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Ireland - Driving and Public Transportation
Non EU/EEA nationals who are not covered by one of these agreements can drive in Ireland on their own valid licence for a period not exceeding 12 months, after which time they have to apply for an Irish licence and take a driving test.
Application forms for an Irish licence, and for exchange of a licence to an Irish one, are available online on the Oasis government information website, or from your local Motor Taxation Office, along with details of documentation required.
Driving in Ireland is on the left. Road distances and speed limits are measured in kilometres. There are different speed limits depending on the type of road and area, with the maximum being 50 km/h in built up areas, 100 km/h on national roads including dual carriageways, and 120 km/h on motorways. Other speed limits apply in certain areas and will be indicated.
Driving is often the best way to travel around Ireland, as the public transport system is expensive and does not serve all areas. Petrol is quite expensive though, at around EUR 1 per litre. Some rural roads are in poor condition.
There are state run bus and rail services which operate throughout Ireland, but some rural locations are not on these routes. The services tend to be quite slow and infrequent. Rail travel is relatively expensive; the bus services may offer better value.
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