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Ireland Car Rental and Hire Cars

 The Republic of Ireland has four international airports – Cork in the south, Shannon in the south-west, Knock in the west and, the biggest and most well-known, Dublin in the east. Most international flights arrive to Dublin airport, located in the nations capital.

There are several Ireland Car Rental agents located in Dublin airport, allowing you to choose the best hire car to suit your needs.  Toss your bags in the “boot” (trunk) and cruise onto the M50 motorway, the portal to wherever you wish to drive in Ireland.

Where to go in your hire car?

Ireland is a small island, and you can traverse the entire length in just one day, so in just a couple of weeks you can drive your rental car just about everywhere. 

The eastern coast of Ireland includes County Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland”, and is steeped in history.  Many famous battles took place along the shores.  Ancient sights such as Newgrange, a 5000 year old passage tomb that is older than the Pyramids, and the Hill of Tara, former seat of the High Kings of Ireland move you from the east coast into the flat midlands of the country. 

The western coast of Ireland is rugged and beaten by the Atlantic Ocean.  The wild and rocky limestone landscape is at its best driving through the Burren, in County Clare.  Sample the Guinness in Galway City and give a ring to your loved one in Claddagh.

Travel along the south coast for a sunnier climate and rolling green hills.  County Cork is a vibrant city that the locals argue is the true capital of Ireland.  Decide for yourself! 

Driving a rental car in Ireland:

  • It is best to check up on the rules of the road before picking up your rental car in Ireland.
  • Irish cities and towns have a blanket speed limit of 50km per hour and there are speed cameras, so drive your rental car with care.
  • You must drive on the left side, with the driver sitting on the right of the car.
  • You must have a valid driving license.  If your license is not in English, then you must carry a valid International Driving Permit issued in your home country.
  • Seatbelts are compulsory and babies and young children must be restrained in an approved car seat (you can hire a seat from most Ireland rental car companies).

Major Ireland Car Rental Locations