7 Tips for Renting a Car in Ireland (Beware #6)

    What to Know Before Renting a Car in Ireland   I knew I wanted to self drive part of our vacation to Ireland, but it took some convincing to get my mom on board. While we love travel and take quite a few trips internationally, we hardly do road trips. Ireland is one […]

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LizzieNovember 12, 2017 - 4:32 pm

Great post! I definitely agree, especially about getting a smallish car for Ireland. Those roads are so narrow!!!!

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DennieApril 18, 2018 - 10:39 am

Thanks for the tips about renting a car in Ireland. I just called my Mastercard and they stated that they offer full coverage and will be sending me documentation to bring along with me.

Unfortunately, I’ve read that there are some car companies in Ireland that may reject it still so you might have to go somewhere else which isn’t always an option if you’ve shopped around for a deal and especially if you have to get going.

SherApril 18, 2018 - 6:57 pm

Hi Dennie – Great! So glad you were able to use your Mastercard too. We used Hertz (it was the cheapest at the time we went) and while the counter guy was sketchy – he tried hard to upsell us – they did accept the letter and provide full coverage. Not sure about other car companies in Ireland but I’ve generally heard good things about Conns and Dooley’s, which seem like family run local businesses. Can try calling or emailing them to confirm?

DennieApril 23, 2018 - 11:03 am

Thanks for the heads up about Dooley. They seem to be the only car company which not only has a decent reputation but a glowing one in Ireland. I’m doing my research and it seems every other company there has a dozen or more horror stories/reviews attached to them.

Fabio M.May 9, 2018 - 8:16 am

Actually interesting finding these tips all together. Another thing I’d say is to be aware of aggregator websites that show you cars from other rentals at a cheaper price, offering their own insurance, because it looks frequent that when you reach the front desk they’ll tell you that insurance is not valid and you’ll need to pay for another one.

SherMay 9, 2018 - 2:05 pm

Hi Fabio – glad you found it helpful and thanks for the tip! Totally agree insurance is the tricky issue. We were lucky enough to do research before and find that our credit card fully covered the insurance. The salesman did try to trick us about adding on other things but accepted it!

JamesMay 25, 2018 - 11:55 am

Wow those pictures look INCREDIBLE! And of course, thanks for the great tips.

Pam RJuly 6, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Can I ask what credit card you used.

SherJuly 6, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Hi Pam – sure, we used the Citi AAdvantage mastercard. I’m not sure if the card is still around, but it’s super handy! no foreign transaction fees, earns American Airlines miles and it covered our rental insurance.

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KarlAugust 26, 2018 - 8:15 pm

You mentioned you’d recommend your credit card, but I didn’t see where it said which company you had your card with?

We are planning a family trip to Ireland next year, so should be interesting. (Definitely going to be spendy for a vehicle that holds all 6 of us.)

thanks for your article.

DennieAugust 27, 2018 - 9:42 am

Karl, I just came back from Ireland in June and I used SherSheGoes’s suggestions and my Capital One Mastercard which has a lot of travel coverage including rental car insurance.

Note: The car rental companies will charge you €30 for using your card’s coverage and if there is any damage they will charge you and leave it up to you to settle things with your credit card company. Also, expect another €40 in administrative fees and they’ll charge you for the full tank which you can settle up with them at the end. Our car’s full tank cost €74.

I’ve never paid more to rent a car than in Ireland but with that being said it was absolutely worth it and Ireland is beautiful and was made to be explored by car. Also, people are not joking when they say that the roads are narrow. We rented a Toyota Corolla which in the US is a small car but it felt very wide on small Irish roads which were barely wider than the width of the car. Try and get the smallest car that you can possibly manage.

SherAugust 28, 2018 - 5:10 pm

Hi Karl – Dennie was helpful to chime in! I used my Citi AAdvantage Mastercard, and have heard from others that recently Chase Sapphire provides Ireland car rental coverage (at the time of my trip, they did not). Best to call the number on the back of each of your credit cards and speak to customer service to confirm! Start with any Mastercards you may have – in my experience, Visa cards are a no-go for Ireland + Italy car rental protection.

What time of year are you all visiting? If you can, try to visit off season. We went in October and because it was past the peak season, our rental price was not bad. You just have to be OK with the temporary insurance hold, and bring an extra credit card that has no foreign fees for daily purchases. Might actually be better to rent 2 small cars for 6 people, since the roads are soooo narrow!

