Car Hire Dublin Airport

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Dublin Airport Car Hire

Car hire Dublin airport is ideal for people flying to Ireland. Many are looking to check out Dublin and go around the country to see Ireland´s 40 shades of green and to explore the Emerald Isle!

You can pick from the best brands including Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Thrifty, Budget, Sixt and more. Let Car Booker compare their best prices, offers and discounts and find the perfect car for you. By comparing all the companies, we save you up to 30% on car hire Dublin airport.

How much is car hire in Ireland?

Prices in Ireland vary very much depending on when you travel. Experience tells us that peak summer travel and anything around Christmas time in Ireland can be expensive, while at other times of the year, there are great prices to be had. We have reviewed the prices of the top brands for one-week in Ireland so you can see what to expect.

  • Alamo - €138
  • Avis - €139
  • Budget - €117
  • Carhire - €122
  • Europcar - €138
  • Hertz - €149
  • Keddy - €138
  • Payless - €116
  • Sixt - €149
  • Thrifty - €136

These prices are based on a one-week rental in September 2019. To get the exact price for your booking, do a search with your pick-up date and location and your drop-off date (and drop-off location if it is different to the pick-up).

How do I get cheap car hire Dublin airport?

The best way to get cheap car rentals is to book online with a comparison website and book as far in advance as you can. Prices tend to increase as your pick up date nears. Do a search here on Car Booker to see how much we can save you.

Best priced cars Dublin

Book online and book early to get the cheapest car hire. You could save up to 30% on this and every booking you make on Car Booker by comparing the prices of all the suppliers. As well as saving money on your booking, you could look out for our special offers which are located on the left hand side of the results page. See if your booking is eligible for a Free Additional Driver, Free GPS, a free upgrade to a Bigger Car, a Free Child Seat or Zero Excess. Search now to find out.

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

Insurance included for Free

When you book with Car Booker, the following benefits are usually included as standard:

  • Free Collision Damage Waiver Theft Protection
  • Free Third Party Liability
  • Free Cancellation
  • Free Amendments

As with all elements of insurance, please check what excesses apply. You will find this in the important information on the search results page for each car, or on your booking voucher.

Extra insurance or Excess Insurance

See the terms and conditions for all relevant details pertaining to your booking. If you would like to add extra insurance, then you can do so at the time of booking, or later through the manage booking feature. If you are not sure what excess insurance is, or which type of insurance in right for you, then you can get more information on our dedicated car hire excess insurance page.

What documents do I need to hire a car in Ireland?

You are required to have a current and valid driving license and a credit card. A passport or national identity card is usually also required for identification purposes. You (and any additional driver) are required to sign the agreement in person. Any questions you have about fuel, mileage, tolls, crossing over into Northern Ireland, early morning car returns etc., should all be asked at this point with the representative from the company.

Do I need an international driving permit in Ireland?

Drivers must have held a valid driver’s license for more than a year. Provisional or learner drivers, or those with serious offences on their licenses will not be permitted to rent cars. Drivers from the UK, the USA and Canada are not required to have an international driving license.

Is there an age limit for renting cars in Ireland?

All companies impose age restrictions on drivers. These are usually in form of Young Driver or Older driver penalties, or restricting what classes of vehicle you are allowed to drive.

Can you rent a car under 25 in Ireland?

The standard age requirement for carhire is 25. Anyone under 25 (typically between the ages of 21-24) is considered a young driver. These young drivers are required to pay an extra fee per day for the duration of their agreement. This fee is usually between €20/30 per day depending on the provider.

Can you rent a car over 70 in Ireland?

The maximum age in Ireland depends on the company that you are renting from. Most companies have a cut off limit of either 69, 70 or 75, while others say that as long as you hold a current and valid driver’s license you will be allowed to drive. Older drivers are usually subject to a per day fee of €20/30 for the increased insurance risk, according to the suppliers.

Is one-way car hire allowed from Dublin Airport?

