Travel from Dublin to Cork with Expressway Route X8

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Travel from Dublin to Cork with Expressway Route X8

With 6 services in each direction per day, the X8 conveniently connects Dublin City with Cork City - Ireland’s most populated and celebrated cities.

Extending to Dublin Airport via the M8 motorway, the X8 services provides Corkonians an efficient way to access additional European and International holiday and business destinations with ease.

Passing through the Busáras Bus Station in Dublin City Centre, Cashel, Cahir Mitchelstown and Femoy before arriving at Parnell Station in Cork, the X8 connects our two most prominent cities in the south and the east of the country.


Dublin Airport

A total of 6 services run from Cork Bus Station to Dublin airport from 08:00 am in the morning to 06:00 pm in the evening with an additional 6 services bringing passengers back to Cork from Dublin airport between 07:30 am and 17:30 pm daily.

With the X8 you’re dropped to just outside the terminal, so the next time you’re heading to the airport from Cork, Cashel, Mitchelstown or Femoy, take the stress-free option with X8.

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Southbound to Cork, services from Cashel start at 10:05 am with the final service departing at 20:05 pm from The Bakehouse on Cashel Main Street.

Northbound to Dublin, services from Cashel start at 09:40 am with the final service departing at 19:40 pm from the junction at Friar Street bus stop in Cashel.


Southbound to Cork, services from Cahir start at 10:25 am with the final service departing at 20:05 pm from the Tourist Office on Castle Street.

Northbound to Dublin, services from Cahir start at 09:20 am with the final service departing at 19:20 pm from the Gatehouse on Castle Street.


Southbound to Cork, services from Mitchelstown start at 10:50 am with the final service departing at 20:50 pm from the AIB Bank on the Main Street.

Northbound to Dublin, services from Mitchelstown start at 08:55 am with the final service departing at 18:55 pm from The Square.


Southbound to Cork, services from Femoy start at 11:10 am with the final service departing at 21:10 pm from Bella Café on McCurtain Street.

Northbound to Dublin, services from Femoy start at 08:35 am with the final service departing at 18:35 pm at the junctions of McCurtain Street and Abbey Street.

Dublin to Cork Journey Time

The journey time from Dublin to Cork is approximately three hours and 15 minutes, making it one of the fastest ways to travel between Dublin and Cork.

Dublin to Cork Coaches

Expressway coaches are a byword for comfort - reclining leather seats, air conditioning, sockets for charging any phones and laptops you might have, free Wi-Fi onboard, and plenty of room for any luggage you may have. Our fleet of brand new coaches will ensure your journey is Way Better.

Arriving in Cork

Bus Éireann operates a city coach service in Cork that connects the community with hospitals, schools, shopping, tourist attractions and the airport. For more information, please visit:

Staying in Cork

As Ireland’s second largest city, there is always something to do in Cork City itself, with the city providing the perfect launch-pad to other towns and villages in the wider county.


Cork is a bustling, sophisticated city with shopping options of every kind. The main shopping areas include Patrick Street, Princes Street, Oliver Plunkett Street and the North Main Street. Here you can find a combination of High Street stores, unusual boutiques, craft and musical instrument stores mixed with welcoming cafes. For shopping centres head to Merchant's Quay Shopping Centre, Paul Street Shopping Centre, French Church Street and North Main Street Shopping Centre.

Dating back to 1788, the English Market, with its main entrances on Grand Parade and on Princes Street, is the perfect way to while away an afternoon. Here you can shop for all manner of artisan and luxury foodstuffs and admire the quaint Victorian architecture of this popular attraction frequented by tourists and locals alike. Be sure to treat yourself to good cup of coffee and a slice of organic chocolate cake in the market café on the second floor of the building.

Choose from a wide variety of diverse tourist attractions in Cork City. Pay a visit to Fota Wildlife Park - a 75-acre wildlife park on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill in County Cork. The park is home to nearly 30 mammals and 50 bird species has been awarded ‘Best Family Day Out’ for both Munster and Cork on several occasions.

Marvel at the many fascinating art works at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery. Located in the heart of Cork City, the Crawford Art Gallery dates back to 1724 and houses a wide range of traditional and modern art. It also has a cosy little café renowned for its good food.

Cork Events

The Cork Jazz Festival: Hundreds of musicians and thousands of music fans flock to the city of Cork at the end of October each year for Ireland’s largest jazz festival. Expect tons of top class gigs and a unique party atmosphere.

