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    Car hire in Ireland at the lowest prices

    Auto Europe is a leader in international travel with more than 60 years of experience. We proudly offer high-quality car rentals in over 20,000 convenient locations across the globe. Not only do we pride ourselves on providing some of the lowest prices on car hire available, we also maintain a commitment to providing the best possible customer experience. By collaborating with international and local suppliers, Auto Europe is able to give clients plenty of options through a wide selection of cars and locations. You will be able to choose the perfect automobile from dozens of available pick-up and drop-off locations in Ireland. Book your car hire in Ireland online today and save with our great deals in popular destinations, such as Dublin, Cork or Shannon.

    Ireland is a country where the ancient tradition meets modern times in an exciting environment. The country is growing increasingly popular not only with tourists but also with people from all over the world who are making Ireland their new home. Travellers to Ireland usually opt for a visit to Dublin and other cities. However, there is an abundance of historic heritage, ancient tales of the times long gone, myths and legends in more secluded parts of Ireland. Plan your trip ahead and spend some time exploring the Irish countryside with its castles, ruins, moors and coastal cliffs.

    Road Rules, Driving Information and Petrol Stations

    • In Ireland, cars drive on the left side of the road, and passing occurs on the right.
    • Road speed in Ireland is strictly enforced by road surveillance cameras.
    • Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving in Ireland is both dangerous and illegal. Portable hands-free kits are also illegal. The legality of wireless headsets, such as Bluetooth devices, is ambiguous.
    • The Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) legal limit in Ireland has been reduced to stay in line with European regulations. It is currently 0.05 mg/ml, or 0.02 mg/ml in the case of novice drivers and commercial drivers. We strongly recommend to our customers that they drink responsibly and avoid driving altogether while under the influence of alcohol.
    • On the rural roads of Ireland, petrol stations can be few and far between. They rarely operate on a 24/7 basis, so do not wait until the vehicle´s tank is nearly empty before seeking a petrol station.
    • The use of seat belts is mandatory for both the driver and any passengers.

    Must Do

    • Cork Jazz Festival: The cool festival of jazz music takes place once a year in late October in Cork. Also known as Guinness Cork Jazz, this is the country's best established and biggest jazz event which boasts some of the world's most famous jazz singers! This is a real treat for any music lover!
    • St. Patrick's Day Parades: No matter where in Ireland on March 17th you are, one thing is sure. You cannot miss St. Patrick's Day even if you do your best to do so. After all, why would you? Prepare for a boisterous celebration with green colour all around and be sure to order at least a pint of Guinness. A fun fact - there are over 13 million pints of the famous Irish Beer sold on Saint Patrick's Day!
    • Temple Bar: This may shake your expectations but Temple Bar is not (just) a bar but a whole lively area by the riverside and Dublin's nightlife heartbeat. Quirky arts & crafts shops and dozens of pubs line the cobbled street in the pedestrian zone. Head there for a night out in Dublin!
    • Black Pudding: We appreciate that this one may be fairly difficult. Not everyone's cup of tea, or in this case, a slice of black pudding, ranks high as a typical Irish staple eaten by many. The Irish version of black pudding is called Disheen and can be found almost everywhere.
    • Irish Whiskey Museum: If you thought it would get healthier after all that beer and black pudding, you are terribly wrong. The next must-visit place on our list is the Irish Whiskey Museum. Go back in time and find out everything you have always wanted to know about Irish whiskey. For a small additional fee, not only will you learn about the origins of the iconic drink, but you will also have an opportunity to taste it!
    • Killarney Christmas Market: Winter romance at its best - this would be the Christmas Market in Killarney in brief. Plan your visit in December and enjoy the dazzling Christmas lights, hot beverages and great holiday atmosphere in Killarney

    Road Trips in Ireland

    A road trip with a car hire in Ireland is an excellent way to see as much of the country as possible. You can tailor your journey according to your own taste to include nature, historic places or urban settlements. There are plenty of scenic routes across the island and we have picked several for you:

    • Omey Island: With a strong link to Irish tradition and culture, Conemara region is a steady keeper of Irish identity and home to fantastic seascapes. A particularly pretty tidal island makes an interesting destination for a one-day road trip at Conemara coast. Omey Island can be visited by car or on foot following the signs on the wide sandy strand. However, be extra careful and check tidal conditions before the trip because high tide water can easily cover the whole car. The granite island covered by sand looks simply magical. Although quite desolate, the island is still home to the ruins of St. Feichin Monastery and to only one all-year resident.
    • Ring of Kerry: Start your round road trip in Killarney and drive towards Gap of Dunloe, the famous mountain pass in Kerry County, for spectacular vistas. Expect woodlands, narrow passes and wonderful landscape throughout your trip. Continue driving westwards all the way to Skellig Ring where you can admire the breathtaking view of the scenic Skellig Michael island in the Atlantic. After a short stop, drive on towards Kenmare and on to Kerry.
    • Slea Head Drive: One of Ireland's most scenic drives will take you along the coast, through fishing villages, and past beehive huts built or rather carved into the hills and rocks for religious purposes a long time ago. Personalise your itinerary and choose several stops on the way.
    • Ancient East: A visit to Ireland would not be complete without spending some time in Ireland's Ancient East. This route is wrapped in legend and full of tales of old times, myths, and adventures from the past. Plan your trip according to your own taste and unlock the ancient secrets well-kept in Irish Ancient East!

