Renting a car in Ireland

First trip to Ireland, could not travel for 14 years due to a car wreckso I am thrilled to go to Ireland! Now, Renting a cartell me the best way. Was thinking about taking the train form Dublin to Galway and renting thereand driving all around the west and south and eventually returning back to Dublin airportbut is it awful to drive to/from the airport. When we land in Dublinwe will stay in a family condo in Stillorgan Co (galloping Green)...and can anyone help with all the CDW/super CDW that we will be pressed to buy. We are good driversbut need help with a rental agency and a decent car for 2 fine women! Help me make this trip the best ever with great advice. Leaving for Ireland Mid September! Thanks to all!

Posted by Betsey
New England
269 posts

Hi Mary, I'm searching out info on the same topic. I put .. car ireland .. in the search box (upper right) and this thread from just last year is very helpful: http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/helpline/index.cfm/rurl/topic/79102/renting-a-car-in-ireland.html At this point, I am leaning toward Nancy from Bloomington's suggestion of Irish Car Rental, http://www.irishcarrentals.com/, along with Daniel's suggestion of insurance4carhire.com to cover the tires, unless my query to Irish Car Rental gives me info that their Super CDW is sufficient. Good luck with your research. Edit: I've discovered that some non-UK countries are covered by insurance4carhire.com, but not the USA, so I'm still working on tires/windshield thing. I can post again if/when I've a reply from Irish Car Rentals.

Posted by Marie
San Diego, CA, United States
857 posts

Driving to/from the Dublin airport is pretty easy - this is not Los Angeles or NYC. That said be prepared for both of you to have to pay for car insurance if both of you are driving. This goes for married couples as well. I'd advise the CDW - you'll be driving on the other side of the road and that's tiring in and of itself. The CDW insurance should also cover you if your rental is out of commission due to an accident (otherwise they can slap a big charge on your VISA or whatever). Yes CDW is expensive but not having to deal with the hassle factor with your own insurance company and credit card company upon return can save you days of time and paperwork. I have better things to do than spend a nano-second worrying about insurance when I soaking in the beauty of Ireland. FYI driving there is pretty uncongested and the distances, for an American, are short.

Posted by Dave
Ventura, CA, USA
160 posts

Mary, just a suggestion for you-after considering what driving in Ireland would be like, i.e. left hand side of the road, right hand drive vehicle, lots of roundabouts, and poorly marked country roads-I decided to rent a car with an automatic transmission. It cost another $80 or so total for the four days we are renting, but it made sense as a step to simplifying. Take the CDW.
We are picking up our car downtown up on our last day in Dublin and making a very strategic escape from the city, then driving across that day to Cliffs of Moher. We are really looking forward to that drive, and the opportunity to pull over and have a look around. We had considered the train across, but decided the flexibility would be fun.

Posted by Jeff
Bend, OR, United States
1145 posts

Having a GPS, either with the car or bringing your own will make things MUCH easier.

Posted by Frances
San Diego
588 posts

I used Dan Dooley car rental - picked up my car at the Dublin airport and after a week of use, returned it there. I did pay for the full insurance coverage - my credit cards do not cover
full coverage (no-deductible) car insurance in Ireland.

Posted by Mary
Charleston, SC, USA
3 posts

Has anyone been successful in the car rental in Irelandfor advance rentals? I want to try AAA and see if paying for the car before I go might be helpful and also having AAA advice me? Anyone else have any luck?

Posted by Rob
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
40 posts

Just to corroborate what so many have said, I would take the Damage Excess insurance. It really is just another name for deductible. You will find that the deductible amount if you have an accident is around 1200 Euros. We rented a Ford Focus and did not take the insurance as we were using our Visa and Visa advised me I had coverage. Driving into a parking lot in Derry there was a very impatient guy behind me and as I turned into the underground garage stall, I managed to put a small (6 inches long, 1/2 and inch wide) scratch in the front bumper. When we returned it I pointed it out to them. It was like the old Arlo Guthrie song Alice's Restaurant. We were shown to the group W bench where we waited for someone to access the damage. 1/2 an hour later and they decided they would put the full 1200 euro on my cc(about $1700 Canadian at the time). After about 6 weeks I got about $700 Canadian credited back, but there was no way it was $1000 damage, no way. So then I had to go after Visa for the other 1000. 3 months, copies of pictures of the damage, letters from the car rental company, just a huge hassle. When we go to Ireland again, or for that matter anywhere in Europe, I will absolutely take the Damage Excess insurance.