Car Hire in Cork
Whether you're popping down to the Rebel County for a holiday, or live in the city and need a vehicle for the day, we've got some great deals on car hire in Cork. Having a car makes exploring Cork County easy, from beautiful harbour towns to national parks where you can easily spot all 40 shades of green.
Where to Hire a Car in Cork
There are a handful of car hire offices in central Cork. Hertz has a base near Cork Kent Train Station, and Europcar has a van and car rental office just off Union Quay. Further car hire options can be found at Cork Airport. Car hire at Cork Airport is available from agencies including Easirent and Dooley Car Rentals.
Tips for Driving in Cork
Driving in Cork is usually stress-free, unless you arrive in the city at rush hour. Like most Irish cities, rush hours are from around 7am to 9am in the morning, and from 5pm to 7pm in the evening. The roads in the countryside surrounding Cork are well maintained. Speed limits in Cork are similar to other Irish cities, at 50kph in town, 100kph on open roads and 120kph on motorways. There are no eTolls to worry about around Cork, the nearest one is on the road from Rathcormac to Portlaoise.
Parking in Cork can be tricky, so it's best to look for private car parks. There are quite a few Q-Parks, as well as privately owned multi-storeys. These are well sign-posted once you reach the city centre.
5 Easy Day Trips from Cork
If you're going to hire a car in Cork, you better make the most of it. There's some seriously stunning scenery just a short drive from the city. These are some of our favourites.
Best for nature lovers: Glengarriff Glengarriff sits on Bantry Bay, about 89km (or 1 hour and 25 minutes) from Cork. This is where the mountains meet the sea, and there are plenty of fantastic walking trails which take advantage of the unique landscape.
Best for scenery: Kinsale The picturesque harbour town of Kinsale is 28.3km from Cork, and only takes around half an hour to reach by car. The Instagram-worthy waterfront and excellent fish and chip shops are worth a look, but the main draw is Charles Fort – a 17th century fortification shaped like a star.
Best for foodies: Clonakilty There's more to Clonakilty than black pudding. This charming seaside town is 52km from Cork centre, and takes around an hour to drive to. The town centre is packed with small shops selling local artisan produce, and the food scene is very international.
Best for families: Fota Wildlife Park Just 25 minutes drive from Cork (18km), Fota is a fantastic day out if you have little ones who love animals. The 100 acre park is home to animals from all five continents, as well as some weird and wonderful plant species.
Best for history buffs: Cobh Cobh is 35 minutes' drive from central Cork, about 23km away. This peaceful town is famous as the Titanic's last port of call. The heritage museum should keep you occupied for an hour or so, while the imposing granite cathedral and colourful homes make for a great social media snap.