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Knock Guide

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The County Mayo town of Knock in the Republic of Ireland is one of Europe’s most important pilgrimage destinations, drawing over a million of the devout every year to the shrine marking a vision of the Virgin Mary, St John and St Joseph seen by 15 local people in 1879. Modern spiritual leaders such as Pope John Paul and Mother Theresa have visited, and Knock’s Ireland West International Airport some 20kms away was built to handle the influx of pilgrims. Knock is a small town with several hotels and the usual services, set in the heart of Ireland’s rural natural beauty.

Who to Book With
Knock Airport is the most convenient hub for car hire, with international companies such as Europcar, Hertz, Budget and Avis represented on the complex along with several local companies. It pays to search online for rate comparisons, and booking in advance with your chosen company can save time and money.

Best Time to Go
Knock’s only major attraction is its Marian Shrine, which can be visited all year round but is busiest at Easter, Whitsun and Christmas. Ireland’s weather is admittedly on the damp side but it’s rarely freezing cold and summers can be beautiful due to the rich green of the countryside.

Need to Know Essentials
The following documents must be presented on collection of your car rental:

- A valid UK or EU photo driving license or International Driving Permit
- A secondary photo ID such as your passport
- The credit card used for your online booking
- If possible, a printed rental confirmation of booking

More info can be found on our FAQ's page.

Even for inexperienced drivers, motoring in Ireland isn’t a challenge as roads are mostly well-kept and local drivers generally value self-preservation over excess speed. Rural roads tend towards the narrow and twisting, but there are passing spaces at regular intervals to allow drivers to cope with large farm vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. Seat belts are compulsory for all, and warning triangles should be carried. Mobile phone usage must involve a hands-free fitting, and drink-driving is never ignored by local police. Parking in Knock is comparatively easy except during religious holidays, and is cheap compared to UK costs. Petrol stations tend to close early, and some will not accept card payments.

See our guide to the Republic of Ireland for more information on driving here.


Arrivals at Knock’s international airport have a choice of bus, airport shuttle, hired car or taxi transportation, as there is no direct rail connection between the complex and the town. Knock itself and its shrine are small enough to explore on foot, and self-drive is the best way to see the region’s rural beauty or take a day-trip to the coast.

There are no train connections from Knock, as the nearest train station with connections to major Irish cities is 22kms away at Ballyhaunis.

County Mayo’s bus services tend to be erratic and infrequent, with Bus Eireann’s website worth checking for services between Knock and nearby towns and villages.

Taxis at the airport are licensed by the local authority and can be pre-booked or found outside the arrivals exit, with the journey to Knock costing around €25. Journeys in general are priced at around €1.25 per kilometre, with fixed fares for longer sightseeing journeys. John Henry Cabs offers fixed price rates across the country as well as advance booking by phone or email.


The only convenient way to get around County Mayo’s rich vein of cultural and historic sites, museums, galleries and glorious countryside is by self-drive. There’s a great deal to attract visitors, from Stone Age monuments, Celtic crosses and wild natural beauty to the Croagh Patrick mountain where St Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441AD.

Recommended Drives

Ceide Fields - A drive to the wild boglands in the north of the county reveals Ceide Fields, a vast Stone Age monument containing incredibly ancient megalithic tombs, remnants of dwellings and the agricultural field systems of Ireland’s original Neolithic inhabitants. The settlement lies amongst amazing rock formations and rearing cliffs near the town of Ballycastle.

National Museum of Country Life - Located in Castlebar town, this is one of Ireland’s premier cultural institutions, set in Turlough Park just outside the town. Here you’ll find displays representing Ireland’s traditional agricultural lifestyle over the century and a half since 1850. The museum is a scenic drive of around 50kms from Knock.

Teach na Miasa - For a different kind of pilgrimage, head to Teach na Miasa overlooking Clew Bay near Westport, Ireland’s sacred mountain where St Patrick fasted for 40 days during his drive to bring Christianity to the island. The site has been a religious hub since the Stone Age, with pagan Harvest Home and other ceremonies believed to have taken place over 5,000 years ago. The 63km drive through unspoiled countryside to the coast is a treat.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Irish Car Rentals
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Payless Car Rental
  • SIXT Rent a Car
  • Thrifty


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