Cost of Learning to Drive in Ireland

How much does it cost to learn to drive a car in Ireland ?

The cost of learning to Drive in Ireland has gradually become more expensive in recent years.  To begin with , the various fees and charges for tests, permits and lessons can easily mount up to around €700.
On top of that is the extra cost of insurance.

Driver Theory Test

The first step required in learning to drive a car is to pass the  Driver Theory Test. This costs €45 for a car.

To help you pass this test this you will probably also need a  copy of  The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers. This costs about €20.

Learners Permit

The next step is to get a Learners Permit  (Provisional Licence). You have to apply for a learner permit in person at one of the  National Driver Licence Service NDLS centres located around the country.  Learner permits for cars and work vehicles are valid for 2 years (or 1 year in certain circumstances)
The cost of a learners permit is €35.

cost of learning to drive in ireland

Eyesight report 

A completed Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form must accompany all first learner permit applications.
The typical cost of a driving eyesight test is €20 . You can not get this done under PRSI benefits.


Essential Driver Training course.

Before taking a driving test you must undertake a mandatory 12 hours of driving lessons. This is known as the EDT (Essential Driver Training)

Each lesson in the EDT covers a specific area of driving skills – the lessons are in a set order and must be recorded in a personal EDT logbook.

Everyone must complete the full EDT of 12 lessons lasting 1 hour each before taking a driving test

How Much do Driving Lessons Cost?

There is no set charge for EDT lessons and each driving instructor sets their own price.
In a quick survey of sample EDT driving lesson prices around Ireland we found charges for 12 EDT lessons ranging from €360 to €499.  (average €430)

Driving Test

A driving test for a car costs €85.  If you pass the test you can then apply for your full Driving License.

Driving License Prices

A Ten-year driving licence costs €55.

Three-year driving licence costs €35

One-year driving licence costs €25

So – the overall minimum cost of learning to drive and getting a ten year driving licence will typically be  €690 .

This does not include any extra lessons outside of the 12-hour mandatory lessons or any extra insurance premiums which would be needed if you were to drive your own car or a family car.

Of course – once you have passed the test you will need to get insurance too.

More here about Car Insurance Prices for Learner Drivers in Ireland

Find Registered Driving Instructors Here

Figures checked July 2020

One thought on “Cost of Learning to Drive in Ireland

  1. Hi,

    This is a very informative piece. I would also be interested to see opinions on the process and costs of driving in Ireland for “holders of driving licences from other countries”

    QUOTE “If you are not from any of the above countries, and you hold a national driving licence or an international driving permit from your own country, you may drive in Ireland for the duration of your temporary visit (up to 12 months).”

    The problem with this is that Irish Insurance companies will not quote insurance for holders of national driver licences from other counties (Argentina – non EU in this case ). The insurance companies informed us to record 3 written refusals and contact the Declined Cases Committee of the Irish Insurance Federation

    QUOTE “If your stay in Ireland will be more than 12 months you can apply for an Irish driving licence but you will need to go through the full driver licensing procedure. You must first pass a driver theory test , apply for a learner permit, complete a course of Essential Driver Training(EDT) and pass your driving test in Ireland. If you pass your driving test, you can then apply for a full Irish driving licence.”

    QUOTE “Why do I need EDT?
    Studies show that young drivers and inexperienced drivers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in collisions, and EDT is one of several measures introduced by the RSA to help improve critical driving knowledge, skills and behaviours of new drivers.”

    So for example, Non Eu drivers, the years of experience acquired driving in their country under their national driving license is not taken into account and they are treated as beginners. For me the EDT seems excessive for experience drivers from other countries. The theory test and driver test is more than enough if there are reservations of the experience and driving test done in other countries. Also once all the tests have been done, the insurance companies will also disregard all previous experience under a foreign national driving license and will be quoted as a new driver.

    I am an experienced driver with full Irish driving licence over 10 years, I am able to drive in Argentina (on a long term basis) by being added to list of authorized drivers (called the cedula azul) for a given car, under my Irish driving license and with my passport as identification. The insurance is per vehicle and covers all authorised drivers of the car, so I am automatically covered by the insurance. This step took a single day to complete with a small administrative cost less than the equivalent of 20 euro. So simple compared to the bureaucracy a holder of a driving license for a non recognized country has to go through in Ireland.


    For an non-Eu citizen, they also have to do the EDT

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