Getting To and Around Cork

1. How do I arrive to Cork?

There are three principal international airports in Ireland: Cork, Dublin, and Shannon. From Amsterdam, Paris or London, there are a number of direct connections to Cork Airport. It is the principal international gateway to the South of Ireland and is conveniently located just 8 kilometres from Cork City Centre. A taxi journey, with little traffic, takes approximately 20 minutes and costs about €20. From Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport, there are frequent connections by train or bus: Bus Eireann, Aircoach and GoBus all operate a direct service from Dublin airport to Cork city centre. The journey from Dublin airport to Cork city takes approximately 3 and half hours. Regular bus services connect Shannon Airport to Limerick, from where you may take a bus or a train to Cork: the journey takes less than two hours.

2. Where can I stay?

There are over 3,000 rooms available across a selction of internationally acclaimed 3 Star, 4 Star and 5 Star hotels all within walking distance of UCC. Hayfield Manor, River Lee or the Kingsley Hotels are all in immediate proximity of the university campus, while Jurys Inn, Clarion Hotel or the Imperial Hotel are located in the heart of the Cork City center. Cork Airport Hotel and Cork International Airport Hotel might be the most convenient option for many visitors. Garnish House, Redclyffe House, The Blarney Stone, Killarney Guesthouse, Crawford Guesthouse or Blue Dolphin B&B offer luxurious guestrooms equipped with all facilities and welcoming atmosphere. Budget-friendly university accommodation is also available during the summer holidays. Please contact the Conference Office should you require any assistance when arranging your accommodation.

3. How do I get to the conference venue?

The venue is stated on the conference registration site, as well as in your confirmation email. You may find this Interactive Campus Map handy when locating your conference site at UCC. You can also download our UCC Connect Application to your smartphone that will help you locate your conference venue. City as well as the university campus are easy to navigate and both within walking distance, however, UCC is also served by public transport by two City Bus routes (No 205 and No 208), connecting the campus to Cork City Centre via Washington and St Patrick Streets. Bus stops are located on College Road / O’Donovan’s Road (Route No 205) and Western Road (Route No 208).

4. Is parking complementary at University College Cork and where is it located?

Conference organizer can secure parking spaces for their delegates. On other occasion, pay visitor car parking is available at Perrott’s Inch and Perrott Avenue car parks by the main UCC campus, where hourly charge applies. At Western Gateway Building, Brookfield Health Science Complex and at North Mall Campus, pay & display tickets at €2 per hour are available. See here your campus parking options. Please note that access to all other on campus car parks is restricted to permit holders Monday to Friday, 8am–5pm. UCC also provides a Park and Ride service with frequent shuttle buses. We advise our visitors to prearrange parking by contacting the UCC Conference Office. UCC’s buildings are located in suburban and city centre areas of Cork City. Those, who are unable to obtain parking on the campus and intend to park on the road outside of the university, should make sure that parking is allowed as cars parked illegally may be towed or clamped. Parking is prohibited on roads with double yellow lines, in disabled driver spaces, on footpaths and within 5 metres of a junction. Streets with single yellow lines forbid parking at certain times. Car parks in the city center similarly charge by the hour.