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Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Cork car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Cork is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Cork? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Cork between the peak and the off peak season?

3/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 5/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

A hire car in Cork is still extremely useful. However, if you are visiting Cork and you are unsure about whether or not to hire a car, it certainly worth having another think.

Why? Visiting Cork using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Cork ?


  • For any kind of road trip outside the city of Cork, a hire car will probably still be useful.
  • Outside Dublin, rail services are very limited in Ireland.
  • Local and regional buses serve most towns, but schedules and routes are still limited.

Why not? Visiting Cork without a car

Why don't you need a car in Cork ?


Cork is well known further having so many great pubs, and staying within the city and walking around or using taxis and local buses might be more than enough.

  • Cork is a great weekend break city – no need to get out of town, and no need to drive in town.
  • When it comes to heading West and towards the Ring of Kerry, the natural inclination is that a hire car here is going to make more sense. For many visitors it undoubtedly will. However, it is also still perfectly possible to visit the Ring of Kerry and the Kerry National Park without a car. Head first to Killarney. The best way to get to Killarney without a car is by bus, although you can also do it by train with one change.
  • Another attraction in Cork which is unique in Ireland is the Fora Wildlife park, part of Fora Island. It’s also served by its own railway station. However, you might find it easier to doing excursion to the wildlife park by bus. Note that this park has to be visited on foot – it isn’t adrive-thru facility.
  • Another easy excursion by train is to take the commuter line to the port of Cobb.

Cycling in Cork

  • Cork also now has its own local bicycle hire system.
  • There are a number of cycling trails heading out of the city, including a short section of former railway along the coastline.

Ratings: How does Cork compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Cork? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Cork, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Cork? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Cork (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Cork? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Cork airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Cork car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 4

2021 - 6

Average score - 5

Notes:

 

Do you need a car in Cork? For a short city break, a hire car is far from necessary. However, that should be obvious enough. If you want to stay here longer, or if you want to see beyond the city, then your options are limited if you are just using public transport. Although Cork is nothing like as “car focussed” as some visitors might expect, this is still a “car” destination.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Cork ?

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Ireland

Dublin

Europe > Ireland > Dublin

See: Why hire a car in Dublin ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments


Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Dublin car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Dublin is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Dublin? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Dublin between the peak and the off peak season?

3/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 


Why? Visiting Dublin using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Dublin ?



Why not? Visiting Dublin without a car

Why don't you need a car in Dublin ?



Ratings: How does Dublin compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Dublin? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Dublin, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Dublin? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Dublin (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Dublin? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Dublin airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Dublin car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 6

2021 - 6

Average score - 6

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Dublin ?

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Ireland

Knock

Europe > Ireland > Knock

See: Why hire a car in Knock ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

The huge runway at Knock airport was built to handle an influx of long haul visitors to the nearby Shrine of Knock, and although the expected numbers never quite materialised, the airport remains as an important gateway to north-west Ireland.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Knock car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Knock is in car rental price band: 2/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Knock? 

Yes. Very cheap car rental by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Knock between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 9

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

If you are just here to visit the shrine, or to embark on a local bus tour, then there is obviously no point in getting a rental car, because the airport is just a short bus or taxi journey away from the actual village of Knock.

If your plan is to carry on anywhere else other than the local towns and villages around the airport, then a hire car is almost certainly going to be essential.

Direct buses are however available from Knock airport to other regional destinations in north-west Ireland, but the nearest rail connections are some 20 miles away. It’s hardly surprising that given this is a very rural part of Ireland, public transport options only tend to be available on a very limited frequency basis, and they also will involve making many stops to serve local towns and villages.

Unless you plan to arrange a longer multi-day tour from Knock, or unless you plan to fly into Knock, and use intercity trains or buses to continue elsewhere, possibly onwards via Dublin or Shannon, then a hire car really is the best option here.

Why? Visiting Knock using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Knock ?


  • Knock Airport is in a very rural location – public transport is extremely limited.
  • Nearest rail stations are 22km away (Ballyhaunis) or 31km away (Claremorris) – both on the Dublin to Westport railway.
  • Limited, infrequent local bus services.
  • There are some superb driving opportunities in amazingly open countryside to the northwest of Knock, especially around the edge of Ballycroy National Park and Glencullen.
  • Walking – the best way to appreciate the rugged Irish countryside is to go hiking, rather than just to stick to places you can reach in a rental car. However, you will still need a car to get to most of these places, as inter-city bus services are limited, and there are few placesto stay which are directly fronting on to the national parks and other scenic areas.

Why not? Visiting Knock without a car

Why don't you need a car in Knock ?