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Just tried the discount code for KnowRoaming and its expired. Thank you for all the good advice though :)

SherAugust 29, 2018 - 10:12 am

Hi Jeffery – Thanks for letting me know! Let me double check it..

MelodiSeptember 4, 2018 - 8:56 pm

Hi Sher,

Fantastic and extremely helpful post, thank you! I just had a questi on on the US pre-clearance at the airport when returning to the US. How, do you actually do it? Is there somewhere in the airport we need to complete this?

SherSeptember 4, 2018 - 9:09 pm

Hi Melodi, the Dublin airport has a separate section to guide you through pre clearance. You don’t have to do anything special – when you check in for your flight as usual, they will know by your ticket that you’re headed to the US so you just follow the airport signs for “US Pre Clearance”. It’s straightforward once you’re there! Basically, they just have you go through security twice and section off the room.

MelodiSeptember 5, 2018 - 7:49 am

Thank you so much for your quick response & all the info in your blogs, I’ve read then all.

JerrySeptember 25, 2018 - 12:39 pm

Excellent and very helpful info. Thanks so much! My wife and I are going over to Ireland for our 30th anniversary in 2 weeks. This info will be very helpful.
Thanks again
Jerry
Lunenburg Nova Scotia

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SlainteNovember 12, 2018 - 2:48 pm

Something that may be of benefit to people who will want to use the car hire cdw.

If booking from the US, rates quoted are exclusive of cdw (adding at counter is about €25/d) which still has a reduced deductible.
If you ring direct to a location, they can quote inclusive of cdw which will be cheaper than adding it in at the desk.

Larger vehicle’s have higher daily rates on insurance, so more to save if you need insurance ringing direct

Diesel comparing to unleaded fuel normally doubles your range per tank, dieselon average is 10c/ltr cheaper at the pump, so if driving alot it may be worth it.

And if your booking bigger cars/suv’s some cards do not cover them.

SherNovember 12, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Hi Dermot – appreciate your tips!

Yes, CDW is an extra cost on most quotes so it’s important to confirm how much the car will cost with CDW as well as the deductible cost. For us, we were able to benefit from our US credit card and waive insurance altogether, although I know not everyone can take advantage of this.

For diesel vs unleaded, we booked a small car with unleaded fuel. They did try to upsell us on diesel when we got to the car rental counter, but for our trip (1 week driving a full loop Dublin to Dublin), the fuel cost savings weren’t worth the cost of the upgrade. I’m sure it could be for those who need a bigger car!

JulieJanuary 3, 2019 - 8:16 am

With gas prices and the extra fees with the rental cars, would you say it’s still cheaper to drive yourself than take all the tours?

SherJanuary 3, 2019 - 10:26 am

Hi Julie – it depends! Tours are really convenient, because they take care of literally everything, but if you want to have the freedom to stop by the side of the road for photos, or linger in one spot and rush through others, you can’t do that, you have to stick to the schedule.

With rental cars, you have to be OK with the potential for damage, insurance, + driving on the left… but you get to explore a LOT more of Ireland and go off the beaten path. You can also stay overnight in cities besides Dublin!

As far as pricing, it depends what time of year you’re visiting and how long you have to spend. If you are visiting Ireland for 5 days or less, I’d say just fly in to Dublin, explore the capital and take day trips + tours. If you have 2 weeks or more, it’s probably cheaper and nicer to rent a car! So not a cut and dry answer, but I hope that helps!

DennieJanuary 3, 2019 - 11:06 am

Hi Julie,

My wife and I went to Ireland in May for about 10 days and we rented a car and highly recommend doing so because it’s a gorgeous country that is made for exploring.

We got to see Dublin, Kilkenny, New Ross, Hook Head lighthouse/peninsula, Kenmare, Ring of Kerry (and all sites along), Skellig Michael, Killarney (national park and all nearby areas of interest), Limerick and Cliffs of Moher. It was amazing and would not have been possible without a car.

You just have to be prepared to pay more for a rental car than you’ve probably ever paid before. Also, people are not kidding when they say get the smallest car possible. Even a compact Toyota Corolla seemed like a big car on many Irish roads.

