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Northern Ireland Mini Guide

While Northern Ireland has had a troubled history, today the country is stable and makes an ideal place to visit on holiday.  Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast is a vibrant city which has overcome decades of paramilitary violence to become a top weekend city break destination.
 
The republican Loyalists call the city of Londonderry, Derry in an effort to disassociate it with the English.

Derry is the second city of Northern Ireland and famous for the stone walls which surround it. Flying into Northern Ireland the main airport is Belfast Airport which was named after the iconic Manchester United footballer George Best. Some of the airlines to fly into Belfast Airport are low cost carrier Ryanair, Air France, Aer Arann and bmi. It is then just a short journey in a rental car to Belfast city itself. From Belfast you can drive by motorway to other Northern Irish cities such as Ballymena, Dungannon and Newtownabbey. Should you wish to drive to the Republic of Ireland you can do so without undergoing passport checks or having to drive through border control.

Cheapest car hire in Northern Ireland

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.38 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 324.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.54 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 423.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.54 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 423.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.54 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 423.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.73 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 439.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.73 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 439.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.94 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 440.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.94 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 440.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 118.72 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 831.07 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 118.97 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 832.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.77 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 299.43 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.77 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 299.43 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 43.44 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 304.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 119.06 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 833.46 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Alhambra

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 129.19 EUR/day
Seat Alhambra

7 Days rental at 904.35 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.49 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 913.49 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Galaxy

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.97 EUR/day
Ford Galaxy

7 Days rental at 916.82 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Seat Alhambra

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 132.42 EUR/day
Seat Alhambra

7 Days rental at 926.95 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.76 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 936.33 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 135.51 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 948.57 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 135.51 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 948.57 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 137.02 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 959.17 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Northern Ireland

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road in Northern Ireland, just like the rest of the UK and Ireland
  • The alcohol limit to drive in Northern Ireland is the same as the UK at 80mg of alcohol in the blood
  • There are no toll roads in Northern Ireland, but if you cross the border to Ireland you'll find some
  • Taking a rental car into the Republic of Ireland is not a problem, just make sure you have some EUR to hand
  • Fuel prices in Northern Ireland reflect that of the UK as a whole, expect to pay around £50-60 to fill an average sized hire car

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Northern Ireland

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    GBP  1.81/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    GBP £

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Northern Ireland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Arnold clark car & van
33
8.9/10
3,100
€ 46.38
€ 141.02
€ 121.92
 National
14
8.3/10
299
€ 60.15
€ 67.16
€ 74.18
€ 160.08
 Alamo
16
8.3/10
1,461
€ 71.22
€ 67.91
€ 80.85
€ 81.68
 Enterprise
198
7.9/10
5,488
€ 71.94
€ 50.78
€ 58.59
€ 90.60
 Budget
31
7.9/10
4,962
€ 55.12
€ 63.60
€ 91.80
€ 91.80
 Avis
43
7.8/10
8,455
€ 55.12
€ 61.24
€ 77.33
€ 158.35
 Europcar
119
7.8/10
94,402
€ 40.93
€ 46.39
€ 56.80
€ 93.70
 Firefly
6
7.6/10
438
€ 97.85
€ 121.16
€ 133.26
 Hertz
61
7.5/10
12,140
€ 58.24
€ 64.90
€ 117.68
 Sixt
44
7.5/10
10,344
€ 89.51
€ 60.97
€ 72.57
€ 181.11
 Green motion
23
5.8/10
7,214
€ 45.40
€ 63.54
€ 43.44
€ 44.75
 Surprice
1
5.2/10
19
€ 522.20
€ 522.20
€ 1226.39
 Easirent
26
5.0/10
3,755
€ 47.52
€ 58.74
€ 46.32
€ 53.98

Car rental agent statistics in Northern Ireland

  • 9.3/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • 3.4/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    EASIRENT
  • 152,077
    Total number of reviews in
    Northern Ireland
  • 103
    Most Locations in Northern Ireland:
    EUROPCAR
  • 15
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 18
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Northern Ireland

ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 61
March€ 61
April€ 55
May€ 66
June€ 74
July€ 86
August€ 87
September€ 62
October€ 64
November€ 56
December€ 83
ItemPercent
January€ 62
February€ 63
March€ 61
April€ 51
May€ 67
June€ 78
July€ 73
August€ 74
September€ 53
October€ 57
November€ 58
December€ 80
ItemPercent
January€ 134
February€ 120
March€ 117
April€ 101
May€ 126
June€ 149
July€ 161
August€ 185
September€ 121
October€ 122
November€ 126
December€ 172
ItemPercent
January€ 79
February€ 78
March€ 79
April€ 72
May€ 85
June€ 96
July€ 96
August€ 103
September€ 77
October€ 78
November€ 77
December€ 105
ItemPercent
January€ 147
February€ 161
March€ 141
April€ 136
May€ 169
June€ 197
July€ 239
August€ 257
September€ 267
October€ 227
November€ 232
December€ 406
ItemPercent
January€ 50
February€ 51
March€ 50
April€ 42
May€ 50
June€ 55
July€ 62
August€ 62
September€ 57
October€ 62
November€ 46
December€ 69
ItemPercent
January€ 111
February€ 106
March€ 111
April€ 98
May€ 117
June€ 140
July€ 155
August€ 161
September€ 101
October€ 101
November€ 102
December€ 135
ItemPercent
January€ 198
February€ 196
March€ 199
April€ 155
May€ 240
June€ 249
July€ 206
August€ 218
September€ 195
October€ 196
November€ 194
December€ 448

Select category to see average car hire prices in Northern Ireland

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Northern Ireland

DieselUnleaded

Car rental price statistics in Northern Ireland

  • € 266.98
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 7976.68
    Highest daily price:
    Ford Ranger Double Cab
  • 5,075
    Total cars available
     
  • 418
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • 249
    Location with most cars:
    Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon
  • € 37.6 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    EUROPCAR VANS AND TRUCKS - Chester - Train Station

FAQs about car hire in Northern Ireland

How much does it cost to hire a car in Northern Ireland?

Car hire in Northern Ireland starts from just €38.10 per day for a (intermediate) class car from Europcar vans and trucks. The average price to hire a car in Northern Ireland is just €212.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Northern Ireland is a Ford Ranger Double Cab car for a (fullsize) class from Green motion costing €7976.70 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Northern Ireland?

We often have special offers on car hire in Northern Ireland including free additional drivers, for example, Green motion is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Manchester - Train Station - Victoria Station for €83.34 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Northern Ireland?

Car hire prices in Northern Ireland are kept low thanks to the 14 car hire companies across the country. With over 177 car hire locations and 47,056 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Northern Ireland.

Who is the best car hire company in Northern Ireland?

Based on over 152,077 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Northern Ireland Is Europcar who score on average 7.8/10 across all locations in Northern Ireland.

What is the most popular car hire location in Northern Ireland?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Northern Ireland is Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon with 10 car hire companies and 249 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Northern Ireland?

Current fuel prices in Northern Ireland are €2.056/ltr for petrol and €2.171/ltr for diesel as of 6 June 2022, it’ll cost on average €82 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €87 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Northern Ireland?

Speed limits in Northern Ireland are in mph and are generally 20-30 mph on urban roads, 60 mph on rural roads and 70 mph on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Northern Ireland?

Europcar vans and trucks is the cheapest car hire company in Northern Ireland offering a (intermediate) class car such as the Ford Transit SWB Van for as little as €266.70 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Northern Ireland?

The most popular car hire category in Northern Ireland is the Opel Corsa available from 9 car hire companies in over 126 locations.

Can you drive into Northern Ireland?

Whether you want to explore the Giant's Causeway and coastal route or are planning a city break in the capital Belfast, driving to Northern Ireland from the Republic, or arriving directly by air and hiring a car is a great option.

We consistently deliver our customers the cheapest price possible for their car rental, by comparing prices across all the main suppliers such as Hertz, Alamo and Avis to find the best deal.

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