Black Ash Park & Ride

Park and Ride

The Black Ash Park & Ride is a parking area off the South City Link Road which leads into the city from South Ring Road by passing the city.

It is used by city-commuters who park their car there and then continue their journey in the bus lanes using the onsite buses. It allows employees coming into the city of Cork to avoid traffic congestion and enjoy a stress-free, eco-friendly travel-mode. It also allows visitors and shoppers to travel straight into the retail heart of the city, without the hassle of searching for time-limited on street parking spaces or incurring the expense of using an off-street car park.

It’s also the most frequent bus service in the city and great value for money.

The Black Ash Park & Ride Buses operate Monday – Saturday between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. They serve the city centre (Lapp’s Quay) every 15 minutes off-peak and every 10 minutes at peak hours. The site provides 940 parking spaces and is constantly monitored by security staff during opening hours. Overnight parking is not permitted. The cost of the service is only €5 per day including bus fare. Monthly tickets and Yearly tickets are also available, €100.00 and €1,100.00 respectively.

Please find hereunder the route and service timetable of the Black Ash Park and Ride:

Park and Ride Timetable (PDF)(339KB)

Park and Ride Timetable (HTML)(4KB)

For further queries or to contact the Park and Ride Centre directly please telephone: 021 4924452 or email

Park and Ride History in Cork

The first Park and Ride site was established in Cork in 1997 to relieve seasonal shopping traffic congestion around Christmastime. This was a joint venture involving Cork Corporation (now known as Cork City Council), Bus Éireann, Cork County Council, the Gárda Síochána (Irish Police Force) and Cork Business Association. It had capacity of approximately 280 cars.

Subsequently 2 other temporary Park and Ride sites were also trialled and a study in 1999 demonstrated that shoppers using the two Christmas Park and Ride services that year, contributed approximately €2.56 million to the city centre economy, with an estimated €900,000 solely attributable to the convenience of Park and Ride commuting. User surveys also indicated that these services were also extremely popular with the passengers and there were many demands for a year round service.

As a result, it was subsequently decided to extend the most successful of these services to operate every Saturday and then later it was decided to establish a new year round Park and Ride service from the Black Ash site.

Cork City Council was the first Irish local authority to obtain a Bus Operator licence for the Park and Ride Service under the 1932 Road Traffic Act. Furthermore, within 50 weeks of operation, the income exceeded operating costs for the site. Cork City Council has led the country in thedevelopment of bus based Park and Ride and is still the only Irish municipal authority todevelop such services.

New Park and Ride services are considered in Cork City in the near future.

Black Ash Park and Ride Service Survey

A survey on the service was carried out in 2004 during the European Mobility Week and outlined the success of the Black Ash Park and Ride.

Black Ash Park and Ride Service Survey Results(41KB)