it costs between €4-6 one way or €8-12 for a round-trip fare. Then walk from the station to the castle. Blarney Castle is about 7 minutes.

Or you can also take this Blarney Castle tour, one of the popular day tours from Cork that also includes Cobh for only €32. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 3 hours to enjoy the castle.

Opening Times

9 am to 5 pm

Contact Information

Location: Blarney, Cork, Ireland

Email: info@blarneycastle.ie

Phone: +353 21 4385252

4. Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle

Cahir Castle is one of the largest castles of Ireland. It is located on an island in the river of Suir, in the town of Cahir, County Tipperary. Built in 1142 by the Prince of Thomond, Conor O’Brien, it was designed as a defensive castle with state-of-the-art facilities.

However, the castle was besieged multiple times during the Irish Confederate Wars.

Admission Fee

Adult: €5.00

Group/Senior: €4.00

Child/Student: €3.00

Family: €13.00

How to get to Cahir Castle from Cork

Take a bus (#51) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Cahir. The journey is about 1.5 hours and it costs between €14-17 one way or €28-34 for a round-trip fare. Then just walk for about a minute from the station to Cahir Castle.

Recommended hours for the day trips

Allocate at least 5 hours to enjoy the national park.

Opening Hours

March – Mid-June
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid-June – August
Daily 09.00 – 18.30

September – Mid October
Daily 09.30 – 17.30

Mid October – February
Daily 09.30 – 16.30

Contact Information

Location: Castle St, Townparks, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Email: cahircastle@opw.ie

Phone: +353 (52) 744 1011 

5. Rock of Cashel day tour

rock of cashel

The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel in County Tipperary. It is one of the most spectacular attractions in Ireland and also one of the most visited castles in Ireland.

This iconic landmark was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and was built between the 12th to the 13th century.

Admission Fee

Adult : €8.00, Group / Senior : €6.00, Child / Student : €4.00, Family : €20.00

How to get to Rock of Cashel from Cork

Take a bus (#X8) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Main Street. The journey is about 2 hours and it costs between €16-20 one way or €32-40 for a round-trip fare. Then walk for about 10 minutes to Rock of Cashel.

Or you can also take this Rock of Cashel tour from Cork that also includes a trip to Kilkenny for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 7 hours to enjoy the castle.

Opening Hours

9 am to 4:30 pm during winter and 9 am to 7 pm during the summer.

Contact Information

Location: Rock of Cashel, Moor, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

Phone: 062 61437

Email: rockofcashel@opw.ie

6.Dingle Peninsula

dingle peninsula

If scenic drives, stunning coastal scenery, and a visit to one of Ireland’s most colorful towns sound interesting to you, renting a car and driving to the Peninsula is a must on a visit to Ireland.

It’s part of Wild Atlantic Way route which is considered one of the most scenic road trip routes in the world. The route consists of breathtaking views of the coastline, offshore islands, and cliff-top roads. It is one of the most popular activities in Dingle.

How to get to Dingle Peninsula from Cork

Getting to the Dingle Peninsula from Cork is complicated. Aside from 2-3 connections on bus and trains, getting around and covering the best parts of the peninsula requires private transport in between and it can be quite expensive.

If you would like to take public transport to the Dingle Peninsula, you can take a train from Kent, Cork to Tralee. It takes about 2 hours and it costs €24-35 for a one-way trip. And from Tralee, take a taxi to Dingle Peninsula for an hour. This costs about €70-90. You have to spend €94-135 for just one way trip through this route.

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You can also take a bus from Tralee to Cloghane for €9-11. The ride takes about an hour. And then take a taxi for 20 minutes for €15-18. This route costs about €48-64 but it’s 1.5 hours longer.

Please note, that you might have to take a taxi in between points of interest as well and there’s no assurance you can get one. So you might have to rent a taxi from Tralee or Cloghane and the cost of renting a taxi will add up.

Or you can also take this Dingle Peninsula day tour from Cork that also includes a trip to the town of Dingle. The tour is €39 only. To book, click here

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 10 hours to enjoy the Dingle Peninsula.

7. Kinsale day trip from Cork

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Kinsale is a town in County Cork, Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque and historic towns on the south-west coast of Ireland. Kinsale has a beautiful set of long waterfront, yacht-filled harbor, narrow winding streets, and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. 

It is also a leading Irish tourist attraction and the southerly starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way trail.

How to get to Kinsale from Cork

Take a bus (#226) from Cork City Hall to Kinsale. The journey is about 45 minutes and it costs between €7-9 one way or €14-18 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Kinsale tour from Cork that also includes some of the best areas in Wild Atlantic Way for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trips from Cork

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Kinsale.

8. Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry is a circular tourist route in the county of Kerry. It covers 13 towns and it is known for its natural and unspoiled beauty. Aside from amazing islands and cliffs, Ring of Kerry is also known for its charming and quaint villages. It is a popular road trip route in Ireland as well.

How to get to Ring of Kerry from Cork

Killarney is the starting point of Ring of Kerry if you are planning to cover it clockwise. To get to Killarney from Cork, take a train from Cork Kent to Killarney. This takes about 1.5 hours and it costs between €18-26 for one way. Then you can take a bus between towns. Prices vary depending on length.

Or you can also take this day trip from Cork that will cover points of interest in Ring of Kerry for just €39.

Or you can also take this Ring of Kerry tour from Cork that includes Sneem, Killorglin, Dingle Bay, and Killarney, just among others, for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 12 hours to enjoy the best points of interest in Ring of Kerry.

9. Galway day tour from Cork

spanish arch galway

Galway City and nothing else comes in mind if we speak about Ireland’s top destination for arts, music, and urban culture. This city on the west coast of Ireland never fails to exceed expectations- from its medieval walls down to the breathtaking view of the River Corrib.

