Car Rental Ireland from $5 per Day

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Car Rental Ireland

Car Rental Ireland is without a doubt the best way to see and explore Ireland as a tourist. Travelling around Ireland is wonderful when you are not relying on the public transport system to get you to all the best places. Because the country is geographically small, it is possible to explore all of Ireland on your own and visit the must see places on your wish list, and the nicest thing of all is, that everywhere is only a short drive away.

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Is it expensive to rent a car in Ireland?

Prices for renting a car in Ireland vary depending on the season and how far in advance that you book. There is great value to be had when you book well in advance and are travelling outside of the July, August peak travel time, and at Christmas time. Irish car rental prices in these periods definitely increase, however there is still value to be found.

For the best value compare car rental companies and pick the best price. Then keep an eye out for special offers including free additional drivers, free GPS, free child seat and great discount on prices.

Cheap Car Rental Ireland

Here is an example of what a rental in Ireland in Autumn/Winter 2019 for one week costs:

    Manual transmission

  • Dublin Airport - $74
  • Cork Airport - $74
  • Shannon Airport - $74
  • Knock Airport - $74

    Automatic transmission

  • Dublin Airport - $168
  • Cork Airport - $168
  • Shannon Airport - $168
  • Knock Airport - $168

As you can see above, the prices for automatic transmission vehicles in Ireland are more expensive than a manual, which is considered standard. For automatic car rental Dublin airport, expect to pay at least $90 more for an automatic.

There is very cheap car hire available in Ireland, cheaper than those listed above. However, the other vehicles do not come with Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Protection and Third Party Liability insurance as standard. These are a requirement in Ireland for all drivers.

Please ensure that if you are choosing a cheaper vehicle that you have sufficient cover, or that you are willing to pay for full insurance at the pickup desk. All our cars in Ireland come with free amendments and free cancellation up to 48 hours before pick-up included. (See our section below on car rental insurance Ireland if you have questions)

Tips to get the best price on car rental in Ireland

Prices for renting a car in Ireland vary depending on the season and how far in advance that you book. There is great value to be had when you book well in advance and are travelling outside of the July, August peak travel time, and at Christmas time. Irish car rental prices in these periods definitely increase, however there is still value to be found.

  • Take the smallest size car that you need
  • Book as far in advance as you can (We offer FREE cancellation up to 48 hours before pick up).
  • Use the shuttle bus service vs in-terminal pick up at airports for better prices
  • Compare the various companies (including any extras that you need) before you book

What is the best car hire company in Ireland?

We at Car-Booker.com work with all the top car rental companies Ireland in 50 different locations around including Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny, Kerry, Wexford, Waterford, Sligo and many more. If you are looking to rent a small car, a family car, a van rental or luxury car, an SUV or a minibus, then you are in the right place. Read on, or do a search on our car rental comparison tool.

Here is a list of the car rental companies in Ireland:

  • Budget
  • Hertz
  • Europcar
  • Alamo
  • Flizzr
  • Payless
  • Enterprise
  • Avis
  • Carhire.ie
  • Keddy
  • Dollar
  • Easirent

Do they allow cross boarder travel?

Most providers allow cross boarder travel from the Republic of ireland into Northern Ireland, but you will be required to pay a fee of about $30 for in the extra insurance coverage. Some companies allow travel onto the mainland UK, but not all do. Read the "important information" section of the booking before you book anything. Always tell the company that you are travelling over a boarder as you would be subject to a steep fine if you do it without their permission.

Do they allow one-way car rental?

Almost all companies in Ireland allow one-way rentals. The fees are cheapest when you book from airport to airport, and go with one of the bigger brands. The easiest way to check this out, is to do a search and include your pick up location and you drop off location. You will then be given options of all the companies that can accommodate your needs, and the fee will already be included in the price quoted to you.

Do they allow second drivers on the rental booking?

Most companies in Ireland do allow second drivers to be added to a booking. This is often a good idea if you are planning on doing a lot of driving, so that you can share the driving time on the road. Check out our Free Additional Driver page to see how you can find out more about special offers on adding another driver for free.

Which is the best rated car hire company in Ireland?

On Car-Booker.com, we allow you to decide which is the best provider for you. We help to make that decision easier for by comparing the top car rental services in each rental location in Ireland. When you do a search, you will see that all companies are ranked and given a rating.

