Car Hire in Dublin
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to hire a car in Dublin
Major car rental companies in Dublin, Ireland include CarHire.ie, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Alamo, E-Z Rent-A-Car, National, and Celtic Car Rental. These providers have pick-up sites in major tourist destinations especially at the Dublin Airport, Dublin Boulevard, Sawmill Road, Dublin City Center, and Dublin North. Most of these car rental companies offer manual and automatic vehicles from small cars to luxury vehicles and vans. Automatic cars are more in demand in terms of car rental in Dublin so travellers are advised to book in advance if they will be availing an automatic car. Note that automatic cars cost higher than manual ones.
What to expect when hiring a car from Dublin
For visitors planning to drive around Dublin, you are advised not to drive all day as roads especially those near the city centre could be really congested during the morning and afternoon rush hours. The city also follows a strict one-way system for vehicles which could get confusing and difficult for motorists to reach the centre of the city. Aside for regular lanes, there are also designated lanes for buses, taxis, and pedal cycles. Once private vehicles or cars take these lanes, they could be fined though there are specific times when they are allowed to utilise these lanes. Parking in Dublin could also be a great challenge as most parking areas are always full. It would be better to research in advance about alternative parking areas and spaces where you leave your vehicle. When driving around Dublin, it is also advised to avoid going to the core of the city centre but instead utilise the “Inner Orbital Route” and the “Outer Orbital Routes”. One can also completely avoid the city centre by taking the M50 bypass, Port Tunnel, and East Link Bridge.
Getting to your destination
The capital city of Ireland is known for its numerous tourist spots and vibrant night life. With car rentals, you can reach the attractions in Dublin in your own schedule and in your own terms.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
This place of worship has been a famous dwelling for many Christians for more than 800 years. The place records about 500,000 visitors annually who have certainly been awed by the great architecture and design of the cathedral.
From the city centre, drive to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral via R108 or via Parnell St. At a distance of about three kilometres, the drive will take approximately 12-13 minutes.
This urban park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe where you can see large grassland areas and avenue lined up with trees.
For visitors wanting to reach the park, it is an easy 20-minute drive from Dublin city centre via N Circular Rd/R101 and Chesterfield Ave. Take note that this route has restricted usage or private roads.
Old Jameson Distillery
This tourist attraction has been a popular destination since it opened its doors in 1997.
From the Dublin city centre, drivers can take R108 or Parnell St when to reach this destination. At a distance of approximately two kilometres, the drive will take about eight minutes.