Dublin car hire insurance – What are my options?

Do I need rental car insurance? Probably this is the most important question when you want to book your rental car in Dublin. It always depends on how much risk you want to take. It is your choice. Do you want to save money or do you want peace of mind?
Let’s see what are your car hire insurance options in Dublin, in Ireland.

Option 1: Drive the rental car with your basic CDW insurance
You can pick up the rental car at Dublin Airport or other locations in Dublin and drive away with basic CDW insurance, car rental quotes usually include CDW. It is also known as loss damage waiver (LDW), this is not technically an insurance product, but instead shifts liability for collision damage from the person renting the car to the car rental company. If the vehicle is damaged, you will be covered for the cost of repairing the rental car. You will, however, have to pay an excess charge towards the cost of repair.
For example, let’s say you want to hire a car at Dublin Airport in Ireland. Depends on the size of the rental car the liability (excess) would be €800-2000 in Ireland.
Advantages: you can save money by not buying additional insurance.
Disadvantages: in the event of accident you could pay up to €2000 toward the repair costs.

Option 2: Buy additional insurance at the car rental desk
Car hire users can buy additional insurance at the car rental desk which is €10-€20/day in Dublin. There are two different products which are offered by rental companies. The first is “Damage excess reduction”: it reduces your car hire excess to €100-€195. The second one is the “Complete cover package” which reduces the car rental excess to 0.
Advantages: if anything happens with your rental car, your liability shifts to the rental company and you deal with them directly in case of an accident.
Disadvantages: the additional insurance can cost you more than the original rental price and sometimes it doesn’t cover the damage of the rental car’s glass and tyres.

Option 3: Purchase car hire excess insurance online
You can also purchase car hire excess insurance online from €5.39/day. Customers, who rent cars more often, have the possibility to buy annual excess policy for only €66.15/year.
There are many online insurance companies on the market whose core business is the provision of car rental excess insurance. It covers you not only for the total amount of excess for which you are liable if the rental car is damaged or stolen, but also for damage to the roof and undercarriage of the car, windows and tyres.
The policy can be used with all car rental companies. It covers both the policy holder and all additional drivers, offers full protection against the excess charges and the start date can be selected up to six months in advance.
Advantages: it offers you convenience, peace of mind and significant savings when you rent a car in Dublin.
Disadvantages: In case of an accident you deal with a third party. The car rental company will charge your credit card by the amount of excess which will be paid back by the online insurance company. It takes time.

Option 4: Credit card rental car insurance coverage
Certain credit cards may cover car loss and damage in Dublin, in Ireland and others may not. You always have to confirm with your credit card company before picking up your rental car at Dublin Airport or in Dublin City Centre. It is also advisable to confirm it for security when you arrive to collect your rental car.
Advantages: you don’t have to purchase additonal rental car insurance because your credit card covers you.
Disadvantages: it may not cover every damage.

Consider these options when you rent a car in Dublin, at Dublin Airport or anywhere in Ireland. It can save you time and headache, so you can enjoy your Irish driving holiday to the full.

Dublin Airport Hotels Guide

If you just can’t face that long journey to the airport before your flight we?ve a number of hotels that you might be interested in staying in, and with 30 hotels in and around the airport there?s sure to be one that?ll suit your taste and budget!

On site Dublin Airport hotels…

To get your holiday off to the perfect start stay in one of the hotels located in the Dublin Airport complex?
The plush 4 star Clarion Hotel is conveniently located within the Dublin airport complex. The hotel has everything you could want from an airport hotel including restaurants, bars, conference and banqueting facilities and a complimentary pass to nearby ALSAA Leisure Centre, as well as a 24 hour complimentary shuttle bus to and from the airport terminal.

The other hotel to be found within the complex is the 4 star Radisson SAS Dublin Airport Hotel. It?s a very elegant hotel especially designed to meet the needs of the modern day traveller with a ‘Grab & Go’ breakfast served from 5.30am, an Express Check Out service and a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport terminals.

Dublin hotels near the Airport?

If you don’t want to be based in the airport complex then take a look at some of the following hotels.

The 4 star Carlton Hotel is probably the nearest offsite airport hotel. It’s located on the Old Airport Road, just a short drive from the airport. This new hotel is the height of luxury boasting a rooftop restaurant where guests can view the planes landing and taking off on the runway.

Another stylish hotel very close to the airport is the Tulip Inn Hotel, which is located next to the Airside Retail Park. It offers a shuttle service to and from the airport and if you’re driving, it’s good to know that the hotel has easy access to the M50 and M1 motorways.

Other luxury hotels close by the airport include the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Hilton Hotel which are both around a 10 minute drive from Dublin Airport.

Hotels like the Bewleys Hotel, the Travelodge Hotel, the Ballymun Plaza Hotel and the Carnegie Court Hotel are all within a 20 minute drive from the airport.

Dublin hotels between the airport and city…
If you’d like your hotel to be between the airport and the city then we recommend you check into the 3 star Regency Hotel or the 3 star Dublin Skylon Hotel which are both located in Drumcondra ? a suburb between the city and airport. These hotels are really handy for a city break in Dublin, and Drumcondra has excellent public transport connections with both the airport and city.

Other Dublin hotels convenient to the airport…
You can also choose peace and relaxation in wonderful surroundings when you stay at the following Dublin hotels.

The 3 star Finnstown Country House Hotel is a superb mansion located on 45 acres of matured grounds and gardens. It’s about a 20 minute drive to the airport from here via the M50. Or maybe you’d like to base yourself at the 3 star White Sand’s Hotel in Portmarnock ? a fantastic hotel overlooking the sea yet it’s just about a 15 minute drive from the airport.

If it’s golf you’re after then check out the 4 star Portmarnock Hotel, the 3 star Deer Park Hotel in Howth or the 4 star Roganstown Hotel in Swords which all come with superb facilities and their own adjoining golf courses. These hotels are located about a 20 minute drive from Dublin Airport.

For something a bit extra special why not book yourself a room at the exclusive 4 star Clontarf Castle Hotel. This historic castle was built around 1172 and inside its thick castle walls you’ll find a world where ancient history meets modern day luxury. The castle has a unique setting secluded in the beautiful area of Clontarf just about 8km from Dublin International Airport.

We’ve also got some good budget hotels within easy reach of the airport. The 2 star Baily Hotel is located in Howth and is about a 15 minute drive from the airport. The Lucan Spa is another 2 star hotel and is located in Lucan about a 20 minute drive from the airport. The 2 star Hawthorn Hotel located in Swords village is the perfect accommodation if you need something comfortable, clean and convenient to the airport as this hotel is about a 5 minute drive away.

Dublin International Airport is about 9km from the city centre and it’s easy to get there with the Aircoach bus service. This bus line stops at all the major hotels in Dublin. The blue Aircoach buses can be spotted outside the arrivals terminals and depart regularly 24 hours a day. It costs ?12 return and ?7 one-way.

Taxis are always available outside the arrivals hall to bring you directly to your hotel, which is a great option if you’ve got some heavy luggage.

Of course, you could always rent a car (which is highly recommended if you’re touring further than Dublin city). Check out our sister website Novacarhire.com and get yourself a quote now!

Book Dublin hotels or Dublin city hotels now for your visit to Dublin.

Mairead Foley writes for Ireland travel website http://www.GoIreland.com