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    Discover the best of Ireland with Car Hire

    Compare all the major suppliers in one place to save time and money with your car hire in Ireland with Auto Europe. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Ireland at your own pace with a rental car when you book with Australia's experts in worldwide car hire. Get your quote online today!

    Country Essentials

    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. 

    Standard Inclusions

    All of our rental bookings include Value Added Tax (VAT) and third-party liability insurance. You can also have peace of mind with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance and 24/7 phone support.SUV Rental

    Driving in Ireland

    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.

    Licence Requirements

    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.

    Tolls and Freeways

    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.

    Fleet Guide 

    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.

    Border Crossings

    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.

    Useful Distances 

    • Dublin to Dublin Airport - 10km (approx. 15 mins)
    • Cork to Waterford - 121km (approx. 1hr 45mins)
    • Limerick to Galway - 99km (1hr 20mins)
    • Dublin to Drogheda - 50km (approx. 45mins)
    • Dublin to Belfast - 166km (1hr 45mins)

    Car Hire in Ireland with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in Ireland with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Top Ireland Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Ireland. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Cork Cork Car Hire Dublin Dublin Car Hire Kerry Kerry Car Hire Shannon Shannon

    Ireland Driving Inspiration

    To make your Ireland self-drive adventure that little bit easier we have a range of resources to assist! You can download Auto Europe's Ireland Travel & Driving Guide for free which provide useful information and touring ideas to create your own holiday itinerary or for the latest and greatest in Ireland events and itineraries check out our blog

    Ireland Driving Guide       Ireland on the Blog                                                      


    We search & compare competitive rates and a wide range of choices with reputable suppliers in Ireland. Our Suppliers are located throughout major cities of Ireland. 


    • Cork to Killarney - 86 kms (1hr / 15 mins)
    • Dublin to Dun Laoghaire - 12 kms (20 mins)
    • Dublin to Cork - 255 kms (3 hrs)
    • Galway to Limerick - 100 kms (1 hr / 30 mins)
    • Kerry to Shannon - 130 kms (2 hrs)
    • Knock to Sligo - 70 kms (1 hr)
    • Shannon to Dublin - 220 kms (2 hrs / 45 mins)


    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.


    Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car rental company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.


    General driving, laws rules and regulations in Ireland:

    • Vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road.
    • Overtake on the right hand side of the road.
    • Seat belts are to be used by all passengers and driver.
    • The use of a mobile phone is prohibited while driving.
    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.
    • Headlights are to be used during poor daylight visibility.
    • It is illegal to use radar detectors.


    Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.


    Children under the age of 12 years old are required to be seated in the back seats of the vehicle and be fasted in either a seat belt or an appropriate child restraint.


    Mostly all public roads have a speed limit. Below are the speed limits for particular types of roads where no speed limit sign is displayed, unless signed otherwise. Motorists are to obey the speed limits by not exceeding the limit. Be aware of your travelling speed on certain roads as authorities will carry out random speed checks on vehicles passing.

    • Urban Roads (built up areas): 50km/h
    • Rural Roads(regional and local): 80km/h
    • National Roads: 100km/h
    • Motorways: 120km/h


    Never drink and drive. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in Ireland is 0.08mg/100ml. Penalties for drink driving involve a driving ban, fines and possibly imprisonment.


    There are a few motorways in Ireland where a toll is payable. The M50, N4, N3, R131 and the E1 all currently have tolls. Fees are determined on vehicle category and payment is only accept in cash.


    Road signs in the Republic of Ireland are very closely similar in design to those used in UK, United States and Australia compared to elsewhere in Europe.

    • Regulatory Signs: motorists must follow the actions they are permitted or forbidden to do. You will generally find these signs in a circular shape with a red border and either a black symbol/text in the middle, an example is a speed limit sign.
    • Warning Signs: provides motorists warnings of any upcoming hazards ahead. These signs can be found with a yellow background, black border and a black symbol/text in the middle. An example is a sharp turn ahead sign or speed hump ahead.
    • Roadwork Signs: gives motorists information of upcoming road works or road changes. These signs are displayed with a white background, red border with a symbol/text in the middle, shapes can also vary.
    • Information Signs: provides information regarding directions, facilities, distance, etc. Shapes and colours can vary depending on the types of roads and the information type. These signs can be found with a green background, white, blue, or brown background. Green is used for directions to cities/towns and streets/roads, white will provide information information to other major roads or motorways, blue details motorways and brown are used for tourist facilities/attractions.


    Parking is strictly regulated within many cities in Ireland, make sure you check signage before parking and leaving your vehicle. Street parking is operated with the pay and display system where a parking ticket will need to be purchased at an automated ticket machine. You will receive two tickets once you've inserted your coins, one will need to be displayed on your front windscreen and the other is a copy to bring with you so you are aware of your expiry time.


    Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Ireland:

    • Australian passport holders do not require a visa for the purpose of tourism for stays up to 90 days. Contact the Embassy of Ireland in your local state for special visa information.
    • A valid passport is required.


    There are no specific rules or regulations regarding snow tyres, however, drivers need to pay due care and attention on the roads in winter and be able to adapt to changing conditions.

    Top Ireland Car Hire Locations

    Auto Europe is proud to offer car hire in every major city in Ireland. No matter where your travel itinerary brings you, Auto Europe has a local supplier with the best prices. Find your chosen city below or enter your details in the search form above.

    Car Hire Cork Cork Car Hire Dublin Dublin Car Hire Kerry Kerry Car Hire Shannon Shannon
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