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    Car Hire Shannon

    Shannon Car HireShannon and its surrounding coastline are stunning. Start your stay with a visit to the historical castle of Bunratty. Located just 12kms outside the town, the site was originally a Viking trading post and was destroyed several times. The present version of the castle was completed in 1425. Rich and dramatic in history, its ornate tapestries and relics remain today and a spectacular tour allows visitors a glimpse into the castle's past. For the brave, venture into the depths of its dungeon!

    Less than an hour from the coast, drive west and discover the impressive ocean Cliffs of Moher, one of the most popular destinations in Ireland. Over 200 metres high, the cliffs offer spectacular views of the Aran Islands. The surrounding areas of Shannon offer endless possibilities for exploration by road. Venture further afield and take a day trip north to the lovely city of Limerick. Located on the River Shannon, Limerick has a rich history dating back to the early eighth century.

    Convenient Locations in Shannon

    Travellers to Shannon will be pleased to find a number of convenient car hire pick-up and drop-off locations across the city. From popular airport and rail stations to downtown offices across the city, we've got a convenient location for you. You can pick up your rental car at Shannon Airport, which serves Shannon and the nearby Limerick. When driving around the region, remember that it is not unusual to share the road with slow-moving farm machinery, livestock and wildlife. The county is also the most mountainous in Ireland, and roads can become quite winded. 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.

    In Ireland, 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 between 25 and 30 years. Most suppliers charge a fee for young drivers (25 and under) usually for insurance purposes.

    In Shannon and around Ireland there are a number of toll roads, bridges and tunnels which connect the larger towns and cities in Ireland. If you are driving between towns, the fastest route is usually the motorways, and sections of the larger motorways operate toll charges. 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.

    In terms of driving in and out of the North, 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Car in Shannon

    How old do you need to be to rent a car in Shannon?

    To rent a car in Shannon, drivers must be at least over the age of 21 and some suppliers even have their age requirements set at 23-25 years old. However, all drivers under the age of 25 should be aware that they will likely be subject to an additional young driver's surcharge, which varies depending on the supplier.

    Can I use third party insurance for my rental car in Ireland?

    Major credit card companies, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX, offer car rental insurance plans that vary by card and credit card provider. Compare plans and find out what coverage is available from your card provider.

    To view more, visit our FAQs page.

    Useful Driving Distances and Day Trip Ideas in Shannon

    • Shannon to Shannon Airport (6km, approx. 10mins)
    • Shannon to Limerick (20km, approx. 25mins)
    • Shannon to Bunratty (7km, approx. 10 mins)
    • Shannon to Moher (61km, approx. 1hr)

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