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Book a cheap flight to Cork and the beautiful scenic landscapes of the south of Ireland will be on your doorstep. Ireland’s second city is not short of some atmospheric delights either. Cork is a city made for discovering on foot, thanks to the River Lee which flows around the Georgian streets and medieval alleys of its centre.
Discover the city’s waterways, traditional bars, historical buildings and independent shops before you head out to explore the dramatic coastline and lush interior of Ireland’s south.
Cork can be a delightful city to visit at any time of the year. The summer months of July and August are generally the busiest and most expensive, so you’ll need to arrange your flights as early as possible to find a bargain. Flights to Cork can also rise in price during October, when one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe takes place, in November, when Cork’s Film Festival is held, and in the run up to the shenanigans of St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.
If an event is not held in the city you’ll find springtime (April to early-June) and autumn (September to early-November) offer good weather, less crowds and cheaper flights. Inevitably there is more chance of a rainy day or two, so do pack a brolly.
It’s best to book your flights as early as possible to secure the cheapest flights to Cork, whatever season you are planning your visit. Here are some other ways you can use Expedia to find great deals on your flight to Ireland’s second city.
Using our ‘Nearby airports’ feature you can check to see if cheaper fares – or better flight times – are available from other convenient airports. Make sure, if you are searching for flights from London to Cork, that you select ‘All London airports’ to return a wider selection of available flights.
If you are not restricted to set dates you can select ‘Show flexible dates’ when your flight results are returned. This allows you to look at a range of flight options – and often a day or two’s difference can make a very big difference to the price of your Cork flight.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to Cork are:
Cork Airport is situated just five miles south of the city on the N27 (Kinsale Road). It is one of Ireland’s main airports and there are plenty of inbound and outbound flights available connecting nearly 70 destinations, including many UK airports, with direct flights.
The airport provides all the conveniences that travellers expect: hotels are just a stone’s throw away, ATMs and exchange kiosks are easy to find, there are plenty of places to refresh and a good choice of car hire desks for those looking to get out and about exploring southern Ireland.
There is a taxi rank located just outside the entrance to arrivals, and two public bus options offered by Bus Éireann can take you into the city on route 226 or route 249.
Airlines offering direct flights to Cork from the UK include:
Cork is a joy to explore by foot but there is also the option of a hop on/hop off sightseeing bus service offered by Cork City Tours. This will whisk you to the city's main historical landmarks and sites.
If you are looking to travel further afield there are excellent road connections for car hire and bus services link the major towns of Ireland directly to Cork.
Some of the finest views of Cork can be enjoyed from Elizabeth Fort and Cork City Gaol, both of which are fascinating historic buildings in their own right.
On Sundays the Elizabeth Fort Market Festival also showcases Irish crafts, gourmet food and entertainment are also hosted within its historic walls.
You may want to take a bus or taxi ride out to the west of the city to visit the old Gaol – but the fine cityscapes and surrounding landscape views from here make the trip very rewarding.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a 50,000-capacity stadium in Ballintemple. It is the home of the Cork Gaelic Athletic Association, so you can always catch live football here on match days or enjoy a tour of the grounds every Monday and Wednesday.
Fitzgerald’s Park offers tranquillity and natural beauty in the heart of Cork, whilst Lough Park is set around a freshwater limestone lake teeming with wildlife just one kilometre southwest of the centre.
Car hire can really open out all of Ireland to you – and it can offer alternative arrival airports to consider for cheap airfares. For instance, Belfast is only a pleasant four-hour drive, Dublin is just two hours away by car and Shannon Airport is less than an hour and a half by road to Cork.