Car hire in Kerry airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
The Ring of Kerry is one of the biggest draws to this part of Ireland, and whilst you could take a tour to explore the best way is to hire a car and do it yourself!
Where to hire a car around Kerry airport
The car hire offices are now found in the long-term car park in Kerry airport (it only takes a minute to walk there). You can rent a car from Dooley, Hertz, Avis, Europcar or Budget.
The closest petrol stations to Kerry airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is no petrol station around Kerry airport, you will have to drive to Tralee or Killarney to fill up the car.
The closest station is on the edge of Tralee. To reach this, turn left on the N23 when you exit the airport, then turn right onto the N22 to head north towards Tralee. After 18km you’ll come to a roundabout where you need to take the first exit onto the N70. When you come to the next roundabout, take the second exit onto the N86, and on the next roundabout, take the third exit onto the R919. Take the second right onto Manor Avenue, and then take the first left onto Manor Drive.
If you’re driving the Ring of Kerry, the Texaco station by Lough Leane is the most practically located to fill up before you go.
Driving around Kerry airport
The N23 and the N22 connect Kerry to many other destinations in Ireland, but the airport itself is set away from any major towns or cities. The closest are Tralee and Killarney. Many of the other roads around this part of Ireland are narrow country lanes, which should be approached with caution.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a popular road trip route in this county, using the N70 to stop off at sights in Rossbeigh, Portmagee, Castle Cove, Sneem and Kenmare. It’s a popular route with hikers, surfers, and avid travellers. To do the ‘Ring of Kerry’, find out which sights you’d like to see along the way, identify where to exit the N70 and follow the road around until you return to Killarney! Fancy seeing more of Ireland? Check out the 5 best road trips to take on the Emerald Isle.
To reach Tralee, turn left on the N23 when exiting the airport, and turn right onto the N22 to head north. Once you come to the crossroads, head left onto the N70, then take the last exit on the roundabout to come onto the N86 which will lead you into Tralee.
It takes about 20 minutes to get into Killarney, another Irish town full of country pubs and close to Killarney National Park. Turn left onto the N23 and take another left onto the N22, heading south. Head south for 14km until you come to the roundabout, where you’ll need to take the first exit to stay on the N22, then turn right on Upper Lewis Road which will take you into Killarney.
The Dingle Peninsula is another coastal hotspot with amazing Atlantic facing cliffs and some of Ireland’s best viewpoints. To reach Dingle, follow the directions for Tralee on the N22 exiting the airport, and take the first left onto the N86. If you follow this road for 40km, it will take you along the north coast of the Dingle Peninsula.