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Car Hire Galway: Ireland's Gem on the West Coast

Galway, fondly referred to as the 'City of the Tribes', is a vibrant city on Ireland's west coast. Steeped in history, it's a hub for culture, music, and arts, and serves as a gateway to the rugged landscapes of Connemara and the wild beauty of the Aran Islands.

Benefits of Hiring a Car: Hiring a car in Galway opens up a world of opportunities. While the city center is compact and easily explored on foot, many of the region's most breathtaking attractions are located outside the city limits.

  • Nearest Airport: The nearest major airport to Galway is Shannon Airport, roughly a 1.5-hour drive. Hiring a car directly from the airport ensures a seamless transition from air to road, allowing you to start your Galway adventure immediately.

  • Tolls: When driving from Shannon Airport or Dublin to Galway, be prepared for tolls on the motorway. Always have some euros on hand or consider an electronic toll service, which many car hire companies offer.

  • Road Conditions: The primary roads and motorways to and from Galway are well-maintained. However, when exploring rural Connemara or coastal drives, roads can be narrow and winding. Drive cautiously and consider a compact car for ease of navigation.

  • Weather-Dependent Car Suggestions: Galway's weather can be unpredictable, with rainy days quite common. A car with good tire tread for wet conditions is advisable. During winter months, a vehicle with heated seats and good heating can enhance your comfort.

  • Attractions & Routes:

    • Salthill Promenade: Just a 10-minute drive from the city center, stroll along the bay, and maybe even take a dip if you're brave!
    • Connemara National Park: Roughly an hour's drive from Galway, this sprawling national park offers dramatic landscapes, mountain hikes, and unparalleled natural beauty.
    • Aran Islands: While you can't drive to the islands, you can drive to the ferry terminals in Rossaveal (a 45-minute drive) or Doolin (about a 1.5-hour drive).
  • Traffic: Like most cities, Galway can get busy during rush hours. Plan trips outside the city in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid peak times.

  • Booking Early: Galway is a popular destination, especially during summer months and during the Galway International Arts Festival. To ensure you get the car that best suits your needs and to potentially secure better rates, consider booking your car hire well in advance.

With its unique blend of city attractions and proximity to some of Ireland's most breathtaking natural wonders, Galway is a must-visit. And there's no better way to fully explore its treasures than by hiring a car. As always, drive safely and enjoy all the wonders Galway has to offer.

Current Rental Rates in Galway

Ford Ka

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.69 EUR/day
Ford Ka

7 Days rental at 438.86 EUR from 21/07/2024

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  Manual |

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.15 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 442.10 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 63.45 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 444.21 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Galway: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Connemara National Park: With your hire car, venture into the wild beauty of Connemara National Park. Explore its vast expanse of rugged mountain scenery, extensive walking trails, and the famous Kylemore Abbey nestled in this picturesque landscape.

  • Cliffs of Moher and the Burren: Drive from Galway to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most visited natural attractions. Continue your journey to explore the unique lunar landscapes of the Burren, renowned for its rare flora and ancient megalithic sites.

  • Galway City’s Cultural Hub: Use your rental car to discover the vibrant streets of Galway City. Immerse yourself in its rich arts scene, live music, historic pubs, and renowned seafood restaurants. Don’t miss the Spanish Arch, Galway Cathedral, and the bustling Galway Market.

  • Wild Atlantic Way: Galway serves as a perfect starting point to explore sections of the Wild Atlantic Way. Drive along the coast to discover hidden beaches, charming seaside villages, and stunning vistas that define Ireland’s west coast.

  • Aran Islands Day Trip: Take your hire car to Rossaveal and catch a ferry to the Aran Islands. Spend a day exploring the rugged landscapes, ancient forts, and traditional Irish culture that make these islands a must-visit destination off the Galway coast.


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Average prices per day in Galway

January€ 168
February€ 164
March€ 111
April€ 79
May€ 94
June€ 125
July€ 165
August€ 147
September€ 139
October€ 145
November€ 134
December€ 148
January€ 98
February€ 95
March€ 89
April€ 67
May€ 82
June€ 97
July€ 140
August€ 127
September€ 119
October€ 93
November€ 82
December€ 90
January€ 858
February€ 828
March€ 224
April€ 93
May€ 168
June€ 327
July€ 373
August€ 296
September€ 298
October€ 619
November€ 612
December€ 618
January€ 315
February€ 307
March€ 192
April€ 126
May€ 129
June€ 179
July€ 217
August€ 223
September€ 219
October€ 267
November€ 258
December€ 291
January€ 642
February€ 621
March€ 375
April€ 254
May€ 277
June€ 354
July€ 372
August€ 371
September€ 356
October€ 548
November€ 478
December€ 637
January€ 67
February€ 65
March€ 59
April€ 50
May€ 64
June€ 83
July€ 120
August€ 120
September€ 105
October€ 67
November€ 53
December€ 67
January€ 185
February€ 182
March€ 172
April€ 124
May€ 117
June€ 200
July€ 212
August€ 267
September€ 250
October€ 250
November€ 157
December€ 220
January€ 411
February€ 397
March€ 141
April€ 67
May€ 121
June€ 184
July€ 218
August€ 170
September€ 155
October€ 313
November€ 300
December€ 326

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