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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Knock Airport
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • Man.
Budget
$9.66 / per day
Knock Airport
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Europcar
$15.69 / per day
Knock Airport
Compact Crossover
Ford Puma or similar
Ford Puma
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$20.29 / per day
Knock Airport
Intermediate SUV
Hyundai Tucson or similar
Hyundai Tucson
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$35.19 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Knock Airport
Standard
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$49.21 / per day
Knock Airport
Premium Van
Opel Zafira or similar
Opel Zafira
  • 6
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$154.23 / per day
Knock Airport
Full-size SUV
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • Man.
Budget
$155.05 / per day
Knock Airport
Luxury
BMW 5 series or similar
BMW 5 series
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$277.77 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:46 on 2024-04-11. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English, Irish
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+353
Average car rental price
$90 per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10

Why rent a car in Knock?

The west of Ireland, where Knock Airport is located, is a fascinating region. With a myriad of small towns and villages, vast nature reserves, and strong preservation of the local Irish culture and language, it is one of the most interesting areas of the country. Whether you choose to go to the hip university city of Galway, visit the world-famous Knock Catholic shrine, or explore the Irish coast, the west of Ireland is an underrated tourism gem.

Knock

One-Way Car Rentals in Knock

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Knock and drop off in another city include:

  • From Knock to Shannon - 54 offers from $26.42 per day
  • From Knock to Dublin - 54 offers from $26.42 per day
  • From Knock to Cork - 54 offers from $26.42 per day

Top ways to enter Knock

  • Ireland West Airport: Also known as Knock Airport, it handles about 750,000 travelers every year, making it the fourth-busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland. Served by Aer Lingus, Flybe, AlbaStar, and Ryanair, the airport offers flights to and from the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Portugal. The airport is 19km (11.8 miles) northeast of Knock and can be reached in about 20 minutes.
  • Shannon Airport: Serving the Mid-West region of Ireland, Shannon Airport offers flights not only to and from European destinations, but also to New York City, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Providence in North America. The airport is 138km (86 miles) south of Knock and can be reached in about 90 minutes.
  • Dublin Airport: Serving the nation’s capital, Dublin Airport is by far the busiest in the country. In 2022, it handled more than 28 million travelers. A hub for Aer Lingus, the airport is served by nearly 30 other airlines. The airport is 217km (135 miles) east of Knock and can be reached in about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • Donegal Airport: Another small, but international Irish airport, Donegal is located in the far northwest of the country. As of March 2023, there are only two active flights connecting Donegal to Dublin and Glasgow. Donegal Airport is about 200km (125 miles) north of Knock and can be reached in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Belfast Airport: Serving the capital of Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom), Belfast Airport handled 4.8 million travelers in 2022. The airport is a large hub for three low-cost carriers, easyJet, Jet2.com, and Ryanair, and is also served by a number of other airlines. The airport is located 258km (161 miles) northeast of Knock and the distance between the two can be traveled in 3 hours and 30 minutes. To go from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland, you’ll have to cross an international border, so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.
  • Galway Airport: A former international airport on the Western Irish coast, Galway Airport was closed in 2015. Although, as of March 2023, there are no scheduled flights, plans are in place to open the airport again in the near future.

City facts

Similar to the rest of Ireland, Knock has an oceanic climate with mild summers, cool winters, and little temperature changes between the seasons. The average high temperature is 20°C  (67°F) in July, the warmest month, and 9°C  (48°F) in January. Precipitation is rather high all year long, but is increased from August all the way to January.

The village of Knock only has a population of 972, making it one of the smallest settlements in Europe with an international airport. The airport also serves County Mayo in which Knock is located, the larger Connacht Province, and, since the closure of Galway Airport, it is the primary international airport for the west of Ireland. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Knock Shrine. A Catholic pilgrimage site in the center of Knock, the shrine attracts thousands of believers and other visitors every year. According to legend, Christian figures like the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and Saint Joseph have appeared here. Whether you believe it or not, the shrine, along with Knock Basilica and the Chapel of Reconciliation, is a beautiful place to visit.
  • County Mayo Megalithic Monuments. Older even than Christianity itself, megalithic monuments can be found throughout Ireland. Created by the tribes of the Neolithic age, little is known about their makers or the tombs’ spiritual purpose, but the mystery only adds to the experience of visiting them. One of the most interesting places to visit, Céide Fields, is 75km (46 miles) north of Knock and can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. In addition to an archaeological complex, it also has a visitors center where you can learn more about the Irish megaliths. Other sites include Kilcommon, Ballyhaunis, and Moygownagh, and all can be easily reached with a rental car.
  • Ballycroy National Park. A vast natural area on the Irish coast, Ballycroy is made up of a large peatland as well as the Nephin Mountains, rolling hills, marshlands, and hiking paths. More than anywhere else in the region, it looks like the Ireland we have seen in documentaries and on postcards. When visiting, try to spot one of the bird species that live in the area like the peregrine falcon, Greenland white-fronted goose, or whooper swan. Located 83km (51 miles) west of Knock, Ballycroy can be reached in 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

