Car Hire in Belfast

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Belfast International Airport Car Hire
Economy
Ford Fiesta or comparable
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
£ 11.88 / per day
Belfast City Airport Car Hire
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Hertz
£ 17.81 / per day
Belfast City Airport Car Hire
Compact
Kia Ceed or comparable
Kia Ceed
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
£ 27.88 / per day
Belfast International Airport Car Hire
Intermediate SUV
Nissan Qashqai or comparable
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
£ 67.31 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Belfast City Airport Car Hire
Standard Van
Ford S-Max 5+2 or comparable
Ford S-Max 5+2
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
£ 87.30 / per day
Belfast International Airport Car Hire
Full-size Van
Ford Galaxy or comparable
Ford Galaxy
  • 7
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
£ 106.70 / per day
Belfast International Airport Car Hire
Luxury
Volvo V60 or comparable
Volvo V60
  • 5
  • 6
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Drivalia
£ 45.60 / per day
Belfast International Airport Car Hire
Premium
BMW 3 Series or comparable
BMW 3 Series
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Drivalia
£ 52.09 / 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 10:21 on 2023-12-08.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Dialing code
+44
Average car hire price
£ 52 per day
Average car hire length
5 days
Speed limit within city centre
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
96 - 112 km/h or 60 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Score
8.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.55 per litre or £ 5.87 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.41 per litre or £ 5.34 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.79 per litre or £ 6.78 / 1 gallon

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 Car Hire

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 £ 28.67 per day
  • From Belfast to Cork - 114 offers from £ 32.75 per day
  • From Belfast to London - 27 offers from £ 40.13 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. 

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

  • 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 day trips

  • 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 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 £ 31 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 33 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 13 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 59 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 52 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 12 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 37 per day

Money-saving tips

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.
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Top 20 Cities near Belfast

  1. Derry Car Hire starting at £ 42.41 per day
    74.1 km / 46.0 miles away
  2. Paisley Car Hire starting at £ 38.29 per day
    174.3 km / 108.3 miles away
  3. Glasgow Car Hire starting at £ 11.16 per day
    176.0 km / 109.4 miles away
  4. Holyhead Car Hire starting at £ 24.83 per day
    182.0 km / 113.1 miles away
  5. Barrow-in-Furness Car Hire starting at £ 24.83 per day
    203.7 km / 126.6 miles away
  6. Carlisle Car Hire starting at £ 105.45 per day
    211.4 km / 131.4 miles away
  7. Blackpool Car Hire starting at £ 58.74 per day
    229.2 km / 142.4 miles away
  8. Edinburgh Car Hire starting at £ 10.84 per day
    230.3 km / 143.1 miles away
  9. Preston Car Hire starting at £ 101.02 per day
    246.7 km / 153.3 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Hire starting at £ 19.35 per day
    264.7 km / 164.5 miles away
  11. Chester Car Hire starting at £ 31.07 per day
    270.0 km / 167.8 miles away
  12. Warrington Car Hire starting at £ 75.92 per day
    275.7 km / 171.3 miles away
  13. Bolton Car Hire starting at £ 24.83 per day
    276.0 km / 171.5 miles away
  14. Dundee Car Hire starting at £ 48.33 per day
    286.5 km / 178.0 miles away
  15. Newcastle Car Hire starting at £ 16.09 per day
    292.7 km / 181.9 miles away
  16. Manchester Car Hire starting at £ 12.70 per day
    295.5 km / 183.6 miles away
  17. Leeds Car Hire starting at £ 24.19 per day
    308.6 km / 191.8 miles away
  18. Sunderland Car Hire starting at £ 90.60 per day
    310.9 km / 193.2 miles away
  19. Middlesbrough Car Hire starting at £ 90.60 per day
    321.5 km / 199.8 miles away
  20. Stafford Car Hire starting at £ 48.33 per day
    338.1 km / 210.1 miles away

