Car Hire in Ireland
Car Rental FAQs
What do I need to hire a car with Enterprise?
The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are:
- a valid drivers licence
- valid ID
- a credit or debit card.
You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers.
Can I hire a car with a debit card?
We accept all major debit cards except for Maestro, Electron, Solo and pre-paid cards. To hire our 4x4s and premium vehicles, we require a credit card. All cards MUST have the main driver's name on it.
How much does it cost to rent a car?
Our prices may vary because car hire prices are based on various factors such as, vehicle size, seasonality, length of rental, vehicle make, availability and location. Customers are advised to start the booking process to determine the exact price.
Can I modify, extend, or cancel my reservation?
You can modify or cancel your reservation via our website or mobile app. If you prepaid your booking and you cancel 3 days or more before your specified pick up time you will receive a full refund of the total amount. To extend your car rental, you can click “Call to Extend Your Rental” in our mobile app. You can also call your rental branch or 0800 800 227 to extend your reservation.
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Rural Ireland is filled with fairy-tale scenery, seemingly untouched by urbanisation, but its cities also offer unique experiences. With rolling fields of grass and sheep, jagged cliffs adorned with over 30,000 castle ruins and colourful coastal villages, the countryside is a unique drive you will never forget. Whether you plan to drive on the breath-taking Ring of Kerry or decide to drive to the Wicklow Mountains from Dublin, an Enterprise rental car is the ultimate way to experience what the ‘Emerald Isle’ has to offer. With branches in the capital Dublin, Ireland’s main airports, the port city of Cork and many more, we are here to help you rent a car no matter where your Ireland travels start or end.
A Wide Range of Vehicles for Hire
Whether you are planning a family road-trip along the coast or simply need a nifty city car, we are here to find the ideal rental car for your stay in Ireland. If you are after minibus hire to fit nine people or a simple four-door hatchback, our fleet is here to accommodate any of your requirements. Our vehicles come with either petrol, diesel or hybrid engines, with a choice of manual or automatic in some. Our fleet features the latest vehicle models, which are well maintained to ensure you enjoy your driving experience.
We provide additional equipment such as child seats and boosters, GPS or extra drivers on request. Get a quote above or look at our fleet page to explore what vehicles we can offer you during your stay in Ireland.
Are you after Van Hire in Ireland?
If you need extra cargo space when in Ireland, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car van hire is an ideal solution. Whether you are tackling a house-move, transporting furniture or simply need space for equipment during your travels, we have vans to cater to your needs. Our vans range from small and short wheelbase vans, all the way to Luton cab vans. Have a look at our van fleet with the latest models on offer, and pre-book one for your haulage in Ireland.
Cheap Car Hire in Ireland
If you are after cheap car hire for your trip to Ireland, look no further! With over 20 million happy customers every year, we always try to work around your specific needs and your budget. Thanks to our clear pricing, transparency on extra charges and our high customer satisfaction, we are a Which? Recommended Provider. If you want to gain even more out of renting with us, you should join the Enterprise Plus loyalty membership scheme and earn points that can redeem you free rental days. To see our current best offers, visit the deals page and see how you can save with us on your rental and more.
Airport Car Hire in Ireland
Our branches cover Ireland’s main airports. You are likely to fly into the capital city’s Dublin airport, but you can also find us in Cork Airport in the south, the north-western Donegal Airport known for its scenic landing approach, Shannon Airport in the west and Kerry Airport in the south-west.
We understand that some flights are outside of normal business hours, so our pick-up and return times are flexible. If you want to return your rental earlier outside of our opening times or you want to return the car to a different branch, our helpful staff will provide you with all the necessary information.
At Enterprise, we understand our customers need flexibility when hiring a car or van. To ensure you recieve the best experience, we offer a number of car rental services that would help meet customer needs.
