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FAQ’s - renting a car in Ireland

Ireland Car Hire FAQ's


Please choose a category below:

> Before you Arrive 

Child Seats 

> On Arrival 

> M50 Toll Charges 

> Returning your Rental Car 

> Some Useful GPS co-ordinates 

> Rental Extensions 

> Post-Rental 


 Before you arrive

Remember to bring your driver’s licence and make sure it is valid – for rentals in Ireland you must have had your full licence for at least two years. UK licences come in two parts, both of these must be produced at the time of rental. Any subsequent calls to verify the licence will slow down the rental process considerably and possibly lead to administration fees.

Also have you booked your extras – if you need a child seat or GPS remember to pre-book online to save time, these can also be added at time of rental by asking the Hertz representative.


Child Seats

Child seats are mandatory by law in Ireland for children up to 12 years old (or 1.5 metres) while travelling in motor vehicles. Hertz offers forward facing safety seats for children from 9 months up, for all vehicle groups and from all locations without advance notice. 

Important: Parents of children younger than 9 months must bring their own rear facing infant seats as we do not supply.

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On Arrival

On arrival Please take the time to familiarise yourself with all vehicle controls and what fuel type the vehicle is, either Diesel or Un-Leaded Petrol. If you are unsure please ask a Hertz representative. Please note in Ireland Unleaded fuel is dispensed from the Green fuel pumps and Diesel fuel is dispensed from the Black fuel pumps.

Also check vehicle for pre-existing damage if any and make sure that this is noted on the Vehicle Pre-inspection Form before leaving the Hertz Car park. Additions cannot be made subsequent to the vehicle leaving the rental location.

In Ireland we drive on the left-hand side of the road, the opposite to Continental Europe & the US. Please make sure to be mindful at all times, especially at round-a-bouts, Junctions and exiting car parks.

Hertz Vehicles driven into Northern Ireland will be subject to a cross border fee of €30.00 and a drop off fee will apply to vehicles returned to a Hertz location in Northern Ireland.

Whilst driving in Ireland the Road signs & speed limits are in Kilometres in the Republic however are in Miles in Northern Ireland. Please be careful as there are limited border identifiers and you can easily cross from signage in Kilometres to Miles.

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M50 Toll Charges

Please remember that there is no need to pay the M50 Toll directly. All M50 Toll charges will be billed by Hertz to your credit card. All other toll charges should be paid by you as you pass through.

To request an invoice for M50 toll charges please email:

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Returning your Rental Car

Remember to check the vehicle fully on return and remove all your personal belongings, sunglasses, Camera etc.  Return the vehicle to the Hertz rental returns which may be different from where you collected the vehicle.

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Some Useful GPS co-ordinates:

Dublin Airport returns:

Lat. N53.42156623, Long. W6.22216702

Cork Airport returns:

Lat. N51.8480902, Long. W8.48175913

Shannon Airport returns:

Lat. N52.69261246, Long. W8.9246428

Dublin Downtown – South Circular Road:

Lat. N53.33100914, Long. W6.28079474

Kerry Airport returns:

Lat. N52.18184958, Long. W9.53372419

Knock Airport returns:

Lat. N53.91478186, Long. W8.81189346

Sligo Town Office:

Lat. N54.27182479, Long. W8.47768217

Belfast International Airport returns:

Lat. N54.66207008, Long. W6.21921122

Belfast City Airport returns:

Lat. N54.61598804, Long. W5.86935192

Derry Airport returns:

Lat. N55.03974751, Long. W7.15478718

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 Rental Extensions

Vehicles are rented on a 24 hour basis based on your time of collection. We extend a 29 minute grace period for return of your Hertz vehicle, after this extra rental days will be charged.

For rental extensions please call +353 (0)53 915 2564 or the local branch.

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If you need a copy of your receipt just go to 

If you have any further questions please e-mail us directly at or at the following telephone number:

Hertz Ireland Head Office

  • Phone Number…………...+353 (0)53 915 2500
  • Hours of Operation.. .. .. .. Mo-Fr 0900-1300 1400-1730 Sa-Su closed


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