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Recently Booked Ireland Car Rentals from $ 9.98/day

Mini

(Toyota Aygo or Similar)

mini
  • 2
  • 2-3
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 9.98 /day

($ 79.84 total)

Mini

(Toyota Aygo or Similar)

mini
  • 2
  • 2-3
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 9.99 /day

($ 69.91 total)

Mini

(Toyota Aygo or Similar)

mini
  • 2
  • 2-3
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 10.01 /day

($ 50.05 total)


Mini

(Toyota Aygo or Similar)

mini
  • 2
  • 2-3
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 10.01 /day

($ 50.05 total)

Mini

(Toyota Aygo or Similar)

mini
  • 2
  • 2-3
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 10.02 /day

($ 40.06 total)

Mini

(Toyota Aygo or Similar)

mini
  • 2
  • 2-3
  • Man.
  • A/C
$ 10.43 /day

($ 73.03 total)


Prices are based on bookings made during the previous 42 days. Price is dynamic and varies based on the date of the booking, length of rental and car class. There is no guarantee this price will be in effect at the time of your search.

Ireland Car Rental Reviews

Car rental rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 14 ratings

Thrifty

"James at the Thrifty counter was awesome"

(Reviewed on August 21, 2015 )

Thrifty

"thanks so much our trip to Ireland was fantastic we will return again in the next two years and will be using thrifty again"

(Reviewed on December 07, 2014 )


Enterprise

"Enterprise in Dublin airport has the best team of car rental service agents I have encountered anywhere. Full stop! I have used them a number of times and they are always the same."

(Reviewed on November 17, 2014 )

Budget

"cd player didn't work. car was two years old, had a crack in the passenger side rear tail light. Other than that it was fine. thanks!"

(Reviewed on August 04, 2014 )


Enterprise

"Enterprise staff were extremely nice. Car was excellent. Over all I am very happy with Enterprise"

(Reviewed on July 30, 2014 )

Budget

"WONDERFUL! Good car, just what I needed for a drive to Skibbereen and back to Shannon. Looking forward to my next visit in early 2015. It will be my 38th visit."

(Reviewed on June 05, 2014 )


Payless

"Wonderful staff at Cork airport friendly and helpful."

(Reviewed on May 19, 2014 )

Payless

"When dealing with Americans, it would be more accurate to describe the Ford Focus as a compact car, not full sized. I am 6'3" and had a lot of trouble with minimal leg room. The car performed flawlessly, but in the U.S. ..." Read more

(Reviewed on May 07, 2014 )


Hertz

"Very friendly, professional staff. Wish the extra insurance charges hadn't been so high...sigh. Thanks."

(Reviewed on April 13, 2014 )

Hertz

"simple 7 painless... GREAT SERVICE"

(Reviewed on March 13, 2014 )


Avis

"This was a great experience for me and great value for my money. The staff were super friendly and the rental process from pick up to drop off was excellent! Thanks. I will definitely use CarRentals.com again and tell frie..." Read more

(Reviewed on February 11, 2014 )

Sixt

"At the Dublin airport, SIXT was wonderful in all respects as above. One small detail...it has moved from the area of all the others but there is not proper signage indicating same... hope that gets done soon. Took 2 rounda..." Read more

(Reviewed on January 03, 2014 )


Payless

"THIS WAS OUR SECOND TIME USING CarRentals.com IN IRELAND AND HAVE NO COMPLAINTS."

(Reviewed on December 23, 2013 )

National

"Left my cell phone in the vehicle when returning the car. I contacted Michael at Shannon airport and he delivered my phone to the hotel within the hour. OUTSTANDING"

(Reviewed on December 10, 2013 )


Please be aware that some of these reviews may have been translated automatically into English.

Car rental in Ireland: All you need to know

It’s always a great day to be Irish and it’s always a good time to rent a car in Ireland. The Emerald Isle is known for its rolling green countryside, its creation of whiskey and Guinness, and enchanting folklore of leprechauns and Celtic mythology. Drive yourself to kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork with your very own car rental in Ireland.

How can I get a cheap car rental in Ireland?

You'll have no problem finding a great deal on car hire, if you follow these simple dos and don'ts:

  • - Do compare rental deals before making your final reservation;
  • - Do pick up and drop off your rental at a non-airport rental location;
  • - Do plan ahead so you know how much fuel and mileage you need; 
  • - Do book in advance for the best rates;
  • - Don't add additional drivers where possible.

