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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cork Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$13.50 / per day
Cork Airport
Intermediate
VW Jetta A/C or similar
VW Jetta A/C
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$26.02 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cork Airport
Standard
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$42.41 / per day
Cork Airport
Luxury
BMW 5 series or similar
BMW 5 series
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$366.60 / per day
Cork Airport
Premium
Audi A4 or similar
Audi A4
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$89.67 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:23 on 2024-06-09. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Irish
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+353
Average car rental price
$79 per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.3 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.89 per liter or $7.16 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.75 per liter or $6.63 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.16 per liter or $8.18 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Cork?

A cozy city with a proud and hospitable spirit, Cork is a great place to explore. Whether you’re looking for history, Irish culture, or a fun night out, this place has something for everyone. The freedom of your own wheels will let you go on long trips to explore the rest of southern Ireland. 

Cork

One-Way Car Rentals in Cork

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Cork and drop off in another city include:

  • From Cork to Dublin - 93 offers from $25.47 per day
  • From Cork to Shannon - 74 offers from $25.47 per day
  • From Cork to Belfast - 58 offers from $39.86 per day

Top ways to enter Cork

  • Cork Airport. Small, but growing, Cork Airport serves nearly 2.5 million travelers every year. The airport is served by 12 airlines, some of them low-cost carriers, and is located just south of the city center.
  • Kerry Airport. Located in the nearby Count Kerry in Southwest Ireland, Kerry Airport is served by Aer Lingus which offers a domestic connection to the capital, Dublin. It is also served by Ryanair that has flights to and from London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Alicante, and Faro. Kerry Airport is about a 90 minute drive west of Cork.
  • Shannon Airport. A cozy airport that serves both Limerick and Galway, two of the largest Irish cities, Shannon Airport offers a number of air connections. There are flights to large European capitals, resorts in Italy and Spain, and even a number of cities on the East Coast of the U.S. Shannon Airport is located less than a two hour drive north of Cork.

City facts

Cork has an oceanic climate with cool summers and mild winters, with the air temperature rarely going below 0 °C  (32 °F) or above 25 °C  (77 °F). The precipitation is high between October and January and evenly spread out throughout the rest of the year.

With a population of about 222,300 within the city limits and another 80 thousand inhabitants in its larger urban area, Cork is the second most populous city in the Republic of Ireland and the largest city in the Irish province of Munster

Top destinations and activities

  • Elizabeth Fort. The 17th century fort was built to protect the original settlement of Cork. Nowadays it is one of the most famous landmarks of Cork, offering impressive views of the city below. If you visit it on Sunday, you’ll also have a chance to visit the Elizabeth Fort Market Festival, a joyful event with performances and local crafts and foodstuffs on sale.
  • Lewis Glucksman Gallery. An art gallery of the University College Cork and a unique building, it houses three levels of display spaces. You’ll find both permanent and rotating exhibits and shows that provide a good insight of the fascinating contemporary art of Ireland.
  • The Lough Park. A protected refuge since 1881, the Lough Park is one of the nicest green areas of Cork. Despite its close proximity to the city center, the area is home to many birds and animals, as well as to nice hiking paths, and picnic spots on the coast of the park’s lake.
  • The Butter Museum. One of the many local oddities, this small museum explores the millennia-old past of butter making in southern Ireland. Despite being historically accurate, the museum doesn’t ignore present tendencies, either, and frequently hosts butter-making workshops within its premises. Visit its official website to learn more.
  • Cork City Gaol. Often mistaken for a Gothic castle, the penitentiary is famous because on a frosty night in 1923, 42 prisoners tied clothes and sheets to snuck over the wall. They then ran away almost naked in the snow. Cork City Gaol was mainly a women's prison, used during the War of Independence. You can also visit the gloomy cells.
  • Franciscan Well Brewery. Once a Franciscan monastery, famous back then because of a healing well, this place is now a popular brewery. You can choose from a range of lager, ale, stout and wheat beers. Local musicians play Irish songs to entertain the patrons. On sunny days, you can enjoy your pint in the beer garden.
  • St. Anne's Church and Shandon Bells. The locals call this clock tower "the four faced liar", because each face tells a different time. Visitors can even ring the church bells by pressing a button. St. Anne's Church is very much loved by the locals. Cork's colors are in fact red and white. Like the red sandstone and white limestone used at St. Anne's.
     

