Car Rental in Dublin
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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.
One-Way Car Rentals in Dublin
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Dublin and drop off in another city include:
- From Dublin to Cork - 106 offers from $24.94 per day
- From Dublin to Shannon - 108 offers from $25.60 per day
- From Dublin to Knock - 57 offers from $26.27 per day
- From Dublin to Belfast - 97 offers from $39.03 per day
- From Dublin to Kerry - 37 offers from $26.27 per day
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 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.
- Shannon Airport in County Clare is a popular point of entry for travelers exploring the West Coast of Ireland. It's the third busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland. It's two and a half hours drive (139 miles) from Dublin
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.
It’s important to note that Dublin has an annual rainfall of 19.42". So be sure to pack your rain gear as it’s highly likely you’ll encounter at least a drizzle.
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.
- Christ Church Cathedral. Located in the western part of the city, the Christ Church Cathedral is, according to some sources, the oldest surviving building in Dublin. Built by the Viking king Sigtryg Silkbeard who ruled the area at the time, it was significantly renovated a number of times before achieving its present Gothic/Romanesque look. Of all the churches in Dublin, this one is perhaps the most impressive and certainly the most historic.
- Trinity College. Trinity College is located in the center of Dublin and is Ireland’s oldest University and most well known. Its alumni include some of Ireland’s most esteemed authors and poets. The lawns and cobbled quads are a pleasant escape from the mad rush of the city. Travelers love to take a photo in front of the famous Trinity Bell and see the famous Book of Kells, a ninth-century gospel manuscript.
- Guinness Storehouse. One of the most popular things to do in Dublin is to have a pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar with 360-degree views. You won’t find a tastier Guinness than here at its original location. The museum here gives a fascinating insight into the history of Ireland’s favorite drink, how it is made, and the influence it has over the world.
- The Temple Bar District. This popular cobblestone tourist district thrives both day and night with pubs, live music, street performers, restaurants, markets, exhibitions, theaters and more. It’s a great place to see traditional Irish music and dancing.
Traffic and parking
- 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 road signs are only in Irish. This is important to keep in mind because some Irish city names are different from 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.
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 day trips
- 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, climb the 171m high hill on Howth Head, 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.
- Swords. A northern suburb of Dublin, Swords is also a historic town with plenty to explore. Landmarks include the 13th-century Swords Castle; St. Colmcille’s Well that, according to legend, gave the town its name (‘sord’, which means ‘clear’ in Irish, is said to have referred to the waters of the well); and St. Columba’s Church. Swords is also home to two large parks, the Ward River Valley, and Newbridge Demesne. The trip from central Dublin takes only about 20 minutes.
- Guinness Lake (Lake Lough Tay). Only an hour south of Dublin is a scenic drive that takes you through the Wicklow mountains to an impressive lake set in the valleys, that looks like a pint of Guinness. You can walk around the area to see various waterfalls, large boglands with sheep and streams, forests and historical places such as Glendalough. While you have the car, drive up to Johnny Fox’s Pub for a drink at “Ireland’s highest pub.”
Most popular 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.
For more about traveling around Ireland with a rental car, check out our complete guide.
- 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 no one disappointed. Galway is a great base to explore some of Ireland’s top attractions including the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, and the Aran Islands. The city is about a two-and-a-half hours drive from Dublin with 210 km (130 mi) to cover.
- Belfast. Located in neighboring Northern Ireland, Belfast is quickly regaining its good name and becoming one of the most interesting cities in Europe. There’s 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.
- Wicklow Mountains. A number of low, but very scenic mountains and a national park, Wicklow is the largest nature refuge near the capital. Inhabited since the Stone Age, the area is home to a number of ancient sites, the highlight of which is the 1,500-year-old Monastery of Glendalough. The national park, meanwhile, has a long network of hiking trails that take you over hills, along valleys, and past waterfalls and lakes. The mountains are about an hour’s drive south of Dublin.
Car Rental Prices in Dublin
- Station wagons - from $37 per day
- Large cars - from $22 per day
- Medium cars - from $20 per day
- Vans - from $60 per day
- Premium cars - from $67 per day
- Small cars - from $18 per day
- SUVs - from $25 per day
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 18 Cities near Dublin
Naas Car Rentals from $24.06 per day35.7 km / 22.2 miles away
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Cavan Car Rentals from $28.41 per day94.0 km / 58.4 miles away
Kilkenny Car Rentals from $43.99 per day109.0 km / 67.7 miles away
Athlone Car Rentals from $27.46 per day112.5 km / 69.9 miles away
Waterford Car Rentals from $26.35 per day147.7 km / 91.8 miles away
Sligo Car Rentals from $43.99 per day171.1 km / 106.3 miles away
Knock Car Rentals from $21.35 per day176.5 km / 109.7 miles away
Limerick Car Rentals from $26.35 per day178.5 km / 110.9 miles away
Galway Car Rentals from $27.46 per day184.7 km / 114.8 miles away
Shannon Car Rentals from $18.45 per day194.6 km / 120.9 miles away
Letterkenny Car Rentals from $43.99 per day195.0 km / 121.2 miles away
Donegal Car Rentals from $72.75 per day225.1 km / 139.9 miles away
Cork Car Rentals from $18.45 per day230.9 km / 143.5 miles away
Kerry Car Rentals from $25.28 per day258.6 km / 160.7 miles away
Tralee Car Rentals from $43.99 per day263.3 km / 163.6 miles away
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Wexford Car Rentals from $26.35 per day3042.0 km / 1890.2 miles away
Top 7 Locations near Dublin
Dublin Airport Car Rentals from $18.45 per day
Downtown Car Rentals from $24.06 per day35.7 km / 22.2 miles away
Knock Airport Car Rentals from $21.35 per day176.5 km / 109.7 miles away
Shannon Airport Car Rentals from $18.45 per day194.6 km / 120.9 miles away
Donegal Airport Car Rentals from $72.75 per day225.1 km / 139.9 miles away
Cork Airport Car Rentals from $18.45 per day230.9 km / 143.5 miles away
Kerry Airport Car Rentals from $25.28 per day258.6 km / 160.7 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||8|
|Popular suppliers||Budget, SIXT, Easirent, Flizzr, Alamo|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs|
|Lowest price||$18 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Budget||Renault Clio||4||2||Medium cars|
|Budget||Volkswagen Polo||3||1||Small cars|
|Budget||Toyota Corolla||5||2||Large cars|
|Budget||Ford Ka||2||1||Small cars|
|Easirent||Ford Fiesta||5||2||Small cars|
|Budget||Skoda Citigo||4||1||Small cars|
|Easirent||Fiat 500||3||2||Small cars|
|Easirent||Ford Fiesta||5||1||Small cars|
|Budget||Toyota Corolla||5||2||Large cars|
|Easirent||Ford Focus||5||2||Medium cars|
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