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Ireland car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 20 car hire locations in Ireland, and the most popular city is Dublin.

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Ireland are CarHire Ireland, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and Avis.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Ireland are February and January.

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Hire a car in Ireland

Romantically wild and unforgettably majestic, Ireland is a captivating rock surrounded by the Atlantic.

Nature, charm and heritage dominate in Ireland, from the buzzing capital of Dublin to the colourful streets of Cork in the South. Hiring a car is extremely popular, with most people jumping at the chance to explore the landscape on four wheels. With Ireland’s craggy coastline, epic ruins and green vistas, you won’t be short of breath-taking beauty to discover here.

Vast countryside, picturesque driving routes and unblemished nature are just a few steps away, so search for your perfect hire car with easyCar and take your pick from all the top suppliers in Ireland.

Get to know the cities

Dublin car hire stats

Car hire pick up point Daily prices from… Average daily price
Dublin Airport £1.70 per day £19.20
Dublin Downtown £4.90 £20.10

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Dublin
February £7.10
August £28.30
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Local tips

  • Dining is generally a nice informal experience in Dublin – there’s no need to dress up! Heels are also not great on the cobbled streets.
  • The Temple Bar area is touristy, therefore prices are hiked up.
  • A Dublin pass can be a really great way of saving money, especially if you’re willing to have a jam-packed schedule.
  • As the city is so popular, it can get expensive. Shop around for things like food as you will find deals if you look hard enough.
  • Locals are really friendly and can be a great source of information. If you want to know the best places to go, don’t be afraid to ask.

Cork car hire stats

Car hire pick up point Daily prices from… Average daily price
Cork Airport £1.90 per day £18.90
Cork Downtown £7.20 £21.60

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Cork
January £6.20
August £29.30
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Local tips

  • Small cars are best on the small winding roads around Cork – think carefully about the size of car you go for.
  • You may notice short opening hours on a Sunday, so plan to do your favourite indoor things on other days of the week.
  • If you are exploring outside of Cork, it may be worth looking into a Heritage Card. They aren’t expensive, and you can gain free entry to many castles and estates across the country.
  • There are some Gaeltacht regions not far from Cork, so if you’re exploring you may come across this traditional language.
  • Coastal roads are beautiful but slow. Plan in extra time for photo stops too!
  • Kids are welcome in pubs, and many offer children’s menus. So, if you’ve got a family, you can still experience Ireland’s pub culture.

Information on hiring a car

Ireland

Type of car Average cost per day Minimum cost per day
Mini £15.00 £1.70
Economy £15.90 £1.90
Compact £18.20 £2.20
Intermediate £23.80 £4.80

Ireland travel tips

Rain – The weather is unpredictable all year round. Don’t expect perfect weather ever – even during summer! A light raincoat is an essential for your suitcase. The country is so green for a reason. A lovely added bonus? You’ll see lots of rainbows.

Northern Ireland – If you want to drive your rental car into Northern Ireland, make sure you notify the rental company, as they may charge extra for this to cover the insurance.

Speed – Speed limits are measured in kilometres per hour in the Republic of Ireland and miles per hour in Northern Ireland. This is an important adjustment to make if you do travel between the two.

Parking – Yellow lines on the side of the road mean that parking is not permitted. If you are parking on the street, there will be a pay and display option if it’s not free. You may also need to use a parking disc, which should be supplied by the rental company.

Tolls – Many of the motorways are tolled, but the prices aren’t too disturbing. For instance, if you’re travelling from Shannon Airport to Dublin, you’ll need to use the Limerick Tunnel which costs around 2 Euros.

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Exploring the West Coast of Ireland

  • Connemara National Park

    Weave your way through green, misty mountains and stumble upon majestic castles – the perfect place to start your journey on the Wild Atlantic Way.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Magical stretch of coastline carved out millions of years ago, known as one of the most breath-taking views in Ireland.

  • Galway

    Arty, bohemian and lively, Galway has a young feel and (of course) a great pub culture.

  • Dingle

    Charming coastal town on its own little peninsula, Dingle is a place where bars and shops become one and music is played into the night.

  • Killarney National Park

    With epic and enchanting scenery, this tranquil slice of nature is easy to get lost in.

Heading west

Knock

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Knock
November £10.20
December £28.30
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Travel tips

Many people visit Knock and the surrounding area for one reason: Croagh Patrick, which is about an hour’s drive away. You can park at the visitor centre, buy a walking stick if you think it necessary and ascend the religious mountain.

Driving southwest along the N17, you will reach the gorgeous ruins of Cong Abbey. In the surrounding areas, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace your inner equestrian (something that the Irish know how to do extremely well) by booking a horse riding excursion.

A visit to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Gardens is also a great addition to an Irish itinerary. When it’s cold enough, the Abbey sparkles with ice and the trees are overwhelmed by frost-covered foliage.