Ratings are based on feedback from customers and their experiences. These ratings include:

  1. Overall value for money
  2. Cleanliness of the car
  3. Service at the rental desk
  4. Car hire pick-up process
  5. Car hire drop off process
  6. Average waiting time that you can expect

These are not our reviews, these are based on our customer´s actual experiences and can be very helpful in choosing the right car rental company in Ireland for you trip.

To see these details on each car rental company (and they are location specific), when you get to the search results, just click on the button as is highlighted below in orange.

Car Rental Ireland Customer Rating Example

Car Rental Dublin Airport Ireland Reviews

Excellent: Enterprise

Very Good: Dollar Car Rental Ireland

Good: Avis, Budget, Carhire.ie, Europcar, Flizzr, Payless

Average: Alamo, Dollar, Hertz

Enterprise Car Rental Dublin Airport is rated as the best car rental provider and the only one who has managed to achieve an “excellent” rating from our customers there.

Car Rental Shannon Airport Ireland Reviews

Excellent: Avis, Carhire.ie, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Flizzr

Very Good: Budget, Payless

Good: Europcar, Hertz

Average: Alamo, Easirent

Car Rental Cork Airport Ireland Reviews

Excellent: Budget, Carhire.ie, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Payless

Very Good: Avis, Europcar

Good: Alamo

Average: Easirent

Car Rental Knock Airport Ireland Reviews

Excellent: Budget, Carhire.ie, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Payless

Very Good: Avis, Europcar

Average: Alamo, Easirent

Is there an age limit for renting cars in Ireland?

Yes, there are age restrictions for renting cars in Ireland. Rental car drivers must be minimum 21 years old and usually not more than 75 years old.

Can I rent a car in Ireland when I am under 25 years old?

If you are between the ages of 21 and 24, then you are deemed a young driver in Ireland. You will be subject to a young driver fee which usually costs between $20 and $30 per day depending on the provider.

Can I rent a car in Ireland when I am over 70 years old?

Usually yes. Not all companies allow it, however, there are some providers that allow you to hire a car up to 75 years of age and others say that so long as you hold a valid driving license then you can drive. The best way to be sure is to do a search here on Car-Booker.com and put in your age, then the search results should only show you companies that will accommodate your request.

There is usually a per day supplement for drivers who are over 70 years of age. This fee is between $20 and $30 per day depending on the provider.

Can I rent a luxury car, minivan or minibus in Ireland?

When hiring a luxury car, minivan or minibus in Ireland then you would usually need to be over 30 and under 70 years of age for insurance reasons.

Rental Car Ireland – No Credit Card

It is possible to hire a car without a credit card in Ireland. Each company has slightly different rules, but in general, most will allow the booking to be paid by debit or credit card. However, most companies require drivers to be at least 30 years old before booking a car without the deposit being paid on a credit card. Should you not have a credit card in your own name, then you should contact the car rental company directly to speak about your options at pick up.

Car Rental insurance Ireland

What car rental insurance do I need in Ireland?

If you an American or Canadian driver looking to book a rental car in Ireland, then please read on, as these rules are very important for you. Third Party Liability and Collision Damage Waiver are must haves when driving 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.

For the best value compare car rental companies and pick the best price. Then keep an eye out for special offers including free additional drivers, free GPS, free child seat and great discount on prices.

  • Free Collision Damage Waiver
  • Free 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.

You can then decide to add to this level of insurance, or use your travel insurance or benefits on your credit card etc. to increase the level of cover that you have. There are American and Canadian Gold/ Platinum credit cards which do offer car rental insurance coverage in Ireland, however most normal credit cards do not. To read more about car rental insurance, please see our dedicated page, which should answer all your questions including cost car hire insurance in Ireland.

Travelling around Ireland - What to see and do.

Whether you want the buzz of the Capital city and the fun in Temple Bar or to get outside the city to Wicklow and visit Powerscourt and Glendalough, or you want to go to Wexford and Waterford in the sunny south east.

Or maybe you have heard about the Wild Atlantic Way, a wonderfully scenic route which stats from Kinsale in Cork, and goes 2,500km right along the Atlantic coastline, the whole way to Dongel on the north western coast. There are more than six car rental pick up or drop off points along the route, which means that you can avail of a one-way rental or just rent a car to see parts of the route that appeal to you. We recommend doing the route from south to north, which is the reverse direction than advertised. This way you will have the coast on the side closest to you all the way along. Nicer for stopping off to take pictures and it admire the views, and better for safer driving in general.