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 120km/h (75 mph) for motorways, 100km/h (62 mph) for national roads without motorway status, 80km/h (50 mph) for local and regional roads, and 50km/h (31 mph) for urban zones and built-up areas. Unlike in neighboring Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, the speed limits are indicated in kilometers per hour, not miles per hour.
  • 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 than their English names - for example, the Irish name of Knock is An Cnoc. 
  • 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 even imprisonment.
  • The proof of insurance and car registration needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, 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.

The payment for using any of the toll roads, bridges, or tunnels can be made with cash at the toll gates. The tolls on some roads are payable by credit card. For driving on the M50, you can pay online. 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 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

  • Galway. Only the sixth most-populous city  on the island , Galway punches way above its size when it comes to attractions. These include the medieval Lynch’s Castle, the Hall of the Red Earl, and the city’s beautiful Seaport Promenade along the Atlantic coast. Just 70km (43 miles) south of Knock, Galway can be reached in one hour by car.

  • The Aran Islands. The small archipelago of the Aran Islands have a combined population of just around 1,300, but there’s plenty to see there. Some of the attractions are the ancient Dún Aonghasa fortress which is more than 3,000 years old and the Inis Óirr chapel. All three islands also have an impressive, rugged landscape made up of rocks, hills, and beaches. The islands are only accessible by boat and though you cannot take a car on it, it’s possible to park at the ferry ports. The nearest port from Knock is Rossaveel; located 97km (60 miles) southwest, it can be reached in about 90 minutes.

  • Sligo. A proud and cozy Irish town, Sligo is home to some important landmarks like the Sligo Abbey and the Irish Famine Memorial. The town is on the Wild Atlantic Way, the most famous (and most beautiful) tourist route in Ireland. It has some of its most spectacular stretches near Sligo, so it’s an especially fun place to visit by car. Located 70km (43 miles) northeast of Knock, the town can be reached in about one hour.

  • Achill Island. Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Ireland’s largest island is a special place to visit. Characterized by a sparse population and austere, wild coastal landscapes, it is home to prehistoric megalithic sites, the abandoned village of Slievemore, and the 15th-century  Carrickkildavnet Castle. Achill is near another island, Clare, where a former lighthouse has been turned into a guest house.

  • Roscommon. Located in the rarely visited lowland county of the same name, the town of Roscommon is a lovely off-the-beaten-path destination. Best known for its 13th-century Norman Castle and the ruins of Roscommon Abbey, it is also home to the Railway Museum, the prehistoric complex of Rathcroghan, and Strokestown Park which is home to an imposing mansion as well as the National Famine Museum. The drive from Knock Airport to Roscommon will take just under one hour.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car types in Connacht are intermediate, standard, and economy. The most popular rental car is the Toyota Corolla, followed by the Toyota Avensis and the Skoda Citigo.

Further destinations

  • Dublin. Ireland’s capital is by far the largest and the most visited city in the country. Many come for its fun nightlife and traditional Irish pubs, but there are other attractions to enjoy. Some of those are the Dublin Writers Museum that celebrates famous sons of the city like Joyce, Swift, and Yeats; the National Gallery of Ireland; and, naturally, the Irish Whiskey Museum (contrary to rumors, it is not mandatory to sample the drink at the end of the tour). Located 210km (130 miles) east of Knock, Dublin can be reached in about 2 hours and 30 minutes; by driving this route, you’ll cross nearly all of Ireland, from coast to coast.
  • County Donegal. Even more remote than the area around Knock, this northwestern corner of the country is a paradise for lovers of nature and privacy. With long, empty beaches (especially around Fanad Peninsula), Slieve League sea cliffs, little archipelagoes, and cozy villages in the middle of nowhere, it’s the perfect region to explore at a relaxed pace. Lifford, the county town, is 180km (112 miles) north of Knock and can be reached in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Belfast. Although the city’s reputation suffered greatly during the Troubles, the capital of Northern Ireland has been bouncing back as one of the up-and-coming travel destinations of Europe. With a buzzing culture, impressive murals, and famous areas like the Cathedral Quarter, it truly is a place like no other. Located 260km (161 miles) northeast of Knock, the city can be reached in about 3 hours and 20 minutes. You’ll have to cross the international border between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom (of which Northern Ireland is a part of), so ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.

