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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
$3.04 / per day
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Dublin Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$3.47 / per day
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Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$3.93 / per day
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Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • Man.
Budget
$5.67 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Dublin Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Man.
Budget
$5.70 / per day
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Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Man.
Budget
$5.71 / per day
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Dublin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Man.
Budget
$5.80 / per day
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Dublin Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$7.37 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:36 on 2019-11-16. Prices may vary based on the 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
$14.82 / 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
9.2

Why rent a car in Dublin?

Dublin is a great city to explore by car. Large and diverse, yet cozy at the same time, it offers everything from traditional Irish culture to many attractions that characterize a modern metropolis. The distances in Ireland are small and the roads are in good shape, so the capital city also serves as a great base for the exploration of the rest of the country. 

Dublin Car Rental

Top ways to enter Dublin

  • Dublin Airport. By far the largest airport in Ireland and one of the fastest-growing in Europe, Dublin Airport serves more than 30 million travelers every year. The airport is located north of the city center.
  • Knock Airport. Located in County Mayo and also known as Ireland West Airport, the small Knock Airport is only served by four airlines. However, it offers a number of flights to the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Italy. The airport is about a two and a half hours drive northwest of Dublin.
  • Cork Airport. Serving Ireland’s second city, Cork Airport is also the second-busiest in the country. It serves not only Cork, but the rest of Southern Ireland and is about three hours drive from Dublin.
  • Belfast International Airport. Although located in the neighboring Northern Ireland and therefore a part of the United Kingdom, Belfast Airport is just a two hours drive north along the coast. This airport serves more than six million travelers every year.
  • Belfast City Airport. Another smaller airport serving the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast City George Best Airport (named so after the famous football player) is served by five different airlines.

Useful city facts

Dublin has a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. The average daily temperature in July, the warmest month, is around 16 °C  (60 °F),  while the average temperature in January and February is 5  °C  (40 °F). The sunniest months of the year in Dublin are May, June, and July.

Although only 555,000 people live within the city proper, more than 1.9 million people call the Greater Dublin region their home, meaning that nearly every second inhabitant of the Republic of Ireland lives in or around its capital city. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Phoenix Park. One of the largest urban parks in Europe and home to the Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park is a great place for a day outdoors. A herd of wild fallow deer inhabit the park. If you’re not lucky enough to see any, you might catch a glimpse of the U.S. ambassador or the president of Ireland, both of whom have their residences inside the park.
  • Dublinia & The Viking World Museum. A heritage center, Dublinia is dedicated to the times when Scandinavian Vikings ruled Ireland. There are many interesting artifacts to observe, such as old weapons and national costumes, but the number one attraction of the place are the scenes of the Viking times reenacted by actors. You can even join one if you would like!
  • The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. The history of the human habitation of Ireland is older than the Vikings and the Celts. In this unique museum, you can learn about the hunter-gatherer tribes who settled the island just after the last Ice Age, see the golden collars and ritual objects of the Bronze Age, and learn about the very first Irish kings who ruled more than 2000 years ago. And yes, there are exhibitions about Vikings, too.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Driving takes place on the left side of the road in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h (75 mph) for motorways, 100 km/h (62 mph) for national roads without motorway status, 80 km/h (50 mph) for local and regional roads, and 50 km/h (31 mph) for urban zones and built-up areas. Unlike in the neighboring Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, the speed limits are indicated in kilometers, not miles, per hour.
  • Finding a parking spot in downtown Dublin can be quite difficult. Short-term paid parking is available, but be careful not to keep your car parked longer than allowed - your vehicle can be “clamped” by the companies in charge of the parking areas and “unclamping” it can be quite expensive. A better idea, perhaps, is to park for a longer term at one of the multi-level car parks. 
  • On the other hand, there are plenty of available parking spaces outside the center of Dublin. Dublin is not too large, so parking near downtown and walking the rest of the way can be a good idea.
  • Most road signs are displayed in both English and Irish. However, in some Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas, the roads signs are only in Irish. This is important to keep in mind because some Irish city names are different than their English names - for example, the Irish name of Dublin is Baile Atha Cliath. 
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced  drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, an EU-wide licence ban, or imprisonment.
  • The proof of insurance and car registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

There are 11 toll roads in the Republic of Ireland. There are also two toll tunnels and two toll bridges. Some of the toll roads are near Dublin.

The payment for using any of the toll roads, bridges, or tunnels can be made with cash at the toll gate. The toll fees for some roads are payable with a credit card. Some rental cars are also equipped with an electronic toll tag that will make the toll payment automatically. Some car rental providers might charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your car rental provider about it in advance. 

