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Galway car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Galway

  • Car hire in Galway is a good idea, not only to get around the town but to enable you to see the countryside and venture further afield. There are some beautiful, scenic drives in the Galway region, including the Inagh Valley route to Killary Harbor, the drive to the seaside village of Clifden and its Sky Road and the route via Oughterard and Maam Cross to Cong, where the film ‘The Quiet Man’ was set.
  • Car hire in Galway can be done in town, but if you are flying in, you fly into either Ireland West Airport (NOC) or Shannon Airport (SNN). Both are about an hour’s drive from Galway. Ireland West Airport has various car hire kiosks, which are all located in the terminal, to the left as you enter the arrivals hall. At Shannon Airport, the kiosks that are in the arrivals hall are operated by Thrifty, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise. Other companies offer a transfer to their depot from the airport.
  • Galway is a small, medieval city with many one-way streets and narrow roads; but car hire in Galway does not need to be daunting. The roads have different coding: M stands for motorway toll roads, N for national roads and R for regional roads. L roads refer to local roads and are often tiny roads that are more like lanes. There are also some roundabouts. The general rule is to yield to cars already in the roundabout, but keep an eye on cars coming from your right, as they often think they have the right of way.
  • Galway has quite a bit of traffic, so where possible, drive at off-peak hours of the day. When you use a satellite navigation system, it doesn’t always pick up on the L roads, so it’s a good idea to invest in a paper map to complement your GPS to avoid ending up on a tiny lane behind a tractor. The very centre of the city is walkable and has a great atmosphere, so it’s a good idea to park nearby and continue on foot.
  • Book your car hire in Galway at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

Galway car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Galway 
Verified travelerDec 2023
Print your reservation as soon as it is made.
DavidJul 2023
It was fine once you get used to it. Takes a few hours to get used to being on left side of the road.

FAQs about hiring a car in Galway

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Galway?

    Get the smallest possible car you can that will fit your luggage and yourselves. Ireland and Galway are notorious for their tiny little roads, and the smaller the car, the easier it is to navigate. Most cars from Galway car hire companies are manual; if you can only drive an automatic, be sure to book well in advance. A smaller car will also be more fuel efficient.

  • What’s the speed limit in Galway?

    The speed limit on motorways in Ireland is 120 km/h. On national roads, it is 100 km/h; it's 80 km/h on regional roads; in urban areas, it is 50 km/h; and in certain zones, such as school zones, it is 30 km/h. The speed signs always override the general rules, so be sure to pay attention to these. It’s likely you will be driving slower than the speed limit on the windy regional roads as well as through the centre of Galway due to traffic.

  • Where are the best places to park in Galway?

    On-street parking is available throughout Galway, and they operate a pay-and-display system Monday-Saturday from 08:30 to 18:30. Outside of these times, the parking is free. Be sure to check the signs when parking to ensure you understand the rules and fees. There are also numerous covered car parks, which start at about £ 2.30 (A$ 4.25) per hour. It’s best to book these online ahead of time to get discounted rates.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Galway?

    The average price of fuel in Galway is R132,14 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 586 and R2 114, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Galway?

    Standard (Hyundai Tucson or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Galway.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Galway?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Galway?

    A Standard car hire in Galway costs R638 per day, on average.

Galway car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

10,0

Wonderful

1 review
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Galway

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MOTOR PARK, 3rd EXIT OFF KIRWAN RB

+353 91 396 555

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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2022

KAYAK
Our sales associated (gentleman from the UK) made our experience!

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.5

One location in Galway

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Ballybane Industrial Estate

+353 91 758 468

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 15:00
Sunday11:00 - 14:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

I have rented from both companies in Galway...they are like night and day. Enterprise is very reliable, customer oriented and efficient. Cars have all been high quality, in stark contrast to their competitors at Budget. The prices advertised by Enterprise are often higher than Budget, but in my experience the quality far exceeds the price difference and the folks at the Galway Budget office will intimidate you and flat out lie to get you to buy extras that you don't need...entirely unprofessional, but they know you often don't have the option to walk out on the rental by the time you get to the desk. I have rented from Enterprise 7-8 times and have been thoroughly impressed with their professionalism, honesty and efficiency every time.

