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Car Rental in Northern Ireland Mini Guide

Flying into Northern Ireland the main airport is Belfast Airport which was named after the iconic Manchester United footballer George Best.  You can prebook your rental car for collection at the Airport and it is then just a short drive 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.

While Northern Ireland (UK) has had a troubled history, today the country is stable and makes an ideal place to visit on holiday and take advantage of a rental car to give you your own independence. .  Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast is a vibrant city which has overcome decades of paramilitary violence to become a top weekend city break destination.

Cheapest car hire in Northern Ireland

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.91 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 195.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.91 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 195.37 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 107

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 29.40 EUR/day
Peugeot 107

7 Days rental at 205.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Peugeot 107

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 29.40 EUR/day
Peugeot 107

7 Days rental at 205.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.00 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 217.03 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.01 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 217.09 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.02 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 217.15 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.14 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 217.98 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.14 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 217.98 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Ceed

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.57 EUR/day
Kia Ceed

7 Days rental at 207.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Ceed

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.57 EUR/day
Kia Ceed

7 Days rental at 207.02 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.69 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 221.89 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.98 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 237.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.98 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 237.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Ceed

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.31 EUR/day
Kia Ceed

7 Days rental at 240.17 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 35.18 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 246.32 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.19 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 246.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.21 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 246.47 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 29.31 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 205.20 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.07 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 210.51 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Corsa

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.07 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 210.51 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 211.63 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.23 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 211.63 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.68 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 221.80 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi A1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.69 EUR/day
Audi A1

7 Days rental at 221.87 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Audi A1

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.69 EUR/day
Audi A1

7 Days rental at 221.87 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 32.55 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 227.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.77 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 369.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.77 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 369.43 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 61.10 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 427.73 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 64.04 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 448.31 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.11 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 462.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.11 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 462.82 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.50 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 465.52 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.50 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 465.52 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.50 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 465.52 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.61 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 263.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.61 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 263.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.61 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 263.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.61 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 263.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.61 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 263.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.61 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 263.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 3008

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.90 EUR/day
Peugeot 3008

7 Days rental at 265.32 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 3008

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.90 EUR/day
Peugeot 3008

7 Days rental at 265.32 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.07 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 266.51 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 147.63 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 1033.44 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 134.04 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 938.29 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 83.93 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 587.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.09 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 553.69 EUR from 12/12/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 120.05 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 840.36 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.69 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 760.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.02 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 483.19 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 120.05 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 840.36 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Volkswagen ID.3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 108.69 EUR/day
Volkswagen ID.3

7 Days rental at 760.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 268.23 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 1877.65 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 246.04 EUR/day
Kia Niro Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1722.29 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 257.13 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1799.97 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 112.23 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 785.64 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 90.03 EUR/day
Kia Niro Hybrid

7 Days rental at 630.27 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 101.13 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 707.96 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 253.81 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 1776.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 228.84 EUR/day
Kia Niro Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1601.88 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 237.16 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1660.15 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  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  1.72/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
40
8.7/10
2,770
€ 36.01
€ 69.30
€ 53.53
 Alamo
26
8.3/10
5,119
€ 33.22
€ 40.26
€ 47.42
€ 50.67
 Enterprise
199
8.2/10
11,160
€ 33.55
€ 40.66
€ 47.89
€ 51.17
 Europcar
113
7.9/10
122,554
€ 31.72
€ 36.02
€ 43.25
€ 66.04
 Budget
39
7.9/10
10,011
€ 29.40
€ 36.60
€ 54.96
€ 43.99
 Firefly
24
7.8/10
3,075
€ 27.91
€ 31.69
€ 57.32
 National
24
7.7/10
1,395
€ 36.24
€ 43.92
€ 51.73
€ 100.49
 Keddy by europcar
93
7.7/10
17,764
€ 31.00
€ 35.21
€ 43.24
€ 45.08
 Sixt
47
7.7/10
11,050
€ 91.94
€ 29.57
€ 37.90
€ 45.09
 Avis
47
7.6/10
9,102
€ 32.52
€ 37.44
€ 54.87
€ 158.35
 Hertz
76
7.6/10
25,805
€ 31.02
€ 35.22
€ 54.41
 Drivalia
26
6.0/10
3,603
€ 34.44
€ 37.43
€ 67.52
€ 66.55
 Green motion
32
5.5/10
21,119
€ 27.91
€ 35.18
€ 40.08
€ 43.57

Car rental agent statistics in Northern Ireland

  • 9.5/10
    Highest rated agent:
    KEDDY BY EUROPCAR
  • 3.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 244,527
    Total number of reviews in
    Northern Ireland
  • 94
    Most Locations in Northern Ireland:
    EUROPCAR
  • 18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 19
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Northern Ireland

ItemPercent
January€ 65
February€ 61
March€ 61
April€ 55
May€ 66
June€ 74
July€ 86
August€ 87
September€ 74
October€ 74
November€ 65
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 63
March€ 61
April€ 51
May€ 67
June€ 78
July€ 73
August€ 74
September€ 64
October€ 65
November€ 62
December€ 76
ItemPercent
January€ 143
February€ 120
March€ 117
April€ 101
May€ 126
June€ 149
July€ 161
August€ 185
September€ 158
October€ 156
November€ 154
December€ 184
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 78
March€ 79
April€ 72
May€ 85
June€ 96
July€ 96
August€ 103
September€ 97
October€ 95
November€ 89
December€ 112
ItemPercent
January€ 144
February€ 161
March€ 141
April€ 136
May€ 169
June€ 197
July€ 239
August€ 257
September€ 274
October€ 230
November€ 226
December€ 375
ItemPercent
January€ 52
February€ 51
March€ 50
April€ 42
May€ 50
June€ 55
July€ 62
August€ 62
September€ 63
October€ 64
November€ 51
December€ 68
ItemPercent
January€ 116
February€ 106
March€ 111
April€ 98
May€ 117
June€ 140
July€ 155
August€ 161
September€ 131
October€ 124
November€ 118
December€ 141
ItemPercent
January€ 69
February€ 70
March€ 64
April€ 59
May€ 62
June€ 69
July€ 96
August€ 99
September€ 84
October€ 88
November€ 69
December€ 86

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

  • € 195.37
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 2140.62
    Highest daily price:
    Audi A6
  • 8,198
    Total cars available
     
  • 587
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • 236
    Location with most cars:
    Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon
  • € 27.9 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    FIREFLY - Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon

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 €27.90 per day for a (mini) class car from Green motion. The average price to hire a car in Northern Ireland is just €105.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Northern Ireland is a Audi A6 car for a (premium) class from Green motion costing €2140.60 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 209 car hire locations and 70,324 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Northern Ireland.

Who is the best car hire company in Northern Ireland?

Based on over 244,527 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Northern Ireland Is Europcar who score on average 7.9/10 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 12 car hire companies and 236 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Northern Ireland?

Current fuel prices in Northern Ireland are €1.96/ltr for petrol and €2.121/ltr for diesel as of 5 September 2022, it’ll cost on average €78 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €85 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?

Green motion is the cheapest car hire company in Northern Ireland offering a (mini) class car such as the Fiat 500 for as little as €195.30 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 10 car hire companies in over 175 locations.

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