Driving

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Ireland

The car is the primary mode of transportation in Ireland. Recent investment has ensured a well-developed network of motorways that link the island’s cities. The National Roads Authority is responsible for the maintenance and operation of Ireland’s motorways.

Driving Requirements

Cars in Ireland are left-hand drive and are normally have stick shift gears. Driving takes place on the left hand side of the road. Speed limits and distances are metrically expressed; however, these are often orally expressed in Imperial.

All drivers are required to have motor insurance and pay road tax; additionally, all drivers must hold a valid driver’s licence. If you already hold a driver’s licence from another country, information on its validity in Ireland is available here.

Buying a car in Ireland

A guide to buying a car is available here.