Once marshland, Cork’s infrastructure has been profoundly influenced by waterways. While this makes navigating the city a bit difficult for first-time visitors, you’ll soon find that your time is well spent exploring the nooks and crannies of the city, where excellent dining, cafés, and musical experiences await you. Make the most of your visit by exploring the natural sights and countryside of southern Ireland as well. Book a rental car and plan to get off the beaten path today!
Ireland has a fairly consistent temperature year round, with lots of rain. Summer weather is unlikely to reach more than 20 degrees Celsius, and winter weather freezes only intermittently. June, July, and August are particularly comfortable months of year to visit Cork.
The first official language of Ireland is Irish, which is spoken by 55% of Ireland’s inhabitants. English is spoken everywhere. Many road signs will also be bilingual, in both Irish and English; if you’re planning on driving through more remote areas, it‘s a good idea to have a grasp of Irish in order to read possible monolingual signs.
Cork is in the Greenwich Mean Time Zone, or UTC+0.
The currency in Ireland is the euro, and cash machines are widely available in both city and country. While you can expect most stores to accept major credit cards, having some cash on hand for smaller transactions is quite prudent.
Car hire in Cork, Ireland is available in 4 locations, at Cork Airport (ORK), downtown, at Musgrave Park, and at the railway station.
While Ireland is a member of the European Union, it is not a member of the Schengen Agreement. Nonetheless, nationalities of many countries can visit Ireland visa-free for up to 90 days. Double check requirements for entry to Ireland for your nationality on the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website, as you may need to apply for a tourist visa before you depart for Ireland.
Driving in central Cork can be a challenge. Roads are narrow and often quite steep, there are numerous one-way streets, and as in any European city, parking can be a challenge. Make the most of your visit by booking a hotel with complementary parking or hiring your car only on the days you plan to drive outside the highly walkable city center.
Car hire in Cork typically starts at just below $5 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Cork:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Except during the most popular tourist weeks in Cork, your best method for receiving the cheapest price on car rentals is by booking your car just one to two months in advance of your arrival. Planning farther in advance often doubles your daily car rental prices!
For the most availability, book your car from a variety of agencies located at Cork Airport or in downtown Cork, where agencies such as CarHire and Thrifty can typically offer cars between $5 and $15 a day. CarHire at airport routinely offers particularly low prices.
You can often also save at least $3 a day by extending your rental period to over a week. Keep an eye out for discounts of at least 11% that keep rental car prices low in the area.