Departing Cork Airport By Road

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Departing Cork Airport By Road

Cork Airport is located outside the city on Kinsale road. Cork City is the second-largest city in Ireland. The city has a lot to offer. There are some beautiful coastal areas outside of the city. Google Maps is a great app to use to find your way around Ireland. We also like the AA route planner which has many benefits.

Driving out of the airport, you will approach a Circle K fuel station, if you require fuel or suppliers, this is a good stop to pull in and gather yourself before you partake in your journey. You pass through some roundabouts and depending on your destination you may have a long or short journey ahead of you. Driving out of the airport you will arrive on the Kinsale road, you can follow the road into a very large roundabout that links many destinations including Cork City, Limerick and Dublin.

We recommend visiting Kinsale if you have time to spare on your trip.

Cork Airport Car Hire Depots

There are 6 companies operating car hire services from the airport. Cork Airport car hire companies will guide you to car pick-up points right next to the terminal building. The car hire depots are a short walk from the terminal building. Cork Airport Guide recommend that you allow 40 minutes for signing all paperwork and collecting your vehicle and the same amount of time for dropping back the vehicle. The car rental companies staff will help you with any requirements you have.

If you require more information, please see our car rental page.

If you are driving in Ireland for the first time, take some time and follow the road sign. When approaching roundabout drivers on the right will have the right of way. Driving out of Cork Airport follow the N27 to Cork city. The N71 roadway with take you to beautiful coastal areas outside the city. All the car hire company’s vehicles are top class and modern and in some cases brand new vehicles. Most of the modern vehicles have great safety features and modern technology built in.

  • Travel to Cork City via N27
  • Travel to Dublin via M8 and M7
  • Travel to Limerick M8 and R513
  • Travel to Galway M18 road.
  • Travel to Kerry N22

Distance and travel time from Cork Airport

To Cork city 8.3km (13 minutes)

To Limerick 116.8km (1 hour 45 minutes)

To Galway 215.2km (2 hours and 50 minutes)

To Ennis 157.1km (2 hours)

To Kinsale 21.3km (30 minutes)

To Dublin 228.5km (2 hours 35 minutes)

To Waterford 154.4km (2 hours 30 mins)

To Killarney Kerry 134.9km (1 hour 55 minutes)

To the Cliff of Moher 195.1km (2 hours 45 minutes)

To Bunratty Castle 121.4km (1 hour and 55 minutes)

To Dromoland Castle 135.8km (2 hours)

To Adare Manor 99.4km (1 hour 45 minutes)

To Thomond Park 113.8km (1 hour 55 minutes)

To UCC University College Cork 6.9km (40 minutes)

Irish Road Signs

In Ireland, the road sign is colour coded and are also in two different languages. Irish road signs display distance in kilometres. Roads coloured blue are major roads in Ireland. Roads coloured with yellow and green are minor roads. There is a toll network operating in Ireland. Please see this link for further information. This Airport Guide recommends using the toll roads to save travel time on tour journeys.

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FAO – Frequently Asked Questions

How many languages are Irish road signs in?? 

Answer –  Irish road signs are in two languages, Irish or Gaelic and English.

What are the driving speed limits in Ireland?

Answer – The speed limit on major motorway roads is 120km per hour, the national road limit is 100km per hour and the regional road limit is 80 km per hour. The urban road speed limit is 50kms per hour.

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