Car hire in Ireland
Hiring a car in Ireland
From unspoiled natural landscapes to the buzz of vibrant cities, Ireland has it all and everything in between. Visitors easily can flit between trendy bars and restaurants to exploring thousands of years of enchanting history and culture.
The country has many arrows in its quiver, boasting a rich tapestry of arts and culture, an impressive pedigree of literary giants and a passion music that is palpable. There are castles to see, miles and miles of coastline to enjoy and culinary mastery to savour.
Hiring a car will mean you can make the most of your trip to Ireland and will allow you to experience some of the best scenic drives in the world, including the Sally Gap in County Wicklow and the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in Cork.
What you need to know
When it comes to hiring a car in Ireland, you will be spoilt for choice. There are many quality companies - such as Hertz, Alamo, Avis and Budget - that can provide you with the right vehicle, and there are plenty of places you can choose to pick up your hire car.
You can choose to arrange your hire car once you reach Ireland or you can book in advance to get a better deal. Our booking tool can make things very simple for you by allowing you to input your travel dates and select the type of car you’re after.
There are no nasty surprises, like hidden fees or credit card charges, and we offer a free cancellation policy. There will always be someone on hand in case you run into any issues, as we have a 24/7 customer service line.
Where to pick up your car
There are four international airports in the Republic of Ireland - including Dublin Airport (DUB), Cork Airport (ORK), Shannon Airport (SNN), Knock Airport (NOC) - and five smaller domestic ones. You should have no problems picking your car up from the larger hubs, particularly if you’ve booked in advance. If you’re flying to one of the smaller airports, such as Kerry Airport (KIR) or Sligo (SXL), you may not have as much choice but will still be able to find a suitable car via our booking tool. The car rental desks are often in the arrivals hall and if not, they should be clearly signposted.
You also have the option of collecting your hire car from a train station if that is more convenient for you. Hire car companies offer services in several stations, including Dublin-Heuston, Killarney and Kilkenny. A representative meets you at the station or you take a short ride on a free shuttle bus, depending on the firm you choose.