This page shows some important and helpful information for your visit in Ireland:
When you are driving:
If you have driven in Ireland or in other countries with left-hand traffic before, you already have a good idea about the different traffic rules – if not, perhaps some of the tips listed below might be useful to you.
The biggest difference is, of course, the left-hand traffic.
Vehicles registered in the UK or Ireland have the steering wheel, as you know on the right-hand side, that means, that the steering wheel always has to be at the middle of the road. This is necessary in order to watch the oncoming traffic before overtaking other cars.
If you travel with your own car, from another “right hand” traffic system please keep a very long distance from the car in front of you to be able to assess the oncoming traffic early enough.
From my own experience, I can say that the driving during the day and rush hour will be no problem. It can be tricky if you are a bit away from the busy roads, at night, leaving the hotel car park early in the morning or turning around at an entrance. These are the moments when you have to be very careful on which side you are driving.
Bring a conspicuous badge or decal saying “Drive Left” with you and place it somewhere in your field of view.
Also be careful when you turn left and on narrow roads – driver(s) only too often ‘forget’ that there is a lot of car left beside the drivers seat! Statistics on defective tyres and rims on the left-hand side of the rented vehicles will confirm that!
Ireland for You wishes you good fun and safe driving!
Maximum speed limit for cars and motorcycles:
Republic of Ireland:
50 km/h within cities and villages
80 km/h on regional roads (no national roads)
100 km/h on national roads including two-lane roads ( ‘N’ -marked)
120 km/h on motorways
30 mph = 48 km/h in built-up areas – to recognize by existing street lights or signs
60 mph = 96 km/h rural roads and single-track roads
70 mph = 112 km/h
On roads without two-lane carriageway and expressways speed signs the speed limit is 30mph (48km/h).
You will find a few toll points on our motorways. Most of them have barriers where you have to pay but the amounts are not very high. The only toll point, where they are not able to pay directly, is located on the M50 motorway between Dublin Airport and Dublin.
This toll point is camera controlled and must be paid before 8pm on the following day.
Please ask your car rental company if they have the payment is automatically deducted from your credit card or if you have to pay separately.
Ireland for You works with Hertz Car Rental, and the toll will be deducted automatically from your credit card.
If you have to pay separately you can call the provider e-flow on 1890501050 or pay at authorised shops or petrol station all over the country.
If you don’t pay they will find out and charge penalties.
ID card (EU) or travel passport (non EU).
For non EU citizens / cars: Please check with the car insurance which papers you need for your car / motorbike.
Alcohol: 0.5 per thousand – but: 0.0 per thousand (i.e. no) alcohol is the best way to arrive alive!
Currency Republic of Ireland: Euro (€)
Currency Northern Ireland: Pounds (GBP)
Emergency Phone numbers Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland:
112 or 999 and ask for the section – Police, Fire, Ambulance, Rescue, Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue
Some conversions for Northern Ireland and the UK (imperial –metric):
1£ = approx. 1.2€
1inch =approx. 2.5 cm
1foot = approx. 30 cm
1mile = approx. 1.6 km
1pound = approx. 453 grams
1ounce = approx. 28 grams
1stone = ca. 6.35 kg
1pint = ca. 0.57 litres
1gal = ca. 4.55 litre
30mph = ca. 50 km/h
50mph = approx.. 80 km/h
70 mph = ca. 110 km/h