Car Hire in Ireland

About Hiring a Car in Ireland

If you donít own a car, it shouldnít stop you from going on a driving holiday around Ireland. Why not hire a vehicle for the duration of your stay? You can hire a car at nearly all of Irelandís airports, as well as in most major ports and towns. That way, if itís easier or quicker for you to fly over there, youíll save on UK driving time. This is particularly useful if you are only holidaying for a few days, or a long weekend.

You can book in advance at a number of places, or just turn up and drive away with your hire car. However, it is advisable to book in advance, particularly if you are travelling during the busy tourist seasons. Itís definitely the more cost-effective option. Most cars available to rent are standard shift. If you want to drive an automatic for the duration of your stay, get in touch with the hire company in advance and they may be able to provide one, but it is likely you will need to pay more. Other additional extras include child seats, if you are planning to take the whole family with you. This may or may not be available at an extra charge, but to ensure availability, make sure you request it on booking.

Practicalities of Car Hire

If you are hiring a car, you obviously need to hold a full and valid driving licence or an international driving permit if you are visiting from abroad. Make enquiries with your national motoring establishment if you are unsure. When booking a hire car, always make sure you thoroughly read the terms and conditions, and also advise the company if you are planning to travel between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

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