Cheapest car hire in Ireland

Top tips when hiring a car in Ireland

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Ireland, the steering wheel is always on the right of the car
  • Speed limits are in Km/h, something to be aware of if arriving from the UK
  • There are toll roads in Ireland, check payment options before you travel to avoid getting a fine
  • Fuel is relatively expensive in Ireland, expect to pay around 60 EUR to refill an average sized rental car
  • You can take a rental car across the border to Northern Ireland, just ask at the car rental desk

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Ireland

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    50km/h

    Urban speed Limit

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    100km/h

    Rural Speed Limit

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    120km/h

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    EUR  1.27/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    EUR €

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    25

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.8/10)

Rob

Ireland

8/10
Good price, eas

Good price, easy booking process and at least 10% cheaper than booking direct. Will be back for sure.

26/03/2020
Iain

UK

8/10
Good rpice for

Good rpice for a 7 seater

29/02/2020
Dan

UK

2/10
They cancelled

They cancelled my booking due to coronavirus and I have to wait 20 days to get my money back

09/04/2020

Compare car rental agents in Ireland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
4
8.6/10
404
€ 17.60
€ 18.82
€ 32.27
€ 25.27
 Thrifty
5
8.5/10
867
€ 23.27
€ 28.85
€ 36.40
€ 44.98
 Enterprise
25
8.3/10
1,668
€ 17.60
€ 19.02
€ 26.71
€ 24.28
 Dollar
5
8.0/10
181
€ 21.53
€ 26.45
€ 32.59
€ 41.11
 Flizzr
4
8.0/10
1,531
€ 17.59
€ 28.68
€ 49.04
€ 133.42
 Hertz
14
7.9/10
2,965
€ 21.42
€ 27.14
€ 34.28
€ 42.85
 Budget
13
7.8/10
4,369
€ 17.58
€ 17.77
€ 52.44
€ 35.40
 Keddy by europcar
6
7.8/10
699
€ 28.94
 Carhire
7
7.7/10
1,495
€ 20.46
€ 26.44
€ 33.19
 Avis
6
7.5/10
171
€ 23.28
€ 28.85
€ 36.14
€ 214.28
 Payless
5
7.5/10
315
€ 20.47
€ 28.84
€ 37.83
€ 279.86
 Sixt
5
7.5/10
745
€ 20.45
€ 22.12
€ 48.56
€ 53.49
 Europcar
22
7.4/10
13,148
€ 21.51
€ 21.37
€ 24.24
 Easirent
2
5.5/10
78
€ 34.33
€ 35.93
€ 90.46
€ 51.16

Car rental agent statistics in Ireland

  • 9.1/10
    Highest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • 4.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    EASIRENT
  • 28,636
    Total number of reviews in
    Ireland
  • 25
    Most Locations in Ireland:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 14
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 15
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Ireland

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Ireland

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Apr , 2020 1.19 1.27
Mar , 2020 1.22 1.31
Feb , 2020 1.35 1.44
Jan , 2020 1.36 1.46
Dec , 2019 1.33 1.43
Nov , 2019 1.32 1.41
Oct , 2019 1.32 1.43
Sep , 2019 1.31 1.42
Aug , 2019 1.32 1.43
Jul , 2019 1.30 1.41
Jun , 2019 1.35 1.44
May , 2019 1.35 1.44

Car rental price statistics in Ireland

  • € 123.06
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 329.16
    Highest daily price:
    Opel Vivaro
  • 1,604
    Total cars available
     
  • 140
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Qashqai
  • 224
    Location with most cars:
    Cork - Airport
  • € 17.6 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    ALAMO - Shannon - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Ireland

How much does it cost to hire a car in Ireland?

Car hire in Ireland starts from just €17.60 per day for a (mini) class car from Alamo. The average price to hire a car in Ireland is just €65.20 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Ireland is a Opel Vivaro car for a (standard) class from National costing €329.20 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Ireland?

We often have special offers on car hire in Ireland including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Ireland?

Car hire prices in Ireland are kept low thanks to the 15 car hire companies across the country. With over 45 car hire locations and 14,623 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Ireland.

Who is the best car hire company in Ireland?

Based on over 28,636 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Ireland Is Enterprise who score on average 8.3/10 across all locations in Ireland.

What is the most popular car hire location in Ireland?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Ireland is Cork - Airport with 15 car hire companies and 224 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Ireland?

Current fuel prices in Ireland are €1.27/ltr for petrol and €1.19/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €51 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €48 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Ireland?

Speed limits in Ireland are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 100 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Ireland?

Alamo is the cheapest car hire company in Ireland offering a (mini) class car such as the Ford Ka for as little as €123.20 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Ireland?

The most popular car hire category in Ireland is the Nissan Qashqai available from 7 car hire companies in over 41 locations.

Is driving in Ireland difficult?

Ireland is one of the world’s most romantic destinations and the Emerald Isle is a favourite location for fishing, golfing, hiking and cycling. Attracting tourists from all corners of the world, many choose to hire cars to see as much of Ireland as possible. Roads in Ireland are generally in excellent condition and the motorway network to and from the capital is well managed. Much like driving in any major urban city, forward planning is wise and either hiring a sat nav or using Google maps is a good idea to avoid congestion or getting lost.

Once our of the city, country roads are a joy and should be enjoyed, whilst narror in places, those flanking the famous west coast offer unrivalled scenery and views. There is little to be concerned about when driving in Ireland, embrace the excellent choice of hire cars and low prices and make the most of your visit.

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What documents do I need to hire a car in Ireland?

