Driving in Ireland

Driving in Ireland

In Ireland all traffic drives on the LEFT side of the Road. The same applies to Northern Ireland as well. Most visitors to Ireland arrive in either Shannon or Dublin Airport. Neither airport is located in a City Centre and when you collect your rental vehicle you will have ample time to "acclimatize" to driving conditions here before reaching some of the more built up areas.

In Ireland most cars are equipped with a Manual Transmission (Stick Shift). Automatic cars are available but are generally more expensive to rent. (You can specify which transmission you would prefer when making a quotation). If you are visiting us from the UK then many of our road signs, speed limits, road markings and roundabouts will be familiar to you. If you are visiting us from continental Europe or the USA then it may take you a little while to get used to our road layouts and driving on the "other" side of the road. Europcar Ireland supply an excellent Road Map with each of their rental cars which will help you navigate your way around our many wonderful towns, villages and visitor attractions.

Europcar Ireland will make every effort to assist you in having a pleasant and safe driving experience. It is our priority to provide safe road worthy vehicles for your stay in Ireland. We ask all our clients to drive carefully on our roads which are very often narrow. The number of cars has increased on Irish roads in the last few years and it is now more important than ever that all drivers abide by the rules of the road and take great care when driving.

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