Car Rental Ireland

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cork Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$3.06 / per day
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Shannon Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$3.50 / per day
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Cork Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$4.58 / per day
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Cork Airport Car Rental
Mini
Ford Ka or similar
Ford Ka
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • Man.
Budget
$5.68 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Kerry Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Man.
Budget
$5.72 / per day
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Kerry Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Man.
Budget
$5.74 / per day
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Dublin, Downtown Car Rental
Compact
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Man.
Budget
$5.85 / per day
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Shannon Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$7.42 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:57 on 2019-12-10. 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
3 days
Economy car rental price
$31.30 / 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
8.4

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.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $48 per day
  • Large cars - from $41 per day
  • Medium cars - from $32 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $83 per day
  • Premium cars - from $125 per day
  • Small cars - from $28 per day
  • SUVs - from $57 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 13 Most Popular Cities in Ireland

  1. Car Rental in Dublin from $3.04 per day
  2. Car Rental in Cork from $3.06 per day
  3. Car Rental in Shannon from $3.06 per day
  4. Car Rental in Knock from $16.04 per day
  5. Car Rental in Kerry from $5.68 per day
  6. Car Rental in Donegal from $37.54 per day
  7. Car Rental in Galway from $22.29 per day
  8. Car Rental in Letterkenny from $32.85 per day
  9. Car Rental in Naas from $19.79 per day
  10. Car Rental in Athlone from $30.11 per day
  11. Car Rental in Cavan from $27.42 per day
  12. Car Rental in Kilkenny from $30.11 per day
  13. Car Rental in Sligo from $23.27 per day

Top 17 Most Popular Locations in Ireland

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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
$20.59
January
$23.10
February
$29.36
March
$29.54
April
$53.90
May
$48.27
June
$43.23
July
$54.60
August
$36.51
September
$31.67
October
$68.99
November
$58.64
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Ireland is January — prices start from $20.59 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 $68.99 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
5
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 a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Ireland. The most popular month is December, while the least popular is November.
Ireland Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
57%
January
55%
February
57%
March
63%
April
75%
May
61%
June
76%
July
68%
August
48%
September
98%
October
42%
November
500%
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
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 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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