By Air

A new, €100 million terminal was opened at Cork Airport in 2004 to serve an expanded domestic and international flight schedule. There are direct flights from Cork to over 50 destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Munich, Paris, Rome and Warsaw. Primary airlines servicing Cork Airport from Europe are Aer Lingus and Ryanair .

By Ferry

A direct seasonal ferry service to Cork, www.portofcork.ie is available from mainland Britain, and from mainland Europe through Roscoff, www.brittanyferries.ie.

Bus, Train and Car Parking

Ireland is a small island – there is nowhere that isn’t at least 100 km from the sea. There are regular bus, www.buseireann.ie and rail, www.irishrail.ie services to Cork City; it also has 2,250 car-parking spots.

Irish Tourist Board

Check the Irish Tourist Board’s website www.discoverireland.ie for information about tour operators and short-term accommodation and its offshoot Tourism Ireland for a list of its global offices.

Visas and Passports

Most western world passport holders can visit Ireland for 90 days without a visa. See visa section.

Cars

Cars that have been more than six months in your ownership may be brought in duty free when you move. You’ll still have to pay annual Vehicle Registration Tax and car insurance, whose rates have been falling since the 1990s.

Pets and Animals

A European Union-wide Pet Travel Scheme and Pet Passport Scheme began 1 January 2012. Dogs and cats require a microchip and various vaccinations before entering Ireland.