Ireland has become one of Europe’s most popular countries to visit, thanks to a simple combination of green countryside and friendly locals. If you add in the charming Celtic atmosphere and culture, and the incredible coast scenery, you’ve got the ingredients for a fantastic destination.
A hire car will definitely help you get to see both the sociable cities and the gorgeous countryside. We’ve got convenient car hire pick-up locations all over the country. We’re at the main airports, in the heart of the biggest cities and at the biggest visitor sights.
When you need to hire a car, we won’t be far away so you can be on your way as quickly and efficiently as possible. And don’t forget, you’ll find all our locations in Ireland feature our best-price guarantee.
Ireland is one of the most delightful countries in the world for driving with the amazing scenery which surrounds you. The roads are good quality, the traffic is light and Irish drivers are courteous and well behaved. If you have a hire car you’ll find that Ireland is mainly rural, only Dublin and Cork are sizeable cities, so most driving is done on country roads threading through leafy green farmland dotted with lakes and mountains.
The whole country is accessible within a few days’ easy driving, all you need to do is simply have to take your pick from some of the great touring routes. Most roads radiate from Dublin on the east coast, like the M4, which joins Dublin and Galway, or the M7 joining Dublin to Limerick.
The Irish rules of the road are very similar to the neighbouring UK but you’ll find that distances are measured using the metric system. So signs saying Cork is 260 from Dublin means kilometres not miles. This also means speed limits are given in kilometres per hour. So the Irish motorway speed limit is 120kph (75mph) and 100kph (62kph) on other roads. The limit is 50kph (31mph) in towns.
If you drive up into Northern Ireland you’ll find the measurements change to miles. Note that when you drive between the two countries, the border is usually barely discernible. You do not need to stop or show a passport.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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With rolling hills of green and a vast, luscious countryside, it’s no wonder that Ireland is nicknamed “The Emerald Isle”. But there is more to this country than stunning scenery situated around it. Ireland is pleasant mix of the traditional and the modern, so whether you’re here on business or pleasure, you’re bound to find something exiting to do.
The grand city of Dublin on the east coast is Ireland’s top destination to visit. It’s a bubbling European city with a welcoming atmosphere, cultural heritage and a modern buzz in the streets.
The ‘attractions’ are mostly historic, like the illustrated Dark Ages manuscript of the Book of Kells displayed in Trinity College Library and the old buildings of Dublin Castle that symbolise the long centuries of British rule.
The city has also become known for its modern nightlife and entertainment. Look out for a vast array of cafes and restaurants, and there’s great live music all over the city - few destinations have anything to beat a sing-along in a traditional Dublin bar.
To the south of the country lies, Cork. Just like Dublin, Cork is full of historic sights to explore. The landmark Victorian gothic Cathedral of Saint Fin Barre towers over the centre - inside are more than 1,200 sculptures to admire – and across the city, you can see the old City Gaol where an audio tour guides you around the cells.
Cork is also home to the famous Blarney Castle, one of Ireland’s historic treasures. With almost 600 years of history behind it, Blarney Castle is still attracting hundreds of visitors to its doors. You can also take the opportunity to see the legendary Blarney Stone which is said to bestow the gift of eloquence once kissed.
Ireland’s west coast is a beautiful sequence of unspoilt rugged inlets, misty mountains and wild rocky islands. From Skibbereen to Sligo, it’s an area to tour at a leisurely pace, taking in gentle natural sights like Bantry Bay, the Ring of Kerry and Connemara National Park. Don’t miss the views and photo opportunities at the towering Cliffs of Moher and the magical little village of Dingle far out to the west on its own peninsular. The lively old centres of Galway and Limerick are the best places to base your west coast adventures, and both towns are full of quirky independent shops and cafes to enjoy.
You can find a memorable day simply pottering around the country lanes or chatting to locals in a small fishing village. But there is also some unique and inspiring placed to visit like the Brú na Bóinne prehistoric burial site which is like travelling back to a time before the Egyptian pyramids. You shuffle inside the massive stone tomb to discover one of the most spectacular intact Megalithic sites in Europe.
To the south west of Ireland, take a trip through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. These heather-covered wildernesses of hills, valleys and streams are great for outdoor expeditions or just leisurely picnics, depending on the kind of day you’re after.
Ireland is full of majestic places to visit, and the beauty of the surrounding area only adds to the experience of this enchanting location.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.