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    Car hire in Cork at the best prices

    Are you travelling to Cork and need a rental car during your trip? Auto Europe, a world-famous car rental broker, has fantastic offers for cheap car hire in Cork. We work together with all leading rental suppliers both domestic and international. With over 60 years of experience, we are proud of our excellent offer, award-winning customer service and the best price guarantee on the car rental market.

    Cork, as the capital of the largest county in Ireland, is not only a popular holiday destination, but is also popular for business trips.

    How is the traffic in Cork?

    As Cork is not a large city, driving your car rental in Cork should be easy. All traffic signs are presented in two languages – Irish and English. Traffic in Cork is not too heavy, but during rush hour roads can get congested, so please plan accordingly, especially if you have a flight to catch.

    Where can I park my car hire in Cork?

    When it comes to parking, you will find plenty of space in Cork. In addition to several multi-storey car parks, there are also a large number of public car parks dotted around the city. The Park & Ride service is also available and quite useful if you are going to use public transport and park your rented vehicle at one of the stops in the suburbs. The P&R is the cheapest parking option. If you would like to park on the street, there are some special designated areas where on-street parking is allowed. You will need a parking disc which needs to be clearly displayed on the windshield or the dashboard. Failing to pay for parking will result in a fine even for your car hire in Cork, as the rental company will be informed of the fine and the given amount will be taken off your credit card.

    Cork Airport

    About 6.5 km south of Cork city lies the main city airport, which manages more than two million passengers on a yearly basis. Cork is connected to many domestic and international destinations with year-round, seasonal and charter flights. You can easily reach the airport from the city by bus.

    Cork Airport - (ORK)
    Address: Kinsale Rd, Cork, Ireland
    Official website:
    Phone number: +44 0844 335 1801

    What to do in Cork

    When in Cork, there are several places that you might enjoy visiting:

    • University College Tour: The University of Cork was founded in 1845 and is one of the best Irish universities. With lovely buildings and gardens, the university campus is a nice place to visit. There are organised guided tours which will take you to the most interesting places on the campus. From here you can also observe the night sky through a special telescope in the Crawford Observatory.

    • Blarney Castle: The famous castle from the 15th century has become one of Cork’s best known landmarks. Its main attraction, besides the preserved walls and towers, is the Blarney Stone, believed to grant the gift of eloquence to anyone who kisses it. If you like greenery, be sure to visit the gardens around the castle, especially the poison garden that attracts many visitors.

    • Kinsale: A lovely picturesque fishing village, Kinsale is located near the coast and the famous tourist attraction Old Head of Kinsal. With an amazig watersports offer, you can try your hand at sea fishing, yachting or golf. When mist starts rolling into Cork, head to Kinsale and enjoy the view of colourful facades over a pint of Guinness.

    • Kindred Spirits Sculpture: In the extremely difficult times for Ireland when the famine known as Black 47 caused deaths of nearly one million people, the Choctaw Native Americans were particularly and unexpectedly generous, in spite of their own difficulties and miserable living conditions. A monument has been erected to remind the Irish of the generosity of the Choctaw Nation, with nine big stainless feathers forming an empty bowl.

    • Cork City Gaol: This historic place will give you more insight into the lives of prisoners in the 19th century. Resembling a fortress castle because of its architecture, the abandoned jail still has cells once inhabited by inmates and a lot of old objects on display.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Cork

    Why not rent a car in Cork and explore Ireland? There are plenty of historic sights, some shrouded in mystery, many wonderful coastal drives and lovely villages to visit.

    Cliffs of Moher

    An unforgettable experience is the coastal drive to the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Listed amont top Irish natural sights and a quintessential part of Ireland, the cliffs are a magnet for tourist with good reason. Impressive views along with the sound of waves crashing against the rocks will leave an everlasting impression on every visitor.

    Ring of Kerry

    Ring of Kerry is one of the most famous scenic drives in Ireland around Iveragh Peninsula. Wonderful landscapes await you together with a plethora of typical Irish villages and towns on the way. This stunning area is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and the interplay of mountains, sky and the sea are simply breathtaking. Plan spending some time at the Gap of Dunloe, Skellig Monastery, and Muckross House. The boats to Skellig Islands operate only during summer. It’s unmissable as on the mysterious islands you can see precious heritage, beehive monastic cells and a lot of cute puffins!

    Kilkenny & Rock of Cashel

    A road trip to Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel is a great journey into the past. Kilkenny, once a medieval capital of the country on the River Nore, is now a popular tourist destination with a Norman castle and cobblestone streets. Drive from Cork to Kilkenny along the coast and you will pass through many traditional villages in South-East. The iconic Rock of Cashel, on top of a hill with buildings originating from the 12th and 13th century, holds an important place in Irish Christian tradition. This used to be the seat of the McCarthy clan and Munster high kings. The last king of Munster was baptised here by St. Patrick.

    Geographic Information & History

    Cork is also known under its Irish name Corcaigh. It is the capital of the largest county in Ireland on the southeast coast of the country. The river Liffey crosses the city centre, runs through the harbour, and ends up in the ocean. The climate in the city is mild oceanic, marked by plenty of rainfall and balanced temperatures that normally do not get into extremes.

    The name Corcaigh comes from an ancient Gaelic word which means marshy place. Cork is believed to have been founded in the 7th century alongside an abbey. After only two centuries of thriving, Cork was raided by Vikings. In the 11th century Cork was invaded by the Normans and it, consequently, belonged to the English king. Around this time the people of Cork were granted certain civil rights by a charter. The town was slowly growing thanks to flourishing trade, craftsmen of many sorts as well as wool and wine production. In the 17th and 18th century a large group of Huguenots fled religious persecution from France and moved to Cork, among other towns, such as London. Many buildings were built around this time and Cork continued to grow thanks to its port, shipbuilding and commerce. Cork is now a modern town in south-eastern Ireland with around 120,000 citizens.

    How to get around Cork

    Cork has a fairly cheap public transport network consisting of city buses. With frequent departures during the day, buses serve the whole city of Cork. On Sundays, buses depart not as often as on workdays. From Cork you can also take a bus to nearby towns such as Kinsale or Blarney and the capital Dublin. There is also a train that connects Cork with Mallow Castle, Cobh and Midleton. If you would like to stay active during your trip, consider renting a bicycle from one of more than 30 dock stations in the city. Bicycles are only available until midnight and the first 30 minutes are free.

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