Tips for Driving in Ireland

Many of My Vacation Lady‘s clients will opt to drive themselves around as part of their vacation to Ireland.

While they do drive on the wrong side of the road, most of our clients don’t find this terribly difficult to get used to.

According to the RSA– Road Safety Authority  (

Tips for safe driving in Ireland

Driving orientation

Traffic in Ireland drives on the left   (remember in the US, we drive on the right side of the road)

Speed limits

Speed limits and modern road signs are designated in kilometres per hour (km/h).

Road Classification Speed
Motorways 120km/h
National roads 100km/h
Regional roads 80km/h
Urban areas 50km/h
Special limits (schools etc) 30km/h



Mobile/cellular phones

It is illegal to hold a mobile phone while driving.

Documents required when driving

  • Valid driving licence
  • Vehicle title document/registration certificate or vehicle rental agreement
  • Valid insurance documentation
  • Valid Certificate of Roadworthiness


Just another note or 2 to remember– always wear your seatbelts and DO NOT drive under the influence of alcohol.

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If you don’t feel comfortable driving, My Vacation Lady can offer other options for your Ireland vacation which might include a chauffeur driven tour, an escorted tour or even using the trains.  Give us a call and see how we can assist in planning your vacation or honeymoon to Irelands—- any way you want it.

About the Author:

Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.