Dublin Car Rental
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a motorist, Dublin can be quite conveniently explored in a rental car. There is a choice of international and local car rental companies - Nearly all offering car pick up and drop off both in the city centre and at the airport. You pretty much get a standard selection of makes and models available throughout Europe. Many car rental companies offer optional on-board GPS navigation systems. Please note that, compared to other main European tourist destinations, you may find car rental relatively expensive in Ireland. It is advisable to shop around and book in advance to get a competitive price.
Please remember to DRIVE ON THE LEFT and avoid the rush hour between 7:00-9:00 and 16:00-19:00. Dublin is well signposted, with most signage being bi-lingual Irish and English. Don't worry, the English version is usually displayed more prominently.
Age Of Driver
Conditions vary slightly between rental companies with regard to the age of the driver. Most car rental companies in Ireland specify a minimum age, some have a maximum age for drivers as well. Where available, this information ahs been added to the company profiles below. Generally speaking if you are younger than 25 or older than 69, you may need to shop around a bit for a rental.
To drive a rental car in Ireland, drivers must be in possession of a full, unendorsed driving licence which they have held for at least two years prior to the start of the rental period. The licence must have been issued by the country of your permanent residence. Holders of UK, US, Canadian, Australian and all EU member states do not need to supply an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you produce an IDP, you must also show your original domestic driving licence. UK residents with a photo card driving licence must show both parts of their current driving licence when picking up the car. Please note, that drivers must be in possession of their licence at all times when driving the rental car.
Dublin Car Hire Companies
Established in 1959, Argus Rent A Car is a family-run Irish company with office at Dublin Airport and on the Southside of the city. Argus' city location is at 59 Terenure Road East in Rathgar, Dublin 6, south of the Grand Canal.
An Irish Car Hire company established in 1989, Atlas Car Hire are a local Dublin car rental company. Atlas has offices at Dublin Airport and in the city centre, close to the River Liffey at Lombard Street, Dublin 2. Atlas requires drivers to be at least 25 years of age.
Avis maintains car hire office at Dublin Airport and on Dublin's Southside in Kilmainham. The Kilmainham office is a short walk away from Heuston train station and the Heuston stop on the Red Luas tram route.
Budget is one of the larger players in Ireland with a fleet of 4,000 cars. Budget has offices at Dublin Airport and on the Northside of the city. Budget's city location is in Drumcondra, north east of Parnell Square at 151 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. You will see the office on
the right hand side as you travel from the city centre. Budget requires drivers to be 23 or older to rent a car.
Murray's Europcar is Ireland's longest established car hire company and has been in business for more than 50 years. Europcar has offices at Dublin Airport and in the city centre at 1 Mark Street, Off Pearse Street Dublin 2.
Irish Car Rental
Irish Car Rental are the local agents for National and Alamo cars. The company has been in business for more than 25 years and operates a fleet of 2,500 vehicles. Irish Car Rentals maintain soffices at Dublin Airport and on the Southside at 7 Terenure Road East in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Irish Car Rental requires drivers to be at least 25 years of age.
Thrifty operates offices at Dublin Airport and in the city centre. Thrifty's city office is one of the most central car pick-up and drop-off locations, close to Trinity College and Pearse Street Dart station. When exiting the station turn right and cross Pearse Street. The Thrifty office is situated on your left hand side.
Car Rental Comparison Site
Why not let a price comparison site do the running around, compare prices and secure discounts on rental list prices for you? One such comparison site with a dedicated Irish web site is www.autoeurope.ie. Autoeurope scans Irish and international car hire companies for available rental deals on the dates and at the location you specify.