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Driving in Ireland

List of Tolls in Ireland

  • M1 Motorway toll
  • M50 Barrier free toll
  • East link toll bridge
  • Port tunnel (northbound and southbound)
  • M4 Kilcock
  • N6 Galway
  • N8 Rathcormac/ Fermoy Bypass
  • N25 Waterford city Bypass
  • Limerick Tunnel
  • M3
  • M7/M8

Cash payment facilities are available at tolling booths on all toll roads in Ireland except the M50.

M50 Barrier-Free Toll

The M50 barrier-free toll is located between Junction 6 (N3 Blanchardstown) and Junction 7 (N4 Lucan).

How does the Dublin M50 Barrier Free Tolling work with Hertz?

Hertz will automatically charge your credit card separately for each toll incurred on the M50 motorway. 

All Hertz vehicles have been registered with the Toll operator and therefore Hertz will be charged automatically for each toll incurred.

The following toll fees will be charged to you by Hertz:

Standard Cars - EUR 3.10 per usage

Cargo Vans -  EUR 3.80 up to EUR 5.10 per usage

Hertz will be advised after the rental of the toll charge accrued for each rental and will charge your credit card separately.

IMPORTANT: Please do not pay these charges directly as this will result in duplicate payment which will be impossible to identify.

To request an invoice for M50 toll charges please email:

Remember To Take Your Driving Licence With You

If for some reason you were stopped by the Gardai (Irish police), you may have to produce it. Note: You do not need an International driving licence. Your state driving licence is best.

Keep To the Left Side of The Road 

Keep Left SignDon’t worry about driving on the left. You make narrow left turns, but wide right turns. Remember that most of the time, you will be following other cars, and they will be driving on the left, so you will follow their road position. Try to repeat to yourself ‘stay on the left’ and ‘hard left, wide right’ to yourself.

Observe The Speed Limits In The Republic Of Ireland Dashboard speedometer 

Your rental car will show speeds in kilometres, typically with miles shown in the inset.

The speed limit for motorways (highways) is 120 kilometres per hour (kmph). The names of the motorways are prefixed with an M, for example the M6 connecting Dublin and Galway.

National primary and secondary roads are prefixed with an N, for example the N17 between Galway and Sligo. The speed limit for national roads is 100 kilometres per hour (kmph).

Local and regional roads are small roads between villages, prefixed with L or R. Sometimes without road markings, these roads have a top speed limit of 80kmph. Pay attention to the signs on the road.

Note also that mobile speed cameras are sometimes used in these locations. Being in a hire car does not immunise you from speeding fines

Speed Sign Converter

Be Aware That Speed Limits And Road Signs Change If You Cross Into Northern Ireland

You won’t actually see a border, so you may not even realise that you have crossed into the United Kingdom.

You may simply notice an odd looking road sign that contains a black diagonal stripe on a white background. This sign means: the UK speed limit for national roads, 60miles per hour (mph), applies here.

Northern Ireland uses the miles per hour system.

The motorway limit in Northern Ireland is 70 miles per hour.

For local and regional roads in Northern Ireland, pay attention to the speed limit signs on the roads.

Practice Before You Get Going

Don’t be embarrassed to do a little slow driving in the parking lot where you pick up your car, before you head into the main traffic. If you are unsure, ask the person who rents you the car where you can practice. Irish people are generally quite friendly and helpful, and will not find this question unusual.

How to use parking discs

  1. Purchase paper disc at filling station, newsstand, shops, and tourist offices.
  2. Park vehicle in approved disc area (signposted).
  3. Using pencil or other pointed object, punch holes for appropriate year, month, day, hour, and minute.
  4. Make sure disc is visible from the outside of your vehicle


  1. Shops selling parking discs have a disc display in window.
  2. Double yellow lines on side of road indicate no parking.
  3. A single yellow line indicates parking, but with some restrictions.