8,8 Very Good

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

It was clean and easy to use

Cons:

I was worried the car couldn't handle long distances.

1 out of 0

Budget

7,5

Cleanliness

8.7

Comfort

8.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

6.6

One location in Galway

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12 Eyre Square

+353 91 566 376

Monday09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday09:00 - 15:00
Thursday09:00 - 15:00
Friday09:00 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 15:00
Sunday09:00 - 15:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The man at the counter was incredibly helpful and very kind. He gave me the information I needed, and was professional throughout. Would absolutely rent there again. Cars are a short walk from the rental place, and easy to get in and out of the parking structure.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
We were reluctant to rent a car outside the US, but our concerns were unfounded. The process was easy, the car was clean and comfortable.

6,0 Okay

Dec 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff at counter was personable and professional.

Cons:

Two block walk to pick-up location, agent did not disclose specific location, vehicle was on the fourth floor. Instructions for drop off equally uncertain.

4,0 Mediocre

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

My experience at Budget in Galway last week was pretty abysmal. Adrian met me out front and asked if I had a reservation, which I did. He then started off by demanding who I stayed with the previous night and where they live (really not sure why they need this information). Next he asked about insurance at which point I provided my letter from Chase (PDF on my phone) outlining my eligibility for "worldwide coverage under the Auto Rental Collision Damage waiver benefit." I had called Chase before my trip specifically to confirm that Ireland was not excluded from their coverage (given past rules) and they assured me that Ireland was included in their worldwide coverage benefit, and sent me this letter as proof. Adrian insisted that the letter must specifically state Ireland and refused to rent me the car I had reserved until I was able to provide one. The other options he provided were to go elsewhere or to get coverage through Budget and quoted me $500. At this point I would have loved to walk away but really needed the car and to get on the road. I called Chase and the woman I spoke with kindly offered to speak to Adrian but he declined, stating it would do not good without a letter. I then asked for his name but he refused to give me his last name saying he was not required to do so (was not wearing a badge or any form of identification). I then asked to speak with someone else and he called his manager, who confirmed that "worldwide coverage" is sufficient, and told him to move forward with my reservation. He proceeded to go through the steps and never once apologized for his misunderstanding of the policy. I am not one to write reviews and generally give people the benefit of the doubt- but I do feel like feedback is warranted in this case in hopes that others can avoid this experience. Adrian and Galway Budget aside, the car I rented was great and I had no issues with the drop-off at Shannon Airport. Despite this I will be avoiding Budget in the future.

Cons:

Better treatment of the customer and understanding of the policies. Wearing a name badge seems appropriate, and apologizing for the error would have also gone a long way.

6,0 Okay

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Dropoff difficult. Busy street. No instructions on how to park.. once I over came that, courteous and simple return. BUT see below.

Cons:

I was given a credit on my credit card for the tank of gas that had been reserved. Two days later and the credit has not shown up on my account.

4,8 Mediocre

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The car did not break down

Cons:

Service was not great at galway. Car was a bit small. High price and new drop off fee. I am also being charged 119$ for no reason and it has not gone off my credit card yet. I would like a call from someone at budget to clear this charge because I refuse to pay it since we dropped it off with fue

1 out of 3

Payless

5,9

Cleanliness

7.2

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.3

Value for money

4.9

One location in Galway

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12 Eyre Sq

+353 91 394 374

Monday09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday09:00 - 15:00
Thursday09:00 - 15:00
Friday09:00 - 15:00
Saturday09:00 - 15:00
Sunday09:00 - 15:00

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8,0 Very Good

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Overall, the car was great. We did have a problem as we were renting it, though. I reserved an automatic transmission car, and, fortunately, I printed the reservation as soon as it was completed. When I went to pick the car up, they had changed the reservation to manual transmission.. As we were sitting there waiting for our car, a customer came in with the same exact issue. She went to get in her car and start driving and it was a manual transmission even though she had reserved an automatic transmission. This is a major problem for people who don’t know how to drive manual. it makes me wonder why this company doesn’t just keep more automatic transmission cars in stock if that’s what tourists need.

