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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Kerry Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • Man.
Avis
$16.71 per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Hertz
$17.50 per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Puma or similar
Ford Puma
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$24.74 per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Standard
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$41.77 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Kerry Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Avis
$17.14 / per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Hertz
$17.50 / per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • Man.
Avis
$27.51 / per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Seat Leon or similar
Seat Leon
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$46.10 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:16 on 2023-02-03. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English,
Irish
Currency
EUR
Traffic direction
Left-hand side
Country code
353
Average car rental price
$26.12 / per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.7

Why rent a car in Kerry?

County Kerry, a region located in the southwestern part of Ireland, is a great place to explore, especially if you have a rental car. Often considered the most scenic part of the country, it is home to the famous Ring of Kerry, beautiful nature, impressive hills, and traditional little villages. After seeing the best that County Kerry has to offer, you can easily explore the rest of Ireland - the distances are small and the roads are in great condition.

Kerry Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Kerry

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

  • From Kerry to Dublin - 34 offers from $26.83 per day
  • From Kerry to Knock - 34 offers from $26.83 per day

Top ways to enter Kerry

  • Kerry Airport: Also known as Kerry-Farranfore, this small airport is only served by two airlines, the national flag carrier Aer Lingus and the low-cost company Ryanair. The airport hosts some domestic flights as well as flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Kerry Airport is 20km (13 miles) southeast of Tralee, the county town of County Kerry.
  • Knock Airport: Located in County Clare, this small airport served 1.7 million travelers in 2018. In addition to providing domestic and European connections, it also hosts flights to and from a number of destinations in the USA and Canada. Located near the city of Limerick, Shannon Airport is 125km (78 miles) northeast of Tralee and can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Cork Airport: Serving Ireland’s second city, Cork Airport handled about 2.4 million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights by ten different airlines, including low-cost carriers like Volotea. Located 120km (75 miles) southeast of Tralee, Cork Airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Knock Airport: Also known as Ireland West Airport, it served 770,000 travelers in 2018. The small airport hosts flights to and from many cities in Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as some holiday destinations in the south of Europe. Located in County Mayo, Knock Airport is 270km (168 miles) north of Tralee and takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach.
  • Dublin Airport: By far the largest airport in the country, and among the 15 busiest in Europe, Dublin Airport handled 31 million travelers in 2018. The airport is served by more than 40 airlines with most of the air traffic provided by Aer Lingus, Ryanair, and TUI Airways. Located in the northeast of the country, Dublin Airport is 304km (189 miles) from Tralee and can be reached in just over three hours.

City facts

  • Like much of the rest of Ireland, County Kerry has a temperate oceanic climate. The average high temperature is 20°C  (68°F) in July, the warmest month, and 9°C  (48°F) in January, the coldest. Precipitation is constantly high, with an exceptional increase from October to January. Kerry is known as one of the warmest, but also rainiest places in Ireland.
  • Even much more than in the rest of the country, County Kerry is known as a center of Gaelic football. An old sport that could be loosely characterized as a mixture between rugby and football (or soccer), Gaelic football is played in every town of the region, and its senior team is the most successful in Ireland in the history of the sport. Other traditional games like hurling and rounders are also very popular in the region.

Top destinations and activities

  • The Ring of Kerry. About 180km (111 miles) long, the Ring of Kerry is a tourist route that’s often mentioned as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Though it passes through a few small Irish towns and villages, the main attraction of the drive is the spectacular green nature of southwest Ireland. There are also some landmarks on the way including the Staigue stone fort and the Ladies View to the beautiful Gap of Dunloe mountain pass and Torc Waterfall. If you’re in County Kerry and have a rental car, this is the one thing you should not miss doing. The usual entry point of the Ring of Kerry is Killarney.
  • Killarney. Speaking of Killarney, the picturesque town has a number of attractions itself. Visitors love it for the ruins of Muckross Abbey, Ross Castle, and its excellent dining opportunities. Killarney is 34km (21 miles) southeast of Tralee, the county town of County Kerry, and can be reached in about 35 minutes.
  • Portmagee. A quiet and quaint fishing village, Portmagee is the best place to see what life in County Kerry is really all about. Visit a local pub, catch a traditional Irish music concert, or watch Gaelic football (you can even join a match yourself if you’re brave enough). If you’re up for something more spectacular, there are also a number of whale watching tours taking off from Portmagee (although these usually need to be booked in advance). About 80km (50 miles) southwest of Tralee, Portmagee takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach. 

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 120km/h (75 mph) for motorways, 100km/h (62 mph) for national roads without motorway status, 80km/h (50 mph) for local and regional roads, and 50km/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 than their English names - for example, the Irish name of Cork is Corcaigh. 
  • 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.
  • When driving, 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 toll bridges. One of the toll bridges is the Suir Bridge on the Cork-Rosslare Highway.

