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Getting around

Car & motorcycle


The centre of Killarney can be thick with traffic at times. Budget (34341; Kenmare Pl) is the only car-hire outfit with an office in town; Avis (36655; Beech Rd) has a booth at the tourist office from June to August. Otherwise contact the companies at the airport.

There is a sizeable, free car park next to St Mary’s Cathedral. The central car parks cost €1 per hour, 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Jaunting car

If you’re not on two wheels, Killarney’s traditional transport is the horse-drawn jaunting car (33358; www.killarneyjauntingcars.com), which comes with a driver known as a jarvey. The pick-up point, nicknamed ‘the Ha Ha’ or ‘the Block’, is on Kenmare Pl. Trips cost €40 to €70, depending on distance; traps officially carry four people. Jaunting cars also congregate in the N71 car park for Muckross House and Abbey, and at the Gap of Dunloe.

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Bicycles are ideal for exploring the scattered sights of the Killarney area, many of which are accessible only by bike or on foot. Several places hire bikes for about €15 per day including pannier bags, tool kit and maps.

O’Sullivan’s Bike Hire (31282) has branches on New Street, opposite the cathedral, and on Beech Rd, opposite the tourist office.

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