Cork is well connected
A gateway to Europe for centuries, Cork’s connectivity is boosted by Ireland’s second largest airport, which provides access to almost 50 international destinations including transatlantic air routes. Cork is home to the second largest natural harbour in the world, handling exports and imports of sea-borne trade and welcoming visitors through Ireland’s only dedicated cruise berth.
Cork Airport is located just 7 kilometres from the city centre. It is the gateway to the South of Ireland and connects passengers directly to almost 50 international destinations across the UK, Europe and the USA and hundreds of others via global airports hubs in London, Amsterdam and Paris with multiple daily flights. Cork Airport is the region’s busiest and best-connected international airport and the State’s second largest airport after Dublin, with nine airlines operating scheduled services including Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Norwegian, Volotea, SWISS, Air France, Iberia Express, Flybe and Aer Lingus Regional.
In addition, Dublin Airport provides additional international options not served directly from Cork. Ireland’s capital city, Dublin is located just 250km away there is an hourly intercity rail service, with journey times of approximately 2 hours 20 mins. A journey by the motorway network is approximately 2 hours 40 minutes.
The Port of Cork is ideally positioned for European trading as well as direct deep sea shipping services, promoting the development of trade and economic growth in a global market. It is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of only two Irish ports which service the requirements of all six shipping modes – Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break Bulk and Cruise. The port is classified as a Tier 1 port of national significance. Recently the Port of Cork jointly purchased Marino Point, a deep water port facility and embarked on a €80 million port redevelopment project in Ringaksiddy.
Cork offers Tier 1 connectivity with the lowest telecoms latency between the EU and US (USA-UK 100 Gbit/s fibre network via Cork). In addition, a new sub sea cable is planned connecting Cork to mainland Europe via France.