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Ireland is a largely rural country and if you plan on covering a large area in the countryside in your rental car, sharing the road with slow-moving farm machinery, livestock and wildlife are not uncommon. As with the UK and Northern Ireland, in the Republic of Ireland, you will drive on the left-hand side of the road. Ensure you familiarise yourself with the legal driving requirements, road symbols and stick to the legal speed limit, which can change during poor weather.
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Steeped in legend and myth, the Emerald Isle is a great place to get off the beaten track and get friendly with the locals. The open road can lead to the breathtaking scenic countryside, quaint rural villages, and to the busier towns and cities. In the capital, you can learn about Ireland's most famous and recognizable export at the Guinness Storehouse, and stretch your legs on walking tours of the city with themes from Irish mythology and the paranormal to historical events. Get an insight into Irish pastimes at a Gaelic Football or Hurling match, or head east and watch the surfers braving the North Atlantic elements.
It is a requirement that visiting motorists carry their valid Australian State or Territory driving licence. It is recommended that you also carry with you an International Driving Permit, which must be obtained before you leave Australia. Some suppliers require this document to hire a car. The minimum age to rent a car in Ireland is 23 years, though most suppliers may have a minimum age of between 25 and 30 years. Most suppliers charge a fee for young drivers (25 and under) usually for insurance purposes.
There are a number of toll roads, bridges and tunnels in Ireland. Generally, you will pay at the barrier to the toll zone. The toll charges vary anywhere from €2 to €10, depending on the time of day, the type of vehicle, and the particular road, bridge or tunnel used.
You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in Ireland by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available at all locations.
Some suppliers allow rental cars to be driven in Ireland and Northern Ireland without restrictions. Some cars are permitted to travel to the United Kingdom for an additional fee, though you will need to confirm at the time of booking that the car is permitted to be transported on ferries. Both international and domestic one-way rentals are on a request basis with the suppliers and include minimum duration conditions.
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