Car hire in Ireland with SIXT

Discover the wonders of the Emerald Isle with your car hire in Ireland. We’re at various locations in Dublin alone, including at Dublin Airport as well as in the city centre. Find us also at the airport in Cork, the gastronomic capital of Ireland; or at the airport in Shannon, home to incredible historic sites and natural views; and we’re also there to welcome you at the beautiful coastal city of Dun Laoghaire. Make the best of our fleet of new and luxurious vehicles at affordable prices. If you’re staying in the city, our economy cars are the best option to navigate its narrow lanes and find convenient parking spaces. But if you’re planning on cross-country drives, our 4x4 will help you conquer any terrain. 

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SIXT's services in Ireland

When you hire a car in Ireland, you can choose from a broad range of vehicles and budgets and add bookable extras like sat nav and child seats. Browse our economy compact cars to our bigger 4x4s, MPVs and vans, including premium cars from top brands like BWM and Mercedes-Benz. We have attractive options tailored for the length of your car hire in Ireland. One of our most popular is the weekend rental, perfect for impromptu getaways. If you want a longer stay, we also offer weekly rental and long-term rental, so your hire car can adjust to your schedule, not the other way around. 

SIXT's services in Ireland

Good to know when you're visiting Ireland

Flexible Hiring Options

Cancellation is free any time up to the day of booking when you choose to ‘pay later’ as we understand journeys can deviate. 

Under 25 Car Hire

In Ireland the minimum age is 21 years old for standard, smaller vehicles, though be aware you must hold a valid licence for at least a year and charges apply. 

Driving Tips Ireland

Ireland has beautiful countrysides but that means small, narrow and winding roads so drive very carefully, and remember, always on the left!  

Driving Licence Requirements

UK driving licences are valid to use in Ireland along with licences from EU countries. Non-EU licences are accepted for up to a year in Ireland.


All tolls are automatically added to the vehicle on the M50 motorways only. If you pay a toll during your journey we will not be able to refund it. 

One-Way Car Hire

Select a different drop-off location while booking to check availability, please note that a small charge may incur.   

Best places to visit in Ireland

  • Dublin: Discover the capital’s historic city centre, home to a bustling nightlife full of restaurants, pubs, and cultural entertainment. Soak in the city’s architecture and visit Dublin’s Castle, Malahide Castle and Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral and take a tour and stop for a pint at Guinness Storehouse. 
  • Galway: This important port city located on the west coast of Ireland is a picturesque wonder full of beautiful historic architecture. Visit the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square to get a feel of medieval Galway. Enjoy its internationally famous pubs and enjoy the vibrant nightlife in Ireland’s unofficial pub capital. 
  • Limerick: If contact with nature is what you seek, enjoy Limerick’s great outdoor spaces and trails, such as the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail and the Great Southern Trail. For a relaxed afternoon, take the University of Limerick Riverbank Walk and behold Limerick’s historic city centre and beautiful sights. 


Nanette M.

I highly recommend Sixt car rental in South Dublin. The staff there is friendly and efficient. I was given a very nice upgrade. The ease of pick up and return was remarkable.


Wonderful car rental experience at Dublin Airport - Alex and Joe were top-notch.


The Sixt counter at the airport was empty (no line) and the agents there were very helpful in resolving my issue. I had reserved a vehicle for pick-up in Dublin city center but they were able to help me in doing the pick-up directly at the airport instead which was incredibly helpful as I did not intend to go there for my trip. My credit card provides primary coverage so I presented the letter from the company to decline CDW and had to do a 5000 euro pre-authorization hold on my credit card, which is a lot so definitely plan this in advance. Alex told me it would be cheaper to pay for fuel in advance as the company buys diesel in bulk (approx. 90 euro I think) and drop off the car near empty so I signed up for that, however I only ended up using 1/2 of the fuel. We then had to take a shuttle to their rental car lot to pick up the vehicle however those in a hurry can pay extra to pick it up at the airport terminal.


Ireland rental car prices for the summer are absolutely insane so we had booked a manual vehicle since we know how to drive it. However, I definitely underestimated how difficult driving a manual in this country would be for someone who normally drives an automatic on big and flat roads. You have to take into consideration that you are: Driving a manual reversed (from the right seat with your left hand) on the left side of the road on extremely narrow and steep roads in the country, and if in the city, in very crowded/congested streets with stop-and-go traffic. And you have to pay attention to the navigation and remember to exit to the left, go around round abouts on the left, etc. So all of this combined can be quite complicated and not very enjoyable while trying to relax on vacation.


Fortunately/Unfortunately, within minutes our vehicle had an internal mechanical issue where we almost got stranded on a round about because the clutch failed to engage. We had to call roadside assistance and waited 1.5 hrs for pick up to go back to the airport for a replacement vehicle. At this point, we missed a tour we had reserved but we decided we did not want to deal with any further complications from another manual vehicle and for peace of mind decided to pay extra for the automatic vehicle which was available. We were very happy that we opted for the automatic as it made things much less stressful and our vacation much more enjoyable.

Peter M.

Quick and nice service. Good prepared and good explained. Easy to find.

John F.

Faultless service. Can't praise highly enough.

Will definitely use Sixt again.

Steve M.

The counter agents were very helpful and pleasant. Picking up and dropping off the car was fairly simple. Our Peugeot Cleo was a great option for two guys and their luggage. Mileage was good too.

