Car Hire at Ireland West Airport Knock
This information is correct as of July 2015.
The province of Connacht in western Ireland is rich in natural attractions such as mountainous areas, a fjord, rivers and lakes, and Connemara National Park. Man-made attractions here are also equally remarkable, including the prehistoric forts in the Aran Islands. Within County Mayo, where Ireland West Airport Knock is located, are charming little towns and abundant, untouched wilderness that are worth a visit. Fly in here through Ireland West Airport Knock and make use of the available car rental services at the airport to discover more of County Mayo and Connacht.
Where to hire a car at Ireland West Airport Knock
Upon arriving at Ireland West Airport Knock, a number of car rental facilities inside the terminal building are waiting to provide you the best and most comprehensive service suitable whatever your travel needs might require. The car rental providers operating at the airport include Budget, Avis, Europcar, Carhire, Irish Car Rentals, and Hertz. Some of these internationally recognised car rental brands have agreements with certain airlines serving at the airport; make sure to enquire with your airline about this to get special rates. Car rental reservations with these companies may be made online or by phone. Advance booking may also get you discounts. Moreover, pre-booking car rental services means that you don’t have anything else to worry about when you arrive, as the rental vehicle is already waiting for you to continue onto your adventure in Ireland.
What to expect when hiring a car from Ireland West Airport Knock
Ireland West Airport Knock is located on the main N7 north—south road, 5.6 kilometres or 3.5 miles west of Charlestown in County Mayo, and 20 kilometres or 12.5 miles from the village of Knock. The airport is situated halfway between Galway and Sligo, near the junction with the N5 east—west Westport—Castlebar—Longford road.
The N17 road bypasses Knock village. When driving via this route, expect the southern part to be congested, as this section is currently the busiest single-carriageway inter-urban road in Ireland. The N5 road, meanwhile, crosses the N17 at an interchange near the airport. This national primary road is the main access route from Dublin to most of County Mayo. The N5 is County Mayo’s busiest road, although it has the lowest volumes along the Charlestown bypass.
Driving Ireland West Airport Knock
Aside from the N5 (Westport—Dublin) and N17 (County Mayo—Galway and Sligo), another national primary road that serve the county is the N26 road connecting Ballina with Dublin via the N5. Additionally, there are also some national secondary roads serving County Mayo, including the N58, N59, N60, N83, and N84. Take note that road signs in the Irish-speaking districts, including County Mayo, are written in Irish only.
In general, driving in Ireland is on the left hand side and yields to the right on roundabout. The speed limits vary and are properly signposted using the Metric system (kilometres). Speed limits on national primary routes and national secondary routes are 100 km/h, unless otherwise indicated. Renting a vehicle either with an automatic transmission or manual transmission has its own advantage. As most roads in Ireland are narrow, you can rent an automatic transmission model so you can focus more on the road rather than the machine. If you prefer a smaller vehicle, which better fits small roads and is fuel efficient, then a manual transmission model is ideal. Also note that Ireland has more roundabouts than many other countries, and navigating roundabouts can be easier with manual transmission vehicles.
Getting to your destination
County Mayo in Ireland consists of a number of beautiful towns, each with their own charm. Hop on to your rental car from Ireland West Airport Knock and discover the wonderful places and experiences that the county has to offer. Most of the sites of interest here are within Achill, Westport, and Louisburgh, among others.
Achill Island features a beautiful sandy beach known as Keel Bay, as well as other stunning beaches, making the island a popular holiday destination for many tourists. The island is connected to the mainland of western Ireland via a bridge at Achill Sound. From the airport, the drive towards Achill Island will take up to two hours, via N5, via N59, or via R319.
The town is famous for the mountain Croch Patrick, where both foreign and local tourists visit the town to climb the mountain. Westport is also home to a local zoo, as well as many old homes and buildings that date back to hundreds of years ago.
Westport is approximately 66-60 kilometres from Ireland West Airport Knock. This tourist town can be reached in approximately 48 minutes to one hour, via N5, via N60 and N5, or via N17 and N60.
This small town in County Mayo is the gateway to Clare Island and Inishturk. There are also beaches in Louisburgh, known for their cleanliness. The town also hosts a traditional music festival during the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
Approximately an hour and a half from Ireland West Airport Knock is Louisburgh. The town can be reached via N5 and R335, via R335, or via N17.