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Rental car from Britain or pick up after ferry ride??

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Rental car from Britain or pick up after ferry ride??

We're planning on taking the ferry from Fishguard to visit Ireland for a few days. Should we return our rental in England and pick up a car in Ireland? Wondering if there's some disadvantages over using the same rental. We know our cr cd won't cover insurance in Ireland, but am not informed about the Drive Abroad fees that the rental co's require. Please, any advice would be helpful.

Also any advice on ferries from UK to Ireland-we're going to Ireland from Fishguard but plan to return to UK at Holyhead. Any ideas on a better plan would be welcome. We're spending our little time in Ireland based at Roscommon to visit Cong and the Cliffs.


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1. Re: Rental car from Britain or pick up after ferry ride??

You will need to check if you are allowed by the rental companies to take the car to Ireland. I generally use the slow ferry as the fast ferries regularly get cancelled due to rough seas. Irish ferries go from Pembroke in Wales to Rosslare. www.irishferries.ie

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2. Re: Rental car from Britain or pick up after ferry ride??

Hi there:

1. You won't be able to take your hire car from the UK to Ireland and vice-versa. The Car Hire Companies all have depots in the ports.

2. The fishguard area is lovely. Try to get to see some of the small villages in the area before you come over.

3. Where are you planning to drive after you arrive? There are some nice towns within 2 hours drive of Rosslare.

4. We prefer the High-speed ferries. The High speed from Fishguard to Rosslare is very small, very basic but does the job.

5. There are two ports in the Dublin area that sail to Holyhead: Dublin Port in the centre of Dublin and Dun Laoghaire in the Suburbs. The highspeed from Dublin is run by Irish Ferries and takes 109 minutes. It is a good size ferry. We took it in July. The highspeed from Dun Laoghaire is run by Stena and takes 99 minutes. It is a very big ferry. The cruise ferries operate from both ports, take about 210 minutes and are HUGE. The world's largest car ferry operates on the Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead route.



Finally - Roscommon is not the best place to stay if you are planning to visit Cong and the Cliffs of Moher. I would suggest you stay in the Galway area. Check out www.aaroadwatch.ie/routes

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3. Re: Rental car from Britain or pick up after ferry ride??

Sorry I just saw that this was a double post and I replied to the other oone without realising there were already replies. This is my input, the same gist as add to the above.

This is something that you will have to sit down and work out in terms of cost and convenience. A lot depends on

a) whether you will be allowed by the car hire company to drive the care in the Irish Republic (different country).

b) the time of year you are travelling.

The cost of putting a car on the ferry can be very very high at certain times of the year, and the fare structure is a little complicated, depending on how early you book, the number of passengers, time of year, time of sailing etc. There are two ferry companies operating on the route to Rosslare, Stenaline out of Fishguard and Irish Ferries out of Pembroke. Usually there fares are uncannily identical.

There would be no problem sailing into Rosslare and out of Dublin as the fares can be structured around any route you want. You can go into the websites and work out the different costs to your heart's content.

Then work out the cost of keeping the car versus re-hiring in Ireland.

Finally compare cost of using the ferry against, leaving your car at a UK ariport and flying.

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4. Re: Rental car from Britain or pick up after ferry ride??

You will want to make sure your rental company will allow you to bring the car to Ireland. Also if they do let you if there are any extra charges applied. Sometimes if the rental company allows you to take the car from the UK to Ireland they will charge you extra daily fees. This can make your rental much more expensive.

It can also be expensive to take the car on the ferry. It may be cheaper to leave the car in the UK and get a new one in Ireland. I would suggest looking into both ways and go with the less expensive one.

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