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A Guide to Driving in Ireland

driving tips in ireland

When planning a holiday in Ireland, it is important to get familiar with different driving laws before you get behind the wheel. VroomVroomVroom has compiled tips and tricks about toll roads, speed limits, mobile phone, and seat belt laws to ensure your road trip experience is smooth and simple. Make sure you understand these rules and apply them to your driving.

Required documents

  • Valid driving licence
  • A passport is required if your license does not have a photo
  • International Driver's Permit - This is optional for US, Canadian and EU drivers while required for others
  • Vehicle title document/registration certificate or vehicle rental agreement
  • Valid insurance documentation
  • Valid Certificate of Roadworthiness

Speed limits

In the Republic of Ireland, speed limits and road signs are designated in kilometres per hour (km/h). Please note that road signs and locations are displayed in both Irish (Gaelic) and English. Speed limits are 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on single open roads, 100 km/h on national roads (marked by a green sign), and 120 km/h (74.5 mph) on motorways.

Toll roads

You will find tolls on a number of roads in Ireland. Generally, tolls are paid at the barrier of the toll booth, except for M50 eFlow Barrier System in Dublin. The fastest way to pay for tolls is to sign up for a Toll Tag Account. You can pay at designated Payzone outlets across the country or pay online if you are taking the M50 journey.

Click here to know which roads have tolls.

Seat belts

Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers if they are fitted. Seat belts laws in Ireland are there to protect yourself and your passengers in the event of a car crash. Children must use booster seats or an age-appropriate child restraint system.

Find out more about seat belt fines and penalties here.

Mobile phones

It is strictly forbidden to hold a mobile phone while driving in Ireland. According to RSA , "You can only use your mobile when you are driving if you are phoning 999 or 112, or in an emergency. It is an offence to hold a mobile phone in your hand or support it with another part of your body, for example between your head and shoulder, when you are driving. If the Gardaí charge you for this offence, you will get a fixed charge notice of €60."


Be aware of the driving rules and regulations

Driving in Ireland is on the left-hand side of the road. Seat belts must be worn by the driver and all passengers at all times. Inappropriate use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited. If you need to use your mobile, check a safe and legal place to park. It is illegal to stop on a motorway unless it is an emergency. Any driver found to have violated the laws can expect heavy fines.