Top tips for renting a car at Belfast City Airport
Car hire at Belfast City Airport (BHD) offers a great opportunity to tour along the Co Down coastal and lake route, south-east of the airport, or to travel onward to Dublin or even travel north to the celebrated Co Antrim coast. Car hire is definitely the easiest option, allowing you to pop into the many small villages, hidden coves, and tourist amenities all along the Northern Ireland coastline. Using local transport would take much longer and only bring you to major destination points rather than the multiple stopover spots available in this dramatic part of Ireland.
Belfast City Airport (BHD) is also known as George Best Airport, named after the famous footballer from the city. It’s one of two airports in Belfast, the other being Belfast International Airport (BFS). Car hire at Belfast City Airport is centred around the car hire desks in the main airport terminal and the airport campus is connected by road to the city centre along the A2, a major regional route that links in seamlessly with motorways and other major roads.
Returning your car to Belfast City Airport is very straightforward. On approach to the airport you will start to see signs for the car rental parking garages. Follow these and park your car in the designated area, remove all your personal belongings and complete your paperwork at the car hire desk. It’s advised to refuel your car before bringing it back if you want to save on the cost of refuelling.
The majority of car hire companies operate between 09:00 to 23:00 seven days a week. Not all companies operate a drop-box system at the airport so enquire with your preferred company if you think you will be arriving out of those hours. There aren’t very many early morning flights from Belfast City Airport so the demand for out-of-hours cover is less than in some airports.
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FAQs about renting a car at Belfast City Airport
All the car hire companies at Belfast City Airport (BHD) are located in the main Arrivals terminal. You exit the Baggage Reclaim area and turn left and you’ll find each of the desks there. They are fully staffed during normal working hours and you can get all the information you need to book and collect your car. The pick-up area to collect your car is a short 1min walk from the main terminal and the staff will guide you there. It’s adjacent to the terminal building and located within the car parks.
Car hire at Belfast City Airport covers drivers who want to cross the border into the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is in the UK and the Republic of Ireland is in the EU but, since Brexit, Northern Ireland has maintained a special status, which removes the need for a physical border checkpoint between the two jurisdictions. There is a common travel area and you can simply travel back and forth. However, it's important to let your car hire company know if you intend to cross from Northern Ireland to the Republic as they will need to extend your insurance cover to travel abroad - even though it won’t feel like a different country.
Belfast City Airport car hire desks are all located in the airport terminal, customers can avail of all the amenities of the airport such as cafes, rest rooms, staff assistance, and information desks.
To hire a car in the UK you will need your driver’s licence and a credit card. It’s useful to bring your passport and travel details too as a secondary form of ID. The minimum age to hire a car in the UK is 23. Drivers under 25 will pay a surcharge and some companies extend that surcharge to cover drivers under 30.
On average a rental car at Belfast City Airport costs C$ 76 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget (C$ 62/day), Europcar (C$ 81/day) and Sixt (C$ 88/day).
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Belfast City Airport to off-airport locations include Budget, Sixt, Easirent, and Europcar.