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Cork Airport Car Hire - Award-winning car rental and Top Savings

Pre-book your Cork Airport car hire, with prices starting from just £7.10 per day with FREE cancellations*

Image of West Cork, Ireland

At less than a two hour flight from UK airports, Cork is an ideal location for both short breaks and longer holidays. It may be the third largest city in Ireland, but its compact layout gives it a distinctly towny feel making it easy to explore. Beyond the city walls are a wealth of historic castles, dramatic coastlines, colourful quaint houses and miles of sandy beaches. The only trouble you will have is fitting all the sights in to your visit!

By booking your car hire with Holiday Extras, we do all the hard work to bring you cheap deals. Our simple booking site will compare all the top rental car providers to bring you the best offers. If you opt to collect your car from Cork Airport (ORK), you can start your adventure from the moment you touch down on Irish soil.

Kinsale Cork

The town of Kinsale, located just over 30 minutes' drive from Cork

Places to see within driving distance of Cork

Distance in Miles
Estimated Travel Time
5.7 miles
15 minutes
16 miles
32 minutes
Garryvoe Beach
22.6 miles
36 minutes
34 miles
57 minutes
Gougane Barra Forest Park
44 miles
1 hour, 8 minutes

We don't just have a great range of deals, but we also have a wide variety of vehicles too to meet all your Ireland car hire needs . From 3-door hatchbacks , to 5-door family cars or robust SUVs for the twisty roads of southern Ireland, we will have a car to suit you!

Typical Car Hire prices from Cork Airport based on hire for 3 days*

Type of Car
Number of Seats
Price per day
3-door hatchback
4 seats
£7.33 per day
5-door hatchback
5 seats
£10.35 per day
5 seats
£18.29 per day
People carrier
5/7 seats
£25.48 per day

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off in Cork Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

The savings don't end there! Holiday Extras can also offer superb deals on total protection insurance. We regularly price-check all our policies to ensure we give you the best prices. All our policies include the following cover:

  • Damage and theft excess
  • Damage protection for all mechanical and exterior parts of the car
  • Cover for any immobilisation, admin and towing charges
  • Free cancellation and changes

Our simple booking process

  • Search - Enter your required travel dates in the field above and click search to compare
  • Select - Select your choice of hire car
  • Book - Make your payment using our secure system
  • Confirm - We will email you your booking confirmation

How it Works

The good news is that a number of car hire companies will allow payment without credit card, meaning you can pay with a debit card for both the rental cost and deposit. Once your payment has gone through, we will email you your confirmation containing your booking reference number. You'll need to keep this handy, as you will have to provide it when you collect your car at Cork Airport. As an extra guide, we’ve also prepared a useful checklist with all sorts of useful information about car hire in general.

Our dedicated car hire team are also here to help with any queries you might have on 0800 804 7362. You can also contact us online here.

Picking up your hire car

When you arrive at Cork Airport, collecting your car is very easy. All the car hire desks are located in the Arrivals hall. When you clear Customs, just present your confirmation paperwork at the desk and you will be able to collect your keys.

Touring Southern Ireland

The city of Cork and its surrounding area provide a wealth of history with dramatic coastlines and vibrant painted houses. Cork itself offers a wide range of art galleries and museums, as well as an abundance of quaint pubs, coffee shops and food markets. Car hire will give you a great opportunity to explore the region further. If you venture just 30 minutes out of the city, you will find the picturesque town of Kinsale; the gateway to the scenic West Cork area with its vibrant painted houses and shop fronts. Sweeping Blue Flag beaches can be found at Garryvoe and Clonakilty offering breathtaking scenery in all weathers. No trip to Southern Ireland would be complete without seeing the famous Blarney Stone located at Blarney Castle. For spectacular views of the rugged scenery at the foot of the Sheehy Mountains, then a tour of the motor trail at Gougane Barra Forest Park is highly recommended.

Helpful added extras

Don't forget that Holiday Extras offers much more than car hire. We can also bring you great discounts on airport transfers. Our holiday insurance is also fantastic value for money.

Our great deals don’t end there. If you're flying from a UK airport, then we can save you up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and even airport lounges.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Cork Airport, Ireland. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Laws and Tips for Ireland's Roads**

Driving in Ireland should not pose too many problems if you're used to driving in the UK, as cars are right-hand drive. A modern road network links the major towns and road signs are similar to the international design, as well as being all in English.

Useful information:

  • Right hand drive - Drive on the left, overtake on the right.
  • Minimum car hire age - 18 years old. Under 25's may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
  • Seatbelt - All occupants must wear a seatbelt. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under 18 are wearing a seatbelt.
  • Travelling with children - Children under 3 and those less than 135cm must use the correct child booster seat/child restraint system.
  • Petrol stations - Many are open 24/7 and accept all major credit cards.
  • Toll Roads - There are 11 toll roads, bridges and tunnels throughout Ireland. Most motorway tolls do not accept credit cards, so it is a good idea to have spare change to hand.
  • Speed limits - Road laws and road signs are in kilometres per hour (km/h)

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Motorways - 120kph/75mph
  • National Roads - 100kph/62mph
  • Regional Roads - 80kph/50mph
  • Built up/urban areas - 50kph/30mph
  • Specialist limits/School area - 30kph/19mph

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

If you are not from the UK, most car rental companies will require you to present the driving licence that is issued by your country of residence; not an International licence, or permit. Please double check with an individual car hire company if you have any doubts.

Mobile phone use

When driving in Ireland, it is an offence to use a hand-held mobile phone. If caught, the Gardaí (local police), will issue a fixed charge of approximately €60 and receive 2 penalty points on your licence. If you refuse to pay, you could be taken to court and fined up to €2,000 and receive four penalty points.

Whilst using a hands-free kit with your phone is not illegal, the Ireland Road Safety Authority advise against it.

Drinking and driving

Drink driving in Ireland is an extremely serious offence. The legal limit for drivers is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Random breath tests can be carried out at by the local police at any time.

It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance and holiday insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

Seat belts

Wearing a seat belt is compulsory in both front and rear seats. Children must use booster seats or appropriate child restraints. Check with your car hire company if they provide child seats, or consider taking your own with you.

Roads in Ireland

The national road infrastructure throughout the Republic of Ireland is well maintained and less congested than in the UK. One point of note is that many local roads are windy and narrow, with limited passing places, so please mindful of oncoming vehicles and farm traffic

Toll Roads

The Republic of Ireland has 11 toll points. Ten of which have toll booths where you will have to pay in cash.

Some hire companies will include toll charges in your bill; while others will require that you pay the charge yourself.

**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car from Cork Airport. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.