Dublin car hire

By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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Hiring a car in Dublin

Hiring a car isn't the best way to get around Dublin as parking is expensive and traffic can be manic, but if you don't mind these downsides, or need your own transport, you can easily arrange to have a car waiting for you at Dublin Airport. There are lots of car rental companies at the airport so shop around and make sure to read our money-saving guide on Car Hire. I recommend Irish Car Rentals (www.irishcarrentals.com), Thrifty (www.thrifty.ie/Dublin-Car-Rental), Enterprise (www.enterprise.ie) and Argus Rent A Car (www.argus-rentacar.com). Alternatively, use the booking widget above to compare prices.

Dublin is an extremely compact city with a reliable public transport system so taking both cost and time factors into account, coach, taxi and bike are great ways to get around, or remember the best mode of transport in Dublin - to walk. Most of my recommended Dublin hotels and Dublin cafés and restaurants are designed with this in mind for ease of travel. Read more on my How to get around Dublin page.

Some rules of car rental in Dublin

  • Drivers must have held a full driving license in their country of residence for at least two years.
  • Check that comprehensive insurance is included in the hire rate - better safe than sorry! 
  • There's a barrier free tolling system in place on the M50 motorway in Dublin so check in advance how this applies to your car hire charges.

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