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Cork car hire tips

  • 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.

  • Local currency

    Euro (EUR)

  • Average temperatures

    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.

Wild nature

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.

  • Gougane Barra

    A secluded countryside escape, the scenery here will put you into trance.

  • Mizen Head

    Ireland's most south westerly point, it was also home to the country's first radio beacon.

  • Baltimore

    This coastal village and busy fishing port is a popular destination in both summer and winter, thanks to its sheltered harbour.

  • Kinsale

    Here you will find the famous 17th-century, star-shaped Charles Fort and smaller James Fort.

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