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Dublin Airport Rental Cars

Car rental Dublin airport Ireland caters for Terminal 1 and the newer Terminal 2, and services a huge volume of pickups and drop offs every day. Due to the high demand for cars, there is a large selection of brands to choose from including Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Budget and more.

Here at Car Booker, we take the work out of booking a rental car because we compare all the providers for you. This means that you get to see all the best prices, deals and offers available in one place. We offer fully inclusive pricing and there is a great range of manual and automatic cars available to suit your needs.

How much is car rental in Ireland?

Prices in Ireland are dependent on what time of the year you are travelling, what size car you book and how far in advance you make a booking. We know from experience that the prices increase across all suppliers in the peak summer months and also during the Christmas holiday time. Outside of these peak times, the rates around Ireland are much more reasonable. Car Booker has compared the prices for one-week in June 2019, for an economy class car.

Car Rental from Dublin Airport Ireland- Average weekly price in 2019:

  • Alamo - $88
  • Carhire.ie - $105
  • Dollar - $88
  • Enterprise - $408
  • Europcar - $88
  • Hertz - $105
  • Avis - $171
  • Flitzer - $106
  • Payless - $126

The cheapest car rental Dublin offer which includes cover for Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Protection and Third Party Liability insurance starts at $105 per week from Carhire.ie. This also includes free amendments and free cancellation up to 48 hours before pick-up.

How do I get a cheap rental car in Ireland?

The two most important factors in getting a cheap rental car are 1) book as early as possible and 2) use a comparison website. That way you get to see all the best prices and any available offers in one place, you can compare the offers and then get the best or cheapest vehicle to suit your needs. Enter your pick-up and drop-off dates into the Car Booker search engine and see how much we can save you.

Compare Car Rental Dublin Airport

Many suppliers offer attractive deals, discounts and special offers. The offers are always being updated and changed, so the best way to see what offers are available for you is to do a comparison. You will see a tab on the left hand side of the price comparison or results page, called “special offers”. This will show you what offers are available for your searched dates. These can often include offers such as Free Additional Driver, a Free GPS, an upgrade to a Bigger Car, a Free Child Seat or Zero Excess, or simply received an extra Discount on your Booking. Search now to find out.

Best priced cars Ireland

The best priced car is not always the cheapest car available. You need to make sure that the vehicle suits your needs; is it a terminal pick up or do you need to take a shuttle? Do you have a good fuel policy? Is there sufficient insurance coverage? Once you are happy with these criteria or with the terms of your booking, then book as early as possible to get the cheapest car hire. Car Booker can save you up to 30% each and every booking you make because we compare all the providers to find the best price for you.

Rental Car Insurance Ireland

Is car rental insurance mandatory in Ireland?

Yes, you are required to have full Third Party Liability and Collision Damage Waiver in Ireland. Most rental agreements come with some level of cover and then it is up to you if you want to supplement that insurance to increase your level of protection. See the types and levels of insurance explained in detail below.

Does my credit card cover car rental insurance in Ireland?

The majority of credit cards issued in the United States no longer offer insurance coverage in Ireland. Any customer looking to use this form of extra insurance coverage must confirm the level of cover directly with their card provider, and that credit card must be used to pay for the booking to qualify for the insurance.

Amex car rental insurance – Ireland Excluded

Amex excludes Ireland, Northern Ireland and Italy from its European insurance coverage.

Visa car rental insurance – Ireland Excluded

Visa excludes Ireland and Northern Ireland from its European insurance coverage.

MasterCard car rental insurance – Ireland Excluded

Mastercard excludes Ireland, Northern Ireland and Italy from its European insurance coverage. The exception to this is with the Diner´s Club Premier and the Diner´s Club Elite packages.

However, as with all insurance, please contact your credit card company to confirm what, if any, cover you have included with your card.

Do I need extra insurance to drive a rental car in Ireland?

When you are booking your car, please click on the important information button and read it before you book, as there are different insurance rules for customers from the USA booking in Ireland. We would always recommend that you look for a booking which includes the following “Included for Free”, written in green writing on the comparison page.

  • Free Collision Damage Waiver Theft Protection
  • Free Third Party Liability
  • Free Cancellation
  • Free Amendments
  • See the terms and conditions of your booking for all relevant details pertaining to your booking.

Then you can be sure that you have enough insurance to pick your car up and drive off. If you do not choose a car with these included, then you will be subject to fees or required to leave a pre-authorization on your credit card. Collision Damage Waiver is a legal requirement when driving in Ireland. Some American and Canadian Gold/ Platinum credit cards may provide this coverage for you, and if so, you will need to bring proof of this from your credit card company.

example included in car rental price Dublin Airport

Adding Extra insurance or Excess Insurance

If you wish to add extra insurance to your booking, then you should firstly see terms and conditions to see what coverage you have, and then decide on what extra insurance is right for you. To reduce your excess, you can add an excess insurance from Axa Assist here on the Car Booker website at the time of booking, or later through the manage booking feature. For full insurance where no credit card deposit is required, you will need to book this directly with the provider at the pick-up desk.

