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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Cork Airport (ORK), which is just under 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Cork are CarHire Ireland, Budget, Europcar, Thrifty and Avis.
Warmest month: July (16°C)
Coldest month: January (5°C)
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Hire a car in Cork
Ireland’s second-largest city, Cork retains a healthy spirit of independence and classic Irish character.
The sense of tradition is strong throughout the city and the locals are forever proud of their hometown, keeping it a warm and welcoming place. Cork is a food paradise, with an abundance of speciality food markets as well as traditional restaurants and cafes.
The port city may not keep you occupied for days on end like Dublin, but it is a great kick-off point for a southwest coast road trip to places like the Beara Peninsula and Ring of Kerry.
Car rental in Cork – the numbers
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Cork?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Cork?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Cork?
A. Budget is the cheapest car rental brand in Cork, offering cars from just £3 per day.
*Based on easyCar real booking data.
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Killarney National Park
Encompassing 26,000 acres, Killarney National Park is among Ireland’s most visited destinations. The park’s vast landscape is a haven of natural heritage.
Here you’ll find Europe’s largest area of ancient oak woods, wild red deer, mountain ranges (including the country’s highest mountain) and flatlands. Three lakes make up a quarter of the park, and along the shoreline of Muckross Lake sits the historic Muckross Estate – one of Killarney's famous focal points. The dramatic ice-age valley, Gap of Dunloe, is another must-see when visiting the park.
Killarney National Park is around an hour and a half's drive from Cork, but you should add on extra time depending on where exactly you plan to visit in the park.
The ultimate Cork road trip
Cork Airport ORK
Ireland’s second largest international airport.
Car hire pick up point
Car rental desks are located in the Arrivals Hall of the terminal.
A secluded countryside escape, the scenery here will put you into trance.
Ireland’s most south westerly point, it was also home to the country’s first radio beacon.
This coastal village and busy fishing port is a popular destination in both summer and winter, thanks to its sheltered harbour.
Here you will find the famous 17th-century, star-shaped Charles Fort and smaller James Fort.
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The best of Cork County
Distance: 28 km
Driving Time: 35 min
A short drive from Cork, Cobh (previously known as Queenstown) was the Titanic’s famous last port of departure. Small alleyways and colourful streets give this small town a pleasant atmosphere.
Sheep's Head Peninsula
Distance: 105 km
Driving Time: 1 hour and 45 min
This sliver of land offers majestic views of its larger neighbouring peninsulas. Take your pick of walking or cycling through the heather and gorse, enjoying the long stretches of peaceful wilderness.
Drombeg Stone Circle
Distance: 69 km
Driving Time: 1 hour and 15 min
A megalithic site made up of 17 stones, perched on the edge of a rocky terrace beside the sea. There is also a prehistoric kitchen on site. Just slightly further west, you’ll find some key spots for whale watching as well.