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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Belfast Cruise Port
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 12.74 per day
Belfast Cruise Port
Economy
VW Polo or comparable
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 14.37 per day
Belfast Cruise Port
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or comparable
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 14.72 per day
Belfast Cruise Port
Compact
Hyundai I30 or comparable
Hyundai I30
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 16.34 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Belfast Cruise Port
Compact
VW Golf or comparable
VW Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 18.47 / per day
Belfast Cruise Port
Standard
Ford Mondeo or comparable
Ford Mondeo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 21.24 / per day
Belfast Cruise Port
Compact
VW Golf Estate or comparable
VW Golf Estate
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 22.30 / per day
Belfast Cruise Port
Standard
Kia Sportage or comparable
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
£ 23.15 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 21:43 on 2022-06-28.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Dialing code
44
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Average gasoline price
£ 1.54 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.69 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.46 / 1 liter

Why hire a car in Belfast?

Long underrated as a destination for tourism, Belfast is finally starting to receive the attention it deserves. This city has everything from fascinating history to beautiful green areas, local markets, and famous pub culture. If you hire a car, you can also use the city as a hub for exploring the rest of Northern Ireland.

Belfast

One-way Car Hire in Belfast

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Belfast and drop off in another city include:

  • From Belfast to Dublin - 80 offers from £ 28.89 per day
  • From Belfast to Cork - 114 offers from £ 33.00 per day
  • From Belfast to London - 27 offers from £ 40.43 per day

Top ways to enter Belfast

  • Belfast International Airport. The busiest airport in Northern Ireland, Belfast International serves more than 6 million passengers every year. The airport is located about 21 km (13 mi) northwest of the city proper.
  • Belfast City Airport. Also known as George Best Airport after the famous Northern Irish footballer, the smallest of the two city’s airports is a base for Flybe and is also served by a handful of other airlines. The airport is just 5 km (3 mi) from the city center.
  • Dublin Airport. Located on the other side of the border and serving the Republic of Ireland’s capital, Dublin Airport is nonetheless only about 100 minute drive south of Belfast. 

Useful city facts

  • Although Northern Ireland is geographically separate from the rest of Britain, it has a similar oceanic climate with high and steady precipitation and relatively little temperature changes throughout the year. The average temperature is 15 °C  (59 °F) in July and August and 5 °C  (41 °F) in January and February.
  • Belfast is made up of nine unofficial quarters based on cultural zones. Each of them prides itself on a unique history, local character, and annual events held in them. Some of the more famous one are the Cathedral Quarter, the Titanic Quarter, and the Gaeltacht Quarter.

Top destinations and activities

  • Botanical Gardens. Covering 28 acres, the large and beautiful Botanical Gardens is one of the nicest places of Belfast. Its standout attraction is the Palm House which houses many unique tropical plants and animals, including a 400-year-old Xanthorrhoea and even carnivorous flowers.
  • Belfast Zoo. Another place for a great day outdoors, Belfast Zoo houses many unique animals, from Asian elephants and Western lowland gorillas to giant anteaters and Jamaican boas. The zoo is located on the slope of Cavehill, a basaltic hill that’s a great natural attraction in itself.
  • Ulster Museum. With fascinating collections that include ancient (and more recent) historical artifacts, zoological and botanical specimens, and great exhibits of wildlife art, Ulster Museum offers a fascinating and comprehensive perspective on what Northern Ireland is about. The museum is located in the Botanic Gardens in the southern part of the city.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side of the road.
  • On-street parking is usually heavily restricted. Never park on a white, double yellow or double red line (stopping on motorways and next to red lines is illegal).
  • You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving, unless you use a hands-free system.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 112 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112 km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96 km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lightning.
  • In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit is 0.08% for both experienced and novice drivers. Do keep in mind, however, that in Scotland the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.
  • The insurance and documentation of the car needs to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency numbers are 999 and 112.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museums. Located in the nearby town of Cultra, these two museums are both worth a visit. The Transport museum has interesting exhibits of steam locomotives, vertical take-off aeroplanes, and horse-drawn trams, while the folk museum offers a full re-creation of an old Irish town.
  • Carrickfergus. Famous for its beautiful Norman castle, Carrickfergus is a town with a truly historic feel. Its atmosphere can be soaked up by either walking its narrow streets or going on a stroll along its beautiful marina. The town is just a 30 minute drive north of Belfast.
  • Killough. A small seaside village, Killough is home not only to tranquil beaches, but also to Ballynoe Stone Circle, a late-Neolithic monument that is something like Northern Ireland’s answer to Stonehenge. From Belfast, it is only an hour’s drive south.

