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The Beauty of Belfast by Hire Car

Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, sits on the shores of the River Lagan on Ireland’s east coast. Thanks to its attractions, history and museums, Belfast has become one of the most visited cities in the UK. The vibrant city and its friendly inhabitants create an experience you will not soon forget.

The architecture in Belfast is a fascinating mix of Victorian grandeur, modern design and industrial flavours. You can find delightful pubs and excellent restaurants throughout the city.

Many parts in and around the city have been used as filming locations for the popular television series Game of Thrones. This has drawn even more visitors from near and far.

Belfast also is a perfect base for visiting Northern Ireland and beyond in a hired car. There’s a wide range of car choices available on, so you’re sure to find one that will make your Belfast driving trip perfect.

Hiring a Car in Belfast

In Belfast, you can hire a car from a number of different locations. The most popular and most convenient is right at Belfast International Airport. Many major companies have counters in the terminal including Avis, Europcar and Alamo. Others, such as Sixt and Easirent, offer a shuttle service from the terminal to their counter and pick-up locations.

You can also find car hire pick-up locations from Europcar, Hertz and others at various locations around the city.

With excellent fuel economy, compact cars offer great value for those looking for a car to get around town. For extended road trips, if you’re travelling with more people or if you have extra baggage like golf clubs or camping gear, a larger vehicle may be a more suitable choice. In such cases, consider a standard car, SUV or a van.

Some car hire companies limit the distance you can travel during your rental period, so if you are planning an extended driving tour, make sure your itinerary will be within the limits of your agreement or choose an option with unlimited mileage to avoid unexpected additional charges.

To make sure you get the kind of car you want, it’s suggested to make your reservation early. Cars with automatic transmissions are in shorter supply, so you’ll have more chances of reserving one if you book early.

Where to Go During Your Visit to Belfast

Belfast is where the ill-fated Titanic was built. History buffs and fans of the epic 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio mustn’t miss the Titanic Belfast Maritime Museum. With 9 interactive galleries, this fascinating museum offers visitors the chance to learn about the ship's history, visit the slipways and walk the decks of the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star vessel.

St George’s Market, built in 1896, is Ireland’s oldest market that has been in continuous operation. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it offers a variety of foods, crafts and goods.

Other points of interest include Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, Crumlin Road Gaol and the Botanic Gardens.

Hitting the Road to See Ireland

From Belfast, you can set out on the road in your hire car to visit the many gems that are found nearby.

Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fascinating and mysterious geological formation in County Antrim 60 miles north of Belfast. Legend has it that it was Finn McCool’s stomping ground.

Londonderry, Dublin and County Tyrone are just a few other driving destination options available to you.

Information About Driving in Belfast and Northern Ireland

Driving is done on the left and speed limits and distances are shown in miles in Northern Ireland, as in other parts of the UK. Should you cross into Ireland, however, you will notice that kilometres are used instead of miles. Since there are no elaborate border crossings between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, you may not notice that you have crossed over at first. One way to know is by looking at the lines on the side of the road. In Northern Ireland, they are white, while they are yellow in the Republic of Ireland.

Common Questions About Belfast Car Rentals

What documents do I need to hire a rent in Belfast?

You will need a valid driving licence and credit card, and a passport may also be required. You will also need to provide the details of any additional drivers.

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Belfast?

The minimum age is 21, and it may vary according to the type of vehicle that’s being hired. It’s also necessary to have had a driving licence for at least 2 years.

Do I need to fill the tank before returning my vehicle?

Most car hire companies in Belfast require you to return the hire vehicle with the same amount of fuel that was in the tank when you picked it up.

FAQs for car hire in Belfast

What’s the best price car rental in Belfast?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Belfast.

What’s the average car rental price in Belfast?

On average, car rentals in Belfast are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Belfast?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Belfast?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.