About Ireland (IE)
The Republic of Ireland (Ireland / Eire ) is a European country and occupies the largest part of the Island of Ireland, the other part being Northern Ireland which lies in the United Kingdom.
Ireland is known for its rainy climate, but when the sun shines you will witness the most intense green fields and blue skies. From Dublin, the capital, one can undertake many day drives. Some of the best to consider are the Wicklow Mountains, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle & Cork, Kilkenny Castle & City, Giant's Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Belfast Day Trip & Titanic Experience, Connemara & Galway City and the town of Kerry.
Renting a car in Ireland is the only way to see the real Irish countryside. However, when driving in Dublin, you will encounter city traffic and parking is at a premium.
There are many new, fast motorways in Ireland, but the country is essentially rural and rural traffic is the norm. During harvest season one can often encounter large and slow farm machinery around every corner. And if that is not daunting enough you must be prepared for wildlife and domestic animals to suddenly cross the road. You might even come around a corner just to find cows or sheep resting in the middle of the road.
Ireland toll roads are worth the money, as in most cases it cuts down travel time significantly. But when travelling on the narrow and winding rural roads, it is recommended to let large vehicles pass - unless they are clearly stopping for you.
Choosing your car
The international car rental agencies in Ireland include the major brands such as Hertz, Alamo, Avis and Europcar. Whether you need a family sedan, SUV or minivan, our car hire booking portal makes it easy to choose from a selection of cars. You can also add extra benefits to your Irish car rental, such as a GPS or child seat. However, to ensure the best cheap car rental prices in Ireland, we recommend that you book online in advance and use our site to compare offers.
It is also important to read and understand the conditions of your car rental before signing.
Tips and advice
The traffic laws will differ slightly between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Road signs in Ireland can be a bit old-fashioned, so it might be best to use a GPS or you could easily end up on the wrong country road.
Place names are listed in both Irish and English, and the distances are given in kilometres and miles.
Generally, shops are open from Monday to Saturday and part of Sunday, closed on public holidays. Exact timings differ a lot, especially in rural areas.
In rural areas petrol stations can be few and far apart, and almost none of them offer a 24/7-service. Remember that not all fuel stations take cards, so best to keep some cash handy.
Get a Heritage Card for just €25. It provides free admission to all fee-paying state-managed heritage sites in Ireland, including castles and national parks, for one year.