Thanks to the low-cost carriers flying between cities within the same European country is often cheaper than taking the train or bus. And this is definitely the case if you are looking for flights from Dublin to Cork. They are cheap and easy to find but do remember to check the websites specialized on low-cost carriers.
Cork is served by a rather large airport (third largest in Ireland) which is located 8 km from the city center. It mainly receives flights from Dublin, Belfast, Britain and other Western European countries. To get from the airport to the city center there are buses – both regular and express – as well as taxis (fares are around €20 and they can carry up to 4 passengers at a time).
Dublin is served by an airport located 10 km outside the city center. Currently the airport only has one terminal but it will expend in 2010. Aer Lingus uses this airport as hub so it’s a good choice to start your search with them. Aer Arann also uses this airport and so does Ryanair, the famous low-cost carrier. To get from the airport to the city center you can take the bus – there are both express and regular lines- or a taxi (which should cost about €20-30, depending on the traffic).
Best airline choices
The only low-cost carrier operating flights from Dublin to Cork is Ryanair. The regular carrier operating direct flights is Aer Arann.
Typically, the ticket prices offered by Rynair for flights from Dublin to Cork are extremely low. You can get a round trip ticket for only €6 (excluding the handling fee, if applicable). But the longer you wait, the more you’ll pay so it’s not always true that flights are expensive during peak summer.
As for the ticket prices offered by Aer Arann, expect to pay about €90-100 for a round trip flight during the summer season (April to September). Prices don’t drop sharply after the summer peak though.
Money saving tips
Ryanair’s prices are, by far, the best and even if you cannot get the lowest possible fare, anything under €50 for a round trip flight is a very good bargain. The longer you wait, the more tickets will cost but, for example you won’t be paying €6 for a round trip flight, you’ll be paying €10 if you book about two months in advance. It doesn’t really matter if you fly during the weekend or weekdays either.
You won’t have much luck searching on the discount websites such as Travelocity, Expedia or Hotwire but Kayak usually gives you the non-stop flights offers from the regular carriers. Check Ryanair’s website or sites specialized in low-cost carriers to get the cheapest offers.
If you are traveling for business and your company doesn’t want you to fly on low-cost carriers (it often happens especially for European employees), look for offers in advance and try to book your ticket at most 8 weeks before departure.