Most popular hire types and cars

The most hired car types in Belfast are compact, economy, and mini. The most popular car is the Renault Clio. Travelers also love the Vauxhall Corsa and the Hyundai i30.

Further destinations

  • Derry. Also known as Londonderry, Northern Ireland’s second city boasts historic sites dating back nearly 1500 years, as well as a number of more recent churches, museums, and murals. Derry is about 112 km (70 mi) northwest of Belfast near the border with the Republic of Ireland.
  • Galway. Located on the coast of the Atlantic, this university city is famous for its nightlife, but equally important are its historic sites, art spaces, and role as a modern center for the Irish language and culture. It is about four hours drive from Belfast to Galway, but in this case, the long distance is well worth the time.

Car Hire Prices in Belfast

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 413 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 245 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 127 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 620 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 90 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 195 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

There are things you can do to get a good car hire deal in Belfast. Start with these:

  • Compare the rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Belfast is the cheapest in September when hiring a car is nearly 50% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Cities near Belfast

  1. London starting at £ 78.04 per day
    507.9 km / 315.6 miles away
  2. Edinburgh starting at £ 31.83 per day
    216.6 km / 134.6 miles away
  3. Manchester starting at £ 67.63 per day
    256.2 km / 159.2 miles away
  4. Glasgow starting at £ 127.84 per day
    171.5 km / 106.6 miles away
  5. Luton starting at £ 73.80 per day
    477.2 km / 296.5 miles away
  6. Birmingham starting at £ 48.80 per day
    354.1 km / 220.0 miles away
  7. 285.3 km / 177.3 miles away
  8. Bristol starting at £ 57.92 per day
    418.0 km / 259.8 miles away
  9. Liverpool starting at £ 32.44 per day
    244.7 km / 152.0 miles away
  10. Inverness starting at £ 39.51 per day
    343.8 km / 213.6 miles away
  11. Newcastle starting at £ 67.85 per day
    272.1 km / 169.1 miles away
  12. Southampton starting at £ 73.72 per day
    510.9 km / 317.4 miles away
  13. Cardiff starting at £ 73.71 per day
    396.9 km / 246.6 miles away
  14. Croydon starting at £ 60.51 per day
    528.2 km / 328.2 miles away
  15. Watford starting at £ 44.68 per day
    493.2 km / 306.5 miles away
  16. Reading starting at £ 54.31 per day
    482.6 km / 299.8 miles away
  17. 366.5 km / 227.7 miles away
  18. Bolton starting at £ 61.22 per day
    254.9 km / 158.4 miles away
  19. Doncaster starting at £ 18.16 per day
    332.8 km / 206.8 miles away
  20. East Midlands starting at £ 66.43 per day
    359.7 km / 223.5 miles away

