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.
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.
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)
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
Figures checked July 2020