Cons: We arrived 2 hours late, due to air delays to find the Hertz pickup location closed (at 2pm). There was no notification on how to pick up our car. Instead, we had to wait until the next morning at 9am to return to Hertz to find out that they did not have our car.
Pros: We were traveling with 7people and renting 2 cars. We had 6 very large pieces of luggage and 6 small bags. I figured there was no way we would get 2, five passenger vehicles to move all that luggage and 7 people and Alamo/Enterprise gave us there 2 cars with the biggest trunks and it worked perfect.Cons: The X insurance is expensive but the piece of mind made it necessary since driving in Ire is chaotic. Also, rented GPS was worthless since it did not recognize places, only addresses and in Ireland, addresses are only a convenience. The cell apps work much better, best pay for cell service in Ire.
Pros: Everything was goodCons: I had to cut my trip short 2 days, but I did not get and refund. I was charged the full amount
9.6 Excellent13 May 2019
Pros: Very helpful and friendly staffCons: Shuttle service from Cork city would be great
2.0 Mediocre20 Aug 2017
Cons: they didn't told me i have to bring the credit card until i reached to the airport
7.2 Good25 Jul 2017
Pick up/drop offPros: Easy and fast. We have had good luck with Sixt and will rent from them again.Cons: Pick up didn't tell us what to do with damage report if we found discrepancies. Drop off signs were easily missed and we had to stop several times to ask for drop off directions.
Ireland avis sucks..don't use themCons: They charged me 30eur....that's about 36 us dollars...for "waiving "their insurance because my credit card covered me extensively....they never mentioned there would be a fee. Let alone such a extortionistic one as large as that.. Will never use them again and implore you not to either.. Crooks!!!
Pros: there was no wait.Cons: We had to make a change in the itinerary and we returned the car 40 hours earlier than initially planned. I expected a refunded for one day rental. They never mentioned that there is no refund for earlier return.
3.2 Mediocre5 Jun 2019
Cons: hidden admin charge of 30 dollars, damage to car not correctly recorded, had to waste 40 mins re inspecting the car, long walk from terminal to car pick up, had to wait 30 mins for car to be inspected and deposit returned.Not a Budget rental but a franchise called flynn brothers
4.4 Okay9 Oct 2018
Difficult returnCons: Very expensive. Windshield was dirty inside and out. Was on a sight- seeing trip through Ireland with dirty windshields. Car exterior was dirty also. Had no idea how to return car at Cork airport. No instructions on what to do, where to go, how to walk to terminal from car park. No signs at airport car park to indicate how to walk to terminal. Car itself was good size and easy to drive.
4.0 Okay30 Apr 2018
Extra fees and not the car we orderedPros: The vehicle worked properlyCons: We were charged an extra drop fee of 65 Euros even though the original quote included this fee (verified by the US Budget office). When I questioned the local pickup office in Cork, they said to take it up with Kayak. We were also given a smaller vehicle than requested - a Nissan Juke, versus the intermediate Toyota Corolla or similar. We had a hard time fitting 3 people and three bags and it was supposed to fit 5 people with 3 bags. We then inquired about a different car and was told it would cost more.
Pros: The staff explained that the insurance was not part of the rental agreement and I would have to pay separately. This was not the fault of the car rental company and they remained helpful and professional in their dealings with me.Cons: The offer from Kayak did not include insurance, which I had to purchase at the desk and more than doubled the cost of the rental. This is a total rip off as the offer presented didn't stipulate this . Incidentally if I had hired directly from the car hire company it would have been much cheaper.
2.0 Mediocre10 Jan 2019
Did not end up renting a carCons: Showed up to pick up the car I booked online for 86 euros and the man wanted a 5,000.00 Euro deposit for the car because I decline insurance because I have international coverage through my policy here in canada. I said I don't have that kind of money so how much for the car with insurance? I was quoted 571 euros. Remember I booked it online for 86. My Irish boyfriend asked what if i put it on my credit card and drive what is your best price? They dropped 250.00 euros off the rental price. At that point it was clearly discriminatory and subjective so we Did not rent a car and his sister drove us around for the week. How many other people have they ripped off with their insurance scam? Grateful for our backup plan.
