VISITOR INFORMATION

GETTING TO CORK AND UCC

*** PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR PDF MAPS OF ROUTES FROM CITY CENTRE TO UCC/WESTERN ROAD/WESTERN GATEWAY BUILDING, CAMPUS MAPS, PARKING IN/NEAR UCC AND APPROACH ROUTES ***

***NEW ITEM: ADDITIONAL EXPRESS BUS SERVICE FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT TO CORK CITY CENTRE NOW AVAILABLE FROM BUS EIREANN. DETAILS HEREhttp://www.gobe.ie/#timetable

Western Gateway Building, view from Western Road

Western Gateway Building, view from Western Road

*The conference building for Days 1 and 2 (Western Gateway) is located on Western Road, just beyond the main campus and on the left hand side of the road if coming from the city centre.

Bus no. 208 stops just past the entrance.

*A number of guesthouses, Cork International Youth Hostel (An Oige), the River Lee Hotel,  and Lancaster Lodge are also located on Western Road or just off Western Road (Mardyke Walk)

GETTING FROM DUBLIN TO CORK BY TRAIN OR BUS

Getting from Dublin Airport/Dublin to Cork: 

BY BUS: Two recommended coach services:The most economical and convenient means of getting from Dublin Airport to Cork city centre  is the AIRCOACH and BUS EIREANN express bus services, eliminating the fuss and expense of taxis and additional public transport. Buses run hourly from Dublin Airport, with the last Bus Eireann bus departing the Coach park at midnight, and the last Aircoach bus departing Terminal 2 at 00.25 am/Terminal 1 at 00.27 am. Journey time: 3.5 hours, approx.  A return ticket costs about 28 euro.  Aircoach also run an hourly service from Dublin city centre to Cork city centre,  departing from Westmoreland St (between College Green and O’Connell Bridge, just across from the Westin Hotel). The drop off point in Cork is Patrick’s Quay, just off Patrick’s Bridge/Patrick St in the city centre.

AIRCOACH website: http://www.aircoach.ie/table.routes.cork.php

BUS EIREANN website: http://www.gobe.ie/#timetable

***Please check Aircoach and Bus Eireann timetables before you arrive in Dublin in case of slight changes to schedules***

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BY TRAIN:  There is a regular train service from Heuston Rail Station Dublin to Cork. This is far more expensive than the bus (about 80 euro for a return ticket) and will also take longer. The last train to Cork leaves Heuston Station at 9pm, 7 days per week (but please check timetables before travelling). You will need to take a bus from Dublin Airport to Heuston Rail Station. A one-way ticket on the Dublin Bus Airlink express service (route number 747) is 6 euro. Allow at least an hour to reach Heuston Station. Train journey time is just under 3 hours.

Irish Rail site:  http://www.irishrail.ie/media/01A-DublinCork1.pdf

Dublin Bus website (timetable for bus route number 747): http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/7471/

*If stopping in the city centre before coming to Cork, take bus number 16 from Dublin Airport to O’ Connell St. To get from the city centre to Heuston Station, take bus 145 from Aston Quay (O’Connell Bridge).

**Rail tickets pre-booked online are cheaper but are only valid for the times stated at the time of booking. Some changes are allowed if made on the previous day.

STUDENT RAIL TRAVEL ( Irish students only): you do not need a student travelcard to get a discount on the train fare. You only need to show your university identity card (with photo) to avail of the low fare. Cost: 30 euro return Dublin-Cork, no pre-booking necessary. Please check the Irish Rail website before travelling (link above).

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Getting from CORK AIRPORT TO CORK CITY CENTRE (bus or taxi):

Cork Airport is 8km from the city centre.  A taxi costs about 15 euro.

Public transport (Airport Shuttle) costs 8.50 euro for a return ticket (single 5 euro). See the Bus Eireann website for timetables: http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1305559613-226.pdf

The Airport Shuttle stops at Parnell Place, the city’s bus station (which is just across the river from the AIRCOACH stop).

