If your vacation is going to take place solely in Dublin, you may choose to walk or use public transportation. But if you want the freedom to properly explore the famous sites of Ireland, book a car and create your own dream road trip. You can travel from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast in just 3 hours. From there, head north to the harbor city of Galway, or go south to kiss the stone at Blarney Castle. The possibilities are limitless when you have a car, a map, and a spirit for adventure!
Can you drive in Ireland with a US driver's license?
Your US driver’s license allows you to drive in Ireland for up to a year, as long as it is valid at the time of your trip. Drivers must be 21 years old.
When you rent a car in Ireland, remember that you’ll be driving on the left side of the road, and you need to specify your preference between manual and automatic transmission. Be sure to select a car that you’ll enjoy and feel confident driving down winding Irish roads.
Renting a car in Dublin and driving to Northern Ireland
Whether you want to visit the lively city of Belfast, see the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, or check out the Titanic Museum, Northern Ireland is only a 2.5-hour drive from Dublin. Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland, while Northern Ireland is part of the UK. Bear in mind that you’ll be switching currencies, but the beauty of each remains equal!