Excited to start driving? First, learn the necessary skills with our top picks for the best driving schools in Dublin!
And even if you’re after a different kind of vehicle—truck or motorbike—you’ll find the right driving school that’ll give you lessons on those in this article.
What’s more, we’ve added answers to some FAQs you might find useful and even listed several tips to keep in mind as you look for the right driving school.
Driving School Fees in Dublin
Before we go to our list, let’s take a look at some driving school fees.
The table below contains our featured choices’ service prices for your reference. As you can see, 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons cost about €400 to €600.
|Ladybird Driving School – Tallaght||Driving lessons||Need to contact|
|National Driving School||Manual car|
|-1-hour lesson||€ 40|
|-6-hour lessons||€ 260|
|-Pretest & car hire||€ 150|
|-12 EDT lessons||€ 480|
|-4-hour pretest & car hire||€ 275|
|-1-hour lesson||€ 50|
|-6-hour lessons||€ 290|
|-Pretest & car hire||€ 210|
|-12 EDT lessons||€ 600|
|-4-hour pretest & car hire||€ 300|
|NDS EDT starter||€ 480|
|NDS progressive starter||€ 750|
|NDS exclusive package||€ 1,050|
|Automatic “AutoAAA” package||€ 750|
|JustDriveIreland||1 lesson||€ 50|
|2-hour lessons||€ 90|
|4 lessons||€ 175|
|4 EDT lessons||€ 175|
|6 EDT lessons||€ 259|
|10 EDT lessons||€ 430|
|12 EDT lessons||€ 479|
|1 pretest lesson||€ 45|
|1-hour pretest & car hire||€ 140|
|2-hour pretest & car hire||€ 180|
|Allied Driving Instructors||Single lesson (1.5 hours)||€75|
|Double lesson (2 hours)||€95|
|Reduced EDT (6 hours)||€275|
|Standard EDT (12 hours)||€495|
|Sponsor pack small (18 hours)||€725|
|Sponsor pack midi (24 hours)||€950|
|All in pack (36 hours)||€1425|
|IN GEAR Driving School||Manual||1 lesson €40|
6 lessons €220
12 lessons €420
|Automatic||1 lessons €50|
6 lessons €265
12 lessons €49
The Best Driving Schools in Dublin
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our recommendations for Dublin’s best driving schools!
1. Ladybird Driving School – Tallaght
|SERVICES||EDT driving lessons, automatic driving lessons, pretest driving lessons, mock test driving lessons, driving test car hire, and driving instructor training|
|ADDRESS||52 Broomhill Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24 |
Office address: 128 St Patricks Crescent, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 V9F3
|CONTACT DETAILS||(01) 485 1585 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Office hours: |
7:00 am to 6:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
7:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday – Sunday)
Looking for a female driving instructor, in particular? Ladybird Driving School is an all-female instructor driving school, so if you can’t find any other driving school with this option, go check them out.
There are many things to highlight in this driving school. To start with, they’ve garnered more than 500 5-star reviews online from satisfied clients.
Also, they operate on a large scale with 5 locations in Dublin and Kildare, among several other counties, such as Louth, Cavan, Meath, Cork, Limerick, Offaly, Donegal, and more.
Their office in Dún Laoghaire is open all week, so most probably, they also provide driving lessons even on weekends, which is great if you only have time on those days.
Moreover, Ladybird’s website contains free downloadable resources in PDF, such as the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) driving test questions and Rules of the Road book and their own road signs guide.
On the other hand, Ladybird also offers car hire services. Meaning, you can use their car for your actual driving test.
These Ladybird Driving School’s pupils have great things to say about their instructors, in particular:
“I did two pre tests with Petra before my driving test and she helped me to pass. Petra helped me to feel calm, confident and ready for the test. Thank you Petra!” -Hannah Maguire
“Absolutely fantastic! I had Elaine as my driving instructor and she helped me out a lot with my driving. She taught me all the important bits and pieces that I needed to pass my exam on the first try. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better instructor, highly recommended 10/10.” -Natasza Spaczynska
“Elaine was a brilliant instructor. She kept me very calm, with great instruction and tips helping me to pass the test first time!” -Chris Dowdall
2. National Driving School
|SERVICES||EDT driving lessons, pretest driving lessons, automatic driving lessons, mock test lessons, driving test car hire, and driving instructor training|
|ADDRESS||52 Broomhill Industrial Estate, Broomhill Road, Tallaght, D24|
|CONTACT DETAILS||085 118 1111 |
|OPERATING HOURS||8:00 am to 9:00 pm (Monday – Saturday)|
Another driving school with plenty of 5-star reviews online, the National Driving School (NDS) has been in the industry for almost 30 years. It boasts of having 70 RSA-approved driving instructors.