  • A car is not needed just to visit Knock Shrine – use local taxis or shuttles instead.
  • Guided tours of local area are available by bus.
  • Potential for one way trips to other locations in Ireland, using combination of buses or trains. This will typically involve heading south first via Galway.
  • It’s easy enough to get to towns like Westport from Knock Airport – although scheduled are variable, and may range from a direct bus (just over one hour) to a combination of bus and train.
  • You can cycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achil. The total trip is around 45km each way. Bike rental is available at various points from Clew Bay bike hire. However, you may still prefer to rent a car, and then get hold of bikes as needed for one or two days to do this route. A hire car is still going to be very useful for the rest of your trip, if you plan to do hiking or similar activities.

Ratings: How does Knock compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Knock? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Knock, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Knock? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Knock (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Knock? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Knock airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Knock car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 9

2019 - 9

2021 - 9

Average score - 9

Notes:

 

Do you need a car in Knock? Well this one is about as clear as it gets. Unless you are just here for the shrine (in which case you won’t need to ask), then a hire car is all but essential in this part of Ireland. It’s not just that Knock is rural, it’s simply that the airport is nowhere near any major town, and it’s nowhere near a rail head.

Ratings: How does Knock compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Knock? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Knock, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Knock? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Knock (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Knock? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Knock airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Knock car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 9

2019 - 9

2021 - 9

Average score - 9

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Knock ?

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Shannon

Europe > Ireland > Shannon

See: Why hire a car in Shannon ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Shannon airport has always been a bit of a geographical anomaly. It’s a facility that has historically been in existence largely because of its strategic position as one of the last major refuelling stops before (or first after) the transatlantic crossing.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Shannon car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Shannon is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Shannon? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Shannon between the peak and the off peak season?

3/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:2/10

Balance: 9

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

With Ireland offering US immigration pre clearance, combined with the traditional requirement for the “Shannon stopover” has meant that the airport still has a surprising range of long haul transatlantic flights which would not otherwise be available from such a remote regional airport.

Yet this relative geographic isolation is also a great advantage to incoming visitors. You will find a huge range of spectacular scenic locations to visit, combined with attractive villages and lively towns, all offering that legendary Western Irish craic.

Why? Visiting Shannon using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Shannon ?



Why should you rent a car in Shannon?

In terms of the more mundane practicalities, you will expect Shannon and car hire to be a glaringly obvious match. In truth, having a rental car here really does make a great deal of sense, unless you’re the sort of visitor who only hires a car when they really do have no other options available.

  • This region is sparsely populated. Western Ireland is rural, with few major towns or cities, and very limited public transport.
  • There is no rail link to Shannon airport. There is no direct bus link to the nearest station at Sixmilebridge.
  • Rail services are not well integrated with each other. The major junctions are not in the same locations as major towns. Limerick Junction is nowhere near Limerick. However, there is reasonable integration between trains and buses, as there is between bus services.
  • Renting a car makes sense for driving around the Ring of Kerry. However, this driving loop is closer to other airports such as Kerry or Cork.

Why not? Visiting Shannon without a car

Why don't you need a car in Shannon ?


The town of Shannon itself is a fairly grim place. It’s a relatively rare example of a new town that was built around the airport, rather than the more traditional model of building an airport to serve the town! However, as an overnight base before heading elsewhere, Shannon town does at least have one or two places to stay. Shannon town is a very short bus or taxi ride from the terminal.

Limerick v Shannon

However, it’s far more likely that you’ll head straight to Limerick. This is a city which is a natural place to use as a base for exploring the area around it. Here you will find plenty of bus routes fanning out to various different points across western Ireland. These include express coach services running to destinations like Cork and Dublin.

Limerick also has a terminus on the Irish railway system. Services typically take 3 to 4 hours to reach Dublin. Much less frequent services are also available via Limerick Junction. More actively minded visitors will also find that there is a limited bicycle hire system within the city of Limerick. You could really push it and use one of these bikes to head out along the coast. For a more serious workout, we would recommend hiring a decent road bike in Limerick.

Beyond Shannon without a car

  • The nearest station is at Sixmilebridge, 14km away (no bus link).
  • Sixmilebridge is on the Limerick to Galway (via Ennis) line. Buses are available to Ennis for continuation to Galway, or direct to Limerick.
  • There is a bike sharing scheme in Limerick, which is ideal for getting around the town.
  • The Great Southern Trail is an impressive cycling path project, although it is only partially complete. You may be able to hire bikes in Newcastle West. It’s easy enough to get here using buses running between Limerkick and Tralee, especially if you are already staying in Limerick in the first place. However, from anywhere else, it’s still easier to rent a car first, and then sort out renting the bikes.

Shannon car hire verdict

Should you rent a car in Shannon? Flying into Shannon, relying on public transport, and using Limerick as a base, is something that you can do, but it’s just not that workable. Any options to explore are always going to be much greater here if you have a hire car at your disposal.

Verdict – yes (strong yes)

Ratings: How does Shannon compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Shannon? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Shannon, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Shannon? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Shannon (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Shannon? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Shannon airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Shannon car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 8

2019 - 9

2021 - 9

Average score - 9

Notes: