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    Car hire in Kerry at the best price

    The County of Kerry is situated in the southwest region of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Munster. The total area covered is 1,856 sq miles. Kerry County Council is the authority for this county with the town of Tralee as the main town. In 2016, the county boasted a population of 148,000 inhabitants. Primarily a rural county, visiting this part of Ireland will expose you to a side of Ireland that is unique in comparison to major cities such as Dublin. Kerry is filled with rolling green hills and vast landscapes. Coastal areas are also picturesque, with small narrow roads and individual houses dotted around. A visit to Kerry is in essence a visit to authentic Ireland. It is not uncommon to find some locals speaking Irish Gaelic.

    With over 60 years' car rental experience, Auto Europe prides itself on providing the best quotations from the largest array of cars in Kerry. Located within 180 countries, at 24,000 locations, we are able to provide car hire in Kerry pick-ups at various locations, including, at airports, train stations and city centres. Partnering with top branded car rental companies, allows us to provide an excellent car hire service, with top customer care. We don't just do car rentals but also motorhomes and luxury cars. Contact us today and find out how we may help make your holiday extra special. Read the comments on our Kerry car hire reviews page to see what others thought of their Auto Europe car rental experience in south-west Ireland.

    How is the traffic in Kerry?

    Traffic in the County of Kerry is generally light in the countryside areas, which makes picking up a car rental in Kerry an excellent option. Many country roads are small and narrow making overtaking an issue in certain places. In it also recommended keeping an eye out for livestock moving along or crossing roads. Within the cities, traffic can be congested, especially the further central you go. Road works can be an issue, especially in towns such as Tralee, which is implementing new traffic flow plans.

    Where can I park my car hire in Kerry?

    Parking in the County of Kerry has the same restrictions and laws as the rest of the Republic of Ireland. Parking is generally restricted in many cities and towns throughout the county. Appropriate signs along the road point to when these restrictions are in place. Certain areas, especially in front of shops or residential zones, employ their own parking rules. These will be clearly marked. If you are disabled and have an appropriate blue badge, then you may also park in a disabled bay. Be aware however, that some have a time limit of 3 hours or more, once reached you will have to move your rent a car from Kerry. It is also common to find parking in the centre of town more expensive than on its outskirts.

    Pay and Display parking bays are available in some areas and fees are between 80 cents to 2.90€ per hour. In some areas a disc parking network exists. Here, to park you will need to purchase a book of parking discs from a local newsagent shop and after scratching off the appropriate date and time, display it clearly on your cars windscreen. Car parks are available throughout many towns and prices are displayed upon entering. Whatever you decide make sure that you are parked legally because local authorities have the power to tow away any car that is illegally parked. A car release fee of up to 160€ can be charged. For further information please refer to our page with useful driving information.

    Kerry Airport

    Located only 8 miles (13 km) north of Killarney in the County of Kerry, Kerry Airport is a regional airport that flies to Dublin, London Standstead, London Luton, Berlin and seasonal flights to Alicante, Spain, and Faro, Portugal. Three airlines operate out of Kerry Airport, these are Ryanair, Lingus Regional and Stobart Air. In 2016 the airport handled around 325,000 passengers.

    Kerry Airport (KIR)
    Telephone: +353 66 976 4644
    Address: Farranfore, Kerry, Ireland

    What to do in Kerry

    From rock climbing to paintballing and visiting museums, the County of Kerry has plenty to offer. Take your car hire from Kerry and explore its vast open landscapes, rivers, beautiful coastlines and small traditional towns, here are our top five must dos for when you visit:

    • Ring Forts, Kerry: If you have a fascination for Irish military history, then visiting the forts of Leacanabuaile and the two Cahergal stone forts is an absolute must do whilst in Kerry. The Cahergal stone forts in particular are around 600AD and an early example of Irish medieval history. Its defensive walls are 3 meters thick and 6 meters high. The stone fort at Leacanabuaile is set within a hill side and is constructed in a circular shape with walls 3 meters thick. Here you will also find the foundations of square buildings built onto of an earlier settlement of circular buildings.

    • Derrynane Beach, Kerry: heading to the beach might not be your first choice, but it is nevertheless still worthwhile visiting some local beaches. With very few tourists, unlike southern European beaches, Derrynane Beach lets you escape with miles of seemingly deserted sandy bays. Derrynane Beach has been awarded a blue flag due to its cleanliness, with a present lifeguard during bathing season, although the waters are very calm due to it being quite sheltered.

    • Derrynane House, Kerry: If visiting Derrynane Beach why not take the opportunity to also visit Derrynane House? This manor house is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, a 19th century Irish politician nicknamed "Liberator". The house is currently set out as a museum dedicated to the O'Connell family history. Once done visiting this splendid house, you can then wander through the 300 acres of land, which encompasses gardens and forests.

    • Kerry Rock Climbing: If the outdoors is your ideal adventure, then you can do little wrong than spending the day rock climbing in Kerry. Kerry Climbing provides such a service with skilled and knowledgeable guides. Once you start your adventure you will soon see that Ireland has some of the most strikingly beautiful mountains and barren landscapes. So if you enjoy lots of laughs and old fashioned Irish hospitality, and aren't scared of heights... then this could be the perfect must do option for you.