For driving on the M50 road that is close to Dublin, you can only pay online. Your vehicle’s registration plate will be photographed when passing through the toll gate. The toll must be paid by 20:00 the following day.

For more information about the toll roads in the Republic of Ireland and for the toll road map, visit the Republic of Ireland’s official toll road website.  

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Dublin Falconry. Home to hawks, owls, falcons, and buzzards, Dublin Falconry is a conservation project for birds of prey native to the island. You have to book your visit in advance, but the experience is well worth the effort. The falconry is located in Luttrellstown, a small settlement that’s just 14 km (9 mi) from Dublin.
  • Howth. A small coastal town just northeast of Dublin, Howth is a great place for observing ships and fishermen, as well as for sampling the local seafood in one of its many restaurants. If you’re up for something more active, go on a walk along its impressive cliffs or drive to the nearby mountains that can be seen from almost anywhere in town. 
  • Ireland's Eye. Located near Howth where you can park your rental car, Ireland’s Eye is an uninhabited island that can be reached by tour boat. It is home to many unique bird species, including cormorants and a small number of puffins. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to spot one of the grey seals that often come to rest on the coast. If you ever grow tired of the high tempo of Dublin, this island truly is the best place to unwind.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Dublin is the Ford Ka, although travelers also like the VW Up and the Renault Clio. The most popular rental car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Cork. The second largest city of Ireland is a cozy place that can feel more authentic than Dublin. Known for its impressive fort and many churches, as well as for keeping many Irish traditions alive, it also serves as a great base for exploring the rest of Southern Ireland. Cork is about a three hour drive south of Dublin.
  • Galway. As famous for its history and culture as it is for its friendly locals and fun nightlife, Galway leaves noone disappointed. 2020 is an especially great time for planning your trip there, as Galway will be the European Capital of Culture for the year. The city is about a two-and-a-half hours drive from Dublin with 210 km (130 mi) to cover.
  • Belfast. Located in the neighboring Northern Ireland, Belfast is quickly regaining its good name and becoming one of the most interesting cities in Europe. There’s already plenty of history, culture, and cuisine to enjoy there, and it is just a two hours drive north of Dublin. Do keep in mind, though, that you’ll be crossing a national border between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom (of which Northern Ireland is a part), so make sure in advance that your rental car provider permits it.

Car Rental Prices in Dublin

  • Station wagons - from $22 per day
  • Large cars - from $25 per day
  • Medium cars - from $22 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $59 per day
  • Small cars - from $15 per day
  • SUVs - from $52 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Dublin. Start with:

  • Compare the 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 during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Dublin is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 57% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 72% cheaper than renting a car in August.

Top 5 Cities near Dublin

  1. Cork Car Rentals from $3.06 per day
    230.9 km / 143.5 miles away
  2. Shannon Car Rentals from $3.06 per day
    194.6 km / 120.9 miles away
  3. Knock Car Rentals from $16.02 per day
    176.5 km / 109.7 miles away
  4. Kerry Car Rentals from $5.67 per day
    258.6 km / 160.7 miles away
  5. Donegal Car Rentals from $37.50 per day
    225.1 km / 139.9 miles away

Top 7 Locations near Dublin

  1. Dublin Airport Car Rentals from $3.04 per day
  2. Knock Airport Car Rentals from $16.02 per day
    176.5 km / 109.7 miles away
  3. 194.6 km / 120.9 miles away
  4. Donegal Airport Car Rentals from $37.50 per day
    225.1 km / 139.9 miles away
  5. Cork Airport Car Rentals from $3.06 per day
    230.9 km / 143.5 miles away
  6. Kerry Airport Car Rentals from $5.67 per day
    258.6 km / 160.7 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Dublin vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Dublin
$23.45
January
$18.43
February
$25.29
March
$50.95
April
$48.22
May
$66.04
June
$48.43
July
$66.53
August
$26.17
September
$22.10
October
$43.33
November
$40.88
December
The best month to rent a car in Dublin is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $18.43). This is 54% cheaper than the yearly average and 72% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $66.53 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Dublin?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in February, travelers rent a car for an average of 7 days in October, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Dublin
6
January
7
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
4
October
7
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Dublin?