It offers (EDT) lessons, pretest driving lessons, car hire services, mock tests, driver instructor training, among others.
And unlike some of its competitors, NDS also offers driving lessons for manual cars. So, if you’re comfortable with this type of vehicle, NDS’s pricing for manual cars ranges from €40 to €480.
And speaking of pricing, they’ve also got a variety of packages to choose from, with hours that range from 8 to 30. You can check out the prices of their driving lesson packages on their site.
Besides, useful resources are also available on their website, such as the RSA’s Rules of the Road book.
However, they’re only open until Saturday, so if you’re planning to have driving lessons during the weekends, you may be a bit pressed for time.
Find out what these NDS students have to say about their instructors:
“Fahad was my driving instructor, and he was excellent, very patient, cool, calm and collected everything you need from an instructor would highly recommend.” -Keane Griffin
“It won’t be possible to pass without Seweryn’s instructions!. Thank you for the classes and all the key details you will need to pass the test. Only 4 marks :)” -Eric Perez Villar
“I did 2 pretests with David Lee and he led me to a first time pass on my driving test! He was very kind and constructive and gave me all the tips I needed to successfully pass my test. I Would highly recommend his services to anyone learning to drive!” -Celine Oguey McElree
|SERVICES||Automatic driving lessons|
|ADDRESS||Weston Road Dublin, Ireland Dublin 14|
|CONTACT DETAILS||087-646-88-73 |
|OPERATING HOURS||7:00 am to 10:00 pm (Monday – Friday) |
6:00 am to 4:00 pm (Saturday)
JustDriveIreland is a driving school that specialises in automatic driving lessons.
Service prices are available on their website, so you’ll know already without contacting them. For instance, a one hour lesson is worth €50, while their 12 EDT lessons are priced at €479.
They didn’t mention any discounts for now,however, all their packages already include pick up and drop off services. This means that your driving instructor will pick you up from your location of choice and then drop you off after the lesson.
Also, some of the areas they cover in Dublin are Dublin 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 18, among others. They also cover other Dublin areas such as Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Monkstown, Dalkey, Shankill, and more.
Unfortunately, there are some areas where they’re behind other driving schools. One is they specialise only in automatic cars.
Moreover, we didn’t find any useful resources on their website. Hopefully, these areas will improve in the future.
Despite some downsides we saw, JustDriveIreland is nearing 100 5-star reviews online. Read a couple of them below:
“Adnan is a brilliant instructor. I took 4 hours refresher lessons and I feel safer but more confident after lessons thanks to him 👍” -Seoyoung Jo
“Passed first time today in Dun Laoghaire after doing some lessons and a pretest with Adnan. He was always laid back and kept me calm. He gave really clear, direct feedback on the areas that needed improvement and it really helped me to prepare for the test.Thanks a million Adnan!” -Shauna Kelledy
“Just passed my driving test first time.I couldn’t be more thrilled! It was an absolute pleasure to work Adnan. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to gain confidence on the road.” -Sophie
4. IN GEAR Driving School
|SERVICES||Manual & automatic car lessons and pretest & car hire|
|CONTACT DETAILS||085 810 8526 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Always open|
With IN GEAR Driving School, you’ll have the option to choose between male and female drivers. It also provides manual and automatic lessons.
Moreover, IN GEAR is another driving school that offers insurance discounts. First-time drivers who complete 10+ lessons with them are entitled to a 1 year introductory discount along with another discount (minimum of 20%) with insurer First Ireland.
They also mentioned a special student discount; however, they didn’t elaborate, so inquire about this to see if you qualify.
You can also pay for your lessons or buy gift vouchers straight from their website.