    Age Requirements

    In Ireland, a person as young as 17 years of age can drive a car. However, in order to hire a car in Ireland, a person needs to be at least 21. Additionally, anyone under the age of 23 will most likely incur a young driver fee. The maximum age for driving your car rental in Ireland is 75. For more information about driving in Ireland, please see our driving in Ireland information guide at the bottom of the page.

    Tolls

    Ireland currently has eleven toll roads. The most convenient way of paying for tolls is signing up for a Toll Tag Account online. You could also pay using one of the Payzone Outlets or simply online. Failing to pay for using a toll road will incur a penalty.
    The route M50, which circumnavigates Dublin, is the only one with barrier-free tolls, which must be paid by 8pm the day after you use the road. If payment is not made by 8 pm of the next day, an additional fine is imposed. After two weeks of passing through the toll camera, there is a higher fine for the unpaid toll. After 56 days an additional fine is added and the driver is subject to further legal penalties. You will be able to pay your tolls and avoid penalties by using this website.

    History of Ireland

    It is estimated that the first settlers to inhabit Ireland were farmers in 4000 BC whose arrival and farming practices coincided with the new Stone Age. The next settlers and invaders were the Celts who arrived on the island from Europe in 300 BC. The Celtic warriors brought their language and customs along and imposed it onto the local population. The Celtic influence is still present and reflected in Irish myths, legends and the language.

    Saint Patrick was one of the first missionaries to come to Ireland in the fifth century. The autochthonous pagan religion was slowly cast out and Christianity established itself as the main religion with newly founded monasteries and educated scholars who studied Latin, Greek and theology. This also gave rise to the art of carving, calligraphy, working with metal which flourished throughout the country.

    Following the Viking invasion in the 8th and 9th century,the demographic image of Ireland changed as Vikings gradually moved to the island, mingled with the local population and settled in. Shortly after Vikings founded Dublin in 988, their influence was extremely diminished after their defeat by the High King of Ireland. The next era to come is the Norman Era in the 12th century noted for their construction skills still visible in the ruins of stone castles, fortifications, and churches in the Romanesque or later Gothic style. The Norman era is also known for the progress of commerce and agriculture in Ireland.

    The next period in Irish history marks the beginning of the upcoming religious and political conflict that went on for centuries. After Henry VIII was declared King of Ireland, the island saw a great influx of settlers from England and Scotland. The "plantation policy" ensured that Scottish and English colonists as well as the English Crown be given confiscated land previously owned by various Gaelic clans and Normans. What followed was a violent 17th century and the so called Penal Laws  which, strictly enforced at the beginning, denied Catholics certain rights such as to own any land that exceeded a certain value, to partake in certain occupations, or to attend some of the higher education institutions. This was the start of turbulent events between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland which continued until the end of the last century.

    Currency

    The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union and euro is used throughout the country as one and the main official currency. Foreign currency is generally not accepted. Visa and Mastercards are widely accepted at hotels, petrol stations, supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, and restaurants. Banks have currency exchange desks and are generally open from 10am until 4pm daily.

    Time Difference

    The time zone in Ireland is GMT+0, meaning that London and Ireland have the same time. Daylight savings time pushes the clock forward an hour and it occurs on the last weekend in March, continuing until the last weekend of October.

    Dictionary

    The Irish language belongs to Indo-European languages and is of Gaelic origin. There are currently around 70,000 native speakers who use it on a daily basis. The Irish language is constutional and it represents the official national language of the Republic of Ireland.

    Welcome - Fáilte
    Hello - Dia dhuit
    My name is - Is mise
    Do you speak English - An bhfuil Béarla agat?

    Electricity

    The electrical voltage in Ireland is the same as in the UK, 230 volts alternating at 50 cycles per second. The type G sockets are the same as the ones used in the UK.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    UK visitors do not need to carry visas to visit the Republic of Ireland, as it is a member of the European Union and allows freedom of movement for UK visitors. Here is the contact information for the British Embassy in Dublin.

    British Embassy in Dublin
    29 Merrion Street
    Ballsbridge Dublin 4
    Telephone: +353 1 205 3700

    Campervan hire in the Ireland

    The beauty of the Emerald Isle awaits to be discovered by you with a rented campervan from Auto Europe. Pick up your chosen vehicle in Dublin and explore the country from coast to coast! Don't miss such Irish gems as Limerick, Sligo and the Cliffs of Moher when planning your ultimate road trip itinerary .

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