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Explore the south of Ireland when you hire a car in Cork. Ireland’s second city is referred to by locals as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. There’s certainly plenty here to detain you a while, but when you hire a car in Cork the beauty of Ireland’s south is also easily accessible to you.

First, though, you should sample the delights of the city itself. The River Lee, which flows through its centre, creates a compact space filled with grand Georgian streets, intersected by medieval alleys and modern architectural triumphs such as the opera house. Interesting waterways, lively traditional bars, modern art centres, historical buildings, fascinating independent shops and some of the best restaurants that Ireland has to offer are all here.

Drive beyond Cork, however, and you will find romantic castles, evocative rural scenery and dramatic coastlines. You can nip on and off the network of national routes for convenience, but you will never be too far away from rural roads on which you can head off to some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches.

For families it is just a short drive down the R264 to the delights of the Fota Wildlife Park, where kangaroos and ring-tailed lemurs will keep everyone entertained. Just a little further away the picturesque town of Cobh is set on a natural harbour and offers sailing, windsurfing, horse riding and plenty more to keep you all going.

Those with a sense of adventure can use their car rental to get off the beaten track in no time at all. Simply head towards Ballycotton to take in its romantic fishing pier and the stunning views from its clifftop walks. Of course, if you’d rather take in the scenery from the comfort of your car, you can just drive along the R629 between Garrymoe and Ballymacoda to enjoy the Atlantic seascapes from on high.

Rent a Car in Cork

If you are flying in to Cork Airport, it’s just a short flight from many UK airports, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow (International), Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Heathrow & Stansted), Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne.

Expedia can arrange car hire for you, in advance of your trip, from Cork Airport. This busy international airport is situated just five miles south of the city on the N27 (Kinsale Road). This means you are practically in the city centre as soon as you land, so it won’t be long after your flight before you are exploring the waterways, browsing through the shops and sampling the gastronomic delights of cosmopolitan Cork.

Expedia partners with a network of car hire providers to ensure that there is always a wide choice of cars available from a selection of locations – whether at the airport itself or in the heart of Cork city centre. We bring you all the latest deals, so you can quickly find cheap car hire in Cork and arrange your vehicle in advance.

With all the hard work taken out of arranging car hire the only difficult decision is deciding where to go when you arrive. Here are some suggestions of places to visit when you hire a car in Cork.

Where Will Your Car Hire in Cork Take You?

Just five miles northwest of Cork the small village of Blarney is home to the 15th century Blarney Castle. Take a trip here to see the legendary Blarney Stone, which is said to bestow the ‘gift of the gab’ to anyone who kisses it.

The mythical properties of the Blarney Stone are far from the only attraction here, though. Extensive parkland surrounds the castle offering a network of trails to explore, themed gardens and the large turrets of Blarney House.

Just under 20 miles from Cork the town of Kinsale is spectacularly overlooked by two 17th century fortresses. With the River Bandon flowing beneath them, the huge, star-shaped Charles Fort lies to the southeast, and the smaller James Fort faces it across the waters. Leave time to pop into the 16th century courthouse building which now houses the Kinsale Regional Museum, documenting the history of the local area and with exhibits about the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania.

Further afield, you'll find plenty of scenic delights to drive through – or to park your car near and take a stroll through. The coastal route takes you past inlets along eroded coastlines and brings you to many picturesque old fishing towns and villages.

It’s hard to beat the enchanting scenery that awaits you along the Mizen Head, Sheep's Head and Beara Peninsulas. Pull over, park up and enjoy a hike through the ancient wild hills of romantic Ireland.

Rent a Car in Cork

Explore the beauty of the south of Ireland when you rent a car in Cork with Expedia.

FAQs for car hire in Cork

What’s the best price car rental in Cork?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £3 in Cork.

What’s the average car rental price in Cork?

On average, car rentals in Cork are £4.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Cork?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Cork?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.