Top 18 Destinations around Belfast

  1. Belfast Cruise Port starting at £ 12.74 per day
  2. George Best Belfast City Airport starting at £ 56.86 per day
    0.9 km / 0.6 miles away
  3. Belfast Central Railway station starting at £ 64.91 per day
    4.1 km / 2.5 miles away
  4. Belfast International Airport starting at £ 57.64 per day
    21.9 km / 13.6 miles away
  5. Isle of Man Airport starting at £ 29.26 per day
    101.3 km / 62.9 miles away
  6. Glasgow Airport starting at £ 39.51 per day
    166.3 km / 103.3 miles away
  7. Holyhead Port starting at £ 53.03 per day
    167.2 km / 103.9 miles away
  8. Glasgow Scotstounhill starting at £ 38.30 per day
    170.1 km / 105.7 miles away
  9. Stirling Railway Station starting at £ 173.57 per day
    206.7 km / 128.5 miles away
  10. Edinburgh Airport starting at £ 31.83 per day
    216.6 km / 134.6 miles away
  11. Edinburgh Sighthill starting at £ 38.30 per day
    218.4 km / 135.7 miles away
  12. Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station starting at £ 52.09 per day
    225.6 km / 140.2 miles away
  13. Edinburgh Leith starting at £ 136.50 per day
    228.2 km / 141.8 miles away
  14. Liverpool Airport starting at £ 32.44 per day
    244.7 km / 152.0 miles away
  15. Warrington Longford starting at £ 75.27 per day
    253.7 km / 157.6 miles away
  16. Manchester Little Hulton starting at £ 67.63 per day
    256.2 km / 159.2 miles away
  17. Manchester Trafford Park starting at £ 80.75 per day
    265.3 km / 164.8 miles away
  18. Dundee Airport starting at £ 92.95 per day
    271.2 km / 168.5 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Belfast?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Belfastfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Belfast
£ 32.31
January
£ 48.74
February
£ 41.26
March
£ 33.27
April
£ 34.97
May
£ 36.62
June
£ 40.85
July
£ 40.63
August
£ 22.01
September
£ 22.44
October
£ 41.28
November
£ 46.81
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Belfast is September with prices starting at £ 22.01 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is February with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 48.74. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 37. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Belfast?

Hirers picking up a car in Belfast keep them for an average of 7 days during in October, while those picking up their cars in February keep them for an average of 4.
Average Hire Length in Belfast
5
January
4
February
4
March
4
April
5
May
6
June
5
July
4
August
4
September
7
October
5
November
5
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Belfast?

While travellers visit Belfast year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is January, and the least popular is July.
Popularity of Car Hire in Belfast by Monthly Searches
241%
January
235%
February
232%
March
103%
April
61%
May
18%
June
4%
July
4%
August
42%
September
48%
October
116%
November
96%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
SIXT Toyota Aygo 2 1 Small cars
Hertz Kia Picanto 3 1 Small cars
SIXT Kia Picanto 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
SIXT Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
Enterprise Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
9 October 2021
I better not as I do not like to be hit by surprise surcharges. A rip-off I have never experienced before
Car rental statistics
Highest rated company
Alamo
8.82 / 10
Lowest rated company
Easirent
6.86 / 10
Total number of reviews
3
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
£ 84.40
Lowest daily price
£ 9.53
Total cars available
231

Top 12 Hire Companies in Belfast in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.8 / 14 reviews
+4402894451940
Belfast International Airport, Airport Rd, Belfast BT29 4AB
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.6 / 1 reviews
+4403713843426
ARRIVALS HALL
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:30
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:30-18:00
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-21:00
Sat:07:30-15:30
Sun:14:00-22:30
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.6 / 3 reviews
+4403713843426
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ARRIVALS HALL
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:30
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:30-18:00
Thu:07:30-20:30
Fri:07:30-21:00
Sat:07:30-15:30
Sun:14:00-21:30
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.6
02890731929
Belfast City Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.6 / 2 reviews
+4402890731300
East Bridge St, Belfast BT1 3NR
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
National
National
Outstanding 8.6
+4402890463850
City Apt, Arrivals Hall, Belfast BT3 9JH
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.5 / 3 reviews
+4402890098889
Belfast City Airport, Belfast BT3 9JH
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.2 / 99 reviews
+443300022666
Connsbank Road Unit 3
Firefly
Firefly
Outstanding 8.1 / 3 reviews
02890732451
(HARBOUR A/P)
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:30
Tue:08:00-21:30
Wed:08:00-21:30
Thu:08:00-21:30
Fri:08:00-21:30
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-21:30
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.9
+443713843425
George Best Belfast City Airport - In terminal
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:30
Tue:07:00-21:30
Wed:07:00-21:30
Thu:07:00-21:30
Fri:07:00-21:30
Sat:07:00-21:30
Sun:08:00-21:30
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.9
+4402890731988
Green Motion George Best Belfast City Airport, Block A Units 1&2, 22 Heron Business Park, Heron Road
Working hours
Mon:07:30-17:00
Tue:07:30-17:00
Wed:07:30-17:00
Thu:07:30-17:00
Fri:07:30-17:00
Sat:07:30-13:00
Sun:07:30-17:00
Easirent
Easirent
Good 6.9 / 98 reviews
02895908058 / 07921439921
Belfast City Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
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