If you’re going to be living in Cork, there’s no better way to get to work than via public transport. Whether this means hopping on your bike on the days that it’s not raining or making sure that you are within a short walk of the tram or rail line, you’ll be glad that you didn’t take the car into the city centre and avoided all the traffic.
For up-to-date information on any of the public transport links, you can look at Transport for Ireland . The site has a journey planner so you can see how long your commute might take and you can find out how the whole public transport system connects. You’ll also be able to see if there are any delays so you can take these into account and make sure that you aren’t late for work!
Bus Éireann is the national bus system. It provides all of the bus services in Ireland with the exception of those operated by Dublin Bus. Timetables and maps for all of the routes are available to download on their website.
Irish Rail, also called Iranrod Éireann, is the Irish railway system which connects the major cities and towns. It is a convenient way of travelling between Cork and Dublin, with the journey taking under 3 hours. You are now able to book tickets online and even choose your own seat. They also offer complimentary Wi-Fi and onboard power sockets so you can continue to send emails and keep in touch with the office!
Cycle to Work Scheme
The Cycle to Work Scheme is a tax incentive scheme which aims to encourage employees to cycle to and from work. Employers can pay for the bike and bike equipment and then the employee pays them back through a salary sacrifice arrangement of up to 12 months. The employee is not liable for tax, PRSI, levies or the Universal Social Charge on the repayments.
Not all employers are taking part in the scheme, so make sure you ask your new employer if you are considering it. You can only avail of the scheme once in a five-year period and you must use the bicycle and safety equipment a majority of the time to work. There is a €1,000 limit on the amount that can be spent. If you spend more than this limit you are liable for a benefit-in-kind income tax charge.