Cork Harbour Festival: Schedule your visit to Cork for the Cork Harbour Festival in the centre of the city for a weekend unlike any other. Catch the Ocean to City Race, sock up the atmosphere at Cork Harbour Open Day, or try your hand at sailing for the first time.

Cork Film Festival: Cork will become a mecca for film fans and industry experts for the wonderful Cork Film Festival.


There are a number of hospitals in Cork. The largest is Cork University Hospital, located in Wilton. There is also The Bon Secours Hospital Cork on College Road, The South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital on Blackrock Road and The Mercy University Hospital on Grenville Place. Alternatively you can attend the Mater Private Hospital Cork at City Gate.

Arriving in Dublin

Stepping off in our city’s capital opens up the entire island of Ireland for any prospective passengers travelling on, with our extensive services from Dublin giving you unparalleled access to the island of Ireland. See our list of related routes for details.

Shopping in Dublin

If you’re heading to Dublin for a day out, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice. From high street shopping in Grafton Street, to some of Ireland’s best bars and restaurants, Dublin dwellers are spoilt for choice.

Dublin Tourist Attractions

If you’re looking for a good day out, you could do worse than to spoil yourself with the historic delights of the Capital.

From the Book of Kells in the glorious surroundings of Trinity College , to the National Museum and Gallery, some of Ireland’s most storied sculptures and artefacts are just a 5 minute walk from Busáras.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head North to Glasnevin, and learn about the heroes of Ireland’s revolutionary past in Glasnevin Cemetery.

A trip to the northside is never complete without a visit to the GAA’s home of Croke Park – in the museum you can learn all about the heritage and history of our national sports.

Dublin Transport Links

When you’re in Dublin, the best way to get around is either with:

Dublin Bus

Service Number
Dublin (Busáras) DEP. 08.00 P 12.00 P 14.00 P 18.00 P
Dublin (Opp Heuston Station) 08.12 P 12.12 P 14.12 P 18.12 P
Newlands Cross (Southbound) 08.30 P 12.30 P 14.30 P 18.30 P
Cashel (Main Street − The Bakehouse) 10.05 14.05 16.05 20.05
Cahir (Castle Street Tourist Office) 10.25 14.25 16.25 20.25
Mitchelstown (AIB Bank − Main Street) 10.50 14.50 16.50 20.50
Fermoy (Bella Cafe − McCurtain Street) 11.10 15.10 17.10 21.10
Cork (Bus Station - Parnell Place)ARR. 11.45 15.45 17.45 21.45
Service Number
Cork (Bus Station - Parnell Place) DEP. 08.00 12.00 14.00 18.00
Fermoy (Bella Cafe − McCurtain Street) 08.35 12.35 14.35 18.35
Mitchelstown (AIB Bank − Main Street) 08.55 12.55 14.55 18.55
Cahir (Castle Street Tourist Office) 09.20 13.20 15.20 19.20
Cashel (Main Street − The Bakehouse) 09.40 13.40 15.40 19.40
Newlands Cross (Northbound) ARR. 11.15 D 15.15 D 17.15 D 21.15 D
Dublin (Heuston Station) ARR. 11.33 D 15.33 D 17.33 D 21.33 D
Dublin (Eden Quay) ARR. 11.42 D 15.42 D 17.42 D 21.42 D
Dublin (Busáras) ARR. 11.45 D 15.45 D 17.45 D 21.45 D


P = Pick-up stop only.

D = Drop-off stop only.

Please Note:

No services on Christmas Day. Enquire about St.Stephen's Day services.

Normal service will operate on other Public Holidays. We advice passengers travelling to Dublin Airport to allow ample time for check-in.

From Dublin to Cork

  • Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 10 Stop 2) Dur: 4h 15m
  • Dublin (Busáras)
  • Heuston Station
  • Newlands Cross
  • Cashel (Main Street − Bakehouse)
  • Cahir (Castle St − Tourist Office)
  • Mitchelstown (AIB Bank − Main St)
  • Fermoy (McCurtain St − Bella Cafe)
  • Cork (Bus Station − Parnell Place)

    From Cork to Dublin

  • Cork (Bus Station − Parnell Place) Dur: 4h 10m
  • Fermoy (McCurtain St − Boardwalk Shoes)
  • Mitchelstown (The Square)
  • Cahir (Castle St − The Gatehouse)
  • Cashel (Main Street − Internet Cafe)
  • Newlands Cross
  • Heuston Station
  • Eden Quay arr.
  • Dublin (Busáras)
  • Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 10 Stop 2)