Portlaoise Car Rental Location

Portlaoise location

Portlaoise Depot Location

Portlaoise is a relatively small town roughly 90 miles south-west of Dublin. Despite its small-town charms, Portlaoise does lie along a major transport artery. Those heading from Dublin to Limerick, Cork or even the Ring of Kerry driving circuit will pass through Portlaoise first, and some choose to spend a day or two exploring before they travel on. Given the variety of activities available in the Slieve Bloom Mountains – everything from hiking to angling – Portlaoise serves as an excellent place to spend a day or two exploring before travelling further west. 

CARHIRE.ie’s Portlaoise car rental depot is located about five minutes’ drive north-east of the town centre. It’s located on Dublin Road (also known as R445), which can be picked in the town centre from the roundabout at Laoise County Council. The depot is actually part of Downeys Centra shopping plaza, a prominent roadside landmark that makes the depot that much easier to find.

For those arriving in Portlaoise from Dublin, simply follow the signposts on the M7 motorway, which indicate where to exit to pick up R445. From here, as you’re driving into town, you’ll see Downeys Centra on the left-hand side. Local bus 830 also follows this route. 
Portlaoise enjoys convenient access to the M7 and M8 motorways, making it easy to connect to several other cities in the region. The following are all within reach of those with a rental car in Portlaoise:

Kildare (32 km north-east)

The town of Kildare boasts a quaint and charming town centre that features a lovely cathedral. It only takes 30 minutes to reach Kildare from Portlaoise. Simply take the M7 and head north-east. 

Kilkenny (50 km south)

Kilkenny is a popular place to visit in Ireland, and many people who hire a car in Portlaoise end up spending a day or two in Kilkenny as well. This town is characterised by colourful storefronts, abundant trad (i.e. traditional) Irish music, a medieval cathedral and a lovely castle.

Dublin (84 km north-east)

Dublin serves as gateway to Ireland as a whole, and international visitors typically spend the first and last leg of their visit here in the capital. To connect from Portlaoise to Dublin, simply pick up the M7 motorway (which bypasses Portlaoise to the south) and drive north-east until it changes over to the N7 (E20). This motorway connects through to Dublin. 

Limerick (113 km south-west)

Limerick is the farthest afield of the destinations listed here, but at just over 110 km away, it is still relatively close to Portlaoise. Recently, Limerick was named the first ‘Irish City of Culture’ – an award that is to be handed out every two years. It is famous for its medieval architecture, Georgian neighbourhoods and for the role in played in Frank McCourt’s acclaimed novel, Angela’s Ashes.

Petrol stations

At CARHIRE.ie, we choose our rental depot locations carefully to ensure optimal customer convenience. One of our key considerations in vetting potential locations is the availability of petrol. To begin with, our customers have the option to purchase a full tank of petrol when they rent a car in Portlaoise. For those who won’t be doing that much driving while in the area, this is by far the most convenient option. However, even those customers who would rather see to their own petrol needs are still well taken care of in Portlaoise. To begin with, there is a filling next-door to the depot at Downey’s Autos Limited. A quick drive south-east along R445 leads to Killeshin Service Station, which is also conveniently close. Following the N80 into the town centre, drivers will find an Esso petrol station – convenient to centrally located accommodation. Further south is a Dunnes Service Station on Abbeyleix Road, while Slieve Bloom petrol station is found to the west of town on Mountrath Road (technically R445).

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