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Overview: Train from London to Cork

distanceDistance357 miles (576 km)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersAvanti West Coast or Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail

Trains from London to Cork cover the 357 miles (576 km) long route with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast or Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail. There are direct train services available. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Cork City.

Trains from London to Cork

The rail journey from London to Cork is usually available once each weekday from London’s modern Euston station, with some days offering two trains.  All journeys require changes, with some requiring as many as 3. One of the changes required on all journeys involves travelling by ferry across the Irish Sea. Most journeys take about 12 hours to complete.

Which train companies travel from London to Cork?

Virgin Trains and Irish Rail operate along the route from London to Cork. Virgin Trains run faster trains than Irish Rail, by about an hour for the entire journey. Whilst travelling on a Virgin train passengers can expect Wi-Fi , food options and plug sockets. Irish Rail are the sole providers of weekend travel between London and Cork.

How long is the train journey from London to Cork?

Passengers travelling from London to Cork can expect journey times of 11.5 hours up to 12.5 hours. This travel times includes the ferry from Holyhead and a, sometimes lengthy, wait at Dublin Port before catching the onward train to Cork city, provided by Irish Rail.

How many trains are there from London to Cork?

There is at least one departure per day travelling the London to Cork route. On Fridays, there is an extra depature with 3 changes, involving an extra crossover at Chester before travelling onwards to Holyhead. Saturday also sees two depatures, where on a Sunday, service returns to just one train.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from London to Cork?

Departure train station: All trains from London to Cork depart from the London Euston station. Euston is a large modern station, with modern facilities. It is situated very close to Camden, close to many British attractions, and with easy access to trains to all parts of London and the United Kingdom. It is also served by the London Underground with the Northern and Victoria lines, and is easily accessible by bus, with a large bus station just outside. Within the station passengers will find numerous shops, dining options and places to relax before onwards travel.

Arrival train station: The train journey from London ends at the Cork city station, 15 minutes walk from Cork’s city centre. The station is relatively small with limited facilities, but a shop is available, as is access to public transport.

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FAQs

What are the travel restrictions for Cork, Ireland if I'm coming from London, United Kingdom by train?

Travel between London, United Kingdom and Cork, Ireland by train is: Partially open.

What is the status of international entry into Ireland from United Kingdom?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to self-quarantine on arrival in Ireland from London?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 10 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Cork, Ireland?

When travelling in Ireland, you must follow these COVID-19 safety rules:

  • Physical distance requirement: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 13/01/2022. This can change before your date of travel so please review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Cork from London before travelling.

What is the restriction level for the return leg of a round trip journey from Cork, Ireland to London, United Kingdom?

The restriction level for your return train to London, United Kingdom from Cork is: Partially open.

Is my return train into London from Cork restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Cork?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in London, United Kingdom?

The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Regional advice

Last checked on 16/01/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to London from Cork closer to your date of departure here.

How far is it from London to Cork by train?

The distance to Cork from London by train is approximately 357 miles (576 km).

What station does the London to Cork train leave from? Which Cork train station do I come into from London?

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from London Victoria   and arrive in Cork City.

Where is the train station in London? Where is the train station in Cork?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called London Victoria, is located 1.2 miles (2 km) from the city centre of London.

The most popular arrival train station, Cork City, is located 0.6 miles (997 m) away from the city centre of Cork.

Which train providers can get me from London to Cork?

If you're looking for trains from London to Cork, you can rely on Avanti West Coast or Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail to get you to Cork. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the London to Cork trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Cork
The major railway station for departures from London is London Victoria. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at London Victoria for your trip to Cork from London.
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transport options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transport options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
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+44 3457114141
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24/7
Public transport options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
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+44 2078437688
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Public transport options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139