With the cost of cheap flights to Ireland and the price of putting a car on a ferry, I don't think this is common practice these days.
Easier to rent another car in Ireland, probably
Never tried it, however having lived in both the UK and Ireland I do know that the car insurance rules/premiums are vastly different. Contact one of the companies like Hertz and see what they say.
Just be aware of the restrictions that the rental company will place on taking their car "abroad". Even for Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, the rental companies have restrictions /additional costs for taking cars there. This from Hertz might help:
If you wish to make round trip rentals from the UK mainland to Continental Europe* or to the Republic of Ireland, you must have Hertz permission and appropriate certification - a "Driving Abroad" fee will also apply. This fee, which applies to all rate programmes includes RAC European Motoring Assistance and can be purchased at the time of pick-up.
* Hertz UK registered vehicles may be taken to: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Irish Republic, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and offshore islands of the above.
Driving Abroad Fees:
Number of days Standard cover (excluding taxes)
1 - 2 days GBP 45.00 per rental
3 - 5 days GBP 50.00 per rental
6 - 7 days GBP 70.00 per rental
8 - 13 days GBP 100.00 per rental
14 - 20 days GBP 120.00 per rental
Over 21 days GBP 20.00 per week*
I agree that unless you have a number of people in your vehicle you will more than likely find it cheaper to fly and pick up a new rental car. We looked at taking our car to Ireland on the ferry and the cost was much more expensive than flying and picking up a rental whilst there.
>>> the UK mainland <<<
What curious terminology. I wonder whether they mean "Great Britian", or "everything except the little islands"?
The flights to Ireland are not as cheap as they look particularly with excess baggage charges with Ryan and as we are travelling for five weeks we will have a bit of luggage. Then there is the getting to the airport the long delays with check in etc.
But I will look at it all again maybe you are right.
I have looked at it again and you are right. You get some strange ideas when you are planning a big trip so the forum and the people who answer are great.
We did a trip in 2004; picked up hertz car in London and we to Holyhead and around ireland then to Scotland etc. No problems. We did not want to be packing and unpacking and standing in airport queues all the time. I dont remember paying an excess then but in any case it would have been worth it. The car was great and it seemed to use hardly any petrol-was only a Focus but there were three of us. You can waste so much time catching planes. my daughter missed a connection a couple of weeks ago because the woman at Gatwick simply would not let her go in the transit queue-made her wait at immigration to be told she was in the wrong place. but what can you do, if you march through you will end up in jail!
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