Car Hire Cork

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£26 per day*
* Rates include tax and are based on a 7 day rental from 20/08/2018-27/08/2018 at Cork
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Hertz at Cork

Found on Ireland’s picturesque south-west coast, Cork is a thriving, colourful city, with pastel buildings nestled alongside miles of charming waterways. It’s a great place to get around whether on foot or in your hire car, with the latter making the Blarney Stone and other nearby attractions easy to reach.

It’s often referred to as Ireland’s second city – although the locals might tell you it should be one higher than that. Our pick-up locations, including one at the airport, are conveniently located to get you on the way to where you want to be as soon as possible.

Browse our collections to ensure you’re getting the car you want, whether you’re here for business or pleasure, then take advantage of our best price guarantee, no hidden charges and no credit card fees. 

Pickup Locations Cork

  • Cork City Centre-Lower Glanmire Road

    Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) / November-March: Mo-Fr 0900-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed. April-October: Mo-Fr 0900-1800, Sa-Su 0900-1300

    Address: Railway Street

    Phone: +353 21 4552240

  • Cork Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-2400

    Address: Arrivals Terminal

    Phone: +353 21 4965849

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Driving in and around Cork

Cork

If you’ve arrived at the airport, which lies to the south of the city along the N27, you’re only 20 minutes away from the heart of Cork. It’s a pleasant place to drive, with gorgeous coastal and rural routes in all directions.

As in the UK, you’ll be driving on the left and many of the driving regulations are identical to at home. Speed limits will be clearly signposted and are 120kph on motorways, varying speeds on secondary roads, 50kph in built-up areas and there are an increasing number of places where the limit is lower than this, so always be sure check the speed limit on the road you’re driving.

Cork itself is a small city and easy to navigate by car, with bridges crossing the River Lee at several points. The N22 runs east to west just south of the river, while the N20 leads north and the N27 south.

On the east side of Cork, you’ll find the M8 motorway, which heads north through Cashel. It eventually meets up with the M7 which then continues east to Dublin. For the west coast, stay on the N20 as it goes initially west and then north-west through Mallow, Charleville and then on to lovely Limerick – about two hours away.

If you plan on exploring more than just Cork itself, consider Kinsale, reachable by driving south on the R600, or Dungarvan, north on the N25. The pretty seaside town of Clonakilty is only a short excursion away, south-west on the N71. It won the title of Great Town at the 2017 Urbanism awards, and is renowned for its friendliness, quirky shops, beaches and rugged coastline.

A quick guide to Cork

Cork

You’re never far from the water in Cork – the city is built around the River Lee and also connected by Cork Harbour to the sea. From Georgian buildings to a thriving food scene, Cork is a quirky mixture of both the traditional and the brand, spanking new.

In-spire-ing

The towering spires of Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral are one of the most famous sites in Cork. There’s a history of worship on the site dating back to the seventh century, although the Cathedral, as it is now, was consecrated in 1870.

It’s built from Cork limestone and red Cork marble, and the stained-glass windows are remarkably well-preserved. People still make pilgrimages to it and there are daily services which are open to everyone.

Butter wouldn’t melt

Ireland is justly proud of its butter, and although a museum dedicated to the spreadable stuff might seem to be spreading it a bit thin, a visit here will open your eyes.

The butter trade is a huge part of Cork’s history, and the exhibits here bring to life the dairy industry and its local importance, as well as the social and work conditions of the time, giving a more rounded view of the city’s development through the ages.

Cork cuisine

Locals make big claims for the food in Cork, and time spent sampling the cuisine here backs them up. You can feast on traditional Irish fare or indulge in the burgeoning artisan food scene.

The English Market, a covered food emporium dating back to 1788, is worth a detour for the atmosphere alone, and it’s perfect for picking up produce if you’re self-catering. You can also join one of the Fab Food Trails, a walking tour that covers much of the best grub in the region, from cheesemongers to bakers.

Make a beeline for Electric, a captivating art deco building next to the River. It boasts the Fishbar – for grilled oysters with an amazing view – and a restaurant for Irish steaks and a formal but fun feel. Tell yourself you’ll walk off the effects of the dessert tasting board for two the next day. Vegetarians should make a beeline for Iyer’s on Popes Quay for great value Indian vegetarian street food. The likes of cauliflower pakora, samosa chaat and dosas are packed with zingy flavours and cooked according to Ayurvedic principles. It's another example of the diversity you’ll find in Cork.

Escape the city

Make the most of car hire in Cork and head 20 minutes or so east to Fota Wildlife Park. Here you’ll find Gibbons, Lions, Wallabies, Cheetahs, Ring-tailed lemurs, Humboldt Penguins and Capybaras.

Many of the smaller animals simply wander around, and there’s a great education centre that explains many of the conservation projects the park undertakes. It makes for a great family day out.

If you want to push the boat out, you can plump for the ‘Warden Experience’ where you’ll get to feed the penguins, see a unique tour of the park and get hands-on with real-life wardens.

Whether you’re here for the wildlife of Fota or the nightlife of Cork, you’re bound to fall in love with this welcoming city and its people.