Cheapest car hire in Northern Ireland

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

Northern Ireland car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Northern Ireland

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    Road Driving Side

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    20-30mph

    Urban speed Limit

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    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    GBP  1.12/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    GBP £

    Currency

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    NO

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 7.0/10)

Ian Hargreaves

UK

6/10
Looked on a few

Looked on a few websites but liked the look of Rhino as seemed simple and clear so booked a car for a week and it was fine. Thanks, will use you again.

15/05/2019
Ian Hargreaves

UK

6/10
Looked on a few

Looked on a few websites but liked the look of Rhino as seemed simple and clear so booked a car for a week and it was fine. Thanks, will use you again.

15/05/2019
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Compare car rental agents in Northern Ireland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
28
8.7/10
4,640
€ 20.35
€ 24.78
€ 28.47
€ 61.29
 Arnold clark car & van
40
8.6/10
2,706
€ 28.17
€ 40.24
€ 81.16
 Firefly
7
8.3/10
65
€ 12.04
€ 17.20
€ 25.81
 Enterprise
32
8.2/10
3,035
€ 20.77
€ 24.76
€ 27.39
€ 42.89
 Sixt
50
8.2/10
16,100
€ 12.04
€ 17.20
€ 22.40
€ 24.78
 Budget
59
8.1/10
19,024
€ 17.48
€ 23.45
€ 21.57
 Hertz
80
8.0/10
43,328
€ 12.34
€ 17.50
€ 23.30
 Avis
64
7.9/10
8,635
€ 12.86
€ 18.23
€ 27.22
€ 47.40
 Europcar
142
7.5/10
92,033
€ 19.58
€ 24.80
€ 26.87
€ 30.11
 Keddy by europcar
121
7.5/10
38,691
€ 18.41
€ 23.42
€ 26.14
€ 34.04
 National
28
7.0/10
504
€ 22.43
€ 27.73
€ 31.49
€ 34.64
 Green motion
36
5.7/10
22,647
€ 16.30
€ 17.58
€ 19.48
€ 24.99
 Easirent
22
5.6/10
5,991
€ 22.04
€ 24.53
€ 45.44
€ 36.38

Car rental agent statistics in Northern Ireland

  • 9.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 3.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 257,399
    Total number of reviews in
    Northern Ireland
  • 138
    Most Locations in Northern Ireland:
    EUROPCAR
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 17
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Northern Ireland

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

Fuel prices in Northern Ireland

Car rental price statistics in Northern Ireland

  • € 84.28
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 478.39
    Highest daily price:
    Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
  • 11,193
    Total cars available
     
  • 732
    Most popular model:
    Skoda Octavia
  • 249
    Location with most cars:
    Birmingham - Airport
  • € 12.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    FIREFLY - Belfast - Airport - International

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 €12.00 per day for a (mini) class car from Firefly. The average price to hire a car in Northern Ireland is just €63.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Northern Ireland is a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso car for a (intermediate) class from Green motion costing €478.40 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 Bristol - Airport for €57.48 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Northern Ireland?

Car hire prices in Northern Ireland are kept low thanks to the 15 car hire companies across the country. With over 249 car hire locations and 79,833 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Northern Ireland.

Who is the best car hire company in Northern Ireland?

Based on over 257,399 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Northern Ireland Is Europcar who score on average 7.5/10 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 Birmingham - Airport with 12 car hire companies and 249 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Northern Ireland?

Current fuel prices in Northern Ireland are €1.27/ltr for petrol and €1.32/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €51 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €53 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?

Firefly is the cheapest car hire company in Northern Ireland offering a (mini) class car such as the Kia Picanto for as little as €84.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Northern Ireland?

The most popular car hire category in Northern Ireland is the Skoda Octavia available from 10 car hire companies in over 202 locations.

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland welcomes young drivers from as young as 22 years old. Europcar are the most young driver-friendly rental agent followed by Avis. Alamo, Easirent, Enterprise and National do not allow drivers under 25 to hire a car in Northern Ireland.
 
Company
Min Age
Young Driver Fee/day (u25)
Alamo
25
n/a
Avis
23
£32.50
Easirent
25
n/a
Enterprise
25
n/a
Europcar*
22
£32.50
Firefly
24
£30.84
Hertz
24
£30.84
Keddy*
22
£32.50
National
25
n/a
*min age varies by location, check terms per rental

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. There are many magical and mystical parts of Northern Ireland such as the iconic ‘Giant’s Causeway’ a strange geological formation at the North Coast which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This part of Northern Ireland is full of lush, rugged scenery which cannot be bettered anywhere else in Europe.

Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast is a vibrant city which has overcome decades of paramilitary violence to become a top weekend city break destination. Another stunningly beautiful part of Northern Ireland are the Mourne Mountains which are among the many places where it is possible to go for bracing country walks and really enjoy the great outdoors. Bring an umbrella when you go to Northern Ireland; the weather is as unpredictable as anywhere else in the United Kingdom. There are just under two million people living in the country and although it is a self governing nation, Northern Ireland is part of the constitutional monarchy within the UK and the currency is the British pound.

The issue of whether or not to be unified with Britain is one which people there have fought over for many years. The Protestant Unionists wanted to remain with Britain and the mostly Catholic Loyalists wanted to unify with the rest of Ireland. The matter was finally sorted out in the 1998 agreement which marked an end to violence in the country.  However, the differences still manifest themselves, for example in the place names of Northern Ireland. 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.

Northern Ireland Factfile

  • Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland
  • There are three airports in the country: Belfast International, George Best Belfast City and City of Derry
  • Famous people who have originated from Northern Ireland include George Best, Liam Neeson, CS Lewis and Kenneth Branagh
  • The doomed ship Titanic was built in Belfast in Northern Ireland
  • The currency in the country is the Pound sterling (GBP)

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.

Fuel Prices in Northern Ireland

  • Price of petrol in Northern Ireland in April

    € 1.27/Ltr

    ($ 1.56/Ltr | 1.12/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Northern Ireland in April

    € 1.32/Ltr

    ($ 1.62/Ltr | 1.16/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Northern Ireland in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Compact € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Full Size € 63.50  ($ 77.76) | € 66.00  ($ 80.82)
SUV € 76.20  ($ 93.31) | € 79.20  ($ 96.99)
Carrier € 88.90  ($ 108.86) | € 92.40  ($ 113.15)

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