Traffic and parking

  • Driving takes place on the left side of the road in the Republic of Ireland. 
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (75 mph) for motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) for national roads without motorway status, 80 km/h (50 mph) for local and regional roads, and 50 km/h (31 mph) for urban zones and built-up areas. Unlike in neighboring Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, the speed limits are indicated in kilometers per hour, not miles per hour.
  • Most road signs are displayed in both English and Irish. However, in some Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas, the road signs are only in Irish. This is important to keep in mind because some Irish city names are different from their English names - for example, the Irish name of Cork is Corcaigh. 
  • Locals can often refer to a location in the city as “by the river.” However, that can lead to some confusion as there are two large rivers and a number of quays in Cork. Getting a vehicle with a good satellite navigation system is a good idea, both for driving in Cork and in the nearby countryside.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced  drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide license ban, or even imprisonment.
  • The proof of insurance and car registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are 11 toll roads in the Republic of Ireland. There are also two toll tunnels and two tolle bridges. One of the toll bridges is the Suir Bridge on the Cork-Rosslare Highway.

The payment for using any of the toll roads, bridges, or tunnels can be made with cash at the toll gate. The toll fees for some roads are payable with a credit card. You can pay online to drive the M50 road. Some rental cars are also equipped with an electronic toll tag that will make the toll payment automatically. Some car rental providers might charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

For more information about the toll roads in the Republic of Ireland and for the toll road map, visit the Republic of Ireland’s official toll road website

Ideas for day trips

  • Kinsale. Located just a half-an-hour’s drive south of Cork by car, Kinsale is the seafood capital of Southern Ireland. With a truly impressive amount of restaurants per capita, it is the best place to try many delicacies from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Even if you don’t like seafood, visit Kinsale anyway as it’s a joy to walk along its beaches or explore its forts and castles. One of the most famous is Blarney Castle.
  • Killarney National Park. One of the nicest national parks in Ireland, Killarney has everything from woodlands and hills to pristine lakes. Red deer, golden eagles, and many other types of wildlife live in the area, and you may even be lucky enough to spot some of them. The national park is about an hour’s drive west of Cork.
  • West Cork. The green hills and fields of West Cork is how many tourists imagine Ireland to be like. Go on to explore its rugged peninsulas, relax on its beaches, then visit the churches and the restaurants of cozy little places like Skibbereen or Clonakilty. Bandon, perhaps West Cork’s most famous town, is just half-an-hour’s drive southwest of Cork.
  • Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to name either of these two driving routes among the most scenic in all of Europe - and from Cork, you can easily reach both. The former’s distance is 179 km (119 miles) and it crisscrosses the neighboring County Kerry, while the latter is about 15 times longer and follows all of Ireland’s Atlantic coast.
  • Cobh. This small village is only 22 km (13.67 miles) from Cork. About half an hour by car in normal conditions. While it is tiny, it's absolutely worth a visit. The picturesque, pastel-colored houses are popular among the instagrammers. Cobh is also famous because it's one of the towns (back then it was known as Queenstown) where the Titanic stopped during its first and last cruise. You can learn more about the Titanic and the Lusitania at Cobh Heritage Center, which also includes an interesting section about the emigration history of the area.
  • Rock of Cashel. Located at 93.9 km (58.34 miles) from Cork by car. Consider about one hour to get there if there isn't too much traffic. The Rock of Cashel served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster. While few remnants of the early structures survive, what you can visit is still remarkable. Cormac's Chapel in fact contains the only Romanesque surviving frescoes in Ireland.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Cork is the Toyota Corolla, which is closely followed by the Ford Fiesta and the Toyota Avensis. The most popular rental car types in Cork are intermediate, economy, and standard.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around Ireland with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

Dublin. The capital of Ireland is located 258 km (160 miles) from Cork, and you can get there by car in about 3 hours. With its museums, castles, and cathedrals, Ireland’s capital is a world-class travel destination. Unlike many other large and modern cities of Europe, it still retains much of its original character. From Cork, it can be reached by car in only three hours.