Top 20 Destinations around Belfast

  1. Belfast International Airport Car Hire starting at £ 11.88 per day
  2. Belfast City Airport Car Hire starting at £ 17.81 per day
    22.5 km / 14.0 miles away
  3. Derry Airport Car Hire starting at £ 42.41 per day
    74.1 km / 46.0 miles away
  4. Glasgow Airport Car Hire starting at £ 11.16 per day
    176.0 km / 109.4 miles away
  5. Holyhead Port Car Hire starting at £ 24.83 per day
    182.0 km / 113.1 miles away
  6. Edinburgh Airport Car Hire starting at £ 10.84 per day
    230.3 km / 143.1 miles away
  7. 239.7 km / 148.9 miles away
  8. Liverpool Airport Car Hire starting at £ 19.35 per day
    264.7 km / 164.5 miles away
  9. Newcastle Airport Car Hire starting at £ 16.09 per day
    292.7 km / 181.9 miles away
  10. Manchester Airport Car Hire starting at £ 12.70 per day
    295.5 km / 183.6 miles away
  11. Leeds Bradford Airport Car Hire starting at £ 24.19 per day
    308.6 km / 191.8 miles away
  12. Inverness Airport Car Hire starting at £ 18.79 per day
    347.8 km / 216.1 miles away
  13. Aberdeen Airport Car Hire starting at £ 9.79 per day
    377.6 km / 234.6 miles away
  14. East Midlands Airport Car Hire starting at £ 13.98 per day
    380.1 km / 236.2 miles away
  15. Birmingham Airport Car Hire starting at £ 20.46 per day
    383.5 km / 238.3 miles away
  16. Cardiff Airport Car Hire starting at £ 30.12 per day
    410.2 km / 254.9 miles away
  17. 431.4 km / 268.1 miles away
  18. Bristol Airport Car Hire starting at £ 10.30 per day
    432.8 km / 268.9 miles away
  19. Exeter Airport Car Hire starting at £ 124.52 per day
    475.2 km / 295.3 miles away
  20. Luton Airport Car Hire starting at £ 12.90 per day
    496.7 km / 308.6 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

In which month is car hire in Belfast the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Belfast fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Belfast
£ 21.07
January
£ 22.54
February
£ 33.45
March
£ 41.69
April
£ 52.21
May
£ 31.42
June
£ 54.60
July
£ 50.73
August
£ 36.34
September
£ 29.24
October
£ 24.46
November
£ 41.94
December
The best month to hire a car in Belfast is January (when the average price is £ 21.07 per day). This is 42% less than the yearly average and 61% less than hiring in July (when the average price is £ 54.60).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

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

Car hire lengths vary by month: in March, average hirers keep their car for 8, and in March, for 4 days.
Average number of hire days in Belfast
6
January
7
February
8
March
4
April
5
May
5
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
4
October
4
November
8
December

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

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Belfast is October, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Hire in Belfast by Monthly Searches
13%
January
22%
February
57%
March
141%
April
100%
May
132%
June
79%
July
143%
August
154%
September
157%
October
121%
November
79%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 5
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Alamo
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, People Carriers
Lowest price £ 12 per day
Cheapest supplier Drivalia

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Hertz Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Hertz Kia Picanto 3 1 Small cars
Avis Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Hertz Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Enterprise Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Hertz Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Hertz Nissan Qashqai 5 2 SUVs

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Fiat 500
14 November 2023
Watched ulster beat munster at ravenhill
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
18 October 2023
Visiting family
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
27 September 2023
Visiting family and seeing our twin grandchildren for the 1st time
United Kingdom
Nissan Qashqai
14 September 2023
Very beautiful countryside
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 Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Easirent
6.9 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
24
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
£ 52.07
Lowest daily price
£ 11.88
Total cars available
148

Top 13 Hire Companies in Belfast in 2023

Alamo
Alamo
Remarkable 9.2 / 21 reviews
2 locations
£ 54 - £ 138
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.9 / 24 reviews
3 locations
£ 55 - £ 140
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.8 / 18 reviews
4 locations
£ 18 - £ 41
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.7 / 5 reviews
2 locations
£ 66 - £ 77
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.7 / 4 reviews
3 locations
£ 19 - £ 24
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.5 / 5 reviews
3 locations
£ 63 - £ 74
National
National
Outstanding 8.5 / 1 reviews
2 locations
£ 52 - £ 156
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.2 / 99 reviews
4 locations
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.2
2 locations
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Outstanding 8.2
1 location
Interrent
Interrent
Outstanding 8.2
1 location
Drivalia
Drivalia
Great 7.4 / 41 reviews
1 location
£ 12 - £ 64
Easirent
Easirent
Satisfactory 6.9 / 108 reviews
2 locations
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