Republic of Ireland Van Hire Terms and Conditions


Driving Licence

Drivers must present a full valid unendorsed driving licence which they have held for a minimum of two years. The license should be issued in the drivers country of permanent residence and an English language translation should be provided where appropriate. 

UK driving licence holders should note that the paper part of your driving licence is no longer valid. We require all UK licence holders to present evidence of their driving record (entitlements/endorsements) before the vehicle can be rented. This can be obtained by printing it out from the DVLA’s ‘Share Driving Licence’ section - before you collect your vehicle. This must be printed within 21 days of your pickup date.

We reserve the right to ask pre-qualifying questions on your insurance history. You may be refused a vehicle based on the answers you provide.

Drivers with 2 or more unspent driving convictions or one unspent driving conviction from the list below will not be eligible to rent.

  • Careless, reckless or dangerous driving
  • Driving or attempting to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Using a vehicle uninsured against third party risks
  • Theft or unauthorised taking of a vehicle

Drivers who have been disqualified (or anything similar) in the last 10 years will not be eligible to rent.

Failure to disclose any driving convictions may mean you are fully liable for damage caused to the rental vehicle or any third party.

Drivers must also have been eligible to hold a valid driving license for at least the number of years specified:

Small Van

Medium Van

Large Van

8 years

Customers over 75 years are eligible to rent with the following specific conditions:

  • They must drive regularly
  • They must provide us with a letter from their insurance company proving that they hold a current motor insurance policy and that they have been driving without having an accident for the last 5 years.
  • They must provide us with a letter from their doctor stating that they are in good health.
  • They may be required to undergo a driving assessment accompanied with a Budget representative.

Customers requiring further clarification of our licence requirements please email us at or call our reservations department at +353 (0) 90 66 27711.


Proof of Address

Budget Car Rental require proof of address at pick up on all van rentals.

Accepted forms of proof of address are: 

  • A current utility bill (such as a gas, electricity or telephone or mobile phone bill)

  • A current car or home insurance policy that shows your address

  • A document issued by a government department that shows your address

  • A copy of your Tax Credit Certificate (TCC)



Budget Car Rental reserves the right to amend price structures without notice. Prices quoted at time of booking however are guaranteed. Internet rates cannot be used in conjunction with any offline offers.


VAT (Sales Tax)

All prices quoted for van rental and/or additional products/services include VAT (Sales Tax). VAT on van rental is charged at 23%.



Customers can take advantage of discounted rates by paying at the time of booking or choose the pay later option which includes the flexibility of free cancellation. Debit Cards or specified value pre-paid Credit Cards can be used to prepay at the time of booking but the renter must present a credit card when picking up the car. PIN enabled cards will require your PIN for authorisation.


Cancellations and No-Shows

To cancel your booking use the websites "Manage Booking" facility, email  us at or call our reservations department at +353 (0) 90 66 27711.

Our flexible cancellation policy means Prepaid bookings are free to cancel with a full refund when cancelled up to 48 hours before time of pickup. If you cancel within 48 hours you will receive a full refund less a EUR €45.00 cancellation fee. In the case of a no-show no refund is provided.

Pay Later bookings are free to cancel, however if you fail to cancel and do not pick up the car you will incur a no-show fee of EUR €65.00.


Booking Amendments

Use the websites "Manage Booking" facility to make booking amendments. There is no charge for this facility and a cancellation fee does not apply.


Rental Extension

Renters who wish to extend their rental may contact our reservations department at or +353 (0) 90 6627711 to confirm availability. Renters may be required to visit a rental station to sign the updated rental agreement. Extra days will be charged based on the local rate at the time the extension is made.



For your convenience your van will be supplied with a full tank of fuel which you will be asked to pay for when picking up the van. If you return the van full you will be refunded the cost of the fuel.



Vehicle models illustrated on this site are for guidance only. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that a vehicle from the group reserved is available, we reserve the right to substitute an alternative similar model.


GPS / Satellite Navigation Systems

Garmin GPS Satellite Navigation Systems can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €15.00 per day. This charge will be included in your total quotation.


Child Seats 

Infant carriers, child seats and boosters are not permitted to be used in our vans. 


Additional Driver

Additional drivers can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process for EUR €11.35 per driver per day.


Basic Cover - Included

When you hire a vehicle from Budget, the price you pay automatically includes a basic level of cover should you be involved in an accident or breakdown.

Please familiarise yourself with the below areas of cover, including cover for any damage or injury you may cause to a third party, and the excess amounts you will be liable for. It is our goal to make all our products and services transparent for our customers.

Third Party Cover (TPC)

By law, this is compulsory and is included in your rental price, covering the driver or additional driver's legal liability for bodily injury or property damage to others.

Also known as: Third Party Insurance, Motor Liability Insurance or Legal Liability Insurance.