One Way Car Hire
Free Pick Up and Drop Off Service
Long Term Car Hire Service
Grab a pint of Guinness in Dublin
The Emerald Isle, as it is sometimes known, has a myriad of locations and plenty of things to do for all. If you are after untainted nature and breath-taking scenery, you can enjoy scenic routes along the coastlines, but if you want to experience a true Irish pub and have a pint of Guinness, you can stop-off in lively Dublin and visit the Guinness Storehouse. After experiencing the Irish capital, take a short one-hour drive down to Wicklow Mountains National Park for a hike.
Venture down the Wild Atlantic Way
The North of Ireland is home to Glenveagh National Park, a forested mountain range with plenty of Loughs (lakes) and a castled mansion to visit. The park is a short drive away from Donegal, which is home to the restored Donegal Castle. You can start the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ scenic drive in County Donegal – a route full of breath-taking views and unforgettable roads. If you follow the drive into the County of Mayo, it’s worth stopping in the Céide Fields, which is home to Stone Age structures and tombs.
Stand over the Cliffs of Moher
In the West of Ireland, you can visit the medieval city of Galway. From there, you can take a ferry to the secluded Aran Islands where you can visit the 1100 B.C. fort of Dún Aonghasa, or witness the natural rectangular Wormhole rock pool. The Cliffs of Moher are also a short drive south from Galway and they are one of the most iconic sights of the Island.
See Luke Skywalker’s island
In the South of the country, you can drive on the scenic Ring of Kerry, which is filled with rugged coastal landscapes and traditional villages, or you can visit the famous Star Wars filming location on Skellig Michael. The County of Cork is also a must-see, if not just to visit Cobh – the last port RMS Titanic left before its tragic sinking. Thanks to an Enterprise rental car, you will be able to experience the less accessible parts of the Emerald Isle and create unforgettable memories.
When driving in Ireland, there a few key things to remember:
- Ireland drives on the left, like the rest of the British Isles.
- Unless specified otherwise, the speed limit in cities and built-up areas is 50km/h, 80km/h on Regional roads labelled with R, 100km/h on National roads (designated with N) and 120km/h on motorways.
- Some roads in Ireland have tolls and most of those do not take cards, so make sure you have some spare change in Euros to pay with.
- Dublin’s M50 orbital motorway is a great way to avoid the busy city roads, although during peak hours allow extra time due to possible traffic. The M50 has speed limits ranging from 120km/h to 80km/h in the Airport Motorway-Port Tunnel section.
- Rural coastal roads and some in-land roads can get very tight and often have stone walls on each side, so be wary of oncoming traffic on tight turns where visibility is obstructed.
- If you use a GPS map or a mobile app that warns you of speed cameras, you must turn the function off due to such equipment being illegal in Ireland.
- In emergencies, dial 112 to contact the police, ambulance or fire services.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to hire a car with Enterprise?
The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are a valid drivers licence, valid ID, and a credit or debit card. You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers. Learn more about what you need when hiring here.
- Do I need insurance to rent a car or van?
No. At Enterprise you don't need to purchase insurance as we provide a damage waiver within the cost of your hire. You can, of course, take option to purchase additional protection products to reduce the excess further to give you complete peace of mind. Visit our car hire insurance page for further details.
- How old do I need to be to hire a car or van?
All drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. Only drivers over 30 years old may hire full-size MPVs, premium vehicles/exotic cars and Luton vans. Younger drivers might be interested in Enterprise Car Club. Learn more about age requirements for hiring a vehicle here.
- What are the driver's licence requirements for car hire in the UK & Ireland?
All drivers must present a full valid driving license. If the driving license is written in a language and characters different to those of the country of rental, an International Driving Permit is also required. Learn more about car hire driving licence requirements here.
- Can I hire a car with a debit card?
We accept payment by either a debit or credit card in the name of the renter. A credit card is required if you are renting a People Carrier, Compact Elite, SUV, Premium, Luxury or Executive vehicle. Learn more about our accepted card payment methods here.
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