SherJanuary 3, 2019 - 11:07 am

Hi Dennie – Thanks so much for chiming in and sharing your experience! :)

Lynette GardnerFebruary 16, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Hi Sher,
We have a trip planned in June to Ireland and Scotland. There will be 7 of us going (6 Adults, 1 child). I am seeing on here that everyone is recommending the smallest vehicle. Would it be better for us to rent 2 cars for our group? I would also like to know if anyone has any advice on taking/driving the rental car from Ireland to Scotland? We have a home of a friend that we are staying at in Ireland, so we have a base and will be doing trips from there. It is located in Enniscrone, and we are flying into Shannon. Would appreciate any advice from you and others on the best thing to do for rental cars.

SherFebruary 16, 2019 - 1:29 pm

Hi Lynette,

Hm.. With 7 people, you could do either a van or 2 cars. I would check rental rates to see the price difference. I do think a smaller car is much easier to navigate, because the roads are often very narrow, but you may be more comfortable with driving than we are and like traveling as a group.

We used Kerry Coaches on a different trip to Ireland, we had 7 of us + the driver and they have some really comfy vans. Nice seats, lots of room inside and mini tables. You can inquire with them, if you want to have everyone together and prefer not to drive at all.

I’m not 100% certain about crossing international borders. I would guess that it is not allowed or carries a very hefty fee, but double check with the company you are renting from. Especially with Brexit going on… it may be tricky.

ken prichardMarch 12, 2019 - 1:42 pm

don’t forget to pay your M50 tolls 3.10 euros at most gas stations or else the rental company will tack on additional fees to cover their fees to M50 toll road services… like 2.00 more each way!!! Hertz rent a car actually charges you directly when you bring the car back …it’s a little bit more than 3.10 not much more but you’ll feel secure known it’s paid and you don’t have to inconvenience yourself at gas stations here and there and most likely you’ll forget! and see it on your visa bill…

julieMarch 14, 2019 - 10:43 am

Very helpful post! Thank you! So which rental company did you use? We use the same card you use, AA MC, and have rented all over the world with it. and never get the insurance from the rental agency. Just need to figure out who to book thru that will accept that we ARE covered by our card and not force us to buy the damn scam insurance. Can any one give me suggestions? We’ve had a great experience with SIXT in Portugal, but their UK office is unable to give us quote without the CDW.

SherMarch 14, 2019 - 12:48 pm

Hi Julia – I think we used Hertz. We got price quotes from all the car rental companies online and just went with the least expensive really. Just make sure to call the customer service # for your cc, verify that they cover Ireland and get the document in writing so you can present it at the car rental counter.

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Sean RigganApril 8, 2019 - 2:04 am

We’re getting ready to go to Ireland next month (Late May 2019). Any recommendations for specific car rental companies to use (or avoid)? Have you ever considered “Turo”? As I’ve researched the specifics of renting a (5-7 passenger) car in Ireland, I’m getting the sense that it’s something of a free for all/cash grab. Am worried about having a reservation ahead of time, and then arriving to find that the rental deal/contract isn’t as represented (and as a foreigner, not sure what recourse is available while standing in an airport…)
This is definitely different that renting a car back in the USA!
Thank you!
Sean R.

SherApril 8, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Hi Sean – I don’t have a recommendation for a company in particular (I used Hertz and I see lots of people recommend a local company called Conn’s). I just went with what was cheapest.

Rates depend on the season so yes in peak season things will definitely be more expensive. Have you looked into 2 small cars? That could be a lot more affordable and easier to navigate since the roads in Ireland are SO narrow compared to the US.

For us, picking up the car was an experience. They heavily tried to upsell us, you just have to come prepared (if you have your own insurance via a credit card) and stay firm. Read all the fine print and it should be ok.

For drop off, we had trouble finding the right place since it was different from the pick up (at dublin airport). But the actual drop off process was straightforward and we didn’t have any issues. I have heard some people get charged for dings and damage, so you could protect yourself by taking photos of existing damage at pick and/or taking a video of the car when you drop off.

Have a great time!

ShayApril 12, 2019 - 2:20 pm

Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me how toll roads work with a rental car. Are we allowed to use them? A few of the roads we will be traveling on have tolls and the ones without are like 45 mins to an hour longer.

SherApril 12, 2019 - 3:06 pm

Hi Shay.

