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.
Athlone’s car hire depot is located west of the River Shannon among the town’s major business parks. It’s found in Monksland at the Motorpark, which is about a kilometre north of the M6 on Route 362. From here, it’s a short drive to hotels, restaurants and shops along the river.
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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.Get directions
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We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Discover Cards. GoCar by Europcar bookings have to be prepaid online. We only accept credit cards from the person in whose name the booking is made.
The main named driver must provide a major credit card in their own name to complete the booking, which must be used to pay the deposit. This card must also be shown on arrival. We do not accept other forms of payment such as cash, prepaid cards, debit cards, electronic cards or a credit card from a third party. 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' or 'Pay on Arrival' button.
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.
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.
Drivers aged 75 and over must provide a printed medical certificate/letter stating that they are fit to drive, and a letter from their insurance company stating they are a current driver who has not been involved in an accident in the last 5 years. This information must reach us at least five working days before the rental.
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 major credit 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, photo ID such as a passport or national identity card, and a utility bill or bank statement (dated within the last three months) with the same address as your driving licence. 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.