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Ireland Car Rental Mini Guide

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 making car rental an excellent choice. 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 narrow 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 rental cars and their low prices and make the most of your visit.

Most popular location to collect car hire in Ireland:

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.

Cheapest car hire in Ireland

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.71 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 222.03 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Ka

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.72 EUR/day
Ford Ka

7 Days rental at 222.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.73 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 222.17 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.74 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 222.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Ka

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.75 EUR/day
Ford Ka

7 Days rental at 222.30 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.54 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 262.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.54 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 262.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Ka

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.55 EUR/day
Ford Ka

7 Days rental at 262.90 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.55 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 262.90 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.85 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 194.97 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.85 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 194.97 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.86 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 195.03 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Astra

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.17 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 197.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.17 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 197.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.17 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 197.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 28.83 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 201.87 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.13 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 210.92 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.14 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 210.99 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.83 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.85 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.83 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.85 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.84 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.91 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.84 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.91 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.84 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.91 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.85 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.97 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Polo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.86 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 195.08 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.86 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 195.03 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.86 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 195.08 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Galaxy

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.83 EUR/day
Ford Galaxy

7 Days rental at 558.85 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Galaxy

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.83 EUR/day
Ford Galaxy

7 Days rental at 558.85 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Galaxy

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.83 EUR/day
Ford Galaxy

7 Days rental at 558.85 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 617.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 617.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 617.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 617.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 617.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 88.27 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 617.95 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.79 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 215.56 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.79 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 215.56 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.79 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 215.56 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.41 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 247.91 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.10 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 259.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.10 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 259.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.10 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 259.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.10 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 259.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.11 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 259.77 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.43 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 934.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.43 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 934.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.43 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 934.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.43 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 934.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.43 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 934.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.43 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 934.01 EUR from 23/01/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

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
 

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

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Ireland

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    EUR  1.82/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    25

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Ireland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Enterprise
28
8.8/10
649
€ 30.15
€ 37.10
€ 36.73
 Keddy by europcar
6
8.2/10
72
€ 40.84
€ 51.15
€ 66.55
 Hertz
7
7.9/10
308
€ 39.00
€ 46.42
€ 59.85
€ 163.58
 Budget
12
7.7/10
2,054
€ 37.56
€ 27.85
€ 51.60
€ 51.13
 Europcar
20
7.7/10
1,963
€ 37.58
€ 50.97
€ 58.53
 Flizzr
4
7.6/10
141
€ 37.61
€ 30.14
€ 51.65
€ 203.99
 Sixt
5
7.3/10
383
€ 37.62
€ 44.41
€ 51.66
€ 51.15
 Avis
6
7.2/10
66
€ 53.71
€ 75.57
 Payless
5
7.2/10
146
€ 31.72
€ 32.38
€ 51.59
 Carhire
7
7.0/10
221
€ 31.71
€ 30.13
€ 51.57
 Alamo
4
6.7/10
28
€ 31.75
€ 28.17
€ 30.79
€ 30.48

Car rental agent statistics in Ireland

  • 8.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 4.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    CARHIRE
  • 6,031
    Total number of reviews in
    Ireland
  • 28
    Most Locations in Ireland:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 20
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 15
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Ireland

ItemPercent
January€ 58
February€ 47
March€ 53
April€ 47
May€ 56
June€ 89
July€ 97
August€ 89
September€ 78
October€ 71
November€ 53
December€ 89
ItemPercent
January€ 42
February€ 38
March€ 45
April€ 37
May€ 49
June€ 89
July€ 87
August€ 71
September€ 63
October€ 55
November€ 41
December€ 66
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 93
March€ 118
April€ 96
May€ 90
June€ 123
July€ 121
August€ 145
September€ 127
October€ 151
November€ 128
December€ 175
ItemPercent
January€ 73
February€ 64
March€ 79
April€ 64
May€ 73
June€ 126
July€ 112
August€ 117
September€ 101
October€ 102
November€ 78
December€ 136
ItemPercent
January€ 403
February€ 156
March€ 196
April€ 188
May€ 203
June€ 224
July€ 222
August€ 346
September€ 329
October€ 372
November€ 227
December€ 422
ItemPercent
January€ 35
February€ 31
March€ 37
April€ 31
May€ 42
June€ 51
July€ 78
August€ 67
September€ 59
October€ 48
November€ 35
December€ 64
ItemPercent
January€ 72
February€ 79
March€ 97
April€ 99
May€ 82
June€ 95
July€ 122
August€ 134
September€ 126
October€ 170
November€ 87
December€ 153
ItemPercent
January€ 44
February€ 36
March€ 44
April€ 46
May€ 60
June€ 80
July€ 128
August€ 89
September€ 84
October€ 70
November€ 42
December€ 91

Select category to see average car hire prices in Ireland

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

Fuel prices in Ireland

DieselUnleaded
Dec , 2021

€ 1.60

€ 1.70

Jan , 2022

€ 1.63

€ 1.73

Feb , 2022

€ 1.67

€ 1.76

Mar , 2022

€ 1.89

€ 1.84

Apr , 2022

€ 1.91

€ 1.83

May , 2022

€ 1.93

€ 1.84

Jun , 2022

€ 1.93

€ 1.99

Jul , 2022

€ 2.15

€ 2.17

Aug , 2022

€ 2.01

€ 2.02

Sep , 2022

€ 1.90

€ 1.85

Oct , 2022

€ 1.88

€ 1.76

Nov , 2022

€ 2.02

€ 1.82

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2022 2.02 1.82
Oct , 2022 1.88 1.76
Sep , 2022 1.90 1.85
Aug , 2022 2.01 2.02
Jul , 2022 2.15 2.17
Jun , 2022 1.93 1.99
May , 2022 1.93 1.84
Apr , 2022 1.91 1.83
Mar , 2022 1.89 1.84
Feb , 2022 1.67 1.76
Jan , 2022 1.63 1.73
Dec , 2021 1.60 1.70

Car rental price statistics in Ireland

  • € 194.81
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 1458.98
    Highest daily price:
    Dacia Jogger
  • 1,469
    Total cars available
     
  • 168
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Qashqai
  • 199
    Location with most cars:
    Dublin - Airport
  • € 27.8 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - Dublin - 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 €27.80 per day for a (economy) class car from Budget. The average price to hire a car in Ireland is just €83.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Ireland is a Dacia Jogger car for a (fullsize) class from Budget costing €1459.00 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 12 car hire companies across the country. With over 44 car hire locations and 13,733 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Ireland.

Who is the best car hire company in Ireland?

Based on over 6,031 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Ireland Is Enterprise who score on average 8.8/10 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 Dublin - Airport with 11 car hire companies and 199 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Ireland?

Current fuel prices in Ireland are €1.823/ltr for petrol and €2.024/ltr for diesel as of 7 November 2022, it’ll cost on average €73 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €81 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?

Budget is the cheapest car hire company in Ireland offering a (economy) class car such as the Volkswagen Polo for as little as €194.60 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 6 car hire companies in over 37 locations.

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.

Other Car Hire Locations in Ireland

We specialise in car rentals throughout Ireland to find you the best price and that's a promise...

Car Hire Cork
€14.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €14.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €17.0 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €16.4 per day
Car Hire Dublin
€14.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €14.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €16.8 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €16.1 per day
Car Hire Knock Airport
€16.0
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €16.0 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €20.4 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €17.5 per day
Car Hire Shannon Airport
€14.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €14.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €16.8 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €16.1 per day