Dublin is the largest city and capital of the Republic of Ireland. The city has a long history dating back to the Vikings, and the bloody history of the IRA has long since been replaced by Bloody Marys in the pubs. But the Temple Bar is not the only thing visitors come here for. Millions of people come to Dublin every year to see major landmarks like Dublin Castle and celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the St Patrick's Cathedral. Even more millions land up here, get hold of a car hire at Dublin Airport and then head out to other beautiful destinations in Ireland.
You will find it hard to move around in the city without first getting a car for hire from Dublin Airport. But then, you also want to visit the Temple Bar and the Guinness Storehouse and maybe go off on a pub crawl. If so, do not forget to keep a designated driver in your group who can drive without crashing into something or someone on O'Connell Street. Apart from the aforementioned Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, other must-visit attractions in Dublin include the Trinity College Library, Kilmainham Jail, and the two National Museums and the National Gallery.
Day trips out of Dublin can mean a visit to Cork, Limerick or Galway. If you plan on visiting Galway or Limerick, head inland on the M6 or M7. Cork can be reached in about two and a half hours on the M7 and M8, but you can also take a more leisurely drive along the coast, past towns like Dun Laoghaire and Waterford. International visitors may also want to combine a trip to Dublin with a drive along the coast into N. Ireland to Belfast.
Dublin Airport (DUB) is located near the town of Swords, about 6.2 miles north of the city. Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair are based at DUB. The airport gets almost 19 million passengers every year, with two terminals to handle the massive flood of people passing through every day. The long-haul flights, including all those arriving from or departing to the USA, are now operating out of Terminal 2. There is no rail link from the airport to the city at present, so the only option for visitors is to hit the road. This means a 20 minute drive on the N1 or M50 by bus, coach, taxi or a rented car.
There are nine companies providing services to passengers who need to a car hire at Dublin Airport. Five of them have counters in both terminals, while the other four are based only in Terminal 1. In any case, it would be inadvisable to go around after landing trying to find a good deal. The simple and convenient method is to compare the agencies online, find a good deal and book your vehicle right now.
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