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Ferry from Swansea to Cork [no longer operational]



Route: Ferry from Swansea (South Wales) to Cork (Southwest Ireland)
Journey time: 10 hours
Journey highlights:

Editor's note: this route no longer operates. For alternative journeys by ferry to/from Ireland, see our Ferry Journey Planner. The Republic of Ireland’s friendly, bustling second city enchants visitors: a compact city centre nestles on an island lined with pretty quays and linked by thirty bridges across the branches of the river that surrounds it. The centre’s gracious buildings house shops, cafés and restaurants galore, as well of course as a myriad traditional Irish pubs, where you can get a real flavour for the country and its famed hospitality. The 2005 European Capital of Culture, Cork has many strings to its bow – a glorious cathedral, thriving arts festivals, and some fine museums. The crowning glory of Cork’s cultural life is a live music scene that would make many larger metropolises blush in shame, with traditional Irish music supplemented by an ever-increasing number of new young artists and performers.

Beyond the city itself, there is the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle; but it is definitely worth exploring further into the rest of County Cork. Cork boasts diverse landscapes from peatlands and forest to rugged mountains: its coastline of bays and peninsulas is dotted with jagged cliffs that form a spectacular backdrop to some fine sandy beaches. Many of the islands off the coast are protected, and the sealife is rich and abundant - the county is a prime whale-watching destination.

See Irish travel writer Catherine Mack's article on taking the ferry between Swansea and Cork.



Sample itinerary: Take a 2030 ferry from Swansea and arrive in Cork at 0800 the next day (subject to change).
Price: From £45 each way
Book a ferry ticket from Swansea to Cork
How to travel to the port:

Getting to Swansea Port: A dedicated shuttle bus runs from Swansea railway station to the ferry port, approximately 2 miles away, costing £4. Alternatively you can take a taxi. Swansea station is well connected to the UK rail network, with regular services to Cardiff, London and beyond.

Swansea Port facilties: Currently limited, but there is a lounge and toilets.

Transfer time: About 10 minutes (though allow for time waiting for shuttle bus/taxi)
The Ferry Crossing:

Swansea to Cork

From July 11th - August 30th, there are departures Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2030, arriving in Cork at 0700 the following day, and Sunday at 0900 (arriving around 1900 in Cork).
The rest of the year, ferries depart Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2030, arriving in Cork at 0700 the following day.

Frequency of service: Up to 4 per week

Fastnet Line

Journey time: 10 hours
Onward travel from the port:

Welcome to Cork 

You can either take a taxi from the port at Ringaskiddy direct to Cork Kent railway station in the city centre (Cork’s Kent railway station is a major hub of the Irish railway network, with regular services to destinations across the country, including Dublin) or take the number 223 bus from the port to Cork city centre bus station from where there are onward bus connections to the rest of Ireland (Cork city centre bus station is a couple of minutes’ walk from Cork Kent station - across the river on Parnell Place, so you could take the bus and then walk).

The city of Cork does have a suburban rail network (map in second image), but this is likely to be of limited use to visitors (except for travel to the famous Blarney Castle and its Stone), who will spend most of their time in central Cork. The railway and bus stations and within easy striking distance of the city centre on foot, and the centre itself is compact, sitting on an island between two branches of the river Lee. There is of course a network of bus services across the city of Cork, run by Bus Eireann, who offer bus timetables for Cork and other cities, plus a journey planner, on their website.

For more information on rail journeys to the rest of Ireland see Irish Rail and for other articles on rail and ferry journeys to and from Ireland see:

Tips on Visiting Ireland 
Top ten green holidays in Ireland
How to travel to and from Ireland without flying 
Kingfisher Cycling Trail, Ireland
Dublin's coastal walks and trains 
Getting home to Ireland in the snow



Your route to Cork (Southwest Ireland)

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the ferry.