Car Rental Prices in Knock

  • Station wagons - from $34 per day
  • Large cars - from $11 per day
  • Medium cars - from $10 per day
  • Vans - from $127 per day
  • Premium cars - from $278 per day
  • Small cars - from $10 per day
  • SUVs - from $17 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips and land a great rental car in Connacht Region:

  • 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 Knock is the cheapest in April when renting a car is a whole 75% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit Ireland in spring time!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Knock?

Car rental prices in Knock vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Knock
$16.66
January
$14.36
February
$25.86
March
$26.95
April
$58.76
May
$46.74
June
$66.20
July
$68.90
August
$38.81
September
$31.66
October
$22.30
November
$34.77
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Knock is February (when prices average $14.36 per day). This is 62% cheaper than the yearly average and 79% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $68.90).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Knock?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 6 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Knock
4
January
4
February
5
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
5
September
5
October
4
November
6
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Knock is July, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Knock by pick-up date relative to the average
94%
January
109%
February
128%
March
116%
April
84%
May
101%
June
138%
July
131%
August
109%
September
82%
October
50%
November
59%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 1
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, Large cars, SUVs
Lowest price $10 per day
Cheapest supplier Budget

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Budget Renault Clio 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Toyota Corolla 5 2 Large cars
Budget Volkswagen Polo 3 1 Small cars
Budget Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Budget Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs
Budget Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Budget Skoda Citigo 3 1 Small cars
Budget Dacia Jogger 5 2 Vans
Avis Opel Corsa 4 2 Small cars
Budget Opel Insignia 4 2 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Ireland
Toyota Corolla
January 5, 2024
The west of Ireland specifically Mayo coastal area should be on everyone’s visit to Ireland.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
December 12, 2023
My journey from Knock airport to Co Longford never disappoints me, beautiful scenery and beautiful roads
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
August 3, 2023
Great trip to visit family. Regan’s in Roscommon was very good but Jackson’s was even better.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
June 7, 2023
Cliffs of Moher, the beaches, the country in general
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
February 14, 2020
The welcoming staff and efficient service in all areas.
United Kingdom
Ford Ka
October 4, 2019
Budget are generally good on price .purchasing your own annual car hire insurance on line can also save you money. Check with budget in advance to learn what insurance company’s they do not accept. Insurance cover is important.
United Kingdom
VW Up
September 12, 2019
Easy pick up and close location of desks and cars. Good choice of cars and fast and efficient service.
United Kingdom
VW Up
March 10, 2019
Immediately feel the warmth of the Irish.
United Kingdom
Ford Ka
February 8, 2019
Knock is a great place from which to explore Co Mayo & neighbouring counties
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
February 8, 2019
Easy to find desk and very efficient was driving away in about 30min.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
February 3, 2019
The process in knock is very professionally run and to pick up car from terminal building takes about 5 minutes.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
January 31, 2019
Great place friendly and efficient staff smooth transfers to get you on your trip
United Kingdom
VW Polo
January 16, 2019
No clear, safe pathway/ walk way to pick up point.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
November 27, 2018
Provide cloths in car for cleaning glass
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
September 18, 2018
Visit The Burden, travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, visit Clifden and Westport.
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
September 10, 2018
great area to visit in all respects even if the weather is sometimes showery.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
September 6, 2018
In june 2017 I went there without pre-booking a car and found they had zero cars to rent at any rental outlet. I would say always pre-book a rental car if you require one at Knock

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Budget
9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Europcar
8 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
30
Total rental companies
6
Average daily price
$89.63
Lowest daily price
$9.66
Total cars available
62

Top 6 Suppliers in Knock in 2024

Budget
Budget
Exceptional 9 / 312 reviews
1 location
$10 - $322
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.9 / 9 reviews
1 location
$16 - $46
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.5 / 7 reviews
1 location
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.3 / 11 reviews
1 location
$15 - $278
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.2 / 21 reviews
1 location
$17 - $58
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8 / 6 reviews
1 location
$15 - $51
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