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Car hire Ireland

CompareCarHire.co.uk Ireland is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always reserve your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Popular cities in Ireland

The rates shown above are per day based on a rental period of at least 7 days. Additional costs and taxes for optional extras may apply. Please click here for an explanation of these charges.

When to book a rental car in Ireland

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Location information for Ireland

Ireland is best explored by rental car. CompareCarHire.co.uk has over 28 pick-up locations in Ireland. This means there is always a pick-up location close to your destination.

Car hire in Ireland

Home of many saints, battles and heroes, Ireland is a land of mythology and intrigue. Whether driving through Waterford City or the Ring of Kerry in the South, or enjoying an upbeat Irish jig, this beautiful country offers the eager traveller a wide array of unique sights and sounds. Golf lovers can also enjoy playing a round close to dramatic cliffs and ancient castles. Book Ireland car hire with CompareCarHire.co.uk and travel freely around Ireland's beautiful towns and secluded villages, and all at your own pace.

Major Airports and Ports

There are 13 international airports in Ireland that offer regular scheduled flight services, with Cork, Dublin and Belfast international airports hosting British and other European airways; car hire in Ireland is available at these airports. Passengers and freight are ferried into Ireland via Dublin, Rosslare and Pembroke, courtesy of Irish Ferries.

Transport

Buses in Ireland are flexible with varying pick-up and drop-off points, and Irish rail is efficient but services are limited to metropolitan areas. Taxis are plentiful, but tourists should be careful to choose the metered vehicles as hackney services require fare negotiation. Compare car hire on this site if you are planning to rent a vehicle, which is by far the easiest way to get around.

Driving tips

Visitors can drive in Ireland if they are between the ages of 25 and 75. All western country-issued driving licences are accepted, but car rental in Ireland requires the purchase of CDW as well as Super CDW insurance. Most road signs are in both English and Irish, but there are different traffic policies in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Places to visit

For those that bend over backward and kiss it, the Blarney Stone, set upon Blarney Castle just 8km's from Cork City, is said to endow them with the gift of gab. Tourists can also live like a king for a day at 700-year-old converted castle hotels, like Ashford Castle, set against a remarkable backdrop. Otherwise, tourists should just raise a glass of Guinness at one of several food and beverage festivals held in Galway and Dungarvan.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Euro
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    100 km/h
  • Language
    English, Irish
  • Popular car category
    compact
  • Popular rental companies
    Budget

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is CompareCarHire.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by CompareCarHire.co.uk? at this location
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