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Dublin Airport is found approximately 10km, or 6.2 miles north of Dublin city, and is the largest airport on the island of Ireland. It is busier than the airports of Belfast International, the George Belfast city Airport, Cork and Shannon, and handles over eighteen million passengers per year. The airport has been allocated the official code of DUB, and is one of the most important airports in the world, especially in terms of international traffic. Although buses and taxis are available for transport, passengers often prefer to rent a car, from a company such as Alamo Dublin Airport. Alamo is the sister car rental company of National, and is popular for provided low-cost rentals to vacationers and families.
Alamo, at the rental location of Dublin Airport, is open from 05:00 to 23:59, seven days a week, and is able to meet passengers from the majority of the airport arrival flights. They are also conveniently located in both of the airport terminals, which are known as Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The second mentioned is the airport’s newest construction, with the capacity to handle fifteen million passengers per year, and it is where passengers on long-haul flights will be landing. It is extremely well equipped, with a vast quantity of airport shops and restaurants, banking facilities, VIP lounges and meeting room services. Terminal 1 offers the same excellent facilities, and is where passengers will arrive should they be travelling on short-haul flights. Terminal 1’s car hire companies are in the main arrival hall, and Terminal 2’s car rental companies are located in the new multi-storey car park. Passengers should simply follow the car rental signs from the arrival area.
The Dublin Airport car hire companies offer a wide variety of vehicles for their customers, and their cars are only of the latest models, in good mechanical condition. However, Alamo offers free emergency roadside assistance should you be involved in an accident, or have a breakdown. Remember not to leave the airport without these important contact numbers. If the vehicle is unable to be driven further, Alamo may provide a replacement vehicle. Cars in Ireland are mainly equipped with a manual transmission, but there are a few with automatic transmissions as well. Automatic cars may be similar to the Saab 93 1.8, Saab 95 1.8 and the Vauxhall Zafira 1.6. The Saab 95 is a Premium vehicle available from Alamo with room for five passengers and four luggage pieces, and it features air bags, air conditioning, anti-lock brakes and power steering.
Larger cars such as the automatics mentioned, as well as the Renault Scenic 1.6, are more expensive to hire than smaller cars found in the Economy, Compact and Midsize vehicle categories. Economy cars are often a very popular choice, as they are eco-friendly, fuel efficient and easy to drive, provided you have experience with a manual transmission. They are also smaller, and therefore easier to manoeuvre through busy Dublin city streets. Compact vehicles are similar to the Ford Focus 1.4, and Midsize rentals could include the Toyota Avensis 1.6. Vehicles hired from Alamo, and all the Dublin Airport car rental companies, will have a full tank of fuel when they are collected, and should be returned full if fuel has not been purchased. Ireland’s main roads have plenty of petrol stations available, but they may be more scarce in rural areas.
To collect a car from Dublin Airport, the primary renter and all additional drivers should meet the requirements of the rental location, which could be that their drivers license must have been held for at least four years prior to the rental date. An International Driving Permit may also be required, and all vehicles hired should be paid for by major credit card. The main road running past Dublin airport is the M1, and this road leads south towards Dublin city and north towards Swords, Drogheda and Dundalk. It also leads into Northern Ireland, where most rental cars can be driven. The M3 from Dublin city leads to Navan and Kells, and the M4 passes Maynooth, Enfield and Kinnegad. All these areas and many more can easily be reached by road, and hire car from Dublin Airport is considered as the best form of transport.
Before completing your reservation, remember to include additional items of equipment required for your vehicle. Alamo hires child seats to customers travelling with babies or young children, satellite navigation systems for anyone unfamiliar with the Dublin road network and luggage racks for additional packing space. All equipment hired is of a high quality, and will be an asset to your journey in Ireland, however, the items will cost a few Euro per day of hire, or per rental contract. Free, however, are Alamo hand controls for disabled drivers, and this device may include a steering wheel knob for additional assistance. In general though, it operates the main functions of an automatic vehicle, which are the brake and accelerator pedals. Persons with a lower limb disability make use of hand controls. From Dublin Airport, hand controls will require an advanced reservation.
Passengers who are not leaving Ireland from Dublin Airport can arrange a one way hire. Alamo one way hire services allow the rented car to be delivered to a different Alamo rental station. The service may incur additional charges, and from Dublin Airport, one way hires may need to be requested in advance. Details for this type of rental should be confirmed with Alamo.
Alamo, Dublin Airport, will be happy to assist with all further car rental enquiries.
Dublin Airport (DUBT71)
Serviced by Europcar
Dublin Airport Arrival Hall
Telephone Number: (353)18122800
Fax Number: (353)18444203