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Dublin has a great public transport network, but you'll need your own wheels to explore the fabulous surrounding countryside if you’re heading over. Hire a car for easy access to the dramatic Wicklow Mountains, the stunning east coast, The Burren, Galway Bay and Belfast – some of Ireland's best-loved visitor destinations.

Language: English | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr 15 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Dublin?

The minimum age for car hire in Dublin is 21 years old, but be aware that many rental companies set a minimum age of 23 or 25. It’s likely you’ll also have to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’ if you’re under 25.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Dublin?

You will need a valid driving licence that you have held for at least a year, proof of ID, such as a passport or ID card, proof of age, and a credit or debit card. UK drivers may also need a DVLA licence check code – ask your car hire company.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Dublin?

No, you don’t need car hire excess insurance in Dublin, but without it, you could find yourself up to €2,000 out of pocket if you damage the car. Excess cover at the rental desk can be expensive, so a cheaper option is to buy a standalone third-party excess policy beforehand.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Dublin?

Many car hire companies in Dublin accept Visa and Master Card debit cards as long as you have enough funds for the deposit. However, some do require a credit card. Check with your provider for specific terms and conditions.

Which rental companies are available at Dublin Airport?

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Carhire, Dollar, Dooley Car Hire, Easirent, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty all have rental desks at Dublin Airport. Keep in mind that there are two terminals here, so be sure to check where your company is located.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Dublin?

It’s usually cheaper to rent a car off site in Dublin as airport taxes and convenience fees can drive the cost up. However, you can still find a bargain on your car hire when you compare online in advance, so it’s worth doing a little research.

Can you rent a car in Dublin and drop it off in another city?

Absolutely. Many car hire companies in Dublin allow you to drop off your vehicle elsewhere – it’s called a one-way hire. But be aware that this usually comes with additional fees or a higher base rate.

Can you rent a car the same day in Dublin?

Yes, same-day car hire is available in Dublin. It’s worth comparing online prices beforehand as you may still find a cheaper deal than if you went straight to the rental desk. Be aware that rental offices aren’t open 24/7—even in airports, so check opening times in advance.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Dublin?

Yes. The minimum age to rent a car in Dublin is 21, but you will usually have to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’ if you’re under 25. It’s important to put your age in correctly when comparing online as some companies set their own minimum age, usually at 23 or 25 years old.

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