Payment for using any of the toll roads, bridges, or tunnels can be made with cash at the toll gate. The tolls for some roads are payable with a credit card. For driving on the M50 road you can pay online. 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

  • Skellig Michael. A beautiful island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael is one of the main tourist attractions of County Kerry. A monastery was established there in the 6th century, and 300 years later it even survived Viking raids. But there’s even more ancient history to be found, namely, a megalithic stone row dating back to pre-Christian times. You cannot access the island with a car, but it’s possible to drive to Portmagee or Derrynane, park there, and then take a boat.
  • Killarney National Park. A large area of oak forests, wet woodlands, bogs, and beautiful lakes, Killarney National Park is the largest protected area in the region. The national park is home to wildlife species like red deer, osprey, golden eagle, and heron. Located 37km (23 miles) southeast of Tralee, the national park can be reached in about 40 minutes.
  • Annascaul. Surfing might not be the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of Ireland, but this is exactly what this small village offers. Located on the south coast of the Dingle Peninsula, Annascaul’s Inch Beach is considered the best place to hit the waves in the whole country. Just 32km (19.8 miles) southwest of Tralee, it takes 35 minutes to reach.
  • Dingle. A narrow, but long peninsula, Dingle is home to the aforementioned surfing sites, but its main claim to fame is ancient sites like the Gallarus Oratory and Dunbeg Fort. You can also learn about this heritage in the Celtic Prehistory Museum. The area is also home to the colorful village of Dingle and the small, but scenic Dunquin Harbor. 

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Kerry is the Toyota Corolla, although many travelers also go for the Toyota Avensis and the Ford Ka. The most popular rental car types are economy, standard, and mini.

Further destinations

  • Cork. Ireland’s second city and the largest in the south of the country, Cork has its fair share of attractions. Travelers like the Elizabeth Fort, St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, and Lough Park. The city also hosts many festivals, and, of course, is home to an even larger number of pubs. Located 112km (70 miles) southwest of Tralee, Cork can be reached in about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Cliffs of Moher. One of the most famous attractions of Ireland, the beautiful Cliffs of Moher are located in County Clare near the village of Doolin. Home to around 30 species of birds, the cliffs offer spectacular views of the ocean. The cliffs are home to Moher Tower and O’Brien’s Tower. Located 175km (108 miles) north of Tralee, the cliffs can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • West Ireland. The least densely populated part of Ireland and the one where the Irish language is still spoken on a daily basis, West Ireland is a unique travel destination. The area is home to the fun university city of Galway, the beautiful Aran Islands, and many little traditional villages and spectacular nature areas. Galway is 200km (125 miles) north of Tralee and can be reached in about 2 hours and 50 minutes - you can explore the rest of the region from there.
  • Limerick. Although known to be a little rough around the edges, the city of Limerick is one of the most interesting urban destinations in this part of the country and has lots to see. The city’s Georgian architecture is surpassed only by Dublin while gems like King John’s Castle reveal even older pages of the city’s past. Located just a 90-minute drive northeast of the Kerry Airport, Limerick is definitely worth a visit.

Car Rental Prices in Kerry

  • Large cars - from $111 per day
  • Medium cars - from $98 per day
  • Vans - from $88 per day
  • Small cars - from $64 per day
  • SUVs - from $140 per day

Money-saving tips

Land a great rental car in Ireland by following these simple tips:

  • Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Kerry is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 83% cheaper than renting a vehicle in May.
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What travel writers say

If you are more of a leisure enthusiast then sit back and drive yourself toward the Ring of Kerry, commonly regarded as one of Ireland’s most scenic drives.
BS
Brooke Saward
Hello! My name is Brooke. I’m originally from Australia but have long had an ongoing desire to travel the world and share my stories with others.
Located just outside of Tralee on the west coast of Ireland, Ballyseede Castle is a great base from which to explore the delights of this scenic part of the Emerald Isle. There is lots to see and do nearby. You can take a tour of County Kerry, enjoy some watersports, or even take a boat trip to the remote yet awe-inspiring Skellig Islands. From Tralee, you can also head off to visit some of the other castles that are dotted about the Irish landscape; Ballyheigue Castle is certainly worth a visit, as it is perched on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic.
H&A
Hannah & Adam
We are Hannah & Adam, a Wisconsin couple who left behind the American dream to travel the world and chase our own dreams.
Next, you’ll want to drive the Ring of Kerry, which is a path of very narrow roads that allow you to see some beautiful sights. Continue the amazing driving vistas as you head out to Killarney. Killarney itself is also full of things to do. Like the Killarney National Park, the Ross Castle, and the Torc Waterfall. Finish your trip by heading out to the Cliffs of Moher where you’ll experience breathtaking views.
T&V
Terrence & Victoria
Hi! We are Victoria and Terrence, a traveling couple on a mission to inspire others to see the world!