Sure! Double check with the company you’re renting from, but our experience was that generally the renter is responsible for all toll payments. Make sure to have cash on you for the toll, since we found that not all of Ireland’s toll booths will accept credit cards.

There’s one specific toll that’s different. Between Junction 6 and Junction 7 on the Dublin M50 motorway (its the main highway that surrounds Dublin and you’ll drive through it if picking up or dropping off at the airport), there is no toll barrier or tolling booth so no cash payment. The car license plate is photographed and billed as you drive on the road (you’ll see a giant purple sign).

Depending on what agency you rent with, they may pay the M50 toll upfront, or tell you that you are responsible for paying it. Our rental companies paid it upfront and added the toll charge to our final bill without any extra fees.

It’s easier if the car rental company has registered the car for the toll and pays it directly. If they expect you to pay it, you create an account on eFlow and pay the fine online. You have up until 8pm on the day after you passed through the toll in order to pay, before they assess hefty fines. You can check out the eFlow website for more info.

Ask your rental car company how they will handle the M50 toll. FYI – some will charge you not only the cost of the toll (~3 euro), but also an “administrative” fee that can be as high as high as 100% of the toll.

Hope that helps!

ChrisApril 17, 2019 - 2:39 pm

Hi there. I’m planning to rent a car for a trip to Ireland in June ’19. Every place I look tells me an International Driver’s Permit is required for drivers outside of the EU. May I ask when you took your trip? Perhaps the rules have changed since then. Also, current cost estimates through AutoEurope, including second driver fee and no deductible CDW, are looking like 500-600 USD. Does this sound reasonable? Low? High? We just don’t want too many surprises at the rental counter.

Thanks and great article!
– Chris

SherApril 18, 2019 - 12:41 am

Hi Chris! Hm, that’s really odd. Where did you read that you would need an International Driver’s Permit?

The rules haven’t changed. US citizens can drive in Ireland as a tourist for up to 12 months. I double checked the US embassy website here for confirmation but you can also call the rental company in Ireland to doubly confirm.

Auto Europe is great at aggregating prices, but try comparing the rental you’re looking at directly with the rental car company. It can sometimes be cheaper going direct.

It’s hard to say whether the price quoted to you is “fair” since it depends on so many things – the type of car + car size, duration, drop off + pick up, time of year, demand etc. I did find that Ireland rentals are pricey but for us, it was worth the cost after we planned our itinerary and weighed the pros and cons.

I’m not quite sure what you mean by “no deductible CDW” – do you mean you are including CDW in the quote, or that you plan to waive CDW and use your credit card’s coverage? You can save money on the car rental price if you have a credit card that will cover Ireland car rentals. That’s probably the main cost savings.. otherwise demand among tourists is pretty high from May – September, which keeps prices high.

I think you will have a great time regardless. Have a great trip!

PamApril 22, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Hi,
Is it possible to rent electric cars in Ireland?

SherApril 22, 2019 - 3:03 pm

Hi Pam, not sure but I don’t think so!

deanjApril 26, 2019 - 7:26 am

Hi,
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! :) I traveled to Ireland for almost three weeks and it was an awesome trip. I rented a car through Dooley car rentals and it was a very reasonable trip for me. The main reason for renting a car is freedom. You’ll be able to travel on your own schedule and at your own pace.

PatMay 3, 2019 - 10:10 am

Hi Sher,
I just found your blog, when I searched for “renting a car in Rreland” I went 2 years ago and got stung with paying for the car insurance, which doubled the price from 450 to $900 for a week. I followed your great advice, my Chase Freedom Visa card was covered, they forward you to the Benefits Administrator, who then provided me with an email stating the CDW coverage. You just saved me a lot of money on my upcoming trip. That’s a great blog you have, keep it up!
Cheers,
-Pat

SherMay 6, 2019 - 9:53 am

Hi Pat – I’m so glad my post was useful and that you had a great time in Ireland! And thanks so much for letting me know that the Chase Freedom now covers Irish car rentals. That’s amazing!

