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Renting a car in Galway City makes sense for any travel around the west of Ireland. Pick up your quality rental car booked through Nova Car Hire and look forward to the driving experience of a lifetime.

About Nova Car Hire

Operating from our base in Co. Kerry, Ireland, Nova Car Hire is an online car hire broker that has been providing exceptional value and service for its customers since 1997. In that time, we have forged valuable relationships with more than 500 of the world's leading car hire providers to bring you car hire quality, service, and economy in some 26,000 locations worldwide.

It's easy to access that value: Simply enter a few simple travel details in the search box on the left, and we will send you an instant quote selected from the lowest rate we can secure from our network of car hire providers. You can book online or over the phone - whichever suits you best - and if you have any queries, contact us and we will endeavour to address them as quickly as possible. You will have access to a great choice of cars, from convenient compact cars to spacious people-carriers, and our availability and service are unrivalled.

About Car Hire in Galway City

Considered Ireland’s most Irish city, Galway is a coastal town and Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area where traditional culture has long flourished. A metropolitan university town packed with tourists in summer, Galway is never quiet, with a calendar of festivals that keeps the famously lively pubs buzzing every night of the year.

Car Hire Tips for Galway City: Top 5 Scenic Drives

Make the most of your car hire and get out of Galway City for some of the most breathtaking scenic drives you will ever experience.

  1. Inagh Valley to Killary Harbour - 26km of soaring mountains, sparkling lakes, and rugged coastline.
  2. Sky Road, Clifden - This 15km drive has been described as the most scenic coastal drive in Ireland.
  3. Leenane to Drummin - The 27km route from the charming village of Leenane via Doo Lough to Drummin offers a memorable glimpse of the Connemara wilderness.
  4. Lough Corrib - Drive a delightful 113km  loop from Galway to Lough Corrib via Moycullen and Oughterard through Clonbur to Cong in Mayo and back to Galway, via Cross.
  5. Bearna to Lettermore - Discover Galway's cultural heartland on a 48km drive west from Bearna (west of Galway City) through Ireland's largest Gaeltacht region to Lettermore.


Galway On A Budget

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Got a clean car and the tank was full of petrol - a pleasant surprise! We were happy to book with you and will do so again.

Francois Dubois, Feb-2012

Everything was great with our car hire, especially as it was such a big part of our holiday itinerary. We will be back to Nova for next year's holiday! .

Andy Cuthbert, Aug-2011

I must say that i had a good service and very good price from Nova car hire, and if I ever visit Ireland again i will make sure that I try Nova car hire first, especially after the good customer care i got when i had to change a detail in the booking just hours before collecting,

Mario Balzia,, Feb-2010

We recently hired car through Nova for holiday in Ireland. We were very satisfied with quality of service which was friendly and efficient. The vehicle was excellent. Thanks a lot.

Paul Mangion, Oct-2009

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Galway On A Budget

Hi! My name is Katherine, born and raised in Kerry, Ireland. I have travelled the world in search of sun, fun, and excitement. Some of my favourite spots include Spain, Italy, and North Africa.

Galway is a university city, so enjoying life here on a budget is something many students have turned into an art form. But you don’t have to be a student to enjoy the best of Galway without breaking the bank.

Budget Beds

Sure, you can have old-world opulence or contemporary chic in your choice of Galway hotel, but you’ll also find cheap, quality hotels right in the heart of town. Just be sure to book well in advance, as a wealth of year-round festivals, from the Galway races and arts festival in summer to autumn’s oyster and theatre festivals mean there’s plenty of competition for rooms. Try the trendy Clayton or basic Pillo. You’ll also find excellent value at the Menlo Park and Forster Court.

Galway for Free

Take a fascinating (free) stroll around this refreshingly compact once-walled city. Start at the Hall of the Red Earl on Druid Lane, the ruined remnants of Galway’s 13th-century seat of power. Nearby is the Spanish Arch, one of the final fragments of the ancient city walls that once encircled Galway, which now overlooks a grassy patch of waterfront where university students gather. Next door is the Galway City Museum (also free), a light and airy space where you’ll find exhibitions on famous locals such as the writer Padraic O Conaire.

Prom Date

Galwegians take the air with a walk, run or cycle down “the prom,” the seaside promenade overlooking Galway Bay and the Burren’s lunar landscape that extends to Salthill, a former seaside resort now scattered with trendy bars among the dilapidated casinos. Reward yourself after the 3km walk with a pint of locally brewed porter at the microbrewery Oslo  in Upper Salthill.

Street Entertainment

Shop Street is not just the place where your wallet is most at risk from the range of stores that line this cobblestone pedestrian thoroughfare; it’s also where scores of buskers and street performers ply their trade. Some of the entertainment is of surprisingly high quality, and you are likely to be encouraged to join in on acts from fire-eating to unicycling.

Learn the Language

If your Irish is rusty or nonexistent, you might want to visit the quirky Club Aras na nGael on Dominick Street, where, depending on the night, you’ll find Gaelic classes, step dancing, and international D.J. nights in full swing. Don’t worry: English speakers are welcome.

Eat for Less

McDonaghs on Quay Street, right in the heart of Galway, is a casual eatery crammed with people queuing for the best fish and chips in the city. The fish is incredibly fresh, and everything is prepared simply and quickly for a non-nonsense, tasty meal that will keep you going all day. For excellent value (particularly the early-bird option) in cosy, atmospheric surroundings, Restaurant Gemelles is a delight. The Mediterranean menu is simple and well-prepared (try the pate or goat’s cheese parcels), and the staff are professional and friendly.