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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.

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

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

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FAQ - Car Rental Ireland

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 car in Ireland without 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.

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

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 Car Rental
Europcar Car Rental
Flizzr Car Rental
Enterprise Rent A Car
carhire.ie
Dollar Car Rental
Hertz Rent A Car
Alamo Rent A Car
Payless Car Rental
Avis Car Rental
Keddy Car Rental
Easirent Car Hire

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.

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