Car Hire at George Best Belfast City Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Travel to Belfast in Northern Ireland and visit the Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum, Grand Opera House, Belfast City Hall, St Anne’s Cathedral, and Belfast Castle, to name a few. Fly in via George Best Belfast City Airport and see what the city has to offer by renting a car through the airport.
Where to hire a car at George Best Belfast City Airport
Some of the car rental companies that operate within George Best Belfast City Airport include major providers like Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz. The car rental desks are located within the terminal of the airport. Pre-booking is a convenient way to avail a car rental service ahead of time; this option also allows you to get car rental discounts. Furthermore, when renting a car from George Best Belfast City Airport or any car rental agency within the United Kingdom, you must prepare your driver’s licence plus an International Driving Permit. If you are a UK driver’s licence holder, take note that the paper counterpart of the photocard driver’s licence is no longer valid as of June 2015 and you will have to use the Share Driving Licence, an online service that you need to access 21 days before picking your vehicle.
What to expect when hiring a car from George Best Belfast City Airport
Geroge Best Belfast City Airport is located near the Port of Belfast, three miles or five kilometres from the city centre of Belfast. The airport is situated on the A2, Sydenham Bypass road between Belfast and Hollywood, on the southern shore of Belfast Lough. You can drive to the city proper from the airport via the M1 and M2.
Driving around George Best Belfast City Airport
Belfast can be considered a car-dependent city by European standards. It has an extensive road network that includes the M2 and M22 motorway routes. The city has around 14 neighbourhoods within the inner-city, with some of its thoroughfares including Albertbridge Road, Antrim Road, Crumlin Road, Donegall Road, Lisburn Road, Ormeau Road, Ravenhill Road, Newtownards Road/Upper Newtownards Road, and Holywood Road, among others. Please be advised that typically, Belfast roads get busy during rush hours in the morning, at around 8:30AM, and in the afternoon at around 5:30PM, during weekdays.
Belfast is a major hub of the road network in Northern Ireland, making it well-connected to other major roads outside the city and making it easier for you to drive to several amazing destinations in Northern Ireland. The motorways in Northern Ireland are M1, M2, and M22, along with a number of trunk roads.
Getting to your destination
From Belfast, get to other destinations in Northern Ireland like Lisburn, Newtownabbey, and Bangor, among others. When travelling to these destinations by land, follow the driving directions provided below.
Visit Lisburn for its many shopping destinations. The city has been known and has come to be among the major shopping stops within Northern Ireland.
From the airport to Lisburn will take a total of 25 minutes and cover 13.8 miles. Start from the airport and go down Sydenham By-Pass/A2. Go down A2 then take M3, A12, M1 and A512 to Wilmar Rd/A513 in Lisburn. Lastly, drive down A513 and B101 to Thornleigh Dr in Lisburn.
Newtownabbey houses a great number of churches within the area starting with Abbey Presbyterian Church, Abbots Cross Congregational Church, Church of the Holy Spirit (Church of Ireland) Mossley, and Saint James’ Catholic Church, to name a few.
Drive up to Newtownabbey from the George Best Belfast City Airport by going down Sydenham By-Pass/A2 to M3. Next, take M2 to Ballyhenry Rd/B90 in Newtownabbey by taking exit 4 from M2. Lastly, reach your destination after going down Ballyhenry Rd/B90 to Ballyclare Rd/B56 in Glengormley.
Bangor is home to places of interest that include Bangor Marina, Clandeboye Estate, Ward Park, Bangor Abbey, and Bangor Carnegie Library.
When getting to Bangor from George Best Belfast City Airport, head southwest then take the first exit at the roundabout. Use the two lanes to the left to turn slightly left down Sydenham By-Pass/A2. Go straight down Belfast Rd then right down Newtownards Rd/A21 then left down Abbey Park to reach Bangor.