Car Hire at Dublin Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Whether you’re planning a party holiday in Dublin or a relaxing family break in the wilds of Ireland, you can find the best car hire at Dublin Airport with Skyscanner.
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There are five car hire companies with desks at Dublin Airport: Budget, Irish Car Rentals, Europecar, Sixt and Enterprise. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car. Alternatively, Hertz, Budget, Nova and Atlas also have branches it the local area.
Petrol stations near Dublin Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Thankfully, it is easy to fill up your hire car before taking it back to the airport as there is a TOPAZ petrol station just 8 minutes by car, south of Dublin Airport. Simply get on to the R132/Sword’s Road from the airport. Turn right onto Lorcan Road then take the second exit at the roundabout.
Driving around Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads via its ringroad, the M50. This connects to the M1, M2, M4, M11 N81 and E01 which give access to the rest of Ireland. The ring road system has colour-coded signage in purple and blue. The M50 is Dublin's motorway, it connects to the M1 (to the north of Ireland and Belfast) near Dublin airport and to the M11 (servicing Wicklow, Wexford and the South) south of the city. Be warned that crossing the river using the M50 entails crossing the Westlink Bridge which enforces a toll charge. The amount depends on the vehicle used. This toll cannot be paid at the booths and must be pre-paid via phone, internet or from a shop. The toll can be paid up to 8pm on the following day.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Dublin Airport.
Known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ Wicklow is a pretty town set between mountainous and sea. Exploring waterfalls, kayaking windswept coasts and country walks are rewarded with warm local hospitality.
Wicklow is just an hour drive south of Dublin Airport but note that it does involve a toll road. Get onto the M50 from Swords Road, and follow for 5km. Et onto the N11 and continue for just over 40km. Follow signs for the M11, exiting the M11 at exit 16 and on to the R750 to Wicklow. Parking is available at the national park and at local accommodation. Most parking is free.
The elegant yet sleepy Georgian town of Port Laoise with its charming cobbled street and cosy cafes is also the place for horse-riding, hiking, golf and fishing, all to a backdrop of lush rolling hills.
Spirited Dublin has a legendary nightlife filled with live music and traditional bands but it also boats a stunning literary heritage, Guinness factories, arts and culture , incredible shopping and both hearty and modern cuisine. Check out our Dublin City Guide for more ideas.
From Dublin Airport, take the Sword’s Road and follow it to the M1. Then take the M50 to East Wall Road and continue on to the R801 or O’Connell Street which takes you into Dublin. Note that the M50 is toll road. Parking in Dublin City Centre is very limited, particularly on the street. It is best to leave your car in a Park and Ride station. There is one off junction 15 of the M50 on Blackthorn Road and one on Bray Road. Tariffs range from €2-€4* and include the use of public transport. If you decide to drive into the city centre, there are a range of car parks available. Dublin City Centre has sign posts around the city with directions and space availability for all major car parks. Pay and Display on-street parking has a maximum stay of three hours. Some hotels in Dublin have car parking; some free, some at a cost.
Prices subject to change