Car Hire in Laois

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Car Rental at Laois

Laois, formerly known as Queen’s County, is a beautiful county which is located in the Midlands Region of Ireland. The area is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, partly thanks to its natural beauty and historic architecture.

If you're travelling to Laois, then there is an Enterprise branch located in nearby Kilkenny. You can arrange to pick-up your car from that branch or from Dublin Airport, and then explore Ireland at your own pace.

Our Vehicles for Hire in Laois

We have a huge selection of vehicles to choose from. If you’re the outdoorsy type and like to camp and hike, then our spacious SUVs may be just what you're looking for. The large boot space will enable you to transport your personal belongings and camping equipment with ease. If you're planning on taking a trip to Laois with the whole family, then you may want to hire one of our bigger people carriers which can seat up to nine people comfortably.

Laois county’s majestic mountains certainly serve as the ideal romantic backdrop. If you’re planning a special trip with that special someone to Laois, options such as comfortable convertibles can make that getaway extra special.

Of course, you may not be taking a holiday to Louis, but simply transporting belongings from one house or office to another. In this case, we offer a selection of vans for hire, too. Our vans will allow you to effectively transport your items without having to pay a removal team to do it for you.

Attractions in Laois

Port Laoise is the cultural capital of Laois, as it’s filled with boutiques, cafes, galleries and a few museums. Dunamaise Arts Centre is the place to head if you love all things TV and film, while the public Abbeyleix Library and Gallery showcases a range of sculptures, documents and photographs that will please art-lovers of all ages.

One of the highlights for nature-lovers has to be the Ballintubber Arts and Crafts Gardens that are set in 14 acres of manicured grounds. These are simply breathtaking to explore, particularly in the late afternoon when golden lighting illuminates the landscapes. If architecture is your thing, then Castle Durrow with its gardens and formal terraces is certainly a sight to behold.

Several tour companies offer private or group outings to keep you entertained. These include activities like canoeing, guided treks, fishing, cycling, horse riding and even art classes. Keen Golfers can tee-off at one of the many greens in the area. There is plenty to see and do in the great outdoors, so by simply driving around you’ll be sure to spot picnic areas, lakes, marshlands and lookout points that you won’t find listed on the tourism websites.

Places to Visit Outside Laois

Laois is centrally located, making it a great base for exploring other villages, towns and cities in Ireland. Dublin, for example, is located less than two hours' drive away from Laois county. In Dublin, you can sample some incredible Irish fare and hospitality, try your hand at Irish dancing, and take a tour round the world-famous Guinness Factory. Dublin is a city that really comes alive at night, so book an overnight stay if you want to experience the "craic". If you truly want an experience like no other, book your trip during St. Patrick's Day; just be prepared for some very lively celebrations!

The city of Cork is also easily reachable by car from Laois County. Cork is filled with meandering waterways, traditional pubs and old architecture. It’s near to the West Coast, making it an ideal location for day trips in your hire car as you can easily take a trip to one of the many beaches in the area, too. Other hotspots to visit in Ireland include Limerick, Waterford and Galway.

Airport Car Hire

Laois is served by Dublin Airport. The large airport is a base for many carriers who fly to destinations around the world. We have a branch located next to Dublin Airport, meaning you can pick up your rental car as soon as you arrive on the Emerald Isle. We also have several different branches located in and around Dublin should you prefer to pick-up or drop-off your rental car at any of those locations.

It's easy to get from the airport to the country of Louis via several major roads which travel through some of the prettiest areas in the country. You can choose to hire a Sat Nav for your vehicle to ensure that you have the quickest route to get from A to B.

Parking and Traffic Information in Laois

Driving in Louis is an enjoyable affair, as there is very little traffic on the roads. Port Louis is perhaps the busiest place in the country, even then you’ll be hard pressed to find any serious traffic jams. Parking options are also available throughout the county, in many areas you will be able to park for free or for a very low fee. Major attractions all have car parking spaces available for guests, while most hotels and guesthouse also offer parking spaces for paying customers.

Cheap Car Hire

From large people carriers to smaller economy cars, Enterprise Rent-a-Car guarantees cheap rates on car hire from our Laois 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 Laois 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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