While travelers visit Dublin year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is October, and the least popular is December.
Dublin Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
87%
January
84%
February
88%
March
95%
April
113%
May
97%
June
115%
July
101%
August
71%
September
151%
October
131%
November
67%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Budget VW Polo 3 1 Small cars
Budget Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
Budget Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Ford Ka 2 1 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 4 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small 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 4 3 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Renault Clio
November 6, 2019
Cheaper and quicker than public transport for remote locations
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
September 18, 2019
To find places off the beaten track and explore the countryside and take your time getting around with opportunities to stop and take photos a car is essential.
South Africa
VW Polo
September 9, 2019
Dublin is Awesome
Switzerland
VW Polo
August 26, 2019
Dublin is a great place with great people! Love it and will definitely enjoy to come back again! Renting a car from Terminal 1, however is not the best. Certainly there is a room for improvement. For the car rental we were picked from the terminal with a bus to the car pickup location and there we waited for more than an hour to reach the agent at the desk to go through paper formalities. Overall it took us about 2 hours until we got the car key.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
August 22, 2019
Love Dublin great city
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
August 15, 2019
You need a car to travel around and in and about Dublin efficiently.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
August 14, 2019
Drove to near Bray (Kilcoole) for a wedding. Best way to travel
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
August 11, 2019
Night life was amazing and the people very friendly
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
August 8, 2019
We visited Galway for the races and had a great day.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
June 30, 2019
rental desk at the Dublin airport was easy to find, no long queues, very helpful and nice staff, immediate transportation to the carpark, car was ready to use. Car drop off was very quick as well, overall very happy with Alamo, would definitely book with them again!
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
June 17, 2019
Love Dublin. Lovely city to wander about. Other drivers very patient and courteous of my chaotic lane changing when frequently lost.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
June 13, 2019
Dublin is always and please god will always be a great place to visit
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
May 30, 2019
Seven wonders of Fore is a must
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
April 24, 2019
Much more to Dublin than just the city centre, try Howth on the coast.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
March 13, 2019
Class - Go to teh west of IRELAND, Mayo,Clare,Sligo are beutifull and worth visit . Achill is must see.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
February 13, 2019
ireland is a great place to visit. Driving was pretty easy relatively speaking.
United Kingdom
VW Up
February 2, 2019
Leave your fancy phone securely locked in a bag or pocket; walk everywhere, talk to everyone, open your eyes and your mind and read your travel guide on your return journey!
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
November 12, 2018
Drove to Giants Causway, Absolutely Brilliant !
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
October 24, 2018
Gorgeous place.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
October 11, 2018
Loved having a car! We staying an in awesome hotel (carton house) about 30 mins from the city. Drove to Dublin and saw Guinness factory, st Stephens green, shopping and pubs. There are plenty of parking garages throughout the city. The next day we drove through the country to the cliffs of Moher and had a great time seeing the county!
United States of America (USA)
Ford Galaxy
September 13, 2018
I definitely recommend renting a car in Dublin, but just not from Easirent.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
September 8, 2018
freindly and lovely scenery
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 4, 2018
Traffic can be bad in the city centre so try and avoid peak times between 5 & 6PM Jervis Street car park is excellent and so central for the North & South side of the inner city & is only Euro3/hour with a maximum daily rate of euro 13 which is excellent value
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
August 31, 2018
Check everything on the car before setting off....including the refuelling mechanism and that the satnav works if using one (previously had a dead power socket for satnav and had to change cars).
Ireland
Renault Clio
July 20, 2018
Giant Causeway is impressive
Canada
VW Polo
July 17, 2018
Great city, but be very focused while you drive!
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
June 22, 2018
Beautiful country and magnificent roads
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
June 19, 2018
Driving in Dublin is totally easy and doable. It takes a while to figure out the highway, but it gets easier.

Top 11 Suppliers for Dublin in 2019

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
018445848
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, IN TERMINAL NO DEBIT CARDS
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1
+353018445848
Eastlands Car Hire Facility Cloghran, Swords, Dubber, Dublin
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7
+35318122800
TERMINALS 1 AND 2, DUBLIN AIRPORT
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.5
+353018445848
Eastlands Car Hire Facility Cloghran, Swords, Dubber, Dublin
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.5
+35318445691
Corballis Rd S, Co. Dublin
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+35316057500
Dublin Airport
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.3
+35318122800
TERMINALS 1 AND 2, DUBLIN AIRPORT
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.1
+35318445150
Corballis Rd S, Co. Dublin
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
35319446866 / 35318144043
Dublin Airport, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+35316950324 / +18778223872
Unit B4C, Airport Business Park, Cloghran, Dublin
Easirent
Easirent
Acceptable 5.5
+35316950324
Unit B4C, Airport Business Park, Cloghran, Dublin

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