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    Car Hire in Ireland - Save today and explore the country

    Whether you´re travelling cross-country for a business trip or you´d like to take a short break to the city or even the peaceful countryside, booking a car hire with Auto Europe optimises your travel experience. A car hire in Ireland would be the perfect way for you to discover more of Ireland´s treasures, both famous and hidden. Auto Europe is a world-renowned company with over 60 years of experience and 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations worldwide.

    Traffic Rules and Driving Tips

    • In Ireland and on its smaller surrounding islands, cars must drive on the left-hand side of the road at all times. Safe overtaking is carried out on the right.
    • There are road surveillance cameras on most highways, motorways and main roads, which means that road speed is strictly imposed.
    • Using a mobile phone while driving in Ireland is both illegal and unsafe, as is the use of portable hands-free kits. The legal use of wireless or Bluetooth headsets has been argued for and against, but it is not recommended. The road should take your full attention when you are behind the wheel.
    • It is important that the driver and passengers wear a seatbelt when the car is in motion.
    • The BAC or Blood Alcohol Concentration cap in Ireland is 0.05mg/ml or 0.02mg/ml for drivers who have held their licenses for two years or less. Auto Europe strongly recommends to all customers to drink responsibly and to avoid driving while affected by alcohol.
    • It is strongly advised to keep an eye on your fuel tank and fill it up regularly, especially whilst driving through rural areas. This is due to the scarcity of petrol stations on the country roads, as well as the fact that they are rarely open on a 24-hour basis. Don´t leave filling your tank to the last minute while driving your car hire in Ireland!
    • And finally, head over our dedicated page to learn even more about driving in Ireland.

    Road Tolls

    There are several toll roads in Ireland and most of them have booths where drivers can pay their tolls with cash. Dublin is circumnavigated by the M50 route, and it is the only route with barrier-free tolls. These tolls must be paid by 8pm on the following day that you use the road. If the payment isn´t made by this time, you are liable to a penalty of an additional fine. An extra fine is added after you pass through the toll camera for two weeks without paying your toll, and an even further toll is added after 56 days. In addition, you will be faced with legal penalties.

    Age Restrictions

    A person can drive a car in Ireland from as young as 17 years of age. To rent a car in Ireland you must be at least 21 years old. Drivers under 23 years of age are subject to a young driver fee. Additionally, the maximum legal age to drive a car in Ireland is 75 years old.


    The Euro is used throughout Ireland, and all major credit cards are accepted at most outlets, including shops, hotel and restaurants. Foreign currency such as the British Pound and the American Dollar are generally not accepted. 24-hour cash machines are available in larger urban areas like Dublin and Cork.

    Time Zone

    Ireland´s time zone is GMT+0 throughout the entire country. Daylight savings time is in operation from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in October, pushing the clocks forward by one hour.


    English is the most commonly spoken language throughout the country. There are, however, small villages where the native Irish Gaelic is still actively spoken. These areas are called the Gaeltacht, and are to be found in counties such as Donegal in the north, Galway in the west, and Kerry in the southwest of the island.


    In Ireland, the electrical voltage is 230 volts alternating at 50 cycles per second. The sockets used are the three-pronged G sockets, and this applies to the entire country, including the smaller islands.

    Contact Numbers

    If you find yourself in need of emergency services, call these numbers.
    This includes the Garda Siochana (police), ambulance, and fire brigade.
    911, 999, 112
    Use the prefix (01) when dialling a landline from your mobile phone
    Country Area Code: +353/00353

    Motorhome hire in Ireland

    You now also have the option of booking a motorhome with Auto Europe in Ireland! This way, you can have even more control over your itinerary, and take your time exploring wonderful destinations such as Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Sligo. Pick up your motorhome in Dublin and you're on your way to an unforgettable holiday!

    Useful Links

    Car Hire Dublin Airport

    Fleetguide Ireland

    Wikipedia - Ireland