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Driving Information in Ireland

Driving Licence Requirements

To hire a car in Ireland, you must be at least 25 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 2 years.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum Ireland age restriction is 25 years, but can vary between the car hire company. Drivers aged 25 and under and over the age of 70 may incur an additional fee locally. There is a maximum age of 75 to rent a vehicle in Cork and other Irish destinations.

Driving Distances

  • Cork to Dublin - 252kms (2hours/30mins)

  • Donegal to Galway - 203kms (2hours/55mins)

  • Knock to Shannon - 139kms (1hour/50mins)

  • Limerick to Killarney - 110kms (1hour/35mins)

  • Rosslare to Dublin - 162kms (2hours/10mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

Ireland road rules are the same as those in Britain. Most petrol stations are open from 7.00am to 7.00pm. There are petrol stations open 24 hours in some major cities.


In Ireland, toll payment is required in the following roads: M1, M4, East Link Bridge and West Link Bridge. Ireland Toll amounts are dependent on the vehicle category and can range from €1 to €6 approximately.


For parking in Ireland you will find that most cities have metres or pay-and-display parking. You will need to buy a ticket for a specific amount of time and display it on your windshield. Parking where there is a double yellow line is prohibited.

One-Way Car Hire

Domestic one-way rentals are unrestricted and typically free of charge, exceptions do apply. The only international one-way rental available is to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Additional fees may apply and not all vehicles are available. It is always best to check the Terms and Conditions of your booking. If you have any questions you can call us on 0800 358 1229.

With your car hire in Dublin and any other cities, it is important that you have looked through some of these Ireland road rules and information about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.


Dublin car hire starting at ú5 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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