Ireland is a country that I visited as a child during a language stay with the school. I had not had the opportunity to go back. For a few years now, my friend Rebecca has been living there. I had a reason, other than my passion for beer, to go there.
Want to know how to have fun in Cork? All my tips are below!
Discover also Cork in my video made there:
Do I need a visa?
No. Ireland is a member of the European Union. No visa is needed, you can go there with a simple identity card.
How much does the airfare cost?
Inexpensive. From Paris, Aer Lingus offers very interesting rates, from Roissy airport.
For my stay, I paid 125€ for my return trip. Youonly need to book a few weeks in advance to get this price, or even cheaper.
For more information on the subject, I advise you to read my article on how to find a cheap plane ticket, in less than 40 minutes.
How to leave the airport?
It's quick and easy. Aer Lingus lands at Cork International Airport which is 8km from the city centre. There are two ways to leave:
Bus: It will take you to the city centre in 25 minutes for a fare of 3,9€.
Taxi: It will take you to the city centre in 15 minutes for a fare between 10€ and 15€.
How to get around?
The car rental is very cheap in Ireland. there I was lodged at a friend's, who did not have a vehicle. We rented a Volkswagen Up 5door for 4€ / day. You can find very cheap cars by clicking here.
A bus ride in the city costs €1.5.
Where to eat?
Food is not a big budget item in Cork.
You can eat the inevitable fish and chips for €5.
For a good atmosphere and a good welcome, I recommend the Wild West Wings.
Where to stay?
Accommodation in Cork is very cheap. You can easily find a bed in a dormitory, in a youth hostel, for between 10€ and 15€.
You can also find private flats from 25€ on www.airbnb.fr.
What to do?
Pub Crawl: Pubs are an institution in Ireland and Cork is full of them. Spend an evening going from pub to pub to discover the atmosphere, the decor and above all the Irish people who meet there.
Greyhound Racing: Greyhound racing is an integral part of Irish culture. They take place in Curraheen park in Cork. For €10 you can watch 10 races. Once inside you can watch the races, place your bets and access the restaurants which offer traditional Irish cuisine at very reasonable prices. To get there you can take the number 8 bus for €2.
Cobh: This town was one of the main departure points for Irish migrants to the USA. It is also where the Titanic left from. You can visit the town's museum for 4€.
Killarney National Park: 1.5 hours away is the country's largest national park. You can admire its fauna, its flora, its landscapes and its lakes. A horse ride costs 30€ per hour.
Drombeg Stone Circle: Drombeg Cromlech is one of Ireland's megalithic sites, located 1.5 hours away. It is a druid altar. The road to get there will take you through some beautiful scenery.
Don't hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any other advice. Thanks in advance.
Enjoy your stay!