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Cork Airport (ORK)


Arrivals Hall, Cork, XX, Ireland


(353) 214 314000

Hours of Operation:

Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 10:30 PM

Holiday Hours:

NEW HOURS   December  26 - December  24  07:00AM - 11:45PM
CHRISTMAS   December  25  closed
NEW HOURS   December  26 - December  31  07:00AM - 11:45PM

If flying in, the rental counter is within the terminal with a short walk to the car lot.

Location Information
General Directions
COUNTER: Proceed to the Budget counter in the baggage claim area.
CARS: No information available.
RETURNS: Same as pick-up.
AFTER-HOURS RETURNS: You may return the vehicle out of hours if you request this at the time of booking. If the vehicle is returned outside of office hours the driver is liable for damage or theft until the car has been inspected by a member of Budget staff.
There is no charge for this service.
After-hours Returns
Park & lock the car. Place the completed contract & the keys in the Drop Box located in the Returns area. Remember to take your personal belongings with you.

Terms and Conditions

Prepay Rules
  • Retain your reservation confirmation number as it is necessary for modification, cancellation or no-show refund requests. Changes to your prepay reservation must be made either on, or or at the rental counter. At time of change, current rates, taxes and fees apply.
  • Your credit or debit card will be charged upon reservation confirmation. Method of prepayment toward your rental may not be changed after confirmation.
  • Debit cards are not accepted at some Budget locations and are not a recommended form of prepayment.
  • While a debit or prepaid charge card is an acceptable form of rental prepayment online, they may not be accepted for the credit hold required when you pick up your vehicle.
  • Please review the terms and conditions on our confirmation page regarding credit or debit card acceptance at the location. To release the vehicle to you at time of pick-up, all rental terms and conditions must be met, regardless of your original prepayment.
  • Prepaid Debit/Gift cards are not acceptable methods of credit identification to pick up a vehicle at any location. One of the above mentioned cards must be presented. Prepaid Debit/Gift cards are accepted at time of return only.
  • The same credit or debit card used to complete an online Pay Now reservation must be presented at the rental pick-up counter as a form of identification.
  • Generally, at the time of rental, we'll require an authorization hold on your credit card or debit card. A prepaid charge card is not accepted for this required hold.
  • The card presented at pickup will be the card of record for the rental.
  • If you use a debit card at a location that accepts them, we will perform a credit check to ensure credit worthiness before releasing the vehicle and you must also present a second form of current identification.
  • Prepaid reservations are only offered at participating locations.
  • Upon paying your rental with a Debit Card, Budget will generally request an authorization hold against your account for the estimated charges of the rental but reserves the right in its sole, discretion, to request extra value based on certain factors as we deem appropriate. Some exceptions may apply. THESE FUNDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR USE.
  • If you selected Fuel Service Option, fuel price isn't included in your reservation total, but prevailing market rate will be added when you return your vehicle .
  • Budget accepts most major credit cards as credit identification at the time of rental. Accepted credit cards: Budget Charge Card, American Express, AT&T Capital, Diner's Club Intl, Discover, China Union Pay, GE Capital, JCB, MasterCard, PHH, Sears and Visa. Some locations may not accept each of the referenced cards.
  • Coupons may be applied to prepay rentals. Vouchers or Budget rental certificates cannot be used in conjunction with a prepay reservation.
  • Gift Cards (Budget or any other) are not allowed on prepay reservations.
  • When the rental is over, we will process the reversal but the bank may take time to post it back to the account - unless you already paid toward your rental, in which case the hold will be only $100 USD. While this hold is in place, the funds will not be available for your use.
  • Budget is not responsible for any returned checks or overdrafts based on this policy.
  • Your quoted rental rate is based on the exact parameters (locations, dates, etc.) of your particular rental - changing your confirmed reservation parameters could result in a different rate.
  • There is no fee for making the following changes: vehicle type, options (GPS, protections, etc.), rental period dates/times, adding other drivers, switching between participating prepay pick-up locations within the same country. To change to a non-participating location or one outside of the original pick-up country, you must cancel your original reservation (with applicable cancellation fee) and re-book at then current rates.
  • Non-permissible changes include: method of prepayment; name on reservation; changing your pick-up to a non-participating prepay location or one outside of the original pick-up country. If you still wish to make these changes, you must cancel your original prepay reservation with applicable cancellation fee and re-book at then current rates.
  • At time of rental pick-up, location rental qualification rules apply. The name on all rental credentials (license and credit or debit card) must match the name on the reservation. If the names do not match, it is deemed a non-permissible change to your prepay reservation and must follow procedures to cancel and re-book at then current rates (with applicable cancellation or no-show fees).
  • At the time of pick up, driver must present a valid driver's license and credit card (or debit card at participating locations) in the driver's name. A prepaid charge card is not an acceptable credential. All drivers must have a safe driving record.
  • At time of pick up, driver must present a valid, drivers license and credit or debit card in the driver's name. If the drivers license is not U.S.-issued, you must present your drivers license and either a passport or a Canadian enhanced license in the driver's name.
  • At the time of rental, the renter or authorized driver may be subject to an electronic DMV check from the issuing state of the driver's license, or may be asked to sign a declaration attesting to specific criteria.
  • Positive identification in addition to your driver's license may be required.
  • Your total rental rate is calculated based on the information provided at time of reservation.
  • Vehicles are rented on a daily (24-hour) basis. There is a 29-minute grace period for returns. After 30 minutes late, a 3/4-day late charge + $.01 + taxes apply. After 90 minutes late, full-day late charges + taxes apply. There is no grace period for rental fees, surcharges and optional equipment or protections charges, so full-day late charges will apply for these items.
  • Extensions or late returns result in additional charges.
  • Rather than requiring customers to be 25 to rent, Budget now rents to customers between the ages of 21-24 with a valid credit card and driver's license. At time of rental, we will automatically apply an additional underage surcharge for these drivers.
  • The collection, use and retention of your information, including your personally identifiable information, provided to us in connection with payment for our services and products, or participation in our programs, whether directly by you or on your behalf through a payment service, is subject to our Privacy Notice.

