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Car Hire Northern Ireland Useful Information

Northern Ireland is a region within the United Kingdom that offers diverse landscapes and attractions. Here's some information about driving in Northern Ireland:

Main Roads:

Northern Ireland has an extensive road network, including motorways (M-roads), primary routes (A-roads), and secondary routes (B-roads). Some of the main roads include the M1, M2, and A1, which connect major cities and towns.

Some of the main cities and towns in Northern Ireland include:
Belfast: The capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, known for its vibrant culture and history.
Derry/Londonderry: The second-largest city, located in the northwest, known for its historic walls.
Lisburn: A city in County Antrim, located near Belfast.
Newry: A city in County Down, situated near the border with the Republic of Ireland.

Airports:

Northern Ireland has several airports, with the two major ones being:
Belfast International Airport (BFS): Located near Aldergrove, approximately 18 miles (29 kilometers) northwest of Belfast.
George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD): Located near the city center of Belfast, offering domestic and some international flights.

Clean Air Zone:

There are no active Clean Air Zones (CAZ) in Northern Ireland. However, environmental policies and regulations can change over time, so it's advisable to check with local authorities for the most up-to-date information on any clean air initiatives.

EV Charging Points:

Northern Ireland has been expanding its network of electric vehicle (EV) charging points. Charging stations can be found in urban areas, car parks, and along major road networks. Initiatives to promote EV usage continue to grow.

Cruise/Ferry Terminals:

Northern Ireland has several ports and ferry terminals that connect it with other parts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Some key ports include Belfast Port, Larne Port, and Warrenpoint Port. These ports provide passenger and cargo ferry services.

Tips for Driving in Northern Ireland:

In Northern Ireland, traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road, as in the rest of the UK. While the road network is generally well-maintained, some rural areas may have narrow roads and challenging driving conditions. Be aware of local speed limits and road signs, which may differ from those in other parts of the UK or Ireland.

Northern Ireland offers stunning natural landscapes, historic sites, and cultural attractions. Be sure to explore areas such as the Giant's Causeway, the Mourne Mountains, and the Causeway Coastal Route.
 

Cheapest car hire in Northern Ireland

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.11 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 161.78 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.11 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 161.78 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.11 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 161.78 EUR from 21/07/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.71 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 172.98 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.71 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 172.98 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.71 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 172.98 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.16 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 169.15 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.21 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 169.51 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.21 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 169.51 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 51.19 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 358.38 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 55.87 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 391.14 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 57.53 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 402.72 EUR from 21/07/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 25.95 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 181.70 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 25.95 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 181.70 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 25.95 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 181.70 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Leaf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 106.48 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf

7 Days rental at 745.42 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.46 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 353.27 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Leaf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 115.20 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf

7 Days rental at 806.45 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.59 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 235.18 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.83 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 271.87 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 44.08 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 308.57 EUR from 21/07/2024

  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
 

Popular car hire destinations in Northern Ireland

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Northern Ireland

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    GBP  1.45/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    GBP £

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    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)
 Enterprise
205
9.0/10
17,802
€ 23.73
€ 24.71
€ 43.44
€ 59.80
 Alamo
23
8.9/10
2,029
€ 34.50
€ 36.01
€ 41.42
€ 51.49
 National
21
8.8/10
1,550
€ 39.14
€ 41.98
€ 46.92
€ 64.58
 Budget
31
8.7/10
5,755
€ 38.92
€ 38.93
€ 77.55
€ 58.82
 Europcar
111
8.6/10
199,159
€ 33.04
€ 37.55
€ 40.66
€ 134.46
 Avis
41
8.6/10
5,656
€ 38.92
€ 43.10
€ 54.59
€ 158.35
 Sixt
49
8.6/10
16,317
€ 37.85
€ 39.33
€ 45.81
€ 55.48
 Keddy by europcar
100
8.5/10
54,738
€ 32.10
€ 36.26
€ 39.10
€ 49.28
 Dollar
18
8.4/10
382
€ 40.60
€ 50.20
€ 62.99
€ 59.75
 Hertz
54
8.4/10
5,616
€ 34.92
€ 37.13
€ 42.54
 Surprice
2
8.0/10
165
€ 34.90
€ 43.08
€ 48.71
€ 49.04
 U-save
3
7.9/10
21
€ 32.61
€ 34.03
€ 35.89
 Green motion
24
7.8/10
5,500
€ 23.11
€ 26.40
€ 25.95
€ 28.95
 Drivalia
26
7.6/10
14,317
€ 23.86
€ 35.09
€ 34.72
€ 39.40

Car rental agent statistics in Northern Ireland

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    9.9/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    6.6/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DRIVALIA
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    329,007
    Total number of reviews in
    Northern Ireland
  • Most Locations Icon
    90
    Most Locations in Northern Ireland:
    EUROPCAR
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    22
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Northern Ireland

ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 64
March€ 66
April€ 69
May€ 72
June€ 83
July€ 93
August€ 89
September€ 75
October€ 74
November€ 64
December€ 82
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 60
March€ 60
April€ 59
May€ 69
June€ 81
July€ 79
August€ 75
September€ 64
October€ 64
November€ 60
December€ 71
ItemPercent
January€ 145
February€ 131
March€ 127
April€ 132
May€ 137
June€ 165
July€ 173
August€ 197
September€ 167
October€ 159
November€ 155
December€ 182
ItemPercent
January€ 84
February€ 83
March€ 86
April€ 88
May€ 91
June€ 110
July€ 110
August€ 109
September€ 99
October€ 97
November€ 89
December€ 109
ItemPercent
January€ 144
February€ 155
March€ 140
April€ 141
May€ 170
June€ 197
July€ 237
August€ 249
September€ 284
October€ 226
November€ 217
December€ 375
ItemPercent
January€ 49
February€ 50
March€ 51
April€ 49
May€ 53
June€ 61
July€ 67
August€ 63
September€ 60
October€ 62
November€ 49
December€ 63
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 112
March€ 117
April€ 118
May€ 127
June€ 158
July€ 166
August€ 162
September€ 134
October€ 124
November€ 119
December€ 136
ItemPercent
January€ 160
February€ 142
March€ 142
April€ 150
May€ 168
June€ 190
July€ 187
August€ 218
September€ 162
October€ 156
November€ 158
December€ 170

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

Fuel prices in Northern Ireland

DieselUnleaded
Apr , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

May , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.95

Jun , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 2.06

Jul , 2022

€ 2.32

€ 2.23

Aug , 2022

€ 2.31

€ 2.18

Sep , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

Oct , 2022

€ 2.07

€ 1.87

Nov , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 1.90

Dec , 2022

€ 2.13

€ 1.85

Jan , 2023

€ 1.96

€ 1.70

Feb , 2023

€ 1.91

€ 1.67

Mar , 2023

€ 1.88

€ 1.65

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Mar , 2023 1.88 1.65
Feb , 2023 1.91 1.67
Jan , 2023 1.96 1.70
Dec , 2022 2.13 1.85
Nov , 2022 2.17 1.90
Oct , 2022 2.07 1.87
Sep , 2022 2.12 1.96
Aug , 2022 2.31 2.18
Jul , 2022 2.32 2.23
Jun , 2022 2.17 2.06
May , 2022 2.12 1.95
Apr , 2022 2.12 1.96

Car rental price statistics in Northern Ireland

  • Average Price Icon
    € 161.77
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 1119.00
    Highest daily price:
    Volvo XC60
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    6,098
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    490
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    292
    Location with most cars:
    Manchester - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 23.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    GREEN MOTION - Glasgow - Airport - International
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