Car rental in Ireland
A rented car is in our opinion the easiest and most flexible way for you to travel through Ireland independently. Especially on a road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way you have the advantages of choosing your own pace of travel and can stop wherever and as long as you want to. Our suggestion for you is to rent the car in advance so you can jump right into the adventure as you arrive. You can then pick up your car at the car rentals directly at the airports at Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Kerry and of course in the major cities like Galway, etc., if you should not arrive by air plane. The offers range from small cars for a holiday for two to spacious cars for the whole family.
Best car rental offers in Ireland
With our car rental search you can easily find a cheap car that suits your needs out of the big selection of renowned providers such as Hertz, Budget, Sixt, National, Europcar, Avis and many more.
Facts about car rental in Ireland
Renting a car in Ireland online
If you want to book your car online you need a credit card. You will need your credit card also for receiving the car, when you are at the car rental. When you pick up your chosen car a security will be reserved on your credit card and in most cases also additional expanses for fuel (which will be repaid once you bring the car back with a full gas tank). For obvious reasons it is also very important, that you have your drivers licence with you, when you receive the car and that you own this drivers licence for at least one year. Many car rentals also require a minimum age of 25 years.
If you want to have more than one driver for your rented car, you will most likely have to pay a little extra at the car rental. Navigation systems or booster seats are considered extras as well and have to be paid for. There might also be additional costs arising if you bring the car to a different car rental, than the one you picked it up at. Mostly a comprehensive insurance and car-theft protection are already included in the normal price and will not have to be paid for, although you should pay attention to the amount of retention in case of something happening. Normally you will be informed about this at the car rental and they will make an offer for an additional insurance, without any retention.
Left-hand traffic and more
In Ireland you drive on the left-hand side of the road. If you are not used to this, do not worry – you will get used to it very soon and get comfortable with it. When you pass another car, pass it on the right-hand side and when you drive into a roundabout – where you should always be extra careful, if left-hand driving is something new for you – drive clockwise. Basically everything is simply the other way around, when you are normally a right-hand side driver. Only one thing is not inverted: if there are not any signs at a junction left yields to right. In towns the maximum speed is 50 km/h, on regional roads (R) it is 80 km/h, on national roads (N) 100 km/h and on motorways (M) 120 km/h.
If on your travel you should pass through Northern Ireland, consider that you enter the United Kingdom and thus the speed limits are presented in miles per hour (1 mile equals 1,6 km).
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