3,2 Poor

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing.

Cons:

I was quoted one price and then when I went to pick to pick the car up they made me pay 3.5x the price because I was booking on a Euro credit card not and American credit card. Then they have you walk 4 blocks and to the top of a parking garage to collect the car. God help you if you have bags or it’s raining. If it was cheap to rent I would t have minded walking. But at that outrageous cost you’d expect a little bit of service maybe bring the car to the rental shop?!

2,0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
I was charged $69 online. I have collision damage coverage through Chase credit card. But when picking up the car the man that checked me in basically refused to honor and ended up charging me their insurance. I did do an upgrade but before I left the charge was $572.

6,0 Okay

Jun 2023

KAYAK
It felt a little deceptive. The rental was purchased for a day at $66. When I went in to pick up the vehicle, there was an additional $115 in fees added to the rental (insurance and other costs). The gentlemen were kind enough but condescending when asked for a clarification of the charges. The pick up experience left a bitter taste in my mouth. Other than that, the car drove nicely and the drop-off was smooth. I was just caught off guard by the overall cost as I booked online.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2023

KAYAK
We had an overall smooth experience with our car rental: booking, picking up and returning. The car was comfortable & clean.

8,0 Very Good

Aug 2022

KAYAK
It was extremely expensive and severs ad-ons when we picked it up, but we were happy with the car.

1 out of 3

keddy by Europcar

9,0

Wonderful

No reviews available

One location in Galway

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Motor Park, 3Rd Exit Off Kirwan Rb

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CARHIRE.ie

5,3

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Galway

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Motor Park

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Easirent

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One location in Galway

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Shannon Springs Hotel, Ballycasey

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2,0 Poor

Jul 2024

KAYAK
We had booked a 7 seater for a certain price and when we arrived they added on 150% in cost on all kinds of fees. We also booked a 7 seater and they only had a 5 seater which made the week very uncomfortable with bags on laps and they didn't offer any help.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Even though they were not located at the airport, there was a shuttle that picked me up within minutes, supplied me with an upgrade at a cost much lower than other companies. The return process was also seamless, no lines, quick processing and dropped off at the airport within minutes.

6,0 Okay

Aug 2022

KAYAK
We were told at pick up that cars could be left at the hotel at the airport. But when I spoke to the team the day before drop off they said this was not possible and that we would need to bring the car to the rental office location. They also said they would be open at 6. However on the day the first employee showed up at 610. To be fair to him he brought us straight to the airport in the vehicle so we did not have to transfer luggage across and he was very pleasant and helpful when he arrived.

6,0 Okay

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Our rental car started having issues so we called and were told they would meet us with a new rental at 1:30. They didn’t come until 3 so we ended up waiting three hours.

8,0 Very Good

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Flight was cancelled by United and car cannot be held or paid for over the phone. Car rental said contact Kayak and Kayak said contact car rental. Easirent finally fixed it so we had a car for our month long visit. Would’ve been disastrous otherwise. Thanks Paddy and James!!

6,0 Okay

Apr 2022

KAYAK
My reservation (through Kayak) did not have the vender phone number printed so upon arrival to Shannon airport I couldn’t contact them for pickup, wasted a taxi fee to get to off site location. Is that Kayak or Easirent? The car was great, with navigation system, which was of value throughout trip. Return of car & shuttle to airport was trouble free.

1 out of 3

Sunnycars

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3 locations in Galway

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12 Eyre Square

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Terminal Building Shannon Airp

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Tuam Road

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28 travellers who hired a car in Galway gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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