Athlone

Unit 3B, Diskin Centre, Golden Island Athlone, Co Westmeath, N37 R2N1

Athlone

Visiting Athlone

Athlone is roughly located at the geographical centre of Ireland. This makes it an ideal base for exploring the Shannon River valley, which runs through the town centre, and Lough Ree, directly to the north. Many people actually arrive in Athlone on a pleasure craft. Local marinas cater to this traffic, and incoming visitors are usually bound for Lough Ree.

Regardless of how you arrive in Athlone, hiring a car is hands-down the most practical means of getting around. Parking is easily arranged and highly affordable, and that makes it easy to explore the city centre on foot. However, when it comes to setting out in to the countryside, there is no replacement for having your own vehicle.

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CARHIRE.ie Location

Athlone’s car hire depot is located west of the River Shannon among the town’s major business parks, it is near the Golden Island Shopping centre. From here, it’s a short drive to hotels, restaurants and shops along the river.

CARHIRE.ie offers customers a huge selection of different types of cars and vans available to hire. Whether you are looking for a van rental to move house, or a car to tour around Ireland, CARHIRE.ie has the vehicle for you.

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Public Transport

Athlone is located between County Roscommon and County Westmeath. The town is served by a number of Bus Eireann services and taxi services which can be accessed in the center of the town.

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FAQs

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We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Discover Cards. We only accept debit or credit cards from the person in whose name the booking is made. GoCar by Europcar bookings have to be prepaid online.

Debit cards will only be accepted if either (1) a credit card is also provided to cover the excess; or (2) the customer purchases our Super Collision Damage Waiver product, which reduces the excess to €250. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.

Yes, you can check rates through our booking system before making a reservation. Your booking is only complete when you agree to the Terms & Conditions and click the 'Pay now' button.

You can easily compare prices and choose the one that best fits your budget. Booking in advance and being flexible with pick up and drop-off locations can help you secure better rates. Remember that demand, the season, and the length of your rental can all have an impact on costs.

Most of our basic rental fees include Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Waiver, which have an excess of between €1,500 and €2,500 depending on the vehicle category. For more information, please refer to the Excess Amounts and Coverages section in our Terms & Conditions.

Car hire excess, also known as the excess waiver or collision damage waiver (CDW), is a financial liability that renters are responsible for in the event of damage or theft of the rented vehicle. Read guide on car hire excess.

Drivers must meet the requirement for licence eligibility. If the number of years is eight, this does not mean the driver must have held their licence for 8 years — they must have been eligible to hold their licence for eight years. This information is stated clearly in our Terms & Conditions.

Choosing a vehicle should be done with consideration for your own requirements, the number of passengers, and the kind of trip you expect to drive while in Ireland.

When you arrive at the CARHIRE desk (operated by Europcar), we will ask you to provide a valid unendorsed driving licence issued by your country of residence, and a payment card in the name of the main driver. If your licence is issued in the UK, you must provide the ‘Share Driving Licence’ information, which you can obtain by visiting gov.uk/view-driving-licence.

Non-EU/EEA driving licences cannot be accepted if the holder has been resident in Ireland for more than 12 months. Holders of UK, US, Canadian, Australian and all EU member states are not required to supply an International Driving Permit (IDP).

If an International Driving Permit is required, it must be accompanied by the driver’s original domestic licence and photo ID or national identity card. If you are using a prepaid voucher (with a specified value or that says group and days apply'), you must also present a credit card for your deposit and charges that have not been prepaid.

If cancelling more than 48 hours before the pick up date and time, you will get a full refund.
There is free changes to your booking 4 hours before pick up.

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