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        About Dublin

        It is the capital and most populous city of Ireland. It lies on the east coast of Ireland, in the province of Leinster, at the mouth of the River Liffey and is bordered to the south by the Wicklow Mountains.

        Dublin was founded in the 10th century as a Viking settlement and, despite a series of rebellions by the native Irish, remained largely under Viking control until the Normans invaded Ireland from Wales in 1169. The city is administered by Dublin City Council, which is responsible for local government.

        From the 17th century, the city grew rapidly; before the Acts of Union in 1800, it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire. After the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of two sovereign states - the Irish Free State (1922-37) and, since 1937, the Republic of Ireland.

        Basic info and car hire in Dublin

        • Location: Irelands east coast
        • Population: 544.107 (2016)
        • Official language: Irish
        • Currency: Euro 
        • Weather: During the summertime, the weather is comfortable and mellow. Winters are long, cold and wet. Typically Dublin is cloudy. 
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: Road conditions in Dublin are excellent and among the best in all of Ireland. Roads are easy to drive, well marked and with almost no road damage. 
        • Car hire in Dublin: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Dublin is Dublin Airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Dublin!

         Driving in Dublin

        Driving in Dublin is very simple and easy. The streets are well signed and you have all the information needed for a smooth ride. The roads in Dublin and surrounding is also known to be in excellent condition. If you are unfamiliar with driving in Ireland, we recommend a GPS or use your mobile for navigation to get through all the busy streets. The legal limit for fully licensed drivers is 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal limit for professional and learner drivers is 20 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

        In Ireland, you will find 11 toll roads. Commonly, toll costs are paid at the border to the toll road. You can either pay in cash, or by using an eToll tag.

        • Age limits: The minimum age to rent a car in Dublin is 23 years old, and the maximum age is 75. Different driver age restrictions apply to different vehicle groups and these are applied automatically to all online rental searches. If you entered your correct age and the online search returned a specific vehicle group, you are eligible to rent it. Please note that the same restrictions apply to all Additional Drivers.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder. 
        • Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Ireland)
        • Additional requirements: Those who hold a UK Driving Licence must provide a one-time passcode generated by the DVLA online service "Share Driving Licence" to validate their driving record. 
        • Children in the car:  The law says that all children under 150cm or 36kg in weight must use the correct child seat when travelling. This usually means your little one will need to be secured with a car seat until they turn 12 years old.
        • Driving side of the road: Left Side. 
        • Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
        • General speed limits: Special limits: 30km/h, Urban areas: 50km/h, Regional roads: 80km/h and on National roads: 100km/h. 
        • Parking suggestions: As a general rule, parking is free if you park outside of the indicated hours or on any day that has no restrictions. There are some exceptions to this policy though; for example, clearways and bus lanes require payment with an erected ticket symbolizing your space rental agreement during those particular times.

        Car Hire in Dublin

        Most popular car hire at Dublin

        The most selected hire car in Dublin is the Toyota Aygo, with the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus also being a popular options. The most popular car types in Dublin are mini and economy groups. 

        Premium car hire is also available in Dublin with models like BMW, Audi or Mercedes Benz available with some of the best car hire companies out there. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Dublin

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Dublin. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Ireland.

        • Dublin - Cork (258km, approx. 3-hour drive)
        • Dublin - Kerry (295km, approx. 3,5-hour drive)
        • Dublin - Shannon (229km, approx. 2,5-hour drive)

        Popular day trips from Dublin

        1. Howth

        Situated at the northern end of Dublin Bay, Howth may not be as popular with Dublin travellers as some other towns in Ireland (Belfast or Galway), but it's still worth a visit if you want to escape the crowded city life. Visitors to Howth will be pleasantly surprised by its quaint coastal charm. Here you will find one of Dublin's oldest pubs, many local fish restaurants and a beautiful harbour.

        2. The Great Sugar Loaf and Glendalough

        Glendalough is only an hour from the centre of Dublin and is considered one of the most beautiful glacial lakes in Ireland with its impressive backdrop formed by two mountains - the Great Sugar Loaf and the Little Sugar Loaf. As you walk through this area on well-marked trails, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views at every turn and have the opportunity to explore the remains of a monastery built in the 6th century.

        3. Newgrange

        Just 50km north of Dublin lies one of Ireland's most popular attractions - Newgrange, built over 5,000 years ago in the Stone Age as a prehistoric burial ground. Every day at 11:11 am (or noon in winter) visitors can watch what is known as the 'mirror effect' when sunlight shines through an opening in the top of the mound and shines directly onto the floor inside for about 17 minutes until it moves through the chamber and illuminates different areas on the walls.

        4 Killiney Beach

        Just a 30-minute drive south of Dublin is one of Ireland's most popular beaches - Killiney Beach, which offers visitors spectacular views of Dalkey Island as well as some great watersports (including kayaking and standup paddleboarding). Visitors can also enjoy a picnic or lunch at nearby Killiney Hill Park before heading back to Dublin.

        5. Avoca Handweavers

        Located just a 20-minute drive from Dublin, Avoca is the most famous place in Ireland for quality Irish woollen blankets and throws, as well as upmarket home decor, clothing and gifts. With over 50 shops across Ireland, you are never far from an Avoca shop, but there are two locations near Dublin if you want to visit a smaller version of the shop where everything is made on site.

        What to see in Dublin

        Dublin is an island city in Ireland that serves as both a major port and one of the country's economic centres. Some famous landmarks that you should visit when visiting the city are Dublin Castle, St. Patrick Cathedral and Trinity University. One of the city's most famous landmarks is the Molly Malone statue, which stands in front of one of Dublin's main attractions, Trinity University. This square also makes a fantastic photo opportunity, while new visitors to the area will certainly take the opportunity to take some shots in the world-famous library, which is rumoured to be visited by many adults just to admire the architecture rather than use it!

        Temple bar in Dublin, Ireland

        Streets of Dublin

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Dublin

        In Dublin, you'll find all kinds of cuisines, from Irish tasting menus to Turkish mezze, from Chilean sandwiches to vegan Russian stews. It's no exaggeration that it will not be hard to find good places to eat anywhere: Just stroll along the riverside and choose between amazing places with lots of character and traditional pubs. All these places have their unique ambience and will offer you a great evening out.


        What you need to know about renting a car

        How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change the booking you made through Orbit Car Hire. Don't hesitate to contact our customer support team at or by phone at +44 20 8089 0089. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:

        • Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
        • One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher, and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.

        How do I find cheap car hire online?

        Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. 

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add a driver to my booking?

        You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted?

        You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

        How can I add a flight number to my booking?

        You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking. 

        Do I have to pay for toll roads?

        If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle. 

        What does deductible mean?

        If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.

        What is a Collision Damage Waiver?

        Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.

        What is Theft Protection?

        Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.

        Which brands can I compare with Orbit?

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world. 

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