Antony M.

Seen the terrible reviews, but read what's expected and required and this company are brilliant, will use them again

Inder K.

“MORE THAN AWESOME” - needed a car for a day in Dublin on a short notice and the way Stephen made it work for us was just fantastic!!!!! Highly recommended!

Austin W.

Great service and friendly staff.

Patti D.


This is an overdue review, but I was traveling. In March, I hired a car from the Cork airport. I was dealing with a gentleman named Pete. He was very polite, accommodating and funny. He made sure that I understood all the parts of the agreement and sent me on my way. I accidentally left my water bottle there and went back to gather it. We joked about it and then also when I went back as I had forgotten to ask about a paper road map. Would I ever leave? Haha. He said that most people just use the GPS system included in the car, and they don't usually give out maps. I said that I enjoyed the wee back roads so a map would suit me better, which it absolutely did! Pete said that it was one of their last maps, so I was grateful for his search for one. It was a very pleasant and fun experience renting from Sixt! Thank you for great customer service. Slainté, Patti

Louis F.

I had a great experience with Sixt. The lady at the check in desk was friendly and helpful. Sean the shuttle driver made great conversation and even picked the conversation back up where we left off when I returned the car because he remembered me. I had rented a mini class but they upgraded me to a Renault Clio which was in beautiful shape.


I look forward to using Sixt on my next trip to Dublin.

chris j.

Best deal on rental car period.


Quick and friendly service. Great location

Eoin S.

Special shout-out Valter who is the Terminal Manager in Dublin. I had an issue with a car repair guy in Cork (subcontractor) but Valter's customer service was fantastic, he's the reason I am a returning customer to Sixt for my upcoming trip home to Cork in 3 weeks time!

Vikkineshwaran Siva S.

Car prices are getting more expensive

But the staff service is good


This was my second attempt at renting a car from Sixt. This time successful since they decided to have a car for me. I rented for Sixt simply because it was the one that indicated on its webpage that it would be open for rental at the time I arrived on a Sunday night. So I arrived, severely jetlagged after 23 hours of travel to find the guy with the keys had not given up five minutes before I got to the desk and was waiting there. He might have said something important about the return (a bit of foreshadowing there.) but I was trying hard to remember my name at the time. Car was nice in the interior but the outside look like it had been gently tortured. (All nicely documented on the rental agreement.) Bonus - the fuel was actually full. No need to play the "how much is half a tank game" on the return. So I proceeded to drive off mostly on the correct side of the road and only occasionally on the right. Properly indicating my turns with the windshield wipers and diming my headlights whenever the windshield got splashed with mud. After a joyous three weeks staying within a convenient stagger of a pub I returned. Now, one would think that at the airport there would be signs pointing out the car rental return. This is a common feature. Shannon Airport is no different. It has the signs. They point at a row of dark, vacant buildings with gated and empty parking lots...the only road past them leads to the parking lot where someone had erected a placard in front of the short term parking lot entrance saying " on-line booking only". Not sure what that was about but it turned out that it was right in front of the small print that said "Car rental return". Took a while to figure that out. Parked car and headed somewhat late into the terminal. This time the desk was unmanned. But the comedy gods where not finished with me yet. Sign said to return keys to drop box at end of desk. For those that have not driven a Renault the key fob is a large flat thing more like a tv remote. It does not fit in the slot at the Sixt counter. Fortunately, I noted their failure to use a secure lock so it was a simple mater to open the box, resist the temptation to borrow the BMW keys inside, place key fob in box and relock.


I rented a car for a long weekend in March from the Dublin city centre branch of Sixt. I was given a practically new car (Renault Clio registered in 2021) that was a higher category than what I originally booked. I was given the car with a full tank (as expected) and spotless inside. As I chose to return the car on a Sunday after-hours, I was given the option to return it the next (Monday) morning before opening hours for free, if desired.


I initially reserved the car online with my debit card, however upon collection I had to use my credit card to pay the excess and fuel deposit, unless I paid the daily extra rate for a zero excess cover. This is a fairly standard procedure for renting a car, from my experience. The only downside from my experience is that the deposit remained blocked from my credit card for a few weeks after the booking, which was much later than the 10 working days I was told to expect. Despite this, I was impressed by the prompt and helpful customer service, whom answered my queries over email.


Overall, I had a great experience with Sixt and will definitely be returning to the company in the future. In fact, I have booked another car trip with Sixt for the next month.


First approach - long queue and waiting of 39 minutes to be served. Then Morris made all the score with his smile and level of customer service. No words to add, next time when you are in Dublin use Morris’s company.

Meron G.

We arrived about 15 minutes before our designated pick up time.

The queue was short and moved quite swiftly. The clerk was very cordial and explained everything clearly and professionally.

As we made the rental reservation before reserving our accommodation, and realizing there is a Sixt office closer to our accommodation, we requested to be able to return the car at the closer office.

Not only was our request to return the car at the more convenient office was accepted, we were also allowed to return the car after the office had closed and without additional costs.


The car was exactly what we requested. It was clean and ran smoothly. I would have preferred the clutch release to be set a bit lower, but that's the only "fault" I could find.


We will definitely use Sixt services when we visit Dublin again.

Chasity S.

We had a great experience with this car rental. Easy pickup and drop off, plus our little BMW was so fun to drive on the narrow country roads.


One of my favourites, no problems, no delays great cars.



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