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Car Rental in Belfast

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • Man.
SIXT
$13.06 / per day
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Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Standard
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$13.19 / per day
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Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • Man.
SIXT
$13.94 / per day
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Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Standard
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$14.06 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$14.98 / per day
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Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$15.07 / per day
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Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Man.
SIXT
$15.67 / per day
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Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$16.06 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:10 on 2020-06-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$25.02 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.7

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 the neighboring Republic of Ireland.

Belfast Car Rental

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 37.43 USD per day
  • From Belfast to Cork - 114 offers from 42.75 USD per day
  • From Belfast to London - 27 offers from 52.38 USD 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.

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 M6toll is a 43 km (27 mi) 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 2019, the price is £6.40 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £5.30 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £4.10 for using the toll road at night time on any day (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.). 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 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 rental types and 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

  • 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 four hours 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 $45 per day
  • Large cars - from $42 per day
  • Medium cars - from $39 per day
  • Premium cars - from $71 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $49 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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.

Top 20 Cities near Belfast

  1. London Car Rentals from $16.69 per day
    525.7 km / 326.7 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $14.34 per day
    216.8 km / 134.7 miles away
  3. Manchester Car Rentals from $15.65 per day
    274.0 km / 170.2 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $15.26 per day
    166.6 km / 103.5 miles away
  5. Birmingham Car Rentals from $11.92 per day
    363.5 km / 225.9 miles away
  6. Luton Car Rentals from $18.12 per day
    476.4 km / 296.0 miles away
  7. Leeds Car Rentals from $21.93 per day
    286.1 km / 177.8 miles away
  8. Liverpool Car Rentals from $17.35 per day
    243.8 km / 151.5 miles away
  9. Bristol Car Rentals from $14.00 per day
    417.1 km / 259.2 miles away
  10. Newcastle Car Rentals from $10.68 per day
    271.8 km / 168.9 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $20.98 per day
    358.9 km / 223.0 miles away
  12. Southampton Car Rentals from $19.08 per day
    508.3 km / 315.8 miles away
  13. Inverness Car Rentals from $35.56 per day
    344.3 km / 213.9 miles away
  14. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $20.98 per day
    367.3 km / 228.3 miles away
  15. Cardiff Car Rentals from $22.12 per day
    396.1 km / 246.1 miles away
  16. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $26.30 per day
    505.7 km / 314.2 miles away
  17. Norwich Car Rentals from $34.57 per day
    518.4 km / 322.1 miles away
  18. Exeter Car Rentals from $19.08 per day
    462.5 km / 287.4 miles away
  19. Doncaster Car Rentals from $23.52 per day
    332.1 km / 206.3 miles away
  20. Bolton Car Rentals from $33.25 per day
    254.2 km / 157.9 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Belfast

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $13.85 per day
  2. 6.2 km / 3.9 miles away
  3. 6.4 km / 4.0 miles away
  4. 19.3 km / 12.0 miles away
  5. Downtown Car Rentals from $37.82 per day
    34.4 km / 21.4 miles away
  6. 102.1 km / 63.4 miles away
  7. 134.7 km / 83.7 miles away
  8. Holyhead Port Car Rentals from $38.19 per day
    165.3 km / 102.7 miles away
  9. Glasgow Airport Car Rentals from $15.26 per day
    172.6 km / 107.2 miles away
  10. Downtown Car Rentals from $24.28 per day
    177.1 km / 110.1 miles away
  11. 177.9 km / 110.5 miles away
  12. Downtown Car Rentals from $28.79 per day
    184.7 km / 114.8 miles away
  13. Downtown Car Rentals from $69.83 per day
    210.8 km / 131.0 miles away
  14. 223.0 km / 138.6 miles away
  15. Downtown Car Rentals from $24.28 per day
    227.5 km / 141.4 miles away
  16. 231.9 km / 144.1 miles away
  17. Downtown Car Rentals from $24.28 per day
    232.4 km / 144.4 miles away
  18. 245.5 km / 152.6 miles away
  19. Downtown Car Rentals from $28.79 per day
    251.0 km / 156.0 miles away
  20. Downtown Car Rentals from $33.25 per day
    256.7 km / 159.5 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Belfast vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Belfast
$41.86
January
$63.15
February
$53.45
March
$43.11
April
$45.31
May
$47.45
June
$52.93
July
$52.64
August
$28.51
September
$29.07
October
$57.07
November
$60.65
December
The best month to rent a car in Belfast is September (when prices for an Economy class start from $28.51). This is 41% cheaper than the yearly average and 55% cheaper than renting in February (when rental prices start at $63.15 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Belfast?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in October, travelers rent a car for an average of 7 days in February, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental 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's the most popular month to rent a car in Belfast?

While travelers visit Belfast year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is February, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Belfast by Monthly Searches
83%
January
297%
February
293%
March
29%
April
33%
May
18%
June
32%
July
34%
August
23%
September
53%
October
44%
November
262%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
SIXT VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Toyota Aygo 2 1 Small cars
SIXT Kia Picanto 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
SIXT VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
SIXT Vauxhall Corsa 5 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

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 Polo
October 17, 2018
Belfast was a truly beautiful place with lots to see and do. We were located centrally and therefore could park the car up at the hotel. That being said, a car was needed to get from the airport to our accommodation and then onto Dublin.
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

Top 9 Suppliers in Belfast in 2020

Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
+4402890316151 / +4402890316150
Belfast City Airport, 157 Cromac Street
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
02890463850
Arrivals Hall,Belfast City Apt
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+447730660650
Connsbank Rd, Belfast BT3 9EF
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713843425
SYDENHAM BYPASS
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
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4402890731929
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
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713843425
SYDENHAM BYPASS
Working hours
Mon:11:00-19:00
Tue:07:30-21:30
Wed:07:30-21:30
Thu:07:30-21:30
Fri:07:30-21:30
Sat:11:00-19:00
Sun:11:00-19:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4403713843425
Syndenham Bypass  George Best Belfast City Airport
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+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
Very good 7.4
+442895908058
75 Sydenham Rd, Belfast
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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