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GETTING TO UCC/WESTERN ROAD/WESTERN GATEWAY BUILDING (bus or taxi)

Cork Railway Station/Parnell Place (Bus Station) to UCC/Western Road:

Bus number 205 leaves from inside the grounds of the Railway Station and runs through the city centre on the way to UCC/Western Road. It has stops on Western Road (outside the River Lee Hotel/Lancaster Lodge, just before the entrance to main campus), before continuing along O’Donovan Road (UCC campus) and College Road (UCC campus).

There is also a taxi rank inside the grounds of the railway station.

Walking time from the railway station to the city centre is 10-15 minutes, or to Western Road (main campus entrance) about 35 minutes

Walking time from Parnell Place Bus Station to Western Road is 15-20 minutes. Both the no. 205 and 208 buses stop here on the way to UCC/Western Road; If going directly to the Western Gateway Building, bus 208 will drop you just outside the main entrance. Bus 205 will drop you at least 5 – 7 mins walking distance from the main entrance.

There is also a taxi rank at the side of the bus station.

From Aircoach bus stop to Western Road/UCC: cross St Patrick’s Bridge into Patrick St. Take either bus 205 or bus 208. The stop for bus 205 is just outside Marks & Spencer. The stop for bus 208 is outside Brown Thomas. City buses cost €1.80 per single journey (regardless of the number of stops).

There are many taxis along Patrick St. Expect to pay 6-8 euro for a taxi to Western Road.

Walking time from Aircoach stop to the main campus is about 20 minutes. Add another 5-10 minutes for the Western Gateway Building.

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MAPS OF UCC AND WESTERN GATEWAY BUILDING, APPROACH ROUTES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT TIMETABLES

*Walking time from St. Patrick’s Bridge (near the Aircoach stop) to Western Road (entrance to main campus, the River Lee Hotel and an number of B+Bs/guesthouses) is 15-20 minutes.

Download map of route between railway station and bus station  to Western Gateway Building via city centre HERE

Download detailed map of Western Road area with Western Gateway Building HERE

Download PDF of campus map HERE

Download PDF of main approach routes to UCC HERE

Download PDF map of visitor parking on or near campus HERE

Download PDF map of bus routes from railway station and bus station HERE

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CONFERENCE LOCATIONS (WESTERN GATEWAY BUILDING AND CRAWFORD ART GALLERY)

The Western Gateway Building is a large building just past the main campus on Western Road, on the left hand side if coming from the city centre. The Crawford Art Gallery is located in Emmet Place in the city centre, a few minutes’ walk from St Patrick’s Bridge.

Ground floor map of Western Gateway Building, Western Road (location of conference for Day 1 and 2)

Click image to enlarge

WesternGatewayGroundFloor

Accessible parking and toilets, main campus: http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/Web2012Accessibilityparking_WClocations.pdf

Parking on and near campus:  http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/Web2012VisitorParking.pdf

University College Cork website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/about/

Crawford Gallery website:  http://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/

ACCOMMODATION

**UCC is a 15-20 minute walk from the city centre (St. Patrick’s Street).

**special offers for multiple night stays are sometimes only posted on the hotel’s own website, not to sites such as booking.com or similar.

Budget accommodation:

Hostel World (hostels, B+Bs, guesthouses, etc): http://www.hostelworld.com/

The Cork International Youth Hostel is a popular, well-maintained budget accommodation choice, and located right next to campus. Shared rooms from €16.00: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Cork-International-Youth-Hostel-An-Oige/Cork/316?source=googleadwordshostelsbynamebff&gclid=CJjPw-by0rYCFYEb4Qod7F4ATA

Discover Ireland Website:  http://www.discoverireland.ie/Places-To-Go/Cork

Accommodation booking sites:

http://www.hotels.com

http://www.booking.com

Price comparisons: http://www.trivago.com

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