10.0 Excellent11 Nov 2018
Pros: Great staff, very helpful!
4.4 Okay8 Aug 2018
Surprise Charges at PickupPros: The car was clean at pickup and came with a full tank.Cons: We were quoted $331 by booking online. At pickup, our total came to $846 after all taxes and ‘required insurances.’ I’d asked to drop the insurances because my VISA benefits from my credit union would provide coverage, however, they then added cancellation fees that made cancelling not worth the trouble. Will not be using Payless/Budget or Kayak ever again.
ripp offCons: the representative did not want to take the excess on my credit card and force me to take an insurance . so intead of 60 euros, the rental fees end up reaching 200 euros. the representative said I had to have a letter from my credit card issuer telling they agree to cover the full value of the car , she said the car is worth 30 000. they abuse customers which arrive in a fragile postiion. i have to rent car to visit my daughter in Ireland and such fees are to high for the family budget. Edouard Notte
2.0 Mediocre28 Aug 2017
Cons: Enterprise failed to provide a vehicle, insurance problem!
No trip to Cork is complete without a road trip. With a hire car, travelers can see for themselves the beauty of the Irish landscape. Cork is conveniently located near a number of stunning attractions that all an easy drive from the city. For instance, Blarney Castle is just 6.2 miles from the city center, and Rock of Cashel is 59 miles away.
Excited to pick up your hire car and get your vacation in Cork started? For travelers landing at Cork Airport, you will find all of the hire car offices located in the airport’s Arrivals Hall.
One tip to keep in mind when driving in Cork is that you must yield to the car on the right. This may be confusing at first, especially for drivers not used to driving on the left side of the road. You will adjust soon enough, though -- just make sure to look both ways and keep an eye on the other cars on the road.
Drivers in cork can expect to experience rush hour traffic in the morning from 6:30 a.m. up until 9:30 a.m. Rush hour picks up again in the afternoon from 3:30 p.m. until around 6:30 p.m. In terms of congestion, the South Ring Road and the M8 Highway experience some of the highest levels of traffic during peak hours and therefore are worth avoiding during rush hour.
25% of our users found a car hire in Cork for €16 or less
Book your car hire in Cork at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Cork are around 58% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Cork
Some car hire companies in Cork which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Budget, Hertz and Sixt
On average a car hire in Cork costs €24 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at CARHIRE.ie (€15/day), Payless (€16/day) and Thrifty (€18/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz Cork Airport T12 P9CK (6 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Cork is €4.13 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between €49 and €66, depending on the car size.
Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cork.
A Economy car hire in Cork costs €21 per day, on average.
A Mini car hire in Cork costs €21 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Cork costs €22 per day, on average.
In Cork, cars are most frequently hired at Easirent Cork Airport - In Shuttle (6 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Cork costs €171 per week (€24 per day).
On average a car hire in Cork costs €733 per month (€24 per day).
For the most part, drivers will find mid-sized and smaller cars such as sedans, SUVs, and compacts are perfectly suited for hitting the road in Cork. This is because, in general, the roads and parking spaces are fairly large in the city. However, it should be noted that some of the older streets and alleys in Cork will be slightly on the narrower side so it may be worth renting a smaller car.
Speed limits in Cork vary from 50 km/h (31 mph) in built-up areas to 80 km/h (50 mph) on regional and local roads in the city. Additionally, larger roads in rural areas that aren’t quite highways go up to 100 km/h (62), while on freeways the speed limit is 120 km/h (75 mph).
Petrol prices in Cork are about €1.43 ($1.62) per liter, which is roughly €5.41 ($6.12) per gallon. This is slightly above average for Europe and is just a bit more expensive than Bilbao, for example, where petrol is €4.73 ($5.36) per gallon.
If you are in the central business district, then parking garages and lots are the go-to option. There is a decent amount of streetside parking in the city, but in the busiest areas these spaces can fill up fast. Outside of the downtown core, parallel streetside parking is abundant and easy to find, so it will likely be your best bet.