Car Hire in Dublin
This information is correct as of April 2015
Discover Dublin on your own schedule with a rental car. Whether you’re visiting the Irish capital for the first time and want to nip between sights quickly, or whether you live in the city and are planning an epic road trip around the Emerald Isle, you can rest assured of finding the best deals on car hire with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Dublin
If you’re flying to Dublin you can pick up your car at the airport. Car rental firms at Dublin Airport include Hertz, Budget, Avis, Europcar, and Dooley Car Rentals. Alternatively you can pick up your car once you arrive in the city. There are lots of brands to choose from in Central Dublin: for example Europcar, Atlas Car Hire, and Dooley Car Rentals all have a base near Trinity College, a short walk from the River Liffey.
Driving in Dublin
The heart of Dublin can be complicated to navigate if you’re not familiar with the city, thanks to the extensive one-way systems. It’s best to bring a map and a sat-nav to avoid getting lost. There’s a good network of bus lanes, which bicycles also use. Don’t be tempted to nip into the bus lane, or you will be fined. Dublin’s roads are very busy, especially during the morning and evening rush hours (8am-9:30am, 4:30pm-6pm).
The M50 ring road around Dublin is a barrier free toll road. Your car hire company should have installed an electronic tag in the vehicle, which pays the toll automatically. If not you will have to pay the toll online at eflow website to avoid facing a fine. It’s a good idea to confirm this with your car rental company before driving off.
Traffic in the Republic of Ireland sticks to the left, just like in the UK. Speed limits and distance markers are written in kilometres rather than miles, however, so make sure you’re not speeding.
Parking in Dublin
Pay and display parking bays in Dublin fall into four zones, based on demand. The highest demand parking spaces are bang smack in the city centre, and are charged at €2.90 (about £2.15) per hour. When you’re parking your car it’s important to check local signage: check the times of operation as well as maximum stay regulations to avoid being clamped.
If you can’t find an on-street space in the centre of town, don’t worry: there are plenty of multi-storey car parks. Q-Park have a large car park in the Docklands, about 15 minutes walk from Merrion Square. Apcoa run a large multi-storey car park on Jervis Street, perfect for an afternoon of shopping, and Park-Rite have a multi-storey car park on Drury Street, a short walk from Temple Bar.
Great day trips from Dublin
Go for a coastal walk along the cliffs, enjoy a seafood lunch on the harbour, and enjoy the relaxing ambience of the old town. The views from Howth’s Summit are incredible, with great views across the bay to Dublin city.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
One of Ireland’s six national parks, the Wicklow Mountains are known for their beautiful scenery and historic attractions. Drive through the Wicklow Gap, crossing the mountains from east to west. This route is one of Ireland’s most popular drives thanks to the spectacular scenery.
History buffs will love a trip to this famous Neolithic burial mount, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is older than the Pyramids. The tomb is thought to be a final resting place for the High Kings of Ireland, and the burial chamber has a small opening in the roof which allows a shaft of sunlight to fall into the tomb on the morning of the Winter Solstice.
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