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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.