Ireland Driving Information

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Ireland Car Rental Driving Information

Driving Overview

General Information
With a car rental arranged by Auto Europe in Ireland you will be able to explore and discover all the amazing sights that this remarkable island country has in store for you! Before you go, please read the important information below pertaining to renting and driving in Ireland.

Driving in IrelandRequirements
To rent a vehicle in Ireland through Auto Europe you must be 21 years old and have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years. A maximum rental age limit of 74 & 75 may apply depending on the supplier. If you are looking to rent a car under the age of 25 or if you are over the age of 70, you may be subject to an additional surcharge of $17-$25 CAD per day depending on the rental supplier. In the event you are traveling with children 4-12 years old or shorter then 150 cm they must be secured in a car seat or booster seat if traveling in the front seat. Any child under the age of 3 is required to sit in the back seat of the car and secured in a child seat at all times.

Speed Limits
The following speed limits apply in Ireland unless otherwise indicated by speed limit signs: city 50 km/h, regional/local roads 80 km/h, National roads 100 km/h and on Irish highways 120 km/h.

Rules of the Road
In Ireland vehicles must drive on the left side of the street and always pass on the right. On the spot fines can be given in the event you are caught speeding, talking on a cell phone or for parking offenses.

Gas & Diesel
Irish gas stations open at about 7am and close between 7 and 10 pm, however some stations are open 24hours. Most stations are self-service and credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country.

Tolls
When traveling in Ireland you will encounter tolls to use the East and West link Bridges located in Dublin and the M1 & M4 highways. Tolls ranges from about $2.25-14 CAD depending on the vehicle category you are driving.

Parking
In Ireland you will find that metered parking spots are popular along with pay by the hour parking garages. Parking discs are also frequently used, the can be purchased from disc machines in the area and discs are to be placed on the dashboard of the car

Insurance Information

Car Rental Insurance in IrelandGeneral Information
Car Rental Insurance is extremely important when renting a vehicle as requirements often change from country to country and is one of the most important things to learn about before renting a vehicle. When renting a vehicle in Ireland with Auto Europe your rental rate will automatically include all necessary insurances required by the country. Below we have gone into detail what insurance is required to be on your vehicle rental and what other options are available to your through Auto Europe and the local suppliers in Ireland.

Required Coverage
In Ireland it is required for all vehicle rentals to have third party liability insurance and fire insurance coverage. Third party liability also generally provides an unlimited amount of coverage to people and property outside of the rental vehicle that may be damage or injured because of the rental vehicle. Fire insurance with most suppliers will cover an unlimited amount in the event the vehicle is damage because of a fire. All of Auto Europe’s basic rental rates in Ireland are inclusive of these two forms of insurance.

Optional Coverage
In Ireland collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are option on car rentals. Auto Europe gives you the option to purchase these insurances ahead of time at an advance purchase discount by offering them on all inclusive rental rates in Ireland. If you decline the CDW and theft with Auto Europe and supplier locally in order to take advantage of coverage provided by your credit card please call your credit card company to learn the details of your coverage and to make sure they will cover a car rental that takes place in Ireland, as many credit card companies do not. CDW is available locally for approximately $25 to $35 CAD per day depending on what category you are renting. Theft is also offered locally and can cost about $10 to $15 CAD per day and can usually only be purchased in conjunction with CDW. CDW and theft will almost always have a deductible that you are responsible for in the event anything happens to the rental vehicle, in Ireland the amount of the deductible can range from $1,200 up to $3,500 CAD. Super CDW is an optional insurance that is usually offered locally at the rental counter to help reduce the amount of the deductible and it can cost $16 to $69 CAD per day depending on the car category. Personal accident is another insurance that many suppliers in Ireland offer locally at the rental counter for $9 to $13 CAD day that will provide death and disability coverage to the driver and passengers of the rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that optional insurances are available through select supplier only and the prices noted above can change without notice at anytime.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Rentals in Ireland that are booked through Auto Europe with some suppliers are permitted to travel to Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. Additional surcharges may apply to rentals being taken to the UK and Northern Ireland. Vehicles traveling to the United Kingdom are required to be return to Ireland and not all vehicles are permitted.

Rental Car Restrictions in IrelandRestricted Countries
Rentals commencing in Ireland arranged by Auto Europe are restricted from traveling to: Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria etc) and continental Europe.

One-Way Rentals
International one-ways are available to Northern Ireland only for an additional fee. Domestic one-ways are also offered most will incur additional surcharges. Not all vehicles are allowed and minimum rental lengths may apply.