Driving in Ireland is not difficult but it can be challenging especially for Americans who might not be used to driving on the left and with a stick shift. It might be worth it and more convenient to pay a bit more to rent an automatic car.
Can tourists drive in Ireland?
When visiting as a tourist to Ireland you can drive on a driving license from any state outside the EU/EEA for up to one year provided the driving license is current and valid.
Is driving in Dublin difficult?
Dublin is a great city to visit but it isn’t designed well for driving and definitely not for parking. Signage, where it exists, is often of poor quality and route numbers are rarely marked out correctly. As such it can be very confusing for the visitor. A great tip is to avoid the rush hour traffic between 7:30 and 9 am and again between and 6:30 pm you can expect gridlock in many places especially anywhere near the Liffey.
Do I need a car in Ireland?
You don’t need a car when visiting Ireland as you will be able to visit most of the country with the train, bus or some other combination of public transport.
The most convenient and cost effective way to travel in and aorund Ireland without renting a car, is using the bus. Bus services are available in Dublin and all over the country.
Can I drive in Ireland with a US license?
If you are a resident of the US, Canada or the European Union and you have a valid driver’s license, then you will be able to drive in Ireland. American licenses are automatically valid in Ireland so this one issue you have not to be concerned about when visiting Ireland.
Does Ireland drive on the same side as the USA?
In the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, drivers sit on the right side of the car and drive on the left side of the road. Most cars are also not automatic, so you should be comfortable driving a stick shift.
Why do Ireland drive on the left?
In the British Empire driving was on the left side of the road and to this very day countries like India, Australia, South Africa and other British colonies in Africa drive in the left siem Ireland was part of this group until 1922 and thus still drives on the left side of the road.
Is driving in Ireland difficult for Americans?
Americans often under-estimate the stressfulness of driving for the first time on the other side of the road. Driving with a stick shift can also be challenging. You will get a taste of this when you get into the driver’s seat and you end up on the passenger side. So in the first 5 minutes of driving you might realize it’s going to be more challenging than they thought.
Another issue is that some of the country roads will be narrower than you’re used to. One of the more common accidents reported here is drivers scraping the side of the car on another vehicle, on stone walls, or other fixed objects.
However, most drivers adapt fairly quickly and there are very few things as pleasurable as the great Irish road trip.