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Cork Guide

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Cork is among Ireland's most vibrant cities, with a rich history stretching as far back as the first Millennium, when it began life as mere marshland. In Cork, tourists can enjoy shopping on St Patrick's Street, great nightlife around MacCurtain Street and fine dining on either North Main Street or Paul Street. The attractions are varied, with modern offerings such as the Cork Vision Centre sitting alongside Cork City Gaol and St Finbarr's Cathedral. While the centre is easily explored on foot, venturing into the idyllic surrounding countryside in West Cork is definitely best enjoyed with the help of a vehicle.

Who to Book With
Cork has several well-known international car hire companies within its confines. The likes of Thrifty, Europcar, Budget and Sixt can all be found easily at the airport, in the centre or on the outskirts of the town. Online bookings made in advance often result in cheaper rates.

Best Time to Go
The summer months of June to August are the most ideal for visiting Cork, as this is when the notorious rainfall is at its lowest level and the sun shines on most days. As Irish children and teenagers take their summer holidays over this period though, making advanced vehicle hire and hotel reservations is highly advised.

Need to Know Essentials
Bring the following if you are collecting a vehicle in Cork:

- A valid driving license
- A secondary form of ID
- The credit card the booker used to make their reservation
- Some form of booking proof

For more info read our FAQ's.

Cork's compact size means that traffic can sometimes build up in the town centre, as many of the roads are either narrow, steep or a combination of both. Because of this, it can take a few days to get used to the road system here. On the other hand, roads in and out of the town are well-developed and in good condition. Parking spaces on the street can be difficult to find, which is why many drivers leave their vehicles in council-owned or private car parks.

See our guide to Ireland for more information on driving in this country.


As mentioned, the centre of Cork is small enough to explore on foot, but trips out of the area must almost always be completed with the use of a hire vehicle. Buses and taxis are the primary public transport options for those in Cork that have not arranged car hire.

Cork is too small to have its own rail network, but there are a few options for getting in and out of the city by train. Irish Rail operates all services, with the main destinations being Dublin, Cobh, Midleton, Tralee and Mallow. If booked online in advance, some of these fares can be as low as €10.

There are several taxi ranks scattered throughout the centre of Cork. Fares will always go on the meter, even if a passenger wishes to travel out of town. Cabs will always be fitted with a yellow bar that often reads 'TACSAI' as opposed to 'TAXI'. For a price guide, the taxi regulator website is a useful point of reference.

Bus services run through the city centre and to the residential suburbs that surround Cork. The majority of buses can be caught on St Patrick's Street and at other prominent locations such as Merchant's Quay, the South Mall and the Grand Parade. Bus services in Cork are supplied by Bus Eireann, which runs transport, not just around the town, but to and from the airport to other destinations around mainland Ireland too.


While also having its own talking points, Cork acts as an ideal base for those looking to explore other destinations with car hire vehicles. Most attractions, such as Blarney and Cobh, are located in the countryside or along the coast, and feature historic landmarks or other points of interest.

Recommended Drives

Blarney - This destination can be reached by following signs for the peaceful Blarney Village from Cork, is best-known for its iconic castle. As the grounds close at around 17:00 most of the year round, be sure to leave Cork in the morning or early afternoon.

Cobh - Once known as Queenstown, Cobh an important port town with an interesting heritage centre for tourists to visit. On the way to Cobh, a stop-off can be made at Barryscourt Castle.

Killarney - One of the highlights of County Kerry, and where visitors can truly get a feel for life in small-town Ireland. Even for such a small destination, Killarney can boast lakes, a castle and a vast wildlife park.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Flizzr
  • Hertz
  • Irish Car Rentals
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Payless Car Rental
  • SIXT Rent a Car
  • Thrifty


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