Transport to UCC
Cork Airport is located about 7 km south of the university (and the city) and is fifteen minutes from the city centre by public bus (Bus Eireann; route 226 or 226a) or taxi. The university is situated about a kilometre to the west of the city centre and is located a short walk along the south channel of the river Lee. The airport has direct links with a number of European destinations.
See Cork city in relation to the Cork Airport and its environs (including Midleton – home of Irish Distillers, and visitor spots e.g. Kinsale, Blarney, Cobh) here: cork area map
However, the university is just a short, ten-minute walk from the city, Cork city and environs (including the university) is served by a municipal bike hire scheme, which can be accessed by visitors.
DIRECTIONS TO THE MAIN CAMPUS
The main campus of UCC is about a kilometre west of Cork city centre, about 15 minutes’ walk along Washington Street. The College Gates on Western Road are ceremonial (foot access only): the entrance to the main campus is on College Road, and there are side entrances on Donovan’s Road, Gaol Walk and other entrances on College Road.
There are usually plenty of taxis in the city and at the airport, rail and bus stations. Taxis from the city centre cost about €8, though the campus is generally walkable from the city, taking about 10-20 minutes (depending on loaction -see map below). ABC Taxis (021) 4961961 and Cork Taxi Co-op (021) 4272222 are two taxi firms that operate throughout the city and surrounds.
From the city centre, follow the signs to Killarney and West Cork: Go west out of the city along Washington Street; go through the first two traffic lights. Pass the River Lee Hotel on your left. Turn left at the third traffic lights by the old College gates (if you are walking you can enter the campus here or through the next gates up Donovan’s Hill). Go up Donovan’s Road, past the Honan Chapel on your right; At the top of the hill, turn right onto College Road; For the main entrance to the College go 200m further down College Road, on your right. Detail on: Cork City and Main Approach Routes
Parking on the main campus is EXTREMELY restricted and is limited to permit holders, deliveries, those on official business and cars with disabled stickers. Other UCC locations have very limited visitor parking particularly during term time. Some visitor parking may be found in Perrott’s Inch and Perrott Avenue car parks on an hourly charge.
Perrott’s Inch car park is located on Gaol Walk and may be reached by passing the main UCC entrance on Western Road and turning left at the next traffic lights. The car park is located on the left hand side before the bridge.
To get to the Perrott Avenue car park, drive to the top of Donovan’s Road and turn right into College Road. Perrott Avenue car park will be immediately on your left. Detail on: Visitor Parking
By City Bus
UCC is served by two City Bus routes (No.205 and No.208) connecting the campus to Cork City Centre via Washington Street and St Patrick Street. Bus stops are located on College Road/ O’Donovan’s Road (Route No.205—with services every 15 minutes Monday to Friday) and Western Road (Route No. 208—with services every 10 minutes Monday to Friday). Route No 210 buses serve Bandon Road at close walking distance to the Main Campus. Detail on: Bus Routes Serving UCC
Train services to Cork are operated by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) and stop at Kent Station. Accessibility to Cork is excellent with an hourly intercity service to and from Dublin Heuston Station with a travel time of 2.5 hours. There are also frequent commuter services to/from Mallow, Midleton and Cobh.
City bus No 205 services operate between Kent Station and UCC. Taxis from the train station to UCC cost approximately €10.
Taxis from the bus station cost approximately €10.
People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before they can land in the country. You do not need a visa to land in Ireland if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed on the following link https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/
If you are not from one of the countries listed above you will require an entry visa. To apply, contact the Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you live. It may also be possible to apply online if you live in a country where the online facility is available. Information on Visa Entry Requirements
Please note: The standard non-refundable visa application processing fee is €60 for a single-journey visa. This will be valid for one entry into the State within 90 days of issue.