Galway. Located 204 km (126 miles) from Cork by car., Galway takes about two and a half hours to drive to. A university city, Galway is is a truly fun and vibrant Irish city. A place of countless events, festivals, and cultural performances, it has been rewarded by being named the European Capital of Culture in 2020 (a title it will share with Rijeka in Croatia). Galway is also an important hub of the Irish language, which is still spoken as a first language in many of Galway’s nearby villages. Galway is about 196 km (122 mi) from Cork and can be reached in about two and a half hours.

Waterford. Located 121 km (75 miles) from Cork by car, Waterford is a two-hour drive away, more or less. Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford is a dream for everyone who wants to learn more about the old Celtic culture and way of life. Visit its many museums, participate in local sports matches and cultural activities, or drive to explore the nearby Comeragh Mountains. Waterford is less than a two hour drive northeast of Cork.

Mizen Head. Located 124 km (77 miles) from Cork by car, it can be reached in about two hours in normal conditions. This is Ireland's most south westerly point. While technically on the Wild Atlantic Way, it represents the perfect day trip from Cork by itself, if you like driving and taking pictures. The scenic road is spectacular: you'll journey along narrow, winding roads on the Mizen Peninsula, overlooking the world famous cliff scenery.

Dingle Peninsula. Located 150 km (93 miles) from Cork, it will only take you about two hours and a half to get there. Along the way to the Dingle peninsula, you can also stop at Blarney Castle or Muckross House. Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula are popular spots in Ireland. Famous for its hardware pubs, for the gorgeous Kerry coastline and its historic remnants. Dingle peninsula is a loop trip of about 47 km (30 miles). It must be driven in a clockwise direction.

 

Car Rental Prices in Cork

  • Station wagons - from $26 per day
  • Large cars - from $16 per day
  • Medium cars - from $15 per day
  • Vans - from $125 per day
  • Premium cars - from $90 per day
  • Small cars - from $14 per day
  • SUVs - from $17 per day

Money-saving tips

Try these tricks to land a great car rental deal in Cork:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Cork is the cheapest in September when renting a car is about 42% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 78% than renting a car in May. Come visit Southern Ireland in early autumn!
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Top 18 Cities near Cork

  1. 72.8 km / 45.2 miles
  2. 80.1 km / 49.8 miles
  3. 91.6 km / 56.9 miles
  4. 95.2 km / 59.2 miles
  5. 96.2 km / 59.8 miles
  6. 100.1 km / 62.2 miles
  7. 122.3 km / 76 miles
  8. 164.9 km / 102.5 miles
  9. 179.2 km / 111.3 miles
  10. 195.7 km / 121.6 miles
  11. 202.8 km / 126 miles
  12. 230.9 km / 143.5 miles
  13. 231.1 km / 143.6 miles
  14. 250.9 km / 155.9 miles
  15. 266 km / 165.3 miles
  16. 349.6 km / 217.2 miles
  17. 356.3 km / 221.4 miles
  18. 2,894.8 km / 1,798.7 miles

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Cork?

