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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 Expedia.co.uk, so you’re sure to find one that will make your Belfast driving trip perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.