It might sound intimidating but after a couple of days driving on the left side will feel like you never drove on the right side. Driving on the narrow remote Irish roads is the best way to discover the countryside. At times roads are so narrow only one car can pass through but don't worry you will get used to it.
Follow this guide which will prepare you to drive in Ireland on the left side of the road to narrow country roads. Learn about the documents you need to bring with you to drive and to rent a car, how to find cheap car rental and the difference between driving in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Driving in Ireland is like driving in the rest of Europe only on the left side of the road. Rules and traffic Signs are similar as well. There are a few things that you should consider while driving:
Please refrain from driving if you had some drinks or planning on drinking. The legal limit to drive in Ireland is 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per ml of blood which is usually lower than in many countries.
You can drive with your American, Australian, New Zealand or European driving licence. For those outside of these regions please carry your international driving licence to avoid facing any problem.
There are 4 types of roads in Ireland and each road starts with M, N, R or L
Should you rent a car in Ireland? How expensive is it to rent a car in Ireland? Well, these are the questions that you might be dealing with. There is a good public transport network in Ireland but to see Ireland on your own pace it is best to rent a car and it is usually the cheapest way to travel as well especially if you are not renting a car in high season.
You will find almost all the international car rental companies in Ireland but usually renting directly from AVIS, HERTZ or EUROPCAR is mostly the most expensive. I used the car rental service of RyanAir which was the cheapest one. You can also try Expedia.