When hiring a car in Ireland you'll need to present the following documents;
  • Passport
  • Full driving license (International Driving Permit may be required for some nationalities)
  • Credit / debit card in the name of the main driver
  • Car rental voucher (printed copy of e-voucher / app)
  • A sense of adventure is not mandatory, but will add enjoyment

Minimum Age Requirements for Car Hire in Ireland

Most car hire companies in Ireland require you to be 25 or older to rent a car. However it is possible to rent a car with some car hire companies from the age of 21. If you are a young driver between the ages of 21-25 it is common for a surcharge to be added to the price of your rental car. The price of this additional charge can vary between rental car agencies and can also vary depending on the type of car you require. Please see the table below for further information:
 
Car hire supplier
Sixt
Hertz
Europcar
Avis
Enterprise
Payless
Budget
Minimum age
21
23
25
25
25
25
25

Young driver supplement/day
(under 25)

€30.00
€26.00
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a

Mini Guide to Ireland

Ireland can be found in the North West of the continent of Europe, it is one of the largest islands in the world and third-largest island in the whole of Europe. To the east is the Irish Sea and Great Britain; whilst in the West is the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland comprises of two separate states, the largest part, which covers around three quarters of the land mass is the Republic of Ireland, a sovereign state in its own right, whilst Northern Ireland is considered a part of the United Kingdom.

Nicknamed the 'Emerald Isle' thanks to its green fields and large expanses of undeveloped rolling countryside, nearly 10% of Ireland is covered by dense forestation. In recent years steps have been taken to save these areas, especially with regard to overgrazing of cattle, and in some cases such as in Killarney National Park, large tracts of land have been completely fenced off.

Due to the fact the Ireland is a relatively small nation; it makes an extremely good choice of destination for those people who enjoy touring in their own vehicle. Regardless of where you stay in Ireland, almost all of the sights and points of interest will lay within an easy days drive. Possibly the best way to explore Ireland in this fashion is to stay in one of its larger cities, and take day excursions or trips to places that interest you the most.

Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland in the South, a truly cosmopolitan town with a long and varied history, a great place to use as a base of operations from which to explore the surrounding countryside. Dublin was originally a Viking settlement, and sits upon the banks of the River Liffey. Check here for Dublin. Dublin is noted for its vibrant nightlife especially in the Temple Bar area and its youthful population. It has also being voted one of the friendliest cities in Europe. Music forms a large part of Dublin culture and the town has been responsible for producing several world famous bands including Thin Lizzy, the Hothouse Flowers and the Boomtown Rats. There are a whole myriad of interesting places to visit within a short drive from Dublin, some of which we will explore below.

Just North of Dublin can be found Howth Head, this is a small Peninsula which can be climbed, and once at the summit the visitor is rewarded with breathtaking views across Dublin city. It should be noted that this climb should only be attempted in fine weather, not due to any danger or risk involved but simply because if there is heavy cloud or mist, visibility becomes extremely poor in this area.

For something a little more energetic, a trip to Kilternan may be just the ticket, a range of artificial ski and snowboarding slopes have been constructed, and are available for public use for a small fee. Don't worry if you have no experience, instructors are on hand to help out people of all experience levels from beginners to experts. Equipment is also rented on site, meaning you will not have to bring your own.

Upon the north side of Dublin within the Kylemore industrial estate can be found one of Dublin's new attractions. A large indoor karting track has been constructed in one of the old warehouses, and visitors can try their hand at this exciting form of indoor motorsport. The track features race commentaries and a computerised timing system. Visitors can either book a short session or hire the entire venue for larger groups.

Facts about Ireland

  • Ireland is divided up into the Republic of Ireland which is about five sixths of the island and Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom.
  • There was a famine (often referred to as the 'Great Hunger') between 1845-1849 causing around 1 million deaths
  • There are five international airports in Ireland and the busiest is Dublin Airport.
  • Horse racing is very popular in the country and it is known worldwide for its breeding of fine race horses.
  • Guinness is the most famous drink in Ireland and originated in Dublin.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Ireland

  • Cavan car hire
  • Cork car hire
  • Cork Airport car hire
  • Dublin Airport car hire
  • Dublin car hire
  • Galway car hire
  • Galway Airport car hire
  • Kerry Airport car hire
  • Killarney car hire
  • Knock Airport car hire
  • Limerick car hire
  • Rathgar car hire
  • Shannon Airport
  • Stillorgan car hire
  • Waterford Airport car hire
  • Waterford Town car hire

Useful links if renting a car in Ireland

Fuel Prices in Ireland

  • Price of petrol in Ireland in April

    € 1.27/Ltr

    ($ 1.56/Ltr | 1.27/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Ireland in April

    € 1.19/Ltr

    ($ 1.46/Ltr | 1.19/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Ireland in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 47.60  ($ 58.29)
Compact € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 47.60  ($ 58.29)
Full Size € 63.50  ($ 77.76) | € 59.50  ($ 72.86)
SUV € 76.20  ($ 93.31) | € 71.40  ($ 87.43)
Carrier € 88.90  ($ 108.86) | € 83.30  ($ 102.01)

Next Upcoming Holiday

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    Monday 3 Aug 2020

    August Bank Holiday - National holiday

 

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Should you rent a car in Ireland?

Renting a car in Ireland is the easiest and most comfortable way to get around the Emerald Isle which boasts lively cities, stunning countryside and great entertainment and nightlife. Irish people are renowned for being very friendly and hospitable so you can expect a warm welcome from the locals wherever you go.

Our car hire rates include taxes, collision damage waiver, theft waiver and insurance. We also include complimentary breakdown assistance in the unlikely event you should have a mechanical problem with the car.

If you are doing a tour of the United Kingdom it may also be possible to take your car rental by ferry to Ireland across from the west coast of England. Enquire with our car rental representatives to see if this is an option.