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Best way to get the Blarney Castle

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Best way to get the Blarney Castle

Hello,

My boyfriend and I are leaving on our trip to Ireland in just over a week. We are spending 2 days in Dublin, then heading to Killarney for another 2 days. We want to get the most out of our trip, however I do want to stop and see Blarney Castle. We will not have a car, so we will be taking public transportation. Does it make sense to take the train from Dublin to Cork, and the bus from Cork to Blarney Castle, or would it make more sense to take the bus from Mallow to Blarney? (If there is one) We are looking to get the most of our time in all places...help!!!

Thank you!

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1. Re: Best way to get the Blarney Castle

Best way is bus from Cork city to Blarney. The service is much more frequent, in fact I don't even think there is a bus service from Mallow to Blarney. There are at least two services every hour from Cork city to Blarney and the bus drops you just a few minutes walk from the gates of Blarney Castle.

So when you get to Cork train station (Kent), which is the only train station in the city, you can walk to the bus station (an easy 10 minute flat walk), and from there take the 215 bus to Blarney - a journey of about 25 minutes each way. (The 215 stop is just about a minute walk from the station - ask for directions when you get there). There are also taxis at the station and a bus which will take you to the city centre, but it is much faster (and cheaper) to walk there.

Tickets can be purchased on the bus and driver gives change.

Here is the bus schedule for 215 www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1363793633-215.pdf

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Go to "Cobh heritage centre"

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3. Re: Best way to get the Blarney Castle

You could possibly take a taxi from Mallow to Blarney

Provided you are calling in on the same day, you could break your Dublin-Killarney rail journey at Mallow and then resume on a later train. This would remove the need to buy the €27 Cork-Killarney single ticket.

As a taxi from Mallow to Blarney would cost around €35 and it would have double occupancy, and because you'd have to pay for the Cork-Blarney bus anyway, this would only cost you around €10-€15.

The only drawback may be locating a taxi in Blarney for the trip to Mallow.

All that is based on you buying tickets for every leg of your journey. If you are travelling on a rail pass, it makes no sense at all.

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