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Car Rental - Ireland/Belfast UK

I am doing a 14 day trip Ireland /Uk - hoping with a car ! Does anyone have any itineraries or ideas you can share on car rental ? thank you !

Posted by
3966 posts

Have you checked what it would cost to rent a car for 14 days?

Posted by
427 posts

Don’t know your timing but rental cars are insanely expensive right now. I used autoeurope.ie for a 2019 rental, the actual rental company was Enterprise. Some things to consider:
1. Automatic or manual transmission? Manual will be much cheaper but most people opt for an automatic since you will be driving on a different side of the road and different side of the car than you are used to.
2. If you pickup in the republic, make sure your rental can be taken into Northern Ireland. Some rental companies charge extra for this..
3. Plan to pickup and drop off in the same country. You will likely incur a hefty one way charge if you pickup in Dublin and drop off in Belfast, for example
4. Petrol is much more expensive than in the US. We paid the equivalent of $8 /gallon last month in England.
5. Rent the smallest car you can that will hold your passengers and luggage. Roads in Ireland are narrow with no shoulders in many places.

Having a car is well worth it and the best way to see both Ireland and NI.

Posted by
679 posts

I just booked a car for 15 days in Ireland this September (not counting Dublin, where we will not need one). $2050 from AutoEurope, with the zero-pay maximum insurance. Expensive, but our planned itinerary would be really difficult or (more likely) impossible without a car. We're picking up and dropping off at the Dublin airport, so our driver (that would be me) does not have to negotiate city streets to get to a major road out of town. Wife and I are really looking forward to European travel after sitting on our hands for two+ years.

Edit: Zero-pay insurance if you damage the vehicle, but the insurance is not free :-)

Posted by
7116 posts

Please answer a few questions:

When is this trip?

What are your interests?

Have you gotten the RS Guidebook to Ireland?

Can you drive a stick shift?

Will you stay in hotels or BnB’s?

Lastly you have posted in the Review forum. You’d get more responses if you posted in the Ireland Forum.