Sleeping in Airports

Cork Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Cork Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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Airport Overview

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
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information 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.

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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, opposite Gate 8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

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

  • Cork Airport Hotel – (5 minute walk from the terminal) This is the closest hotel to the airport. You can walk or take the hotel’s free 24-hour shuttle bus. Use the courtesy phone at the airport to call the hotel for pick-up. » Check Rates
  • Cork International Airport Hotel – (5 minute 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. » Check Rates
  • Travelodge Cork Airport – (7 minutes 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. » Check Rates

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.

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.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. There is one landside machine that dispenses both Euro and Sterling, while the airside machine dispense Euros. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside, Lower Level, beside the Bureau de Change • Airside, near Gate 4.

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.

Hair Salon – 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.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

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”.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airlines

As of November 2018, Cork airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Air France • Flybe • Iberia Express • Norwegian Air • Ryanair • Swiss • Volotea.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Bus 226 links the airport to the city center in a 20 minute journey. Buses stop at Kent Station (for local and intercity train connections), Parnell Place Bus Station (for local and long distance bus connections) and the city center. 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 November 2018 update, the estimated one-way fare between the airport and city center/ bus station/ train station 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.

Last updated: 2018-11-13

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide,  write a review or send an email to [email protected]