Yes, many of the providers allow a one-way hire. You can pick your vehicle up in Dublin airport and drop it off in another branch location. One-way bookings are usually best done with the bigger companies as they have more branches for you to choose from, and they have more experience with them. There are fees associated with this, and they often depend on the length of the agreement, for example a one-way fee between airports (4 days or less) could cost you €50 extra, but when you have the vehicle for 5 days or more, it may only be €25 extra. To find the best deal, type your pick up date and location, your drop off date and location in to the search engine, and it will give you all the companies who can accommodate you, and the price.

Things to do in Ireland

Ireland is famous for many things including friendly people, being really green, Guinness, famous poets, writers, sports people and for it´s not so good public transport system. For this reason, many people choose hire cars as their preferred mode of transport when exploring Ireland.

Because Ireland is relatively small, nowhere is that far away, so literally the whole country is yours to explore. A lot of people come to Ireland and go to Dublin and don’t see outside it which I would advise against. Absolutely go to Dublin, see the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Jail, The Phoenix Park, St. Patrick´s Cathedral, Trinity College and go for a pint in Temple Bar, hear a little trad music have as the Irish say “the craic” (the fun).

But see outside Dublin, go down to Wicklow for fabulous lakes and mountains, go to Galway or Kilkenny for a laid back city, go to Cork, West Cork and Kerry. See the Cliffs of Moher, surf in Sligo, drive around beautiful rugged Donegal, eat fish, meet locals, and walk on the Atlantic beaches or play a round of golf. There is a whole lot to see and each place has its own unique charm.

Can you get around Ireland without car?

Yes and no! Yes, you can get around Ireland without a car, there are tour companies and buses which do the main tourist routes and attractions, or organize day trips which you could go on. However, Ireland is rural and the beauty of Ireland comes from the rugged and isolated parts of our landscape and country side. These cannot be fully explored if you are tied to the schedule of a planned tour. For example, if you are looking at exploring the west coast of Ireland or seeing some of the Wild Atlantic Way, then I would absolutely recommend driving. You have a freedom and flexibility which no tour can give you. You can stop and see the most spectacular scenery and take pictures. You can go slowly through an area that particularly appeals you to, and skip places that are not high up on your wish list. I would always recommend seeing Ireland by car.

Tips for safe driving in Ireland

In Ireland traffic drives on the left hand side. Speed limits are in kilometers and these vary depending on Motorways (120km/h), National Roads (100km/h), regional roads (80km/h) or urban areas and areas with special limits, for example near schools. For exact and up to date rules regarding driver´s licenses, seat belts, mobile phone use etc., please see Irish Road Safety Authority website. You could also take a look at Wikihow which has a guide to driving in Ireland that is aimed at hire car drivers.

Travelling from Dublin Airport

How far is it from the airport to the city center?

Dublin Airport is located about 10kms north of Dublin city center. If you are looking at spending your holiday in Dublin city, then there are three ways to get into the city. You can hire a car; you can get a bus or you can get a taxi. For buses, there are three types, the first is the public bus system run by Dublin Bus, or they also have the Airlink, which is known by its number, the “747”, which offers an express service. (€6 one way). Then there is Aircoach which offers city centre and neighbourhood drop offs (€7 one way into the city centre). Taxis are available at the airport, outside each terminal. Always have your fare metered and city centre taxis are usually €20-30.

How can you get from the airport to either of Dublin’s mainline railway stations?

You could get a taxi directly to Heuston Station or to Connelly Station, depending on where your train is departing. A taxi will cost between €20-30 to bring you into the city. You could also get a bus directly into the city and it should bring you to the main city centre bus station Busaras and Connelly is nearby. For Heuston Station, then you would require the Airlink or get a normal bus into the city, and then a second bus or the red line LUAS, which is the light rail system in the city and goes directly to Heuston Station.

How can you transfer from the airport to the city center?

There are 5 ways to get into the city centre of Dublin from the airport.

  1. Public Bus (serviced by Dublin Bus)
  2. Airlink Express bus service (serviced by Dublin Bus)
  3. Aircoach (private service, operates 24/7)
  4. Taxi
  5. Self-drive car

How much does it cost to get from the airport to the city centre?

Prices start at €6 for a one-way journey into the city centre with Dublin Bus, Aircoach (private) costs €7, and taxi will cost you upwards of €20.

How long does it take to get to the airport from the city centre?

