Car Hire in Belfast
This information is correct as of July 2015.
It can be difficult to get around Belfast at night as there are no buses or trains operating at this time. This can be very limiting, so renting a car is a great way to ensure that you can enjoy your stay in Belfast from night time even until the wee hours of the morning without having to worry about transportation. Use Skyscanner to check which car rental providers operate in Belfast and look for the best deals. Rent a car as early as possible to ensure that a vehicle will be waiting for your arrival at Belfast, at the best rates!
Where to hire a car in Belfast
There are several car rental operators serving Belfast; major car rental brands include Sunnycars, Budget, Europcar, Enterprise, National Sixt, Alamo, Hertz, Avis, and Payless. Local car rental agencies also have offices in the city, including Car Hire NI of the Courtesy Vehicle Solutions group and Rhino Car Hire. The car rental offices can usually be found in the city centre and at George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport. Some car rental providers also have offices along College Avenue, Sydenham Bypass, Victoria St, and Aldergrove.
What to expect when hiring a car from Belfast
Belfast is a car-dependent city even though it is served by a rail and bus network. The inner-city has 14 neighbourhoods divided by peace lines. Some of the major arterial routes into Belfast include Shankill Road/Woodvale Road/Ballygomartin Road, Divis Street/Falls Road/Glen Road, York Street/York Road/Shore Road, Antrim Road, Crumlin Road, Ravenhill Road, and Ormeau Road.
There are plenty of car parks available in the city centre. Other options are off-street car parks and on-street metered parking, which can be paid for with coins or via Parkmobile (registering is required). Parking on Sundays is often free.
The legal driving age in Belfast is at least 21 years of age. The minimum age to rent a car differs from one car rental company to another, but generally the driver must have a valid licence for at least a year. Insurance is compulsory.
Getting to your destination
Derry, or Londerry, is a picturesque city on the River Foyl. It is divided into two main areas: The Waterside and The Cityside/Derry Side. The river's two banks are connected by three bridges. Derry is the only remaining walled city in Ireland still completely intact. Points of interest in Derry include its 17th century walls, the Tower Museum, St. Columb's Cathedral, St. Eugene's Cathedral, Bogside Murals, and a contemporary sculpture Hands Across the Divide. Museums in Derry include The Guildhall, Railway Museum, Harbour Museum, Workhouse Museum, and Free Derry Museum.
From Belfast, Derry can be accessed via M1 and A6.
Bangor is Northern Ireland's third largest town and is considered to be the wealthiest. Main sights are the Bangor Castle, Bangor Marina (Ireland's largest marina), and Bangor Abbey. Tourist attractions include Pickie Fun Park, Coastal Path Walk, and the three shopping centres.
Bangor is accessible via A2, via A23 and B170, or via B170.
Enniskillen is located at the mid-point between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. Its attractions are Coles Monument, Castle Coole, Buttermarket Craft & Design Centre, and the Headhunter's Railway Museum. Enniskillen also has many cafes and restaurants all over town.
Enniskillen is accessible via M1 and A4.