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Car Hire to Visit Dublin

Situated on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is steeped in a rich history. Although it’s not clear when Dublin was originally settled, it was established by Celtic-speaking people in the 7th century AD and later became a Viking settlement.

The city grew rapidly in the 17th century to become the second largest city in the British Empire for a time. Dublin became the capital of Ireland with the 1922 partition of Ireland.

Dublin earned the UNESCO City of Literature designation in 2010 and is known as the home of talents such as Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Wilde.

Dublin boasts an impressive array of museums, from the National Museum of Ireland to the Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum Experience, so there’s sure to be one that piques your interest.

With a hire car at your disposal, a wealth of other destinations and points of interest are within your reach, including historic Cork, picturesque Kilkenny and even bustling Belfast.

How to Choose Your Dublin Airport Hire Car

For couples that want a car hire in Dublin to use within the city, a mini or compact model usually affords the best value. However, if there are more people in your travelling party, if you wish to go for longer road trips or if you’re bringing sporting equipment with you like golf clubs or camping gear, you may wish to opt for a vehicle that will provide more space and comfort.

At Dublin International Airport, you’ll find counters for most major car hire companies such as Europcar, Enterprise, Sixt, Alamo and Avis. They offer a full range of vehicle types, from minis and compacts to larger vans and SUVs. With the filter feature, you can compare the kinds of cars that most interest you to find the very best deal. For the best selection and to avoid disappointments during peak tourist periods, be sure to make your reservation early.

Car hire options with unlimited mileage will allow you to travel the distance you want, without worrying about extra mileage surcharges. You should note, however, that unlimited mileage offers don’t mean that you can necessarily take the car across borders. Check with your car hire company about cross-border restrictions.

Most car hires in Dublin have manual transmissions. If your preference is an automatic transmission, you should make your reservation early.

Plan Your Ideal Irish Road Trip from Dublin

After you’ve explored some of the top attractions that Dublin has to offer, such as the Guinness Storehouse, the museums and the Jameson Distillery, you can hit the road to find more Irish charm.

Dublin is the perfect starting point for a driving tour in a hire car. A few hours away is Cork, close to which you will find the sprawling and beautiful Blarney Estate where you can kiss the Blarney Stone. The landscaped grounds are lavish and it’s well worth spending some time strolling through them.

Killarney, 186 miles southwest of Dublin, offers breathtaking scenery and natural beauty. While there, check out Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle and Killarney National Park.

Less than 2 hours away from Dublin is Belfast in Northern Ireland, where you can visit the Titanic Belfast Maritime Museum as well as a host of awe-inspiring cathedrals. You can also drive along the Causeway Coast to see the impressive rock formations of Giant’s Causeway.

If you're planning an excursion into Northern Ireland, check with your car hire company that you're authorised to cross the border and ask what, if any, additional charges will apply.

Dublin Car Hire Questions Answered

Do I need an international driving licence?

Drivers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and EU countries do not require an International Driving Permit in Ireland. Drivers should be aware that some roads in rural areas may be as much as much as 2 feet narrower than they are accustomed to at home.

How old do you need to be to hire a car in Dublin?

The minimum age is 21 and the maximum is 75. Drivers under 25 will pay an insurance surcharge of 25 Euros per day.

Should I return my vehicle with a full tank?

It’s generally advised to return your hire car with a full tank or at least the same amount of fuel as when you got it.

Where should I drop off my car hire in Dublin?

If you’ve flown into Dublin, then the airport is the most convenient place to drop off your hire car. You can also arrange for a one-way drop off, which often comes with an additional fee.

FAQs for car hire in Dublin

What’s the best price car rental in Dublin?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Dublin.

What’s the average car rental price in Dublin?

On average, car rentals in Dublin are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Dublin?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Dublin?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.