Car Rental in Belfast

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Belfast International Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
$19.69 / per day
Belfast City Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Routes Car Rental
$24.93 / per day
Belfast City Airport
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Budget
$36.49 / per day
Belfast City Airport
Compact
Kia Ceed or similar
Kia Ceed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$38.07 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Belfast City Airport
Intermediate Elite Crossover
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$50.38 / per day
Belfast International Airport
Standard SUV
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$90.35 / per day
Belfast International Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$112.85 / per day
Belfast City Airport
Premium
Mercedes C Class or similar
Mercedes C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$152.68 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:49 on 2024-04-10. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+44
Average car rental price
$66 per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
96 - 112 km/h or 60 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
7.6 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.90 per liter or $7.21 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.75 per liter or $6.64 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.23 per liter or $8.43 / 1 gallon

Why rent 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. With a rental car, you can also go on to explore the rest of Northern Ireland and, if your rental car provider permits it, the neighboring Republic of Ireland.

Belfast

One-Way Car Rentals in Belfast

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

  • From Belfast to Dublin - 80 offers from $35.60 per day
  • From Belfast to Cork - 114 offers from $40.66 per day
  • From Belfast to London - 27 offers from $49.82 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 a 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 ones 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.
  • Titanic Belfast. Recently celebrating its 10th birthday, the unmistakable building of the Titanic Belfast is dedicated to the infamous passenger liner which was built in Belfast. A large museum, it explains the maritime and shipbuilding history of Belfast and tells the story of the ship’s early days and tragic sinking. Visit the official website to learn more. 
  • Belfast Exposed. A photo gallery that opened in 1983, it is one of the most notable of its kind in Northern Ireland, if not the whole of the United Kingdom. Producing socially relevant work often intimately tied to the realities of Belfast, the gallery has an archive of over 500 thousand images and also serves as a venue during the Belfast Film Festival and the Belfast International Arts Festival.

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.

Toll roads

Currently there is only a single toll road in the United Kingdom, the M6 toll in England. You also have to pay a toll for using a number of bridges and tunnels.

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6 Toll is a 43km (27 mile) long portion of the road, also known as the Birmingham North Relief Road (BNRR), that relieves congestion on the M6 itself. There are toll gates where you can pay by either cash or credit card. As of March 2023, the price is £8.20 for using the toll road from 5am to 11pm, £7.00 for using the toll road at night from 11pm to 5am. Find out more on the M6 Toll official website.

Find out more about toll roads in the United Kingdom on the European toll road website

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.
  • Ulster American Folk Park. Known as Ulstèr Merikay Fowk Pairk in Ulster–Scots, this is a collection of about 30 buildings that showcases the lives of people from Ulster who immigrated to the United States over the last couple of centuries. In addition to seeing the buildings, visitors can learn about the farm works and other traditional professions of the community, and even try Ulster-American cuisine. Located near Omagh, Folk Park is about 75 miles (121 km) west of Belfast and can be reached by car in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Giant’s Causeway. One of the most famous attractions in Northern Ireland (and one of the most popular day trips from Belfast), the Giant’s Causeway is about 3 miles (4.8 km) of coastal basalt formations. A world heritage site, the natural attraction is on Northern Ireland’s north coast. A trip from Belfast takes about 90 minutes.

Most popular cars

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

Further destinations

  • Important: While there are many rental car companies that permit cross-border trips between Northern Ireland (which is itself a part of the United Kingdom) and the Republic of Ireland, you should still ask your rental car provider in advance. Please also visit our United Kingdom car rental page to learn more about who needs a visa to travel between the two countries. 
  • 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.
  • Dublin. The capital of the Republic of Ireland is truly a fun place to visit. It boasts many tourist attractions, fascinating architecture, and many famous past and present inhabitants. Easy to reach from Belfast, it is only about two hour’s drive south along the coast.
  • 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 a four hour drive from Belfast to Galway, but in this case, the long distance is well worth the time.

Car Rental Prices in Belfast

  • Station wagons - from $48 per day
  • Large cars - from $33 per day
  • Medium cars - from $22 per day
  • Vans - from $64 per day
  • Premium cars - from $54 per day
  • Small cars - from $20 per day
  • SUVs - from $26 per day

Money-saving tips

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

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Belfast is the cheapest in September when renting a car is nearly 50% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Top 20 Cities near Belfast

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  10. 260.3 km / 161.7 miles
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Belfast?