Roadside Assistance

When you rent a vehicle with Budget, you automatically receive a basic level of roadside assistance included in your quote. Should you experience any mechanical difficulties with the vehicle, we will get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

However, Budget also offer additional services to support renters when common issues such as flat batteries or locked-in keys arise. Click here to find out more about Roadside Assistance Plus.

Vehicle Damage Cover

If your rental vehicle is damaged during the rental period, this basic damage excess waiver limits the amount you will have to pay towards the cost of repairs to a fixed amount. This amount is known as the excess (see Excess Charge for the amount relevant to the vehicle group you have reserved).

Also known as: Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) or Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)

Vehicle Theft Cover

If your rental vehicle is stolen, this basic theft excess waiver limits the amount you will have to pay towards replacing it (or parts of it). You will, however, have to pay a fixed amount known as an excess (see Excess Charge for the amount relevant to the vehicle group you have reserved).

Also known as: Theft Protection (TP).

Excess Charge

The excess charge amounts below apply to Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover.

At the time of rental you will have the option to purchase our Excess Reduction product, which lowers the excess amount you are liable for to €250, affording you financial peace of mind.

When picking up your vehicle Budget will require a pre-authorisation on your credit card equal to the excess charge amount. Budget will not require a pre-authorisation to be taken from your credit card if you decide to purchase Excess Reduction

Excess charge amount by van group:

Small Van

EUR €2500

Medium Van

Large Van

EUR €3000

Additional Cover - Optional

If you're looking for extra peace of mind when renting a vehicle, Budget also offer a range of additional cover options to supplement the standard mandatory cover included in your quote. Our rental agents can advise you on the benefits when you are picking up the vehicle.

Excess Reduction

This excess waiver provides peace of mind. The excess charge amounts that apply to Vehicle Damage Cover and Vehicle Theft Cover is reduced to €250, reducing major liability in the event of vehicle theft or damage (excluding windscreen).

Excess Reduction can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at the rates listed below:

Small Van

EUR €28.00 per day

Medium Van

Large Van

EUR €32.00 per day

Windscreen Cover

If your front windscreen is damaged during the rental period this windscreen excess waiver reduces the excess payable by you to ZERO, removing all liability for any damage caused to the vehicle's windscreen glass. You can book Windscreen Cover at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €6.00 per day.

Roadside Assistance Plus

You get extra peace of mind when you add Roadside Assistance Plus to your rental. We will take care of common problems like flat batteries, locked-in keys, flat tyres or running out of fuel - and you don't pay any call out charges.
Roadside Assistance Plus can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €5.00 per day

Personal Accident Insurance

Personal Accident Insurance provides extensive benefits in case of injury / death. It can be booked at step 3 of the online booking process at a rate of EUR €8.00 per day. From 1st September 2019 Personal Accident Insurance will be underwritten by Chubb.

Using Your Own Insurance

Businesses with their own fully comprehensive van insurance policy may wish to transfer their policy onto the rental van. If your insurance broker / company allow this. Budget Car Rental must receive confirmation of insurance coverage in writing at pick up. 
An excess hold will be required on your credit card to facilitate using your own insurance on the rental van. 

If you would like to make a booking for van rental with your own insurance please contact our reservations office on (090) 662 7711

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One Way Rentals

One-way fees are included in your quotation.


Barrier Free Tolling on the M50 motorway

It is the renters responsibility to ensure all due tolls are paid within the correct time frame. More information about barrier free tolling is available here.


Traffic Violations

Renters are responsible for payment of any speeding, parking or other traffic related fines in addition to a fine administration fee of EUR €30.00


Cross Border Driving

If you wish to drive the van into Northern Ireland your rental will be subject to a cross border coverage fee of EUR €34. This fee covers cross border vehicle retrieval in case of breakdown. Budget vans may not be taken outside the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Mileage Restrictions

Budget vans rentals have a mileage restriction of 200km per day. Once you have exceeded the mileage limit, you will be charged €0.25 per additional km.


No Smoking Policy / Valeting Fee

Budget maintain high standards of vehicle cleanliness and operate a no smoking policy in all our vehicles. Customers who return a vehicle that is excessively dirty or that requires valeting due to tobacco smoke will be subject to a minimum fee of €100.00


Damage of Goods

Budget Car Rental are not responsible for any damage or loss caused to carried goods regardless of how it occurs.


Weight Limits

All rental vans have payload levels – These limits must not be exceeded. All costs and charges incurred by renters who have been stopped for an overloaded van are the renters own. Any damage caused by misuse due to overloading the van will be the full responsibility of the renter.

  Load Volume Payload
Small Van 3m³ 650kg
Medium Van 5.3m³ 1100kg

Large Van

11.3m³ 1421kg
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Airbags must not be turned off.