If you are still not sure what the right level of insurance is for you, then go out the car rental excess insurance page where all your questions will be answered. We also have a short excess insurance explained video on our guides section.

What documents do I need for car rental in Ireland?

The main driver on a booking needs a valid driver´s license and a credit card in their name, and a passport or identity card for identification purposes. Any additional drivers will require a driver´s license and ID. All drivers (main and additional) need to present themselves in person to the desk to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

Do you need an international driver´s license in Ireland?

If you are travelling to Ireland or Northern Ireland from the UK, Europe, the USA or Canada and have held a valid license for more than one or 2 years (depending on which company you book with) from that country, then you will not be required to present an international driving permit.

What is the age limit for renting cars in Ireland?

Age restrictions apply in Ireland. Drivers must be at least 21 years old and not more than 75 years old. To any drivers not between the ages of 30 and 70, restrictions and penalties apply.

Renting a car under 25 in Ireland?

If you are under 25 years of age (aged 21, 22 ,23 or 24) then you are considered a young driver in Ireland. This means that you will be required to pay an extra fee per day for the duration of your agreement. The typical fee costs between $20/30 per day depending on the provider.

Renting a luxury car, minivan or minibus in Ireland?

If you are looking to drive a luxury car, a minivan or a minibus in Ireland for your vacation, then most companies require that you are over 30 and under 70 years of age.

Car rentals in Ireland – No Credit Card

Most companies allow the actual cost of the booking to be paid by debit card, but require that you are over 30 years of age before they will allow you book a car without a deposit being paid on a credit card. If you do not have a credit card in your name, then it is advisable to contact the company directly.

Renting a car over 70 in Ireland?

There is not a definitive cut off for the maximum age of a rental car driver in Ireland. The terms and conditions of various providers’ state either 69, 70 or 75, while others say that as long as you hold a current and valid driver’s license they will allow you to drive. That said, the general rule of thumb is that any driver over 70 years of age would be required to pay a surplus of $20/30 per day due to, what they call, the increased insurance risk of younger or older drivers.

Can I do one-way car rental in Ireland?

Almost all of our suppliers in Ireland allow one-way rentals. There is a very good service available if you are picking up and dropping off at the various airports around Ireland, for example between Dublin, Shannon, Cork or Knock.

4 Days or less – drop off to another airport - $50

5 Days or longer – drop off to another airport - $25

Fees may be higher for smaller providers as their retrieval costs are higher. If you are looking to pick up in one location and then drop off in another, then it is better to opt for one of the bigger brands like Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, or Enterprise as they have a very strong presence in Ireland and can offer you more choice.

To find the best one-way deals, simply enter your pick up date and location, and your drop off date and location in to the search engine, then compare the prices of all companies who can accommodate your request, and the pick the best price.

Things to do in Ireland

There is a lot to do in Ireland for tourists and the best way to explore the country is by car as a lot of the favorite tourist attractions are off public transport routes.

Nearby Attractions

Ireland is one of the world’s most romantic destinations and is a favorite location for fishing, golfing, hiking and cycling and horse racing enthusiasts. Ireland is known as the ‘Emerald Isle’ because of its large rolling green fields and forestation. So for beautiful and varied scenery, you should visit Wicklow’s mountains and lakes, Kerry’s rugged coast and mountains, the many castles and ruins around the country, fun and vibrant cities such as Dublin, Kilkenny, Galway, or explore Connemara in Mayo, go surf in Sligo, drive around the coast of Donegal and Antrim and all the smaller towns and village that you pass along the way.

Driving safely in Ireland

We drive on the left hand side of the road in Ireland and our speed limited are shown in kilometers per hour. The Motorway limit is 120km/h, on national roads it is 100km/h, regional roads are 80km/h, and then there are urban and specially designed areas such as around school entrances etc. If you would like to read more about the rules of the road in Ireland, then look no further than the Irish Road Safety Authority website which provides accurate and up to date information including speed limits, seat belt and cellphone use rules. There is also a good guide on Wikihow, called " Drive in Ireland" which was specifically created with tourists in Ireland in mind.

Can you vacation in Ireland without a car?

Of course it is possible to get around Ireland without a car. If you are travelling to Dublin and plan on city sight-seeing, then you don’t really need a car at all, as it is well serviced by public transport. However, if you want to experience more to Ireland that just the capital city, then a car is advisable. Ireland is a rural land and most of its most dramatic scenery and the top attractions are not based on a public transport route. There are private companies and tour buses that organize tours which you can book. But to really experience Ireland, to have the flexibility and freedom to tick all the top items from your Ireland wish list, then get in a car, drive off and enjoy a holiday that no tour bus can compare to. We would always recommend seeing Ireland by car.

