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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$23.65 / per day
Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$24.62 / per day
Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$26.58 / per day
Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$28.03 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$28.55 / per day
Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Compact
Hyundai I30 or similar
Hyundai I30
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$31.63 / per day
Belfast, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
SIXT
$32.60 / per day
Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$33.48 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Average car rental length
8 days
Economy car rental price
$41.13 / 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%

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

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.

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 $33.03 per day
    525.7 km / 326.7 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $14.40 per day
    216.8 km / 134.7 miles away
  3. Birmingham Car Rentals from $28.15 per day
    363.5 km / 225.9 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $11.89 per day
    166.6 km / 103.5 miles away
  5. Manchester Car Rentals from $16.65 per day
    274.0 km / 170.2 miles away
  6. Luton Car Rentals from $19.48 per day
    476.4 km / 296.0 miles away
  7. Inverness Car Rentals from $49.27 per day
    344.3 km / 213.9 miles away
  8. Bristol Car Rentals from $15.42 per day
    417.1 km / 259.2 miles away
  9. Leeds Car Rentals from $27.30 per day
    286.1 km / 177.8 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $14.37 per day
    243.8 km / 151.5 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $11.78 per day
    358.9 km / 223.0 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $15.76 per day
    271.8 km / 168.9 miles away
  13. Southampton Car Rentals from $25.70 per day
    508.3 km / 315.8 miles away
  14. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $22.19 per day
    367.3 km / 228.3 miles away
  15. Cardiff Car Rentals from $28.04 per day
    396.1 km / 246.1 miles away
  16. Jersey Car Rentals from $35.83 per day
    652.1 km / 405.2 miles away
  17. Exeter Car Rentals from $23.65 per day
    462.5 km / 287.4 miles away
  18. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $29.87 per day
    505.7 km / 314.2 miles away
  19. 342.2 km / 212.6 miles away
  20. Newquay Car Rentals from $37.40 per day
    468.3 km / 291.0 miles away

Top 3 Locations near Belfast

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
$41.52
January
$62.64
February
$53.02
March
$42.76
April
$44.95
May
$47.07
June
$52.50
July
$52.21
August
$26.89
September
$28.84
October
$56.61
November
$60.16
December
The best month to rent a car in Belfast is September (when prices for an Economy class start from $26.89). This is 43% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in February (when rental prices start at $62.64 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 October, and the least popular is June.
Belfast Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
85%
January
83%
February
82%
March
89%
April
102%
May
55%
June
99%
July
105%
August
131%
September
162%
October
136%
November
67%
December

Our Customers Reviews

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.
May 10, 2019
Belfast and NI is great. Very beautiful coastline and easily accessible with car hire
March 9, 2019
Northern Ireland has numerous excellent tourist attractions suitable to all age groups
February 21, 2019
Super city to visit even by car. Found free street parking for our day out in the city.
February 17, 2019
Great for a trip to the Antrim Coast & along Strangford Lough with many interesting & wonderful places en route.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
September 16, 2018
Great place for city break, beautiful coast and countryside. We loved Belfast and NI
September 7, 2018
Ireland is a great place to tour
September 1, 2018
Beautiful city

Top 9 Suppliers for Belfast in 2019

Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
+4402890316151/+4402890316150
Belfast City Airport, 157 Cromac Street
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
028-90463850
Arrivals Hall,Belfast City Apt
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
0044 7 730 660 650
Connsbank Rd, Belfast BT3 9EF
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713843425
SYDENHAM BYPASS
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0044 02 890 731 929
Belfast City Airport
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713843425
SYDENHAM BYPASS
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
0044 03713843425
Syndenham Bypass  George Best Belfast City Airport
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
0044 02 890 731 988
Green Motion George Best Belfast City Airport, Block A Units 1&2, 22 Heron Business Park, Heron Road
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
0044 028 9590 8058
75 Sydenham Rd, Belfast

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