Cancellation Policy

  • Changes to a reservation must be done at,, or using the "Modify/Cancel" option.  Any changes to the reservation may impact the rental charges.  If a prepaid reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the pickup time, a $50.00 USD cancellation fee will be assessed.
  • If you need to cancel during the 24 hour period prior to the scheduled pick-up time, we will refund the full prepaid amount less a $150 USD processing fee. 
  • If you do not cancel the reservation prior to the time of pick-up and the rental vehicle is not picked up on the rental date, no portion of the prepaid amount will be refunded.
  • If you return the vehicle before the original return date (early return), you will not be refunded any portion of the payment.
  • All refund requests must be submitted within six months of the scheduled rental pick up date. No refunds will be granted after this six month window.
  • Underpayments will be handled at the counter at time of rental return. Unfortunately, we can't promise that your prepaid daily vehicle rate will apply if you change vehicle types, lengthen or shorten your rental period or change your pick up location.
  • Upon returning the vehicle, Budget will process a release of the unused portion of the hold subject to your bank's procedure. This hold may take up to two weeks to be released by your bank.
  • If you have already paid toward your rental using a debit card, we will reverse any hold when the rental is over. The bank, however, may take time to post it back to your account. While this hold is in place, the funds will not be available for your use.

Optional Coverages

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW):  This insurance provides cover for damage to the Budget vehicle caused by means other than by theft or attempted theft. A non-waivable excess applies which is the renters responsibility. The excess is between EUR 2000 - EUR 3500 depending on vehicle type reserved.

Theft Protection : Is available locally , it costs EUR 10.25 per day. The excess is between EUR 2000 - EUR 3500 depending on vehicle type.

Excess Reduction : The excess for both damage and theft can be reduced to zero by purchasing the excess reduction. Excess Reduction provides complete peace of mind, it costs between EUR 24.00 and EUR 32.00 per day depending on vehicle type and eliminates any financial liability in the event of vehicle theft or damage (excluding windscreen). This can only be purchased in conjunction with CDW and Theft Protection insurance.

IMPORTANT:  Declining Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft protection

By declining these insurances you are taking responsibility to arrange your own cover and assume full financial liability up to the value of the vehicle for losses arising as a result of loss or damage to the vehicle.

Requirements for Declining CDW & Theft Protection

Written proof of CDW and Theft Protection coverage in Ireland will be required when picking up the vehicle. We recommend that you fully understand the conditions of cover provided by your credit card company when using your card for insurance cover. If you decide not to purchase CDW and Theft Protection you will be required to leave a liability deposit of EUR 5000.00 at the start of your rental using your credit card, in the form of a pre-authorisation. Essentially blocking it on your credit card for the duration of the rental. This is to ensure that there are funds available in case of an accident. An Administration Fee of EUR 25.00 applies for the use of this service.

Credit Card Policies

Budget Ireland accepts the American Express, Budget Charge Card, Budget International, Mastercard / Access / EuroCard, Visa.
Two (2) acceptable charge cards are required for groups G and K.
Additional Charge Card Hold: Charge card hold will be made based on the purchase or non-purchase of the optional CDW, Super CDW & TP.