    • Predator Paintball, Kerry: If you are the active type and are travelling in a larger group, then there can be no better place to practice your aiming then at the Predator Paintball Centre near Tralee, Kerry. With plenty of wild forest, some outbuildings and professional friendly staff to help you along the way, this is an excellent option. Being one of the wettest areas of Ireland it is recommended that you do wrap up warm and use the essential protection gear, especially warm thick gloves. If all else, at least it won't hurt as much when the paintballs hit.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Kerry

    The County of Kerry is so varied that to stay in one place wouldn't do it justice. Seek out and explore one of its many monasteries, old fashioned towns and splendid manor houses, or simply board a boat to one of its many islands and experience isolation seldom seen in this part of the world.

    Town of Kenmare, Kerry

    A perfect day trip would be to take a visit to the small but yet very attractive town of Kenmare. This town was originally a plantation colony so has plenty of charm. Nestled between two mountains, Caha Mountain to the east and Macgillycuddy Reeks to the north, the town of Kenmare is awash with traditional houses, nice pubs, cafes and a few restaurants. Being located in a bay also adds to its charm and from the towns pier you can admire the beautiful Kenmare Bay as far as the eye can see.

    Innisfallen Island

    This Island is located approximately 1 mile from the coast of Kerry and is home to the ruins of an ancient Abbey. Gaining access to this island on a lake is strictly by boat, so you will have to park your car hire from Kerry on the mainland. The island is around 21 acres so you will have plenty to explore. The abbey dates back to the 6th century and was founded by St.Finian the Leper. Over the centuries the island became known for its wealth of knowledge due to the monks who resided in the monastery. The Annals, which can today be found in Oxford library originate from here. Written in both Irish and Latin, the Annals are seen as an important scripture of early Irish history.

    Killarney National Park

    Known as the first ever Irish national park, Killarney National Park is around 25,425 acres of beautiful unspoilt oak and yew forests, lakes, bridges and impressive mountain peaks. It has an abundance of wildlife that lives within its borders and the only red deer herd in Ireland. The park became a UNESCO Reserve in 1981 and is now a special area of conservation of extreme importance for Ireland. A variety of recreational and tourist activities are also available such as horse drawn carriages that ferry you around the park.

    Geographic Information & History

    The County of Kerry is primarily a rural one. It has a large array of open green landscapes and beautiful towns and villages. Kerry is the 5th largest county in the Republic of Ireland and shares its borders with the counties of Limerick and Cork. The main county town is Tralee, which is the administrative seat of the local authority. The county itself is one of the most mountainous regions in Ireland. Towards the west is the Atlantic Ocean and the north is the River Shannon. Being on the west coast of Ireland, the county has numerous islands and inlets with a mild temperature, although it registers the must rainfall in Ireland.

    The name Kerry is said to originate from the Pre-Gaelic tribe that used to reside in the area. In 1329 the first Earl of Desmond and his subsequent heirs became the feudal owner of the entire county, which lasted until the 15th century. In 1580 there was an uprising against the Desmond dynasty and the county saw a 600-strong papal invasion besieged and massacred by English forces. In 1588 some of the returning ships from the Spanish armada sought shelter in the bays and subsequently some remained due to being too wrecked to continue their onward journey. A number of uprisings continued throughout the county's history against the English occupiers. In 1602 the castle of Dunboy was captured by the English and much of Kerry's land was confiscated and given to English settlers. In 1641 there was yet another rebellion by the Catholic Irish against the Protestant Kingdom of Ireland.

    During the 1870-80 potato famine, the County of Kerry was hard hit due to its heavy reliance on potatoes to feed the local inhabitants. This led to a large amount of Irish leaving Kerry and seeking out greener pastures in America. In 1919-23 the Irish war of Independence also took its toll on the County of Kerry, with many battles and sieges taking place here. Modern days, the County of Kerry is part of the Republic of Ireland. It has a lot of history, charm and old fashioned Irish hospitality, and is well worth a visit.

    How to get around Kerry

    The County of Kerry is well serviced with an extensive bus, train and taxi network. It is therefore very simple to travel between towns and transportation hubs, such as airports, and even further afield into other counties.


    Kerry has four main stations at Rathmore, Killarney, Tralee and Farranfore stations. These links also connect further afield to Dublin and Cork. The train network is operated by Iarnród Éireann, the Republic of Ireland's national railway company. Ticket costs vary dependent on type, destination and origin. For an adult single expect to pay between 5.95€ to 68.55€.


    Buses operate throughout the County of Kerry as well as Ireland. Along with local county and town buses, a national carrier can transport you safely between towns within Kerry and to Kerry Airport. Local services include Bus Eireann, Expressway, TFI (Transport for Ireland) and Navan Express. In addition, Eurolines also operate from major bus terminals with links to Britain and mainland Europe.


    A taxi service is present throughout the whole County of Kerry together with mini cab companies. Jointly they cover all the major towns within the county, such as Killarney, Kenmare and Tralee. You can book a taxi for day trips to Killarney National Park or Gap of Dunloe, amongst other places. Taxies also operate to and from Kerry Airport. Fees to Kerry Airport can be around 60€, whilst to other cities it can vary between 10€ to 40€. It is recommended that you check with the driver before setting off.

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