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Cork Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Cork Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

tried to sleep on the floor on the sleeping pads, but security guys had a problem with that. -namche

Airport Overview

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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Cork Airport.

What to Expect

  • A clean and modern single-terminal international airport with a small selection of shopping and dining options. Shops and restaurants close at night, so have a few snacks and beverages handy for later.
  • Helpful, friendly staff and airport security
  • Plenty of power outlets for mobile charging
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Comfortable padded benches or couches can be found in the upstairs cafe/lounge, the food court and the bar on the 2nd floor.
  • In order to stay overnight, airport security may ask you to present a boarding pass or flight ticket for proof of onward travel.
  • Have a sleep mask and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy to block out the bright lights and airport noise.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • There’s a Bus Éireann station right outside of the terminal, handy if you need to take reasonably-priced transportation to or from Dublin or Cork city center. See our Airport Transportation in the airport guide below..

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Cork Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Cork airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Jack Lynch Lounge - Location: Airside, opposite Gate 8. Hours: 6:00AM - 9:30PM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (€25) • Book Online (£22 - minimum 24 hour advance purchase is required)

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Cork Airport. Additionally, there are internet kiosks located landside, on the lower level, adjacent to Easons Shop in the check-in area and in the arrivals area near Starbucks. Airside, you can find a kiosk next to Lir Chocolate Cafe.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Cork Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Cork Airport Hotel- (5 min walk from the terminal) This is the closest hotel to the airport. You can walk or take the hotel’s free 24-hr shuttle bus. Use the courtesy phone at the airport to call the hotel for pick-up.
  • Cork International Airport Hotel - (5 min walk from the terminal) You can walk or take the hotel’s free 24-hour shuttle bus, which runs every 30 minutes. Day rooms are available.
  • Travelodge Cork Airport - (7 min from the airport) No airport shuttle, but there is an hourly public bus that stops near the hotel on the way from the airport to Cork city center.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Cork Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - There are three cash machines. Two machines are located Landside, Lower Level, beside the Bureau de Change. One dispenses Euro only while the other dispenses both Euro and Sterling. A third machine that dispenses Euros only is located Airside, near Gate 4.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Currency Exchange - The Bank & Bureau de Change is located on the ground floor (Level 1), next to WHSmith. Hours: 10:00AM - 4:00PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Vending machines are also available in the airport.
  • Hairdresser - Men’s, Ladies and Children’s hair services provided. Location: Cork International Airport Hotel
  • Information Desk - Location: landside, on the Arrivals Level, between the Car Hire Desks and Londis store.
  • Luggage Storage / Lockers - Not Available
  • Shopping - Newspapers, magazines, snacks, travel goods, and more are sold at WHSmith shops, located landside and airside. Groceries, takeaway food, and more can be purchased at Spar, a convenience market located on the ground floor near the Information Desk. The Loop offers a variety of luxury brand items, liquors, and wines at “20% off downtown prices”.
  • Showers - Not Available

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Bus 226/226A links the airport to the city center in a 20 minute journey. Buses depart every 30 minutes from Monday - Saturday, and hourly on Sundays and public holidays, stopping in Cork city center, Kent Station and the final destination of Parnell Place Bus Station. Connections to local and long distance buses are available at Parnell Place Bus Station, and local and intercity train connections are available from Kent Station. Hourly bus service is also available to the village of Kinsale by taking Bus 226 past the airport in the direction opposite of Cork city center. Tickets are available online or from the bus driver. For route maps, schedules, fares and ticket sales, visit the Bus Éireann website.

Direct bus service is available from Cork Airport to Galway and Limerick. For service details, fares and ticket sales, contact Irish CityLink.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the Arrivals Hall: Avis, Budget/Payless, Enterprise, Europcar, Dooley and Hertz.

Taxis

Taxis are available outside of the terminal during airport hours of operation. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this update, estimated one-way fare between the airport and city center is about €20.

Train

The nearest train station to the airport is Kent Station, about a 10 minute walking distance from Parnell Place Bus Station. Kent Station can be reached by bus or taxi from the airport. For routes, schedules and fare information for Irish trains, visit the Irish Rail website.

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Last Updated: 02 January 2017

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.

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