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.
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.
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.