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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Dublin Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$7.01 / per day
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Shannon Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$7.72 / per day
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Cork Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$10.09 / per day
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Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Easirent
$11.22 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus STW or similar
Ford Focus STW
  • 5x
  • 4x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$11.22 / per day
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Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4x
  • x
  • 3x
  • Man.
SIXT
$11.58 / per day
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Cork Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Man.
SIXT
$11.87 / per day
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Cork, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$12.02 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:56 on 2020-03-29. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    English,
    Irish
    Currency
    EUR
    Country code
    353
    Average car rental length
    3 days
    Economy car rental price
    $34.40 / 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%
    Rating
    8.6

    Why rent a car in {{location}}?

    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

    One-way Car Rentals in Ireland

    Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in Ireland and drop off in another country:

    • From Ireland to United Kingdom - 155 offers from 41.20 USD per day

    Top ways to enter {{location}}

    • 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.

    Car Rental Prices

    • Station wagons - from $64 per day
    • Large cars - from $51 per day
    • Medium cars - from $42 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $162 per day
    • Premium cars - from $130 per day
    • Small cars - from $34 per day
    • SUVs - from $70 per day

    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 15 Most Popular Cities in Ireland

    1. Car Rental in Dublin from $7.01 per day
    2. Car Rental in Shannon from $7.01 per day
    3. Car Rental in Cork from $7.01 per day
    4. Car Rental in Kerry from $17.71 per day
    5. Car Rental in Knock from $14.32 per day
    6. Car Rental in Donegal from $37.89 per day
    7. Car Rental in Mullingar from $42.64 per day
    8. Car Rental in Galway from $72.54 per day
    9. Car Rental in Sligo from $45.49 per day
    10. Car Rental in Naas from $45.49 per day
    11. Car Rental in Tralee from $45.49 per day
    12. Car Rental in Letterkenny from $26.85 per day
    13. Car Rental in Athlone from $21.47 per day
    14. Car Rental in Cavan from $23.25 per day
    15. Car Rental in Kilkenny from $26.85 per day

    Top 17 Most Popular Locations in Ireland

    Map of Car Rental Locations

    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
    $20.78
    January
    $23.32
    February
    $29.64
    March
    $29.82
    April
    $54.41
    May
    $48.73
    June
    $43.64
    July
    $55.12
    August
    $36.86
    September
    $31.96
    October
    $69.64
    November
    $59.19
    December
    The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Ireland is January — prices start from $20.78 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 50% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting a car in the month of November (when prices start at $69.64 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?

    The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in May — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in January — an average of 5 days.
    Average Rental Length in Ireland
    5
    January
    5
    February
    7
    March
    5
    April
    8
    May
    7
    June
    5
    July
    5
    August
    7
    September
    6
    October
    6
    November
    6
    December

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

    Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Ireland. The most popular month is March, while the least popular is November.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Ireland by Monthly Searches
    84%
    January
    298%
    February
    311%
    March
    31%
    April
    37%
    May
    30%
    June
    37%
    July
    34%
    August
    24%
    September
    48%
    October
    20%
    November
    246%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    Budget Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
    Budget VW Polo 3 1 Small cars
    Budget Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
    Budget Ford Ka 2 1 Small cars
    Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
    Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
    Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
    Budget VW Up 5 1 Small cars
    Budget Toyota Avensis 4 1 Large cars
    Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars

    Our Customers Reviews

    United Kingdom
    Toyota Corolla
    March 8, 2020
    Knock is a fantastic airport to fly into, just make sure you choose the right car hire company.
    Netherlands
    Ford Ka
    March 1, 2020
    Cliffs of Moher
    United Kingdom
    Renault Clio
    October 13, 2019
    Every thing was easy , from the rental to the shuttle bus everybody was friendly , thank you once again
    New Zealand
    Renault Clio
    October 8, 2019
    Driving in Ireland is relatively easy with good motorways and mostly good safe driving. Consider a compact car as many roads are narrow, parking often tight and fuel prices relatively high.
    Greece
    Renault Clio
    September 23, 2019
    Do not be afraid of driving on the left side of the road! It is easy to use
    United Kingdom
    Renault Clio
    September 13, 2019
    Go to Wicklow and National galleries
    United Kingdom
    Ford Fiesta
    September 5, 2019
    Amazing place. Very friendly people. Everyone should visit
    United Kingdom
    Toyota Corolla
    September 5, 2019
    Definitely a place to visit beautiful scenery and the people are so welcoming and helpful
    United Kingdom
    VW Polo
    September 4, 2019
    We drive to southern ireland from dublin which was pleasurable as the roads are quiet and when we were there, no roadworks were in place!
    United Kingdom
    Fiat 500
    August 31, 2019
    Kinsale & south west Cork incl Bantry & Baltimore - stunningly beautiful & full of character, good food & friendly fun loving people. I’ll definitely come back again 👍😎
    United Kingdom
    Renault Clio
    August 23, 2019
    Pay the m50 toll!
    United Kingdom
    Toyota Corolla
    August 20, 2019
    Castlegregory is brilliant.
    United Kingdom
    Ford Ka
    August 20, 2019
    very easy right next to departures and not too busy.
    United Kingdom
    VW Polo
    August 18, 2019
    Traveling around the ring of Kerry is a definite must when visiting the south of the island. The scenery, food and hospitality of locals was delightful. We had a very memorable trip and look forward to returning soon.
    United Kingdom
    Toyota Corolla
    July 2, 2019
    Top city great atmosphere shame so many people begging
    United Kingdom
    Toyota Corolla
    June 29, 2019
    Knock and surrounding areas are beautiful, driving is so easy. Donegal is a lovely town, as is Carrick on Shannon, Nothing much in Sligo, I would not bother going there again.
    United Kingdom
    Renault Clio
    June 4, 2019
    Clare and Kerry are great destinations.
    Australia
    Hyundai Tucson 4x4
    June 1, 2019
    We definitely would recommend a trip to Ireland the scenery is spectacular and the locals are delightful friendly and welcoming.
    Italy
    Renault Clio
    May 27, 2019
    Not easy to find a car park in the city, renting a car is perfect to travel around such a beautiful country!
    United Kingdom
    VW Polo
    March 22, 2019
    Dublin was brilliant. Great nightlife and the food is surprisingly good

    Top Suppliers for Ireland in 2020

    Alamo
    Alamo
    Exceptional 9.1
    +353018445848
    Eastlands Car Hire Facility Cloghran, Swords, Dubber, Dublin

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