Top 18 Cities near Kerry

  1. Dublin Car Rentals from $17.50 per day
    255.0 km / 158.4 miles away
  2. Cork Car Rentals from $13.85 per day
    80.1 km / 49.8 miles away
  3. Shannon Car Rentals from $12.44 per day
    70.8 km / 44.0 miles away
  4. Knock Car Rentals from $16.71 per day
    198.0 km / 123.0 miles away
  5. Galway Car Rentals from $43.01 per day
    127.1 km / 79.0 miles away
  6. Limerick Car Rentals from $43.01 per day
    81.2 km / 50.5 miles away
  7. 15.3 km / 9.5 miles away
  8. Waterford Car Rentals from $17.50 per day
    156.2 km / 97.1 miles away
  9. Sligo Car Rentals from $43.01 per day
    238.5 km / 148.2 miles away
  10. Donegal Car Rentals from $75.85 per day
    327.8 km / 203.7 miles away
  11. Athlone Car Rentals from $28.81 per day
    173.1 km / 107.6 miles away
  12. Naas Car Rentals from $14.78 per day
    223.4 km / 138.8 miles away
  13. Tralee Car Rentals from $43.01 per day
    15.3 km / 9.5 miles away
  14. Letterkenny Car Rentals from $43.01 per day
    330.2 km / 205.1 miles away
  15. Cavan Car Rentals from $43.01 per day
    248.5 km / 154.4 miles away
  16. Navan Car Rentals from $82.66 per day
    251.0 km / 156.0 miles away
  17. Kilkenny Car Rentals from $14.78 per day
    161.8 km / 100.5 miles away
  18. 209.5 km / 130.2 miles away

Top 7 Locations near Kerry

  1. Kerry Airport Car Rentals from $16.71 per day
  2. Shannon Airport Car Rentals from $12.44 per day
    70.8 km / 44.0 miles away
  3. 79.6 km / 49.5 miles away
  4. Cork Airport Car Rentals from $13.85 per day
    80.1 km / 49.8 miles away
  5. Knock Airport Car Rentals from $16.71 per day
    198.0 km / 123.0 miles away
  6. Dublin Airport Car Rentals from $13.85 per day
    258.6 km / 160.7 miles away
  7. Donegal Airport Car Rentals from $75.85 per day
    327.8 km / 203.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Kerry?

Car rental prices in Kerry vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Kerry
$15.13
January
$8.05
February
$12.97
March
$21.61
April
$47.07
May
$26.70
June
$21.88
July
$40.82
August
September
$17.79
October
$15.52
November
$21.18
December
The best month to rent a car in Kerry is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $8.05). This is 64% cheaper than the yearly average and 83% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $47.07 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Kerry?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in June, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days in January, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Kerry
5
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
5
October
5
November
5
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Kerry is August, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Kerry by Monthly Searches
104%
January
93%
February
98%
March
110%
April
130%
May
66%
June
118%
July
143%
August
102%
September
89%
October
65%
November
82%
December

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 Skoda Citigo 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Budget Ford Ka 2 1 Small cars
Budget Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
Hertz Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Ford Ka 2 1 Small cars
Enterprise Opel Astra 4 4 Medium cars

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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
April 25, 2019
So much to see,a car is a must!

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Budget
9.08 / 10
Lowest rated company
Avis
8.44 / 10
Total number of reviews
6
Total rental companies
8
Average daily price
$26.12
Lowest daily price
$16.27
Total cars available
14

Top 8 Suppliers in Kerry in 2023

Budget
Budget
Exceptional 9.1 / 60 reviews
+353669763199
Kerry Airport, Crag, Farranfore
Working hours
Mon:10:00-16:00
Tue:10:00-16:00
Wed:10:00-16:00
Thu:10:00-16:00
Fri:10:00-16:00
Sat:10:00-16:00
Sun:10:00-16:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8
+353669763522 / +353667119304
Kerry Airport Farranfore, Co Kerry
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7 / 1 reviews
0667119304
KERRY AIRPORT, FARRANFORE, CO.KERRY
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6 / 11 reviews
+35361206080
MAIN TERMINAL, FARRANFORE AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:30
Tue:09:00-17:30
Wed:09:00-17:30
Thu:09:00-17:30
Fri:09:00-17:30
Sat:10:00-17:30
Sun:10:00-17:30
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
+3530669763270
Farranfore Killarney , Ireland , V93 V4KA
$18 - $56
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:30
Tue:09:00-18:30
Wed:09:00-18:30
Thu:09:00-18:30
Fri:09:00-18:30
Sat:09:00-18:30
Sun:09:00-18:30
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
0669763270
FARRANFORE
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:30
Tue:09:00-18:30
Wed:09:00-18:30
Thu:09:00-18:30
Fri:09:00-18:30
Sat:09:00-18:30
Sun:09:00-18:30
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+35361206080
MAIN TERMINAL, FARRANFORE AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:30
Tue:09:00-17:30
Wed:09:00-17:30
Thu:09:00-17:30
Fri:09:00-17:30
Sat:10:00-17:30
Sun:10:00-17:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.4 / 1 reviews
+353669764499
Arrivals Hall
$17 - $46
Working hours
Mon:09:30-18:00
Tue:09:30-17:15
Wed:09:30-17:15
Thu:09:30-18:00
Fri:09:30-17:15
Sat:09:30-18:00
Sun:09:30-17:15
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