Debit Card Policies

Debit cards are not accepted.

Drivers License

Drivers must present a full valid unendorsed driving licence which they have held for a minimum of two years. The license should be issued in the drivers country of permanent residence and an English language translation should be provided where appropriate.

We reserve the right to ask pre-qualifying questions on your insurance history. You may be refused a vehicle based on the answers you provide.

Drivers with 2 or more unspent driving convictions or one unspent driving conviction from the list below will not be eligible to rent.

  • Careless, reckless or dangerous driving
  • Driving or attempting to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks
  • Theft or unauthorised taking of a vehicle

Drivers who have been disqualified (or anything similar) in the last 10 years will not be eligible to rent.

Additional Driver Policy

Additional Driver must meet the same requirement as the primary driver. Must be present at the time of pickup. See Miscellaneous Information for more details.

Additional Fees

No Smoking Policy / Valeting Fee

Budget maintain high standards of vehicle cleanliness and operate a no smoking policy in all our vehicles. Customers who return a vehicle that is excessively dirty or that requires valeting due to tobacco smoke will be subject to a minimum fee of EUR 100.00.

Age Requirements

The renter must be over 25 years old to rent standard cars in Ireland.

The renter must have been eligible to hold a valid driving licence for 8 years of which 2 years must be at a

full driving licence qualification.

To rent a people carrier, customers must have been eligible to hold a valid driving licence for 10 years of

which 2 years must be at full drivers licence qualification.

To rent a minibus, a 4x4, premium or a luxury car customers must have been eligible to hold a valid

drivers licence for 12 years of which 2 years must be at a full drivers licence qualification.

Restrictions may be reduced where renters provide their own fully comprehensive insurance cover, by

prior arrangement only. If you have your own insurance cover, you must produce a copy of your motor

insurance policy at the time of rental.

For any customers that are aged 75 years and over, Budget requires the following:

  • Confirm that you drive on a regular basis.
  • Provide us with a letter from your insurance company to confirm that you have an up to date insurance

    policy, and have not had any accident in the past 5 years.

  • Provide us with a letter from your doctor confirming that you are in good health and fit to drive.
  • The Budget rental agent may ask to sit in the car with you to assess your driving.

Cancellations/No Shows

To cancel your booking use the websites  Manage Booking facility. If you cancel 48 hours prior to your  pickup time there will be no charge. Cancellation after this time or if you do not pick up the car will incur a fee of EUR 30.00

Cross Border Driving

Budget cars can be driven into Northern Ireland without restriction but may not be taken outside the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland.  Cross border Fee of 34.00 EUR per rental will apply.

Estimated Totals

Estimated total includes base rate, taxes, and surcharges. Items such as coupon discounts, child safety seats and gas are NOT included in the estimated total. Optional coverages and one-way fees are subject to tax in certain locations. This tax is not reflected in the Estimated Total.

Estimated total is subject to change based upon exchange rates at the time of rental.

Extending your rental

Renters who wish to extend their rental may  contact our reservations department. Renters may be required to visit a rental  station to sign the updated rental agreement. Extra days will be charged based  on the local rate at the time the extension is made.


Traffic Violations

Renters are responsible for payment of any speeding, parking or other traffic related fines in addition to a fine administration fee of EUR 30.00.

Miscellaneous Information


Budget Car Rental reserves the right to amend price structures without notice. Prices quoted at time of booking however are guaranteed. Internet rates cannot be used in conjunction with any offline offers.


Vehicle models illustrated on this site are for guidance only. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that a vehicle from the group reserved is available, we reserve the right to substitute an alternative similar model.

Unlimited Mileage

Budget have no mileage restrictions.

Barrier Free Tolling on the M50 motorway

It is the renters responsibility to ensure all due tolls are paid within the correct time frame. More information about barrier free tolling is available at the counter.

Fuel Policy

For your convenience your car will be supplied with a full tank of fuel which you will be asked to pay for when picking up the car. If you return the car full you will be refunded the cost of the fuel. 

One Way Fees

One way fees are included and listed under Fees & Taxes in your quote details


Budget Car Rental accept all major Credit Cards. The renter must present their Credit Card at the time of picking up the car. PIN enabled cards will require your PIN for authorisation. Debit Cards or specified value pre-paid Credit Cards will not be accepted.  Additional Charge Card Hold: Charge card hold will be made based on the purchase or non-purchase of the optional CDW, Super CDW & TP.

Travel Into Other Countries

If you wish to drive the car into Northern Ireland your rental will be subject to a cross border coverage fee of EUR 34. This fee covers cross border vehicle retrieval in case of breakdown. Budget cars may not be taken outside Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.