Travelling from Dublin Airport

How to get to Dublin City Centre?

Dublin airport has two terminals, terminal one is older and is mostly used by Ryanair. Terminal 2 is only a few years old and is now the Aer Lingus hub. Renting a car is easily done from both terminals, but if you do not want to drive yourself, then you will need to get a bus or taxi to get to your destination. There are public buses and private buses available. All buses depart from outside the arrivals, however, depending on your bus, you will need to check from exactly where it departs; Air Coach, Dublin Bus (public bus service) or the private bus groups. Taxis are available outside the terminal and a taxi to the city should cost between €20-30, all fares should be metered.

Cost of travelling from Dublin airport to the city center?

The city centre is 8 miles away and there are 4 main ways to get into the center:

  • Airlink Express bus service (serviced by Dublin Bus) - $6 one way / $10 return
  • Aircoach (private service, operates 24/7) - $7 one way / $12 return
  • Taxi - $20/30 one way
  • Self-drive car

Car Hire Companies at Dublin Airport:

Dublin is the busiest airport in Ireland, ahead of Cork, Shannon and Belfast, and is also amongst one of the top 10 busiest in Europe. In 2018 it had 31.5 million passengers pass through it, with the numbers peaking in summer with holiday traffic. It is located 10km North of the city and it is a popular landing spot for business people and tourists looking to explore the Emerald Isle.

Car rental is provided from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. All pick up desks open at 5:00, the closing times vary from 23:00, 23:59 to 00:30 depending on the provider. If you require car pick up or drop off outside of these times, then you should organize it with the company directly. For pick-ups you may be charged an out of hours’ service fee. Early drop offs are usually free of charge when you use the in-terminal car park and leave the key in a box at the desk, always arrange this beforehand.

Car Rental Terminal 1 Dublin Airport

Desk are located in the arrivals area after you come through baggage reclaim, when you walk out, go toward your right and you will see the brightly colored desks up ahead of you.

Car Rental Terminal 2 Dublin Airport

To reach the desks, walk out of the arrivals area and keep going straight, through the glass tunnel which brings you across the road to the short term car park building, there you will see all the desks on your left hand side.

In-terminal pick ups

Your booking will either have an in-terminal pick up or you will be taken by shuttle bus to your vehicle pick up. For in-terminal picks up, you will go directly to the desk and complete all the paperwork, and then go to the nearby short term car park to collect your vehicle. All other collections are done by taking a short shuttle ride from in front of terminal 1 or terminal 2 to the Car Village where you can pick up your vehicle. The service is efficient and runs frequently.

Dublin Airport Car Rental Reviews:

Alamo Dublin Airport

  • Alamo has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is 8.3 (2019)
  • They offer free cancellation and amendments on bookings, however insurance does not come as standard. Read the terms and conditions carefully before you book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • Both diesel and petrol cars are available.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Enterprise Dublin Airport

  • Enterprise has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is 7.4 (2019)
  • They offer free cancellation and amendments on bookings, however insurance does not come as standard. Read the terms and conditions carefully before you book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Europcar Dublin Airport

  • Europcar has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is 7.2 (2019)
  • They have a terminal pick up available.
  • They offer free cancellation and amendments on bookings, however insurance does not come as standard. Read the terms and conditions carefully before you book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Avis Dublin Airport

  • Avis has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is 6.8 (2019) for rentals without insurance as standard, and a rating of 7.3 (2019) where insurance in included. Please read the important information carefully before your book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Sixt Dublin Airport

  • Sixt has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is 6.0 (2019) for rentals without insurance as standard, and a rating of 7.2 (2019) where insurance in included. Please read the important information carefully before your book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They offer only petrol cars.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Budget Dublin Airport

  • Budget has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is a very good 7.7 (2019) for rentals without insurance as standard, and a rating of good 7.2 (2019) where insurance in included. Please read the important information carefully before your book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They only offer petrol cars in Dublin.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Carhire.ie Dublin Airport

  • Carhire.ie has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their rental cars are serviced by Europcar.
  • Their customer rating is an average 5.5 (2019) for rentals without insurance as standard, and a rating of 6.9 (2019) where insurance in included. Please read the important information carefully before your book.
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Read your voucher, and it will tell you if you should go to the in-terminal check-in desk, or directly to the shuttle, which will bring you on a short ride to your vehicle pick up.

Hertz Dublin Airport

  • Hertz has check in desks in both Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • Their customer rating is an average 5.8 (2019) for rentals without insurance as standard, and a rating of 6.6 (2019) where insurance in included. Please read the important information carefully before your book.
  • They guarantee newer model cars (2018/2019)
  • They offer a Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • They have cars with and without air conditioning.
  • Automatic and manual cars are available.
  • Car pick up is in terminal, which is a short walk to the car park from the terminal.