Car rental prices in Belfast vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Belfast
$25.16
January
$22.33
February
$36.98
March
$48.56
April
$65.37
May
$39.34
June
$68.36
July
$63.53
August
$45.50
September
$36.61
October
$30.63
November
$41.01
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Belfast is February (when prices average $22.33 per day). This is 49% cheaper than the yearly average and 67% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $68.36).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Belfast?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in March, the average renter keeps their car for 6 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Belfast
4
January
4
February
6
March
4
April
5
May
5
June
6
July
6
August
4
September
4
October
4
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Belfast?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Belfast is October, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Belfast by pick-up date relative to the average
113%
January
62%
February
93%
March
117%
April
81%
May
107%
June
64%
July
116%
August
125%
September
128%
October
98%
November
95%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Alamo
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $20 per day
Cheapest supplier Drivalia

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Renault Captur 5 2 Medium cars
Avis Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Hertz Kia Picanto 3 1 Small cars
Hertz Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Hertz Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Enterprise Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Hertz Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium 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
November 23, 2023
Black cab Troubles tour and Titanic museum excellent. City centre buzzing at night. Great pubs and restaurants.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
November 23, 2023
It was a good business trip
Canada
Toyota Aygo
November 18, 2023
Dublin outlet was amazing!!
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
October 21, 2023
If you are a resident of Northern Ireland or hold a DVA license then you are required to provide the original counterpart document of your license to the reception staff. They do not accept photos or check my license code.
Spain
Nissan Qashqai
August 31, 2023
Golf and tourism, all went well even dodging a few showers
Australia
Toyota Aygo
August 8, 2022
Loved Eire and northern Ireland. Wish I had more time!!
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 13, 2020
Belfast is a lovely very friendly City , it’s easy enough to drive around other ares ,we drove down to Derry all over Belfast ,you can go too any bar ,mix with the local Belfast people loved all our time spent there 🇮🇪 Will definitely be returning 😍
United Kingdom
Kia Carens
August 26, 2020
Belfast staff were very friendly and helpful
United Kingdom
Hyundai i30
June 20, 2019
Car hire is ok but The crossborder fee is outrageous , double check the rate prior to arriving. We were ripped off to the tune of £150 for 6days plus the hire fee total cost for the hire went from £51 to over £200
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Corsa
May 25, 2019
We loved Belfast although we would not recommend using a car in Belfast City as parking is very difficult. However, to explore the surrounding area it is much easier with a car.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
May 10, 2019
Belfast and NI is great. Very beautiful coastline and easily accessible with car hire
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
March 9, 2019
Northern Ireland has numerous excellent tourist attractions suitable to all age groups
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
February 21, 2019
Super city to visit even by car. Found free street parking for our day out in the city.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
February 17, 2019
Great for a trip to the Antrim Coast & along Strangford Lough with many interesting & wonderful places en route.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
October 24, 2018
Belfast is a great city. Lots to do - Titanic Experience, Hop-on Hop-off bus tour, Cromlin Road Gaol, Giant's Causeway - and lots of great restaurants & bars
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
October 18, 2018
If you’re not used to driving on the left or Irish roads I would recommend getting the smallest car that can accommodate you. Also, I got in automatic transmission so I would not have to change gears with my left hand. Driving on the left wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
October 7, 2018
I used car to visit family rather than holiday but Northern Ireland has beautiful scenery especially the Antrim coast so usual destinations include Giant's Causeway, Portstewart, Bushmills (including distillery) and following trail of Game of Thrones filming locations
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
September 27, 2018
Belfast and northern Ireland as a whole is a fantastic place to visit. There is something for everyone and the friendliness of the people make you want to return.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Tourneo
September 19, 2018
You may want to ensure the car had automatic transmission if you're at all squeamish or unfamiliar with driving in the UK and Ireland--mine did not. It all worked out, but it is challenging to most drivers unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road.
United Kingdom
VW Passat
September 16, 2018
Great place for city break, beautiful coast and countryside. We loved Belfast and NI
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Astra
September 7, 2018
Ireland is a great place to tour
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
September 1, 2018
Beautiful city

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.6 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Easirent
5.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
31
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
$65.68
Lowest daily price
$19.69
Total cars available
418

Top 14 Suppliers in Belfast in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.6 / 25 reviews
3 locations
$69 - $273
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 23 reviews
2 locations
$68 - $208
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.2 / 5 reviews
2 locations
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1 / 21 reviews
4 locations
$26 - $137
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$25 - $53
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
3 locations
National
National
Good 7.8 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$58 - $168
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
2 locations
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.7
1 location
Budget
Budget
Good 7.5
2 locations
$36
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.3 / 94 reviews
3 locations
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2
2 locations
$25 - $57
Drivalia
Drivalia
Good 7.1 / 64 reviews
1 location
$20 - $89
Easirent
Easirent
Poor 5.5 / 106 reviews
2 locations
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