Car Hire at Cork Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
The city of Cork can be found on the banks of the River Lee, within the south of Ireland. The airport that serves the city is Cork Airport, which lets its visitors explore what the city has to offer through its many car rental companies available from within the airport grounds, which visitors can opt for instead of taking public transportation. Head on out for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with a car of your choice, and visit the landmarks and spots throughout the city.
Where to hire a car at Cork Airport
Cork Airport has six car rental providers namely Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Avis, Dooley or Payless, and Enterprise. These companies can all be found within the Arrivals Concourse of the airport. Reach these providers via +353 21 4965849 for Hertz; +353 61 206088 for Europcar; +353 21 4314000 for Budget; +353 21 4327460 for Avis; +353 21 4351099 for Dooley/Payless; and +353 21 4838973 for Enterprise.
What to expect when hiring a car from Cork Airport
When driving within Cork, the car rental services from Cork are mostly from Cork Airport, although Europcar and Hertz also have locations within Cork City Centre. Cork has a fairly small city centre and is mostly, if not all, walkable. Often times, the city’s visitors will stay within the city centre and tour within the city centre, without the need of any of the city’s public transportation options. Additionally, when intending to drive out of the city, it is also possible to carpool since Cork has a good carpooling community. In general, when driving within Ireland, a driving licence is needed, in addition to third-party motor insurance, with no leaded petrol.
Driving around Cork Airport
Within an hour and a couple minutes from Cork Airport, Clonmel is the county town of County Tipperary, within the country of Ireland. Clonmel can be found on the N24, the same main national roadway that connects Limerick and Waterford. Westbound of N24 connects Clonmel to junction 10 and M8 motorway of Cork and Dublin, respectively. Additionally, the N76 connects Clonmel with Kilkenny, when going eastbound.
Getting to your destination
Some of the destinations to get to from Cork Airport include Macroom, Mallow, and Ringaskiddy.
Macroom is a market town and civil parish that is known for tourist attractions that include the town centre, Mushera Mountain, Carrigaphooca Castle (although no longer accessible to the public), along with the Castle Arch, in addition to many more.
To get to Macroom from Cork Airport located on Kinsale Road, within Cork, Ireland, drive towards Avenue 2000 for 51 metres then at the roundabout, take the third exit but stay on Avenue 2000 for 500 metres. Take the second exit after 210 metres, then first exit to N27 after 3.1 kilometres. Turn left towards the ramp to reach N25 or South Ring (West)/N22/N71 after 750 metres,merge onto N40 in 6.7 kilometres, and then drive down N22 for an additional 30.8 kilometres. This drive will take roughly 36 minutes in total and will cover 42.1 kilometres from point of origin.
Mallow is known for Blackwater Valley. Visit the town and see its history and culture through its many historic buildings, stately homes, and gardens, to name a few. Drive down Mallow from Cork Airport from Avenue 2000 to N27 for 750 metres or two minutes then move on towards N27 to reach Limerick Rd/N20 within Mallow, this will take 40 minutes or 40.9 kilometres. After the 40.9-kilometre mark, you will reach Mallow, Ireland, with a total travel time of approximately 43 minutes or 41.6 kilometres.
Ringaskiddy, Rinn an Scidigh, which means ‘Skiddy’s Headland’ is a village that serves as port, and provides passenger ferry services to and from France. The village was once a quiet fishing village but was turned into a transport and industrial centre over the years.
Driving to Ringaskiddy, head out on Avenue 2000 for two minutes or 750 metres then go on Rathmacullig W for 400 metres. From Rathmacullig W, take Glen Road for 2.9 kilometres to reach R613 after a left, then work your way down Cork Rd/R611 for an additional 2.2 kilometres or three minutes. After the three-minute mark, get on N28 to arrive to the destination after 6.6 kilometres or nine minutes. The whole drive will take around 20 minutes and will cover approximately 15.1 kilometres.