Compare personal loans

Whether you’re buying a car or holiday, a personal loan can be a quick and simple way to borrow money. Compare loan rates and terms here to find the best loan for you.

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An Post Money Personal Loan
5.9% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€44,702.42
Total repayment
€1,241.73
Monthly payment
Personal Loan
6.1% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€44,835.93
Total repayment
€1,245.44
Monthly payment
Refinance Loan
6.1% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€44,835.93
Total repayment
€1,245.44
Monthly payment
KBC Personal Loan
6.3% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€44,989.77
Total repayment
€1,249.72
Monthly payment
Available to KBC current account customers.
Personal Loan
6.8% APR
Variable rate
36
Repayments
€45,280.80
Total repayment
€1,257.80
Monthly payment
Ulster Bank uFirst Personal Loan
6.9% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€45,366.32
Total repayment
€1,260.18
Monthly payment
Available to Ulster Bank current account customers only. Our calculations may differ slightly to those on the Ulster Bank website.
KBC Personal Loan
7.3% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€45,621.85
Total repayment
€1,267.27
Monthly payment
Ulster Bank Personal Loan
7.9% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€45,999.33
Total repayment
€1,277.76
Monthly payment
Our calculations may differ slightly to those on the Ulster Bank website.
An Post Money Electric Car Green Loan
8.0% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€46,048.48
Total repayment
€1,279.12
Monthly payment
Green Loani
Green LoanYou could get a lower interest rate from An Post if you use your loan to buy an electric car. T&Cs apply.
AIB Personal Loan
8.95% APR
Variable rate
36
Repayments
€46,654.20
Total repayment
€1,295.95
Monthly payment
Our calculations may differ slightly to those on the AIB website.
Chill Money Personal Loan
8.9% APR
3 Year fixed rate
36
Repayments
€46,662.11
Total repayment
€1,296.17
Monthly payment
Permanent tsb Personal Loan
10.5% APR
Variable rate
36
Repayments
€47,626.37
Total repayment
€1,322.95
Monthly payment
You can use our loan calculator and comparison to compare the cost of different loans in Ireland, but the rates you see are not guaranteed. Exactly how much you'll pay depends on your credit record, affordability and how much you choose to borrow. Always check the total cost of your borrowing before you proceed.

How to get the best personal loan

The best personal loan will allow you to borrow the amount of money you need, will have affordable monthly repayments and the lowest interest rate possible.

Using a personal loans comparison tool or broker to help you shop around for the best rates in Ireland is a great way to find the right loan for your budget.

To help you find the best loan for your financial needs, think about:

  • The amount you need to borrow: Keep your loan to the minimum and don’t be tempted to borrow more than you need. If you are using the loan for a purchase, such as a car, use as much cash up front as you can afford.
  • The total cost of the loan: Check the overall cost of the loan because the final amount payable may end up being more than you think. Interest rates and extra fees will always make credit more expensive than paying in cash.
  • Interest rates: The lower the interest rate, the cheaper your loan will be. We include the typical APR (Annual Percentage Rate) for each lender in our loan calculator so you can get an idea of the cost before you apply.
  • Monthly repayments: You can keep monthly costs down by spreading the loan over a longer period, but you will end up paying more in total. Set your monthly repayments at an affordable level but don’t spread the cost for longer than you need to.
  • Repayment term: Keep the repayment term as short as you can afford because the quicker you pay back the loan, the cheaper it will be. Most personal loans give you the option to repay over a period of one to 10 years.
  • Early repayment fees: Some lenders will charge you for early repayment which is another reason to consider the repayment term carefully. Look for a lender with flexible payment terms if you think you may want to repay early.
  • Other charges: Banks will charge you for late payments, missed payments and sometimes just to arrange the loan. Make sure you check the small print and are aware of any charges that could be incurred during the loan period.
  • Your credit score: Some banks may be reluctant to give you a personal loan if you have a poor credit rating. A low score may mean interest rates are higher too so work on building your credit score to maximise your chance of getting the best loan.

If you take all these factors into consideration before applying for a loan, you are more likely to find the right balance between the repayment term and an affordable monthly cost to get the best loan.

Applying for a personal loan

You can apply for a loan in various ways.

