Car and Van Hire in Carlow

Welcome to the Enterprise Carlow car rental page. Choose from a wide selection of cars ranging from smaller economy cars to larger SUVs and people carriers

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Car & Van Rental at Carlow

Some 52 miles from Dublin lies the county town of Carlow, where a magnificent countryside and scenic mountains line the horizon for as far as the eye can see. Carlow offers the perfect environment for someone looking to get away from the bustle of the metropolis. This rural town incorporates a little bit of everything, as the modern attractions intermingle with the laid-back atmosphere. Carlow is so old that it is said to pre-date any Irish history that is in the books. The launching of the Carlow Institute of Technology has contributed to the steady increase in the population of the town, as more school leavers now have a reason to stay. Whether looking to live in or merely visit the town, a hire car from Enterprise in Carlow will help you enjoy your stay.

Our Vehicles for Hire in Carlow

With Enterprise’s car hire in Carlow, you can find options to suit varying budgets. Our range of rental cars suits a wide variety of travel demands, from the small family on holiday to a group of students taking a summer trip.

We have SUVs of different sizes that range from small to large 4x4s. Our car rental service also caters to regular travel needs by offering compact and intermediate saloons. If you are looking to rent a car for family use, a people carrier is ideal. We have seven- and nine-passenger vehicles that will make any group tours in Carlow a fun and social experience. With the modern and fuel-efficient features of our fleet, you have the assurance that your vehicle will not disappoint.

Attractions in Carlow

The Greek revivalist design of the 1830-built Carlow Courthouse is what makes this building stand out. It has a Russian cannon sitting at its front, which was supposedly captured in the Crimean War. Even though it has undergone several refurbishments over its lifetime, the courthouse is still a sight to behold, because it resembles a temple set on a plinth. Duckett’s Grove is a sprawling mansion that was built in the 1800s in Gothic Revival architecture, and it is currently open to the public. After settling on the car you want to hire in Carlow, you can take a ride to the Graiguecullen Bridge, a five-arched stone structure, which is one of the oldest on the River Barrow. It is situated just beside Carlow Castle, another must-see when in the area. An attempt to redesign the old castle that is on the banks of the River Barrow went badly and left it in ruins, but that in itself is a sight to see. The Mount Leinster Heritage Drive is another spot you can spend time on, as it takes you across 47 miles of road that is lined with quaint little villages and towns, such as Clonegal, Borris, Myshall and Bagenalstown. While on the drive, you can take in the breathtaking views of the Blackstairs Mountains.

Places to Visit Outside Carlow

You can choose to venture into nearby towns, such as Tinryland, Killeshin and Clogrennane. For a golf enthusiast, the town of Killerrig has one of the best golfing courses in the area. Your Carlow car rental can also take you beyond the region and into County Laois, which is doubly landlocked. This means that the county itself is landlocked, as are the counties bordering it. The Slieve Bloom Mountains, Castle Durrow and Roundwood House are a few of the places to see in this region.

Airport Car Hire

There is no public airport in Carlow, so the only option is to fly in from Dublin. Our on-site branch can provide the car hire you need to make your trip to the town a swift one.

Parking and Traffic Information in Carlow

Before the small section of motorway known as the M9 opened in 2008, the town of Carlow had a traffic jam problem on Barrack Street, coming in from Dublin-Waterford. The bypass has reduced the amount of traffic that residents and tourists have to deal with. Some parts of the town have a one-way system, such as the area around the courthouse, Browne Street, Castle Street, Church Street and Charlotte Street. When you know how the road links work, your navigation of the town will be much simpler, and that will allow you to make the most of your hired car. The more than 3,000 parking spaces in this rural town will ensure that you find a safe place for your vehicle.

Cheap Car Hire

From large people carriers to smaller economy cars, Enterprise Rent-a-Car guarantees cheap rates on car hire from our Carlow branch. Our economy cars are renowned for being cheap to hire as well as low running costs with great fuel efficiency. Book online in advance for our cheapest prices, alternatively book in branch and get the car that suits your needs.

Moving house? Moving furniture? Enterprise has vans available at our Carlow branches to ensure that you can get a vehicle to suit your needs. From smaller passenger vans to larger commercial vans – give our branches a call or book online to guarantee you a van hire that will suit your needs. Van hire is cheap and easy through Enterprise online or in branch, we promise to provide a vehicle to suit you for as long as you require it.

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Will I be allowed to cross into bordering countries?
    The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are a valid drivers licence, valid ID, and a credit or debit card. You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers. Learn more about what you need when hiring here.
  2. Do I need insurance to rent a car or van?
    No. At Enterprise you don't need to purchase insurance as we provide a damage waiver within the cost of your hire. You can, of course, take option to purchase additional protection products to reduce the excess further to give you complete peace of mind. Visit our car hire insurance page for further details.
  3. How old do I need to be to hire a car or van?
    All drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. Only drivers over 30 years old may hire full-size MPVs, premium vehicles/exotic cars and Luton vans. Learn more about age requirements for hiring a vehicle here.
  4. What are the driver's licence requirements for car hire in the UK & Ireland?
    All drivers must produce all parts of a valid driving licence. Non-EU licence holders are required to have an international driving permit if the licence is not in English. Domestic renters must produce photo id, passport or driving licence. International travellers must produce a passport, proof of return travel and residency information while in Ireland.  Learn more about car hire driving licence requirements here.
  5. Can I hire a car with a debit card?
    We accept payment by either a debit or credit card in the name of the renter. A credit card is required if you are renting a People Carrier, Compact Elite, SUV, Premium, Luxury or Executive vehicle. Learn more about our accepted card payment methods here.

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