What do I have to keep in mind when renting a car in Ireland?

In Ireland, you will be driving on the left-hand side and your rental vehicle will be right-hand drive. You'll come across a lot of small, curvy streets, so be prepared to do some backing up and squeezing through small spaces. Bear in mind when planning your trip that the maximum rental period in Ireland is 28 days.

What Irish car rental companies are good?

When looking for car hire companies, check the reviews found on the websites to help you decide who to rent from. Aside from the big rental agencies like Sixt, Hertz, and Avis, you'll come across local ones such as Dooley and Donal Ryan.

What kind of car rental should I get?

This really depends on the type of trip you're planning. It might be wise to consider renting a smaller car if you'll be navigating the country's narrower streets, but if you're going to stick to the bigger roads and need a lot of luggage capacity or room for a child safety seat, take a look at our range of vans and other spacious vehicles. A 4x4 might be a good choice if you plan on taking your rental across the country from Dublin to Galway or down to Kerry.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Ireland?

The minimum age for renting a car is 21, but insurance companies often want you to have held your license for at least 5 years. Drivers under the age of 25 may have to pay an additional fee, and renters under 25 and over 80 must produce a note in English from their protection company showing that they haven't been involved in an accident in the last five years.

Do I need rental insurance when renting a car in Ireland?

You do need rental insurance for your car hire in Ireland. As a US citizen, you can buy insurance from CarRentals.com or your rental car company.

Can I book with unlimited mileage?

Many rental companies offer unlimited miles anyway, but if they don't, be careful not to clock up the miles and face extra charges when handing back your car. 

Can I use a debit card for a hire car?

No, most rental companies only accept credit cards, so have one ready to book your vehicle. Remember that prepaid cards or cash are not accepted for bookings either. 

Is it possible to hire a car one-way in Ireland?

This is usually possible, but it depends on the rental company and may incur an additional fee.

Which sights and/or cities are must-sees in Ireland?

Begin your journey in the capital city of Dublin, take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse and snap a picture of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Head up the coast to view a performance at Belfast’s Grand Opera House before driving west to the picturesque Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Finish up your trip in Limerick, and visit the historic Hunt Museum and feel the music at the University Concert Hall. If you're an active nature lover, the beautiful scenery of Wild Atlantic Way has plenty to offer you, including whale watching, horse riding, and cliff top walks. It takes under seven hours to drive from the most northern point of Ireland to the most southern, so renting a car is the most efficient way to take in all the sights of the island of Ireland.

What is a good road trip in Ireland?

If you're flying in to Dublin airport, a road trip to south west Ireland will allow you to see the country's culture, history, and countryside, all from the comfort of your rental car. From Ireland's capital city, head down to Wicklow, known as the 'Garden of Ireland', before continuing south to Kilkenny, a small medieval city full of traditional pubs. From Kilkenny, you could head south to Waterford or south east to pass through Cork on your way to Killarney, where you can end your road trip in this town of County Kerry, where you'll enjoy some of the Emerald Isle's most iconic scenery. 

Traffic tips to keep you safe

If you normally drive an automatic, ensure that you specify automatic when making your car rental reservation. If you're in Dublin, be careful where you decide to park and check the nearby signs for restrictions, to avoid being clamped or having your rental impounded. If you rent in the Republic of Ireland, your speed will be displayed in km per hour. In Northern Ireland, however, speed is still measured in miles per hour.

Don’t spend all your cash making your way around the attractions of the Emerald Isle by relying on public transportation and cabs, and book your rental car here on CarRentals.com. Whether it's a luxury car such as a Mercedes-Benz or a cheap compact vehicle to get you from Dublin Airport and back again, when you take advantage of prices this low for your own set of wheels, you’ll feel as lucky as the Irish.

Search 11 Ireland Car Rental Companies

Dollar car rental locations in Ireland

4 locations

Thrifty car rental locations in Ireland

5 locations

Enterprise car rental locations in Ireland

24 locations

Budget car rental locations in Ireland

17 locations

Avis car rental locations in Ireland

28 locations

National car rental locations in Ireland

19 locations

Alamo car rental locations in Ireland

27 locations

Hertz car rental locations in Ireland

11 locations

ACE car rental locations in Ireland

4 locations

Sixt car rental locations in Ireland

10 locations

Payless car rental locations in Ireland

3 locations