Dan DooleyJune 9, 2019 - 1:12 pm

There’s a new fuel in Ireland called gaoth. You can find it in most open spaces around the coastline and if you fill up you’ll get from Kerry to donegal on a full tank of the stuff. You just need the right vehicle, locals use tractors. 😜

Peter KarpJune 19, 2019 - 12:48 am

Sher,

My family is planning a trip in August to Ireland. We will be staying in Kenmare for three days and then heading to Galway. We want to rent a car and drive from Kenmare to Galway but the closest car rental location is Killarney. Do you know if car rental companies will drop off cars? Or if there is a rental agency in Kenmare? Thanks for your help.

Peter

SherJune 19, 2019 - 2:30 pm

Hi Peter! Hmm how are you getting to Kenmare? There should be car rentals at Kenmare airport. Some car companies will drop off cars but they’ll definitely be more expensive that way. Or if you’re flying in via Shannon Airport, you can rent a car from there.

AnyaJuly 17, 2019 - 9:43 pm

What was the total cost of the car rental process? Car rental costs including all additional fees? Cost of fuel and miles driven? Plus taxes?
I am currently planning my trip to Ireland, with my mom, for next March 2020. I’ve bookmarked your blogs and love all the helpful information.
I plan to make it a 3-4 day trip as we are also exploring Scotland, London, France and more on this trip.
Thanks

SherJuly 17, 2019 - 9:58 pm

Hi Anya! So glad you found my blog and that everything was helpful :)

Hm, I don’t remember the total cost offhand. Rental car costs in Ireland depend on so many factors – size of car, duration of rental, rental agency, the time of year you’re visiting, what city you’re picking up + dropping off in, etc – that our cost really wouldn’t help you estimate yours.

To get a rough estimate you can go to Auto Europe, plug in your travel criteria and get the car rental price.

Insurance is then extra. We used our credit card so insurance was basically free for us.

For gas costs, I put the per litre cost in the post. We did a circular around the Republic of Ireland in about 8 days, and I think we filled up the tank twice.

Hope that helps!

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DennieFebruary 4, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Thank you for putting this together. I am reading a few of your Ireland blogs in preparation for my next trip there in May. I used your Spain blog for a good deal of my itinerary last year.

Thanks again and happy travels!

SherFebruary 4, 2018 - 10:22 pm

Hi Dennie – thanks so much for commenting and letting me know!! So glad it was helpful. I loved Ireland even more than Spain so I think you’ll have a fantastic trip :)

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Thank you again for your great indepth and insight blog. I just came back from Ireland a few days ago and like you we loved Ireland more than Spain in many ways. What really helped was we had mild sunny weather and clear skies our entire trip.

We are probably heading to France next year so I’ll surely check your posts for insights and details.

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Hi Dennie – thanks so much for taking the time to comment – so glad you found the travel posts helpful! Ah, you’re lucky to have gotten such great weather in Ireland. Where in France will you be headed? I’m dying to visit the french countryside and small villages in the south someday!

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Yes!! Cape Town is so beautiful, I hope you get a chance to visit soon Catarina

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Ok I may exaggerate a bit IRL Dan… but Cape Town is worth the drive! :) I promise

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I’m heading to South Africa later this year and I am so excited to see the Cape Town Penguins! I’m also driving from Cape Town to Jo’Burg so hopefully I’ll see some of the amazing scenery from your photographs along the way!

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Awesome, have a great time Vicki! Just to clarify, the penguins straight south of Cape Town, so you’d prob go east from Jo’Burg to Cape Town, then down south to the peninsula. The penguins are adorable, you’re going to love it!

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This drive looks and sounds amazing. If we ever find ourselves in South Africa this is something we will definitely do. Thanks for sharing.

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Amazing photos, must be really nice destinations :)

SherMarch 20, 2016 - 12:06 pm

Thanks Jesper!

TanasiaMarch 31, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Had no idea there were penguins in Africa! Will definitely have to add Capetown to our list of places to visit.

SherMarch 31, 2016 - 7:27 pm

There are African penguins! They’re smaller than the antarctic ones and super cute! they were honking and splashing in the waves which was so fun to watch.

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alishaSeptember 3, 2016 - 11:16 pm

wow!!
this is so amazing :)
I am going here in a week !

Alisha

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AmandaJanuary 24, 2018 - 12:34 pm

Just curious how long this road trip takes. It looks amazing!

SherJanuary 24, 2018 - 12:38 pm

Hi Amanda – as I mentioned in the post the entire trip, with stops for photos and lunch, is approximately 6-8 hours. :)