Getting around Cork
Statio Bene Fide Carinis'
From a small merchant town, Cork has grown into a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that, within the Republic of Ireland, is second only to Dublin in size and importance.
Statio Bene Fide Carinis' – "A safe Harbour for ships" is the motto of the city that is found on the coat of arms.
Image: University College Cork
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Cork has a small city centre and is entirely walkable. A visitor will most likely be staying, eating, drinking and touring in the city centre and will unlikely need to use public transport.
There are bus services to the residential suburbs. Most buses leave from St. Patrick's Street or nearby streets such as South Mall, Grand Parade and Merchant's Quay. A guided bus tour departs from the junction of Grand Parade and South Mall at regular intervals and provides an interesting tour of the main highlights of Cork for those who do not have a lot of time on their hands.
There are numerous Taxi ranks located throughout cork city, fares are calculated on a meter and all taxis are the same price. Fares are also negotiable for longer out of town trips. Most drivers also offer fixed priced guided tours.
Taxis appear as normal cars except with a circular green and blue 'TAXI' sticker on each front door and a yellow bar above it with their license number and 'TAXI' or the Irish equivalent 'TACSAÍ' written on it. If the light is on, the taxi is available for hire, but some taxi drivers forget to turn on and off their light, so check to see if anyone's in the cab.
For travelling a little further outside the city, Cork has a good carpooling community. The Carma app lists significant number of drivers around the city. In particular there a lot of commuters travelling between Kinsale and Cork morning and evening using Carma.