  • Online
  • Via a banking app
  • Over the phone
  • In person at a bank branch

If you want to talk through your options and costs it may be better to apply over the phone or in person. If you’re clear about your needs, then you may benefit from better rates if you apply online.

Documents you need

If you apply with your current bank, they will only require documentary evidence of your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN). This is required by the Central Bank of Ireland’s Central Credit Register for customer identification.

If you apply with another lender or finance company, other eligibility checks will need to take place in addition to your PPSN. Documents to provide will include:

  • Proof of identity, such as your passport
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill
  • Document showing your PPSN, such as an Employment Detail Summary
  • Proof of income, such as 3 months of bank statements from your main current account or payslips.

You will need a current account with the facility to set up a direct debit or standing order and fit other eligibility criteria set by the lender.

Alternatives to personal loans

If you don’t want to apply for a personal loan or are finding it hard to get approved for a personal loan; there are alternatives.

  • Credit cards: A 0% purchase credit card in certain circumstances may offer a cheaper alternative to a personal loan. It’s a cost-effective way to borrow if you’re sure you can repay the credit within the 0% purchase period.
  • Secured loans: This type of loan requires you to provide security against the loan to lessen the risk to the lender - usually a property. These loans are often easier to get if you have equity in your home and have bad credit, but your home could be at risk if you are unable to repay the loan.
  • Guarantor loans: This works like a personal loan, except when you apply you have to provide a guarantor that undertakes to make payments for you if you default.
  • Cash secured loans: The cash in your savings acts as security for the loan so you can borrow up to the value of your savings at a discounted rate.

Personal loans FAQs

Can I get a payment holiday on a personal loan?

If you feel you may struggle to repay your personal loan due to a change in financial circumstances, then contact your lender immediately. They may be able to arrange a repayment break for up to three months, but check it doesn’t affect your credit score.

Your payments will still accrue and you will need to repay the deferred payments including interest when the repayment break is over. This means that you may pay a higher amount per month than before the deferment period.

Can I get a personal loan with bad credit?

Yes, you can, but you will likely pay higher interest and the loan will be more expensive.

You may find that banks are more reluctant to lend to people with bad credit, but there are many specialist lenders who may be able to help.

A good first step to getting a personal loan with bad credit is to check your credit score and work on repairing it so you can get better credit facilities in future.

How do I get a Credit Union loan?

To join a credit union, you must fall within a ‘common bond’.

This means you need to:

  • Be living or working in a particular area
  • Be employed by a company that has a staff credit union
  • Be a member of a professional body that runs its own credit union

You can find out more at the Irish League of Credit Unions.

Is a personal loan cheaper than a credit card?

It depends on how much you borrow and how long for.

Credit cards allow you to borrow to a pre-set limit which can typically be anything up to €10,000. You choose how much you pay each month and the quicker you pay off the debt, the less interest you pay on the credit.

A 0% purchase card or balance transfer card used wisely can make this a cheaper option for borrowing smaller amounts of money for a short amount of time. You also get greater flexibility over repayments so you can pay off your debt sooner without early repayment penalties.

What does APR mean?

APR is short for Annual Percentage Rate. It’s a calculation of the overall cost of your loan and takes into account all the costs during the term of the loan including set up charges and the interest rate. Any extra fees are added to the loan amount before interest is calculated.

It’s a legal requirement for credit lenders to show their interest rate on borrowing so an easy and fair comparison of interest rates can be made between finance companies like banks and lenders.

Why is the Typical APR different?

The Typical APR is an advertised rate that the majority of people approved for credit will be offered. If your credit rating is poor or you have a low income you could pay more than the typical APR being advertised.

For personal loans, the Typical APR may also differ depending on the size of the loan (for instance, 12% APR for loans up to €3,999, and 8% APR for loans of €4,000 to €9,999).

A complete guide to loans

Loans are useful when you need a financial helping hand, but borrowing money can also be costly. Here’s all you need to know about loans in Ireland and how to make the right choice.

Warning: The cost of your monthly repayments may increase. Warning: you may have to pay charges if you pay off a fixed rate loan early. Warning: If you do not keep up your repayments you may lose your home. Warning: If you do not meet the repayments on your loan, your account will go into arrears. This may affect your credit rating, which may limit your ability to access credit in the future. Information provided and Interest rates quoted valid at 20/09/2021