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Cork Airport Car Hire

Irish Car Rentals offers cheap car hire service at Cork Airport (ORK). All of our rental cars include the following: CDW cover, 24 hour breakdown cover, theft protection and unlimited mileage. Irish Car Rentals carry a full range of vehicles (Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Full-size, People carrier and Luxury) to meet your requirements. Europcar provides the rental fleet.

Irish Car Rentals has a Car rental desk in the car hire section of the main arrival terminal at Cork Airport. It is located close to the lifts/escalator and the arrivals hall exit doors.

Cork Airport is Ireland’s second busiest airport and is located about six kilometres south of Cork city, near the village of Farmers Cross. Cork Airport handles mostly domestic flights and those to the UK mainland and continental Europe, through carriers such as Aer Lingus, Aer Arann, and Ryanair. Cork Airport is a popular choice for adventurers 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.

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.

Kinsale

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 south-west 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.

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 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 more things to discover in south-west Ireland, it’s always worth taking the time to try.

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.

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.

Our Address:

EUROPCAR Desk,
Main Arrivals Hall
Cork Airport
Co Cork
Ireland

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

What to expect

Cork is one of the three main international airports in Ireland, along with Shannon & Dublin airports. There are five airline catering for 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 restuarants, shops before and after the security checks. There is a bank with a bureau de change and free WI-FI throughout the terminal.

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

Customer Feedback

"I've lost cou nt how many times I've rented cars from Europcar, but still keep up the good work :) and a Happy New Year to all staff. Carmelo " Dublin Airport - 6 January 2016

"The staff and service at europcar cork airport are always excellent and always go above and beyond. Great service Great staff" Cork Airport - 7 January 2016

"We had to rent the car as our flight from Kerry to Dublin was cancelled due to storms (I was flying back to Boston where I live, although I'm originally from Kerry). Louise at the desk was top notch. She really went above and beyond. " Kerry Airport - 5 January 2015

"The whole process went very smoothly and took very little time. Both picking up and returning the car was effortless. The car its self was perfectly satisfactory." Shannon Airport - 23 August 2015

"Great Service by great People, thanks a lot" Galway City - 11 May 2015

"Overall a good experiance. Good value for money." Knock Airport - 01 June 2015

Customer Feedback

"I've lost cou nt how many times I've rented cars from Europcar, but still keep up the good work :) and a Happy New Year to all staff. Carmelo " Dublin Airport - 6 January 2016

"The staff and service at europcar cork airport are always excellent and always go above and beyond. Great service Great staff" Cork Airport - 7 January 2016

"We had to rent the car as our flight from Kerry to Dublin was cancelled due to storms (I was flying back to Boston where I live, although I'm originally from Kerry). Louise at the desk was top notch. She really went above and beyond. " Kerry Airport - 5 January 2015

"The whole process went very smoothly and took very little time. Both picking up and returning the car was effortless. The car its self was perfectly satisfactory." Shannon Airport - 23 August 2015

"Great Service by great People, thanks a lot" Galway City - 11 May 2015

"Overall a good experiance. Good value for money." Knock Airport - 01 June 2015