Concerning IN GEAR’s downsides, we didn’t find any downloadable driving resources. However, they did provide good info on how to apply for a learner permit. Also, their services are concentrated in Dublin alone.
Girish Mallya, a student, wrote a lengthy review of IN GEAR. Here’s a part of what she said:
“. . . My instructor, Damien taught me a lot of things I didn’t know before. It’s worth pointing out his integrity – I had initially asked to sign up for 10 lessons because I thought I would need that many, but he told me I probably won’t so it would be best to only sign up for fewer classes and see if I need more after that. And he was right. Over the course of only 6 lessons, he addressed a lot of issues in my driving, including my long-standing problem with progress. Thanks to him, I passed the test and it only took 2 months to get there!” -Girish Mallya
Meanwhile, Cristiano recommends IN GEAR for anyone who wants to get a license. Read his remarks:
“Would highly recommend In Gear for anyone looking to get a license. I had classes with Paul and he was absolutely determined to help me passing my driving test which I did today! Many thanks for the help and keep up the good work!” -Cristiano
5. Allied Driving Instructors
|ADDRESS||Swords Dublin, Ireland|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 087 6697076|
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Allied Driving Instructors is a driving school that offers a wide array of driving lessons with varying courses that are specific to the driving skill a client wishes to learn and take up.
The said school is comprised of driving instructors who are based in different parts of Ireland but more specifically that of the Dublin area who are all RSA ADI qualified and trained in order to have an excellent driving school experience. They also find themselves to be accommodating, helpful and friendly to their clients to better deliver each course.
Their cars are also adequately equipped and accommodating of all courses that are offered by the said school as they are all dual control, learner-friendly, and are maintained so that they are always neat and tidy upon usage. Also, though there is already a pre-existing syllabus for each course and lesson, each is highly customizable and can be revised in order to tailor to the client’s individual needs.
We recommend this driving school for individuals who would like to take up driving lessons no matter the experience they have prior to them taking up the said courses – the Allied Driving Instructors are sure to adjust and go at the client’s pace and needs at all times.
Here are some reviews from their clients:
“Darragh is an outstanding instructor who taught me stuff above and beyond of what I needed to know for the test of which I was successful and was funny and a patient instructor. I appreciate his professionalism and commitment to safety and would recommend him. Thanks for your help.”
“Barney is a great driving instructor, extremely patient and makes you feel comfortable driving, a man of tonnes of knowledge and will keep you into great habits, for anyone starting off I would highly recommend Barney, 10/10 absolute gent 👍”
How to Choose a Driving School
As mentioned earlier, we’ve included several tips to help you choose a driving school:
1. Approved with the RSA
Firstly, your driving instructor should be an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) with the Road Safety Authority.
You can find RSA’s list of Approved Driving Instructors on their website. You can search for driving instructors based on location and will be able to see their names, the driving school they’re affiliated with, and other important details.
2. License types
Do you need a license to drive other types of vehicles such as motorbikes, minibuses, trucks, and so on? Not all driving schools offer lessons on these, so check the type of license they support first.
Likewise, not all provide training for manual cars, so this is another thing to check if you prefer this type of vehicle.
3. Check for weekend training
Driving lessons will definitely take up a considerable amount of your time. Hence, if you’re working, see if your driving school teaches on weekends.
Some are even open all week, so look out for those if Sundays are more convenient for you.
4. Male and female instructors
Driving can understandably be nerve-wracking for first-timers. If you think a male or a female driver can help you learn better and faster, inquire if the driving school has this option.
5. Special offers and discounts
Driving lessons are also an investment, so it’d be nice if the driving school has any special offers and discounts (e.g. student discount).
Some even partner with insurance companies, so availing a package from them could help you score discounts off of your car insurance.
6. Special needs
Are you a teenager or a person with a disability? See if the driving school has any special courses for you, or perhaps, an instructor that’s more qualified to teach students like you.
And if English is not your first language, inquire if there are other languages supported by the driving school to help you learn better and prevent miscommunication.
FAQs about the Best Driving Schools in Dublin
And that’s a wrap for our list of the best driving schools in Dublin! Hopefully, you pass your driving test on the first take after enrolling from any one of our choices.
Did we miss other notable driving schools? If you have some in mind, just contact us. We’ll check them out right away!
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