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Enjoy the Best Deals When Comparing Prices of Car Hire in Ireland

Céad míle fáilte, a hundred thousand welcomes! Booking Car Hire in Ireland with DriveNow is quick and easy with the latest prices from leading Irish Car rental companies including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar and SIXT.

One of the world's most picturesque counties, Ireland's lush green fields, ancient monuments and warm engaging people make the Emerald Isle one of the most memorable places to visit and offers over 100,000kms of some of the safest roads in Europe.

Whether you looking to hire a car in Ireland for business or pleasure, DriveNow enables you to find and compare car rental in Ireland and prices on one easy to view page and book online with instant confirmation, locked in rates and no credit card details required (with most suppliers), all backed up by our lowest rate guarantee.

DriveNow's Car Rental booking service is absolutely Free with no booking, admin or other fees and the price on your Irish Car Hire is immediately locked in with your booking and email confirmation. With nothing to pay upfront booking ahead is risk free and ensures you of the best rate, you simply pay with your credit card when you pick up your car in Ireland and the only other costs are optional extras you wish to take at that time.

At DriveNow we pride ourselves in our customer service and understand that it's not just about finding an online booking service and good price. Our reservations team are there to help and answer any questions you may have on hiring a car in Ireland and can be reached on the numbers listed on this page.

Why use DriveNow to book car rental in Ireland?

  • Price - We constantly check for the latest prices on car hire in Ireland
  • Currency - Prices are shown in Euros so you know exactly what you will pay when you pick up your vehicle
  • No Booking Fees - What fees? DriveNow charges No booking, No admin nor any other fees
  • Trusted Suppliers - We only work with the leading rental companies in Ireland
  • No Credit Card details are required when making your booking (with most suppliers)
  • Simplicity - Quick and easy with instant rate comparison
  • Immediate Booking confirmation and locked in rates
  • Drive away Prices including all taxes and levies (excludes young driver surcharges where applicable)
  • Lowest Price Guarantee
  • Trust and Experience - DriveNow has been comparing the best deals in Car Rental for over 10 years


Driving in Ireland

Common Questions

How old must I be to rent a car in Ireland?
The minimum age is 21, however some locations insist that drivers below the age of 25 have held their licenses for 2 years, impose restrictions on the types of vehicles available for under 25s and impose insurance levies. As restrictions vary between suppliers and locations, if you have any concerns about age limits or restrictions please use the comments field and we will confirm any that apply to you. There are no cancellation fees so book with confidence knowing you can cancel at no cost.

What driving license do I require?
You can rent a car using your own driving license as long as it is English based - other licenses should be supported by an international Driving Permit. Good advice is to always carry your passport when driving a rental car and ensure you have this available when picking up the vehicle.

Irish Roads
The Irish drive on the left and distance and speed are measured in kilometres. Fuel is delivered in litres. In built-up areas the speed limit is 50kmh, 80 on non-urban roads, 100 on national roads and 120kmh on motorways. Speed limits are enforced with on the spot fines issued and speed cameras. Locations of cameras are available on .

Irish Car Hire - Automatic or Manual Transmission?
Although the majority of rental cars in Ireland come with manual transmission automatics are available as well.

Paying for Car Hire in Ireland
You will be required to pay for your vehicle using a credit card. A bond will be taken against the credit card unless an insurance waiver option is taken out when collecting the car.

Are seat belts mandatory in Ireland?
Yes, all passengers are required to use seat belts. Small children must use child or booster seats in the rear. These can be hired for a small fee from your Irish car rental supplier - please include requirements in the comments field of your DriveNow booking.

Using Daytime Running Lights in Ireland
Daytime Running Lights are highly recommended by the Irish Road Safety Authority.

Town Parking in Ireland
Many Irish towns operate on street disk parking. This may require that you purchase a parking disk from a local retailer. When visiting a town check what parking system is in place to avoid parking fines.

Drinking and Driving
Ireland is very strict on drink driving and severe penalties are applied. The legal alcohol limit is 50 milligrams per 100ml. The Police, An Garda Siochana, conduct random breath testing and have the right to stop and breathalyser drivers.

Using a Mobile Phone whilst driving
Holding a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal in Ireland with on the spot fines and penalty points.

Penalty Points and on the Spot fines
The hirer is responsible for any infringements and subsequent penalty notices incurred during the period of hire. Most rental companies impose an administration fee when passing on infringement notices. Ireland retains a database of foreign drivers who incur penalty points and should those drivers subsequently apply for a Irish driving license those points are applied against the license.

Irish Touring Information
There are Tourist Information Offices across Ireland offering tips and advice on route planning. Information is also available at Your Irish rental car supplier will also be able to offer advice on driving conditions and best routes.