The airport is located about 10km from the city centre. It generally takes about 25 minutes to get into the city centre, but at rush hour, this transfer time can be quite a bit longer due to heavy traffic.

How much is a taxi from the airport to city centre?

Taxis cost anywhere upward of €20 to get into the city, it will depend on where in the city you want to go and how long the journey takes in traffic.

Car Hire Companies in Dublin Airport:

There are many companies providing Dublin Ireland airport rental cars. They service over 1.8 million customers with rental cars in Ireland a year. When you think that last year, the airport set a new passenger record of 31.5 million people, it´s not hard to see that it is by far Ireland´s busiest airport, ahead of Cork, Shannon and Knock airports, and Belfast airport in Northern Ireland.

All companies operate from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrivals areas. The all open at 5:00 and they close at either 23:00, 23:59 or 00:30. If you have a very early flight, then you can organize your drop off with the company, they usually allow you to use the in-terminal car park and leave the key in a box at their desk. Just make sure you discuss this with them beforehand.

Dublin Airport Terminal 1

In Terminal 1, you can find the desks when you come out of the arrivals area and walk to the right around the lifts bank. It is very easy to find.

Dublin Airport Terminal 2

In terminal 2, the desks are located beyond the arrivals area. To reach the desks, you exit the arrivals are and walk straight out, through the glass tunnel in the direction of the new short term car park. You will find the desks on your left hand side.

In-terminal pick ups

Many companies offer an in-terminal pick up, which means that you can go to their desk in the arrivals area and then you pick up your car by walking a short distance to a nearby car park. However, most vehicles are located in the Car Rental Village, this is located about five minutes from the airport by shuttle bus. The buses collect you outside the arrivals area, they are generally very brightly colored with the company name on them, and are very easily recognizable. The service is frequent and efficient. Read your booking voucher and it will tell you where your exact pick up point is located.

If you wish to see which companies are approved members of the Car Rental Council of Ireland, then you can go directly to their website. These members are obliged to abide by a code of practice ensuring the safety and roadworthiness of their fleet.

Reviews of Dublin Airport Car Rental Companies:

Alamo Car Hire Dublin Airport

  • Alamo´s desk is located in Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • They have an excellent customer rating of 8.3 (2019)
  • They offer a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • Pick-up is organized through their desk and then you will be taken a short distance by shuttle to your vehicle.

Enterprise Car Hire Dublin Airport

  • Enterprise is located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • They have a very good customer rating of 7.9 (2019).
  • They only offer a quarter full to quarter full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol options available.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • Pick-up is organized through their desk and then you will be taken a short distance by shuttle to your vehicle.

Europcar Dublin Airport

  • Europcar is located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • They have a good customer rating of 7.3 (2019).
  • They have a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol models.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • Pick-up is in terminal.

Avis Car Hire Dublin Airport

  • Avis is located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • They have a good customer rating of 7.3 (2019).
  • They have a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol cars.
  • They have both automatic and manual cars available.
  • Car pick up is organized through their desk and then you will be taken a short distance by shuttle to pick up your vehicle.

Sixt Rent a Car Dublin Airport

  • Sixt is located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • They have a good customer rating of 7.2 (2019).
  • They have a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They offer only petrol models.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • Pick-up is organized through their desk and then you will be taken a short distance by shuttle to your vehicle.

Budget Car Hire Dublin Airport

  • Budget is located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • They have a good customer rating of 7.2 (2019).
  • They have a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They only offer petrol models.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • Pick-up is organized through their desk and then you will be taken a short distance by shuttle to your vehicle.

Carhire.ie Dublin Airport

  • Carhire.ie is located in Terminal 1 and in Terminal 2.
  • In Dublin they are serviced by Europcar.
  • They have an average customer rating of 6.9 (2019).
  • They have a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol models.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • Pick-up is organized through their desk and then you will be taken a short distance by shuttle to your vehicle.

Hertz Car Hire Dublin Airport

  • Hertz is located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
  • They have an average customer rating of 6.6 (2019).
  • They guarantee newer model cars (2018/2019)
  • They have a good Full to Full fuel policy.
  • They have both diesel and petrol models.
  • They have both automatic and manual options available.
  • Pick up is in terminal.