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Welcome to Irish Car Rentals at Cork Airport

Whether you’re here to enjoy Ireland’s second largest city; Cork City or to explore the many coastal towns and historical attractions in the region, hiring a car from Cork Airport puts the southern region of Ireland within easy reach.

Irish Car Rentals offers car hire service at Cork Airport at cheap rates and a price promise. When you exit the customs, the rental desk in located near the lifts/escalator and the arrivals hall's exit doors.

We Will Not Be Beaten on Price

Irish Car Rentals offers a price promise - "We Will Not Be Beaten on Price" on all rentals from Cork Airport. We will match or better any quotes from another direct car rental company in Ireland. We believe you will not be able to beat Irish Car Rentals' hire rates. Read more here.

Rental Fleet

All Cork Airport car hire include the following: Collision Damage Waiver cover, 24-hour breakdown cover, theft protection, and unlimited mileage. Irish Car Rentals carry a full range of vehicles fleet types; Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Full-size, People carrier and Luxury to meet your rental requirements. Europcar provides the rental fleet to Irish Car Rentals.

Returning Your Car Rental:

To return your Irish Car Rentals Rental Car, follow the signs for "Rental Car Return" either on the approach to the airport or within the airport and furthermore, there will be signs for car parking.

Please ensure you get to the airport arriving with ample time for the departures to catch your flight from Cork.

Directions to Cork Airport by Car

Cork Airport is located on the south end of the N27 road when coming from the North, West, or East; and off the R600 when coming from Kinsale.

Cork Airport is less than a twenty minute drive from Cork city centre.

Van Hire Cork Airport

Van Hire is available at the airport through Irish Car Rentals, these vehicles fleet are the options; Ford Connect Cube Van and a Ford Transit. You can hire vans midweek or on weekends, short as one day or long term hire, make a quote for vans at the top.

Wild Atlantic Way Route

Cork Ireland Airport is a popular choice for those looking to start touring the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s premier driving tour, as it’s the closest airport to Kinsale, which is the designated start point for traversing the Atlantic Way, south to north.


Although little more than a small, coastal town, Kinsale has carved out a name for itself as one of Co. Cork’s more colourful gems. From its narrow, winding streets, to its picturesque, natural harbour, there’s a very ‘old world’ feel about the town, which seems at odds with Kinsale’s reputation as the gourmet capital of southwest Ireland. But it’s true; there are more international-standard restaurants packed into Kinsale than anywhere else even remotely nearby.

There’s more to Kinsale than good food, though. The Old Head of Kinsale, with its windswept, rocky promontory reaching out into the water, is a popular beauty spot, while Charles Fort, one of the best preserved, 17th century, star-shaped artillery forts in Ireland, keeps a watchful eye over the harbour. 16th century Desmond Castle exhibits its varied history as a customs house, prison, and winery, used by famous French families such as the Hennessy’s, over the years, and there’s the 200-year-old signal tower that has been restored and converted into a museum to the RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed in 1915 by a Germen U-boat.

Away from all the historical landmarks, you can spend time at the beach, find walking tours, ghost tours, harbour tours, yacht or boat rentals, golf, fishing, scuba diving, and plenty of other things to see and do, which more than qualify Kinsale to be the ideal starting point for a Wild Atlantic Way journey. If you are flying here, pick up a car rental Cork Airport here to start your journey.

Mizen Head

Another one of the early highlights of touring the Wild Atlantic Way is finding your way to the furthest spot south you can go in Ireland. The extreme peninsula of Mizen Head is the country’s most southwestern mainland point and is well-known for its incredible cliff views. The furthest tip of Mizen Head is actually separated from Ireland by a deep, slim gorge that drops down to the churning ocean below and is only connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Visitor Centre in the car park overlooking the cliffs exhibits geological and maritime displays, and the Mizen Café offers food, drink, and refreshments.

This iconic bridge allows a short, yet exhilarating trek to the rocks out to sea, and access to the disused signal station down its famous 99 steps. The signal station has been converted into a museum and displays artefacts from the early days of transatlantic shipping and communications, along with its engine room, Marconi radio room, and Mizen Map collections.

Beyond there, though, in the sea, out of reach of land and bridge, is Fastnet Rock Lighthouse sitting on the last spot of land that Irish immigrants would see before embarking on the long voyage to the Americas, known as Ireland’s Teardrop. Also, from the rocks and bridges around Mizen Head, dozens of different species of birds and wildflowers can be seen, as well as whales and dolphins swimming around in all weathers.

Along with Cork City, the above are two of the main points a lot of visitors start with when beginning their journey on the Wild Atlantic Way, but there are so many much things to discover in southwest Ireland, it’s always worth taking the time to try.

Our Address:

Main Arrivals Hall
Cork Airport
Co Cork

Our Contact Numbers:

Telephone Number: +353 21 2400100

Fax Number: +353 21 431 6968

Emergency Telephone Number: +353 1 844 1944

Opening Times: Opening Times

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What to expect at Cork Airport

This airport is one of the three main international airports in Ireland, along with Shannon & Dublin airports. There is five airline catering for Cork Airport arrivals and departures passengers. With the airport being close to Cork City and close to N27 making it a popular location to fly into and explore Ireland's South West.

Passengers will find a range of facilities such as restaurants, shops before and after the security checks. There is a bank with a bureau de change and free WI-FI throughout the terminal.

Public transport from airport

There is a taxi rank located directly outside the main terminal building. The fare to travel from Cork Airport to Cork City will range between €10.00 and €15.00.

There are a number of bus links to Cork Airport providing indirect and direct routes to Cork City and further afield.

Bus Eireann operates a direct coach service between Cork Airport and Cork City on a very frequent basis. The service also connects with Cork Bus Station giving access to the integrated nationwide Bus Eireann network of routes.

There are no direct rail links to Cork Airport.

If you need more information, please contact us or visit www.corkairport.ie.

If you have any enquiries regarding car hire in Cork Airport, please do not hesitate to contact us.