Getting to Cork
In all likelihood, participants from outside Ireland will be flying to the training course from abroad. In all probability you will be flying into Cork or Dublin. Whichever way you arrive, there are a number of possibilities for getting to Cork. The city's airport is well connected through the Aer Lingus and Ryanair networks to major European hubs such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Brussels. See www.aerlingus.com, or www.ryanair.com for further information, or those of their partner airlines.
Upon flying into Cork airport, regular bus services connect the airport to the city centre (30 minutes travel time approx.). There are also ample taxis outside the front doors of the arrivals hall.
For arrivals into Dublin airport, the cheapest option is to travel by bus to Cork. There are blue Aircoach or Bus Éireann services that will take you to Dublin city centre and then onward to Cork. It will cost approx. €15-€20 one way during off-peak times. The journey will take approximately 4 and a half hours.
Alternatively, you can take the train from Heuston Station in Dublin's city centre. There is a direct bus to Heuston from Dublin Airport as well as regular city bus services. Train tickets will cost between €10 and €66 one way, depending on booking method and whether you travel off peak or not. It may be considerably cheaper to book online rather than at the ticket office in the train station. The journey will take approx. 3 hours. Details are available at http://www.irishrail.ie/. It is strongly advised that you book early and online to get the cheapest tickets.
Departing participants of the Ocean Training Course - OTC2013 are strongly advised to leave ample time for passing through security if leaving via either Cork or Dublin as they can be quite busy at times. Refer to your airline's advice on check-in times.
An alternative route to Cork from abroad is by ferry. Ro-ro ferries from the continent and the UK to Cork Dublin, and Rosslare (about a three hour drive from Cork city) from various UK and other European ports are run by Brittany Ferries, Irish ferries, P&O ferries, and Stena Line. For further information please consult the company websites.