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Driving Tips in Ireland

Driving in Ireland Tips

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Driving Distances in Ireland

Driving Licence

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car rental company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving, laws rules and regulations in Ireland:


Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.

Child Safety Seats

Children under the age of 12 years old are required to be seated in the back seats of the vehicle and be fasted in either a seat belt or an appropriate child restraint.

Speed Limits

Mostly all public roads have a speed limit. Below are the speed limits for particular types of roads where no speed limit sign is displayed, unless signed otherwise. Motorists are to obey the speed limits by not exceeding the limit. Be aware of your travelling speed on certain roads as authorities will carry out random speed checks on vehicles passing.

Drink Driving

Never drink and drive. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in Ireland is 0.08mg/100ml. Penalties for drink driving involve a driving ban, fines and possibly imprisonment.


There are a few motorways in Ireland where a toll is payable. The M50, N4, N3, R131 and the E1 all currently have tolls. Fees are determined on vehicle category and payment is only accept in cash.

Road Signs

Road signs in the Republic of Ireland are very closely similar in design to those used in UK, United States and Australia compared to elsewhere in Europe.


Parking is strictly regulated within many cities in Ireland, make sure you check signage before parking and leaving your vehicle. Street parking is operated with the pay and display system where a parking ticket will need to be purchased at an automated ticket machine. You will receive two tickets once you've inserted your coins, one will need to be displayed on your front windscreen and the other is a copy to bring with you so you are aware of your expiry time.

Visa Information

Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Ireland:

Winter Driving

There are no specific rules or regulations regarding snow tyres, however drivers need to pay due care and attention on the roads in winter and be able to adapt to changing conditions.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.