So whether you’re coming over for a quick visit or longer, there’s just so much to enjoy in this harbor city.

How to get to Galway from Cork

Take a Citylink bus (#251) from St. Patricks Quay to Galway Coach Station. The journey is about 3 hours and it costs between €12-20 one way or €24-40 for a round-trip fare.

To get around Galway City, you can use a hop-on-hop-off bus to get around between attractions. It is only €12 for 48 hours. To get it, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Galway.

10.Limerick day trip from Cork

limerick city

There are lots of things to do in Limerick, Ireland. It is known for its charming old towns from medieval-era, Georgian townhouses, hidden gardens, museums, and castles.

Limerick City is the center of the culture and history of this county and it’s only around 2 hours away from Dublin and only 1.5 hours from Cork which makes it one of the most convenient Cork tours. 

How to get to Limerick from Cork

Take a Citylink bus (#251) from St. Patricks Quay to Henry St (Hibernian Insurance). The journey is about 1.5 hours and it costs between €16-20 one way or €32-40 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Limerick tour from Cork that also includes The Burren, Bunratty Castle, and Cliffs of Moher for €35 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Limerick.

11.Cobh

cobh ireland

Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel.

If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is a captivating town that it will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left.

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How to get to Cobh from Cork

Take a train from Cork Kent to Cobh. The journey is about half an hour and it costs between €4-7 one way or €8-14 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Cobh tour from Cork that also includes  Blarney Castle for €32 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Cobh.

12.Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park in County Kerry is the first national park in Ireland and it was declared a national park in 1932. It is located near the town of Killarney and it covers 25,425 acres of protected land.

The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats.  There are also a wide variety of species in the parks and few of them are rare.

The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981. Nature conservation is the main objective of the park protecting the various and rare species in the area and the ecosystem.

Admission Fee

The admission to Killarney National Park is free. However, some of the attractions and activities have an admission fee. You can verify it from the visitor’s center by using the contact information below.

How to get to Killarney National Park from Cork

Take a bus (Bus Eireann #40) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Killarney Bus Station. The journey is about 1.5 hours and it costs between €15-18 one way.

And then take a taxi to Killarney National Park. The trip takes about 10 minutes for €18-22 one way. The total cost of transport is between €66-80 for a round trip.

Or you can also take this Killarney National Park tour from Cork that includes Sneem, Killorglin, and Dingle Bay just among others, for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Killarney National Park.

Opening Times

There is 24-hour pedestrian access to Killarney National Park throughout the year except for Killarney House and Gardens (9 am to 6 pm daily). To check the individual opening hours of each attraction, click here.

Contact Information

Email: infokillarneyhouse@chg.gov.ie

Phone: 085-8017973 

13.Kilkenny day tours from Cork

kilkenny castle ireland

Kilkenny is one of the most beautiful and charming Irish cities. Located in the center of Ireland, it has a charming medieval center, lively pubs, and a dynamic art scene. Because of this, there are many unique things to do in Kilkenny, Ireland.

From its majestic creeper-clad castle, a bustling crafts industry, cobbled lanes, beautiful churches, and secret passages, Kilkenny will surprise you in many ways.

How to get to Kilkenny from Cork

Take a train from St. Patricks Quay to  Ormond Road, Kilkenny. The journey is about 2.5 hours and it costs between €8-18 one way or €16-36 for a round-trip fare.

Or you can also take this Kilkenny tour from Cork that also includes a trip to Rock of Cashel for €39 only. To book, click here.

 

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 8 hours to enjoy Kilkenny.

14.Dingle

THINGS TO DO IN DINGLE IRELAND

Dingle in Ireland is a small port town in Dingle Peninsula, about 4 hours away from Dublin. It is one of the scenic stops in Ring of Kerry along with Kenmare and Killarney. Dingle is known for its rugged scenery, trails, and sandy beaches.

How to get to Dingle from Cork

Take a bus (Bus Eireann #40) from Cork Bus Station in Cork Parnell Place to Tralee Bus Station. The journey is about 2.5 hours and it costs between €19-23 one way. And then take a bus (#275) from Tralee to Dingle. The trip takes about 1 hour for €6-8 one way.

Or you can also take this Dingle tour from Cork that also includes a trip to Dingle Peninsula. The tour is only €39. To book, click here

Recommended hours for the day trip

Allocate at least 12 hours to enjoy Dingle.

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Comments

  1. Arunima Dey says

    I did Cliffs of Mohr from Galway and Kilkenny from Dublin. I sort of didn’t realise I could have done with from Cork as well because I really liked Cork the best. I loved Blarney Castle, that was something I did do from Cork and was my favourite thing in Ireland.

  2. Rahat Arora says

    Cork, is an beautiful place in Ireland. The pictures are really beautiful. Definitely add this place in my list.

  3. Nina Out and About says

    I’ve always wanted to go to Cashel castle. I’ve been to Blarney (kissed the stone, too!) but didn’t make it to much else on the list aside from the cliffs. I’d love to explore IReland more soon!

  4. Jenny says

    Went to Cork a few years and ago and saw a few of these places, all so much fun, and would definitely reccomend to other travellers.

  5. Sarah says

    I have been considering doing a road trip around the entire country, but this is making me think I could have a home base in Cork instead! Kinsale and Dingle look really cool.

  6. FS Page says

    We have been planning our Ireland trip for quite some days now. It’s good to know there are so many things to see and do in Cork city as well. I specifically loved all the castles. We can plan to have a 2-3 day halt at Cork city now. Thanks for the info.

  7. Renata - www.byemyself.com says

    Oh my goodness, I haven’t been to Ireland yet and you are throwing 14 (!) day trips from just one place at me – that’s almost scary; for how long am I supposed to go to see all this beauty?!

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