Car rental costs in European holiday hotspots have risen by 500 pc, dealing a hidden blow to the cost of “budget holidays”.
Experts warn holidaymakers to check the price of car hire before booking flights or risk being forced to cancel their trip as the high costs make family trips unaffordable.
The cost of an average car hire booking in Ireland has risen this year from £104 to £679 – a 551 pc increase since 2019, according to comparison website Ice Travel Group.
In the 10 most searched countries in June, for travel until the end of October, the cost of car hire more than doubled in three years.
Portugal recorded the second highest jump in car rental costs, with an average small car booking costing £339 – a 239 per cent increase compared to 2019.