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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Knock Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • No
  • Man.
Budget
$22.29 / per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Budget
$22.59 / per day
Kerry Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Budget
$23.49 / per day
Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Budget
$27.70 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Kilkenny, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$28.26 / per day
Athlone, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$28.38 / per day
Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Toyota Avensis or similar
Toyota Avensis
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Budget
$30.72 / per day
Shannon Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Budget
$31.63 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
English,
Irish
Currency
EUR
Country code
353
Average car rental length
4 days
Economy car rental price
$45.24 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
80 - 100 km/h
50 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Ireland?

Republic of Ireland is a great place to rent a car in. From cities like Dublin, Cork, and Galway to cozy villages, long sea coast and beautiful nature areas, its great diversity is best explored with the freedom of having your own ride.

Ireland Car Rental

Top ways to enter Ireland

  • Dublin Airport: Ireland’s largest airport serves flights to and from many destinations in Europe, as well as in North America, Asia, and Africa.
  • Knock Airport: Popular with low-cost carriers, Knock Airport is an entry point for Northwest Ireland.
    Cork Airport: The airport of Ireland’s second city mainly hosts flights to and from United Kingdom and Western Europe.
  • By land: It might also be possible to rent a car in Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, and then drive to Republic of Ireland. Large airports in United Kingdom near Republic of Ireland are Belfast International Airport, Belfast City Airport, and Derry Airport.

 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Dublin: At once the epitome of Irish culture and the most modern place in the country, Dublin is a fascinating destination to visit.
  • Galway: Small, but hip and full of life, Galway is one of the most fun destinations in Ireland.
  • Cork: Its first settlement dating back to the 6th Century, Cork is a place of interesting architecture and distinct atmosphere.
  • Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim. These counties may be be small, but they have beaches, hills, lakes, and other natural beauty in abundance.
  • The West: In some ways, Western Ireland is the most traditional part of the country. Bordering Atlantic Ocean and full of interesting traditions, it is a place where Irish language is still spoken on a daily basis. In paticular County Donegal, with it's largest city Letterkenney, is worth a visit.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Republic of Ireland is the VW Polo, followed by the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Fiesta.

Crossing Borders

Republic of Ireland is bordered by Northern Ireland that is part of the United Kingdom. As of December 2018, both countries are part of the Common Travel Area and the border control is not enforced. Citizens of the member states of European Economic Area can enter both countries without a visa.

Citizens of some other countries may be permitted to visit Republic of Ireland, but might need a separate visa to visit the United Kingdom. We advise you to get in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out whether you need a visa to visit United Kingdom.

Some car rental providers allow you to cross national borders and even drop off your car in a different country, while others don’t. If you’d like to cross a national border during your rental period, make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking a car. Learn more about cross-border rentals in our FAQ section.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in Ireland is an Intermediate, but Compact and Economy are also frequently picked by travelers.

Top driving routes

  • Dublin - Belfast (166 km / 103 mi) You can do the road between the capital of Ireland and the capital of Northern Ireland in just over two hours.  Note that you’ll have to cross a national border, so check with your rental car provider first to make sure they permit it.
  • Galway - Dublin (209 km / 130 mi) The route between these two cities crosses the entire Ireland from east to west, taking you from the Atlantic Ocean to the Irish Sea.
  • Kerry - Cork (104 km / 64 mi) Kerry International Airport is just 90 minute drive away from Ireland’s second city.

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Ireland:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Republic of Ireland is the cheapest in January when renting a car is nearly 50% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 7 Most Popular Cities in Ireland

Car Rental in Dublin from $21.99 per day
Car Rental in Cork from $22.29 per day
Car Rental in Shannon from $30.72 per day
Car Rental in Knock from $22.29 per day
Car Rental in Kerry from $22.29 per day
Car Rental in Donegal from $38.03 per day
Car Rental in Athlone from $28.26 per day

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Ireland?

The cost of renting a car in Ireland depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Ireland
$20.86
January
$23.40
February
$29.74
March
$29.92
April
$54.60
May
$48.90
June
$46.24
July
$55.31
August
$42.87
September
$39.72
October
$69.88
November
$61.54
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Ireland is January — prices start from $20.86 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 52% cheaper than the year’s average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $69.88 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Ireland?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in May — an average of 9 days. The shortest are in October — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Ireland
5
January
5
February
5
March
5
April
9
May
7
June
5
July
5
August
6
September
4
October
6
November
6
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Ireland?

Discover Car Hire users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Ireland. The most popular month is July, while the least popular is September.
Ireland Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
102%
January
99%
February
103%
March
112%
April
115%
May
110%
June
135%
July
122%
August
74%
September
80%
October
74%
November
74%
December

Our Customers Reviews

March 22, 2019
Dublin was brilliant. Great nightlife and the food is surprisingly good

Top 7 Suppliers for Ireland in 2019

Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.5
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.5
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.3
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.1
Easirent
Easirent
Acceptable 5.5

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