Cork, located in Ireland’s south-west, is serviced by strong road and public transport links. Regardless of whether you’re accessing the city by car, bus, or rail, you’ll be able to land in close proximity to the city centre.
If arriving by car, please be aware that Cork is connected to other regions by the M8 approaching from the north, the N25 in the east, the N20 in the north-west, the N71 from the south-west and the N28 if travelling a short distance from the city’s south-eastern outskirts.
The test venue is located on Alfred Street within central Cork, with plenty of car parks in close proximity. We’ve listed a couple of decent options below, but please be aware there are several other parking facilities within a ten-minute walk of the test centre. To review these sites, please head to the relevant Parkopedia page, located here.
Patrick’s Quay Car Park
This car park is located a short, four-minute walk from the venue. The site is open Monday-Saturday between 7.30am-7.00pm, and Sundays from 12.00pm-6.00pm.
Tickets are reasonably priced at €2.50 per hour. This rate is carried through to three hours before a blanket charge of €8 is applied if parking longer than this timeframe. However, given how close this car park is to the test centre, it’s unlikely you’ll need longer than two hours parking coverage.
Please be aware that this is a cash-only site, and disabled parking spaces are available.
To access the venue from here, please exit the car park and turn left. At the first opportunity, turn left again, which will bring you onto Ship Street. Advance approximately 100m, before turning right onto Alfred Street (be careful not to miss this turning and continue onto the N8 – this is a mere 10m on from the Alfred Street junction). Please continue 50m; the test site will be on your right-hand side.
This is an underground facility, situated roughly 450m away from Alfred Street. The car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Parking is slightly cheaper here, charging users €2.20 per hour. If you’re planning to extend your stay in Cork beyond test day, then please note that this site offers overnight tickets (must arrive post-6.30pm and leave before 8.00am) at a price of €9. A full, 24-hour ticket can also be purchased for €36.
This car park accepts cash or card payments but unfortunately does not facilitate contactless transactions. The site accommodates disabled parking.
The onwards journey to the venue will take around five minutes to conduct. Leave the car park and head north towards Oliver Plunkett Street Lower. Turn right onto this road, and advance 50m. At the junction, turn left onto the N27, and continue for approximately for 150m, crossing the Michael Collins bridge over the River Lee in the process. Turn left at the fork, and progress on Penrose Quay for roughly 50m. Please then head right onto Ship Street. The route then converges with the journey taken from Patrick’s Quay Park. Therefore, from here, please follow the guidance provided above.
There is a raft of bus services that head into Cork, approaching from various parts of the country. For a full list of routes, please head to Alfred Street’s dashboard page on Moovit, which can be found by clicking this link.
Nevertheless, we’ve picked out several of the key transit lines that have a wide coverage of scheduled stops. These are routes 40, 51, and 600.
40: The number 40 has a number of variant routes, not all of which pass through Cork. Therefore, if opting for this service, please check the designated route for your desired time of travel. The bus primarily heads between Tralee in the west, and Cork in the east. On arrival into Cork, please exit at Parnell Place Bus Station, which is where this service terminates.
From here, the test centre is a roughly a six-minute walk away. Please turn right out of the bus station, progress 20m, and then turn right again onto Merchants Quay. Advance for 50m, before turning left onto Brian Boru Bridge. Head over the bridge, and continue walking, crossing the N8 and allowing your pathway to loop round to the right. At the end of the road, head out onto Ship Street, before immediately turning right onto Alfred Street. Again, the venue will be around 50m up on your right-hand side.
51: This service heads between Galway and Cork, travelling in a north/south direction. Again, please exit at Parnell Place, which is again the final stop on this route. Please follow the instructions above for onwards travel to the centre.
600: This bus heads to Cork from Dublin, travelling from the capital in a south-westerly direction. Please exit at the final stop, St. Patrick’s Quay. To access Alfred Street from here, please head east along the River Lee for 200m. At the crossroads (just beyond Brian Boru bridge), you’ll merge with the route taken from Parnell Place Bus Station. Therefore, please complete your journey by following the instructions given in the notes for the number 40 service.
Should you take a different route into the city, or indeed take advantage of Cork’s local bus network, please either head for one of the aforementioned bus stops, or alternatively St. Patrick’s Church stop. The venue is a mere four-minute walk from here. Head west on Summerhill N Road for approximately 50m, and cross Lower Glanmire Road (N8). Turn immediately left onto Alfred Street. From here, advance roughly 200m, locating the test centre on your right-hand side.
Cork (Kent) Train Station welcomes routes from all over Ireland. From this station, you’ll be able to directly access Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, Clonmel and Cobh, as well as take connecting services onto Galway.
The venue is situated approximately 450m from the station. Please head west on Lower Glanmire Road/N8 for around 400m. Turn left onto Ship Street/R854, and then immediately left again onto Alfred Street. Advance 50m, citing the test centre on the opposite side of the road.
For journey arrival and departure times, and to acquire information on available facilities at Cork (Kent) station, please visit the relevant Irish Rail webpage.
Lower Glanmire Road,
The venue’s operational hours are as follows:
- Monday-Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm
- Saturday: 9.00am-2.00pm
- Please note that this site is closed on a Sunday.