Car rental prices in Cork vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Cork
$17.73
January
$15.18
February
$29.63
March
$20.49
April
$39.33
May
$56.82
June
$63.74
July
$69.01
August
$39.85
September
$30.84
October
$24.05
November
$31.76
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Cork is February (when prices average $15.18 per day). This is 58% cheaper than the yearly average and 78% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $69.01).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Cork?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in August, the average renter keeps their car for 7 days, and in February, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Cork
5
January
4
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
7
August
6
September
5
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Cork?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Cork is August, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Cork by pick-up date relative to the average
80%
January
74%
February
88%
March
102%
April
127%
May
117%
June
136%
July
157%
August
105%
September
90%
October
54%
November
69%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Budget, Flizzr, Easirent, SIXT, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price $14 per day
Cheapest supplier Easirent

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Budget Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
Budget Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Volkswagen Polo 3 1 Small cars
Budget Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Flizzr Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 SUVs
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
SIXT VW T-Cross 5 1 SUVs
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Budget Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Germany
Toyota Aygo
December 12, 2023
We drove all along the west coast of Ireland. From Cork up to Galway and back. We saw a lot of nice places and the car brought us everywhere safely.
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Ireland
Volkswagen Polo
November 19, 2023
Visiting friends in a rural setting ...no local buses having a car was essential to get there. Well worth the trip to West Cork as stunning surroundings dispute changing autumnal weather.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
October 29, 2023
All restaurants that we ate in and near Clonakilty were excellent in quality and quantity
Netherlands
Nissan Qashqai Aut.
May 14, 2023
Too much to tell. ;-)
Ireland
Toyota Corolla
April 12, 2023
Visited Mizen Head, Fota and some other places. Wouldn't have been possible without a car given the weather when we visited the places.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
August 30, 2022
Ireland is spectacular.
Ireland
Ford Fiesta
January 23, 2020
Beautiful city, easy to find public transport, many local atrractions, great food, great pubs.
United Kingdom
Ford Ka
July 23, 2019
beautiful place
United Kingdom
Ford Ka
May 23, 2019
Cork is a beautiful coastal county with stunning coastlines and fantastic food
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
April 29, 2019
You definitely need a car in Cork if you wish to travel outside of the city. There are so many lovely places off the beaten track that you will miss on a bus. Cork City is very pretty and interesting. Try the English Market for fabulous food. West Cork is very beautiful with many empty beaches and coves tucked away. I recommend driving along the Atlantic Way for wonderful scenery. Don't forget to try the local seafood. Also a visit to Gougane Barra is a must. The hotel by the lake serves wonderful food too. In Cork, people are very friendly and only too happy to recommend the best places to see and to eat. You can get four seasons in one day so don't forget a waterproof jacket!
United Kingdom
Ford Ka
March 22, 2019
Lovely place to visit.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
February 12, 2019
I love cork from the English market, to the Crawford museum of art. Tea at Nan O Nagels Enjoying breakfast at Scoozie and drinks with friends in the high B
Ireland
Ford Ka
January 10, 2019
Plenty to see in and about cork
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
January 7, 2019
Cork is lovely and loads to do and see.
Netherlands
Renault Clio
October 4, 2018
When traveling north of Killarney the hedges on the sides+ of the narrow backroads can easily ruin your paint if you don't pay attention
United Kingdom
VW Up
October 3, 2018
loved the journey and the efficience of the car was such that it cost E32 euro to fill the half empty tank after hundreds of miles
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 18, 2018
A car is mandatory if you are travelling outside the city of Cork so you can see the beautiful scenery
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Flizzr
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Easirent
6.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
26
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
$78.92
Lowest daily price
$13.50
Total cars available
292

Top 12 Suppliers in Cork in 2024

Budget
Budget
Exceptional 9.2 / 242 reviews
1 location
$15 - $399
Flizzr
Flizzr
Exceptional 9.2 / 70 reviews
1 location
$14 - $630
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9 / 18 reviews
1 location
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.8 / 18 reviews
3 locations
$21 - $115
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 103 reviews
1 location
$20 - $100
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.5 / 8 reviews
3 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 10 reviews
3 locations
$24 - $195
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.1 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$27 - $73
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 9 reviews
1 location
$24 - $367
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.9 / 7 reviews
2 locations
$23 - $76
National
National
Good 7.7
1 location
Easirent
Easirent
Satisfactory 6.2 / 141 reviews
1 location
$14 - $158
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