By Public Transportation
Bus Éireann operates bus service from Parnell Place Bus Station (tel. 021/450-8188; www.buseireann.ie) to all parts of the city, its suburbs, and nearby towns. A local journey within Cork costs around €1.10; a return ticket to Blarney costs €5.60, and to Kinsale €11. City buses run frequently from 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, with slightly shorter hours on Sunday.
Taxis are readily available throughout Cork. The main taxi ranks are along St. Patrick Street, along the South Mall, and outside major hotels. To call for a taxi, try ABC Taxis (tel. 021/496-1961), Cork Taxi Co-Op (tel. 021/427-2222), or Satellite Taxis (tel. 1890/202020).
It's best to park and explore the city on foot or by public transport. Unless your hotel has a parking lot, it can be a hassle finding street parking. If you have to park in public areas, it costs around €2 per hour, whether you park in one of the city's two multistory parking lots, at Lavitt's Quay and Merchant's Quay, or on the street, where you still must pay to park. There are plenty of ground-level parking lots throughout the city.
Many international car-rental firms maintain rental desks at Cork Airport, including Alamo (tel. 021/2400-100), Avis (tel. 021/432-7460), Budget (tel. 021/431-4000), Hertz (tel. 021/496-5849), and Murray's Europcar (tel. 021/491-7300).
Because of the limited parking, the best way to see Cork is on foot, but don't try to do it all in a day. The South Bank and the central part, or flat, of the city can easily take a day to explore; save the Cork Hills and the North Bank for another day. You might want to follow the signposted Tourist Trail to guide you to the major sights.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.