The distance from County Cork to County Kerry is about 72 miles (101 km). The most comfortable way to get from one place to the other is to drive or use a private transfer. The drive will only take a little longer than an hour and a half and is filled with breathtaking sights.
This Ireland Travel Essential Guide is a great resource with segments on the best time of year to visit, highlights and more. For an itinerary that includes both destinations on your trip and offers a chance to make your own soda bread, take a ferry to historic Bere Island and so much more—look no further than this 8-Day Itinerary.
To fully immerse yourself in County Kerry's natural beauty, take a look at this Ring of Kerry Hiking Guide.
By Private Transfer or Rental Car
Duration: 1.5 hours, more with stops
Private drivers are easily found in County Cork but you can also rent your own car. Beware of narrow country roads and passing sheep—a smaller rental car is your best bet.
Getting from County Cork to County Kerry takes about a little more than 1.5 hours along highways N72, R577 and R561. The route is very scenic, as you will be driving through verdant green countryside and farmland.
Consider a stop in Killarney and enjoy a stroll through Killarney National Park, kiss the Blarney Stone, and take in some traditional Irish step dancing. Grab some "barmbrack” fruit bread smeared with butter and served with fragrant hot tea before you get back on the road.
Duration: 5 hours
While there is the option of taking a bus and train combo it does take around 5 hours and involves transfers and walking. To avoid the walking and the transfers, grab a cab from Cork to Mallow (25 minutes), take the Irish Rail train from Mallow to Tralee (runs every 4 hours), and then grab another cab to your destination (23 minutes).