Escape the congested public transportation system and pricey taxi fares in Belfast by renting a car, which is also the best option for getting to know this city. A car works wonders for travelers looking to explore some of Northern Ireland's most scenic routes and iconic destinations, including Dunluce Castle, UNESCO World Heritage site Giant's Causeway, and Castle Ward, which is the filming location of Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
All the big car rental agencies can be found at Belfast International Airport (BFS), which is only 18 miles northwest of the city center. All the car rental desks are located in the domestic arrivals hall, which is on the lower floor of the airport's passenger terminal. The smaller George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is only 3 miles from the city center, and its car rental counters can be found in the Arrivals Hall.
The main rule about driving in the United Kingdom is that traffic runs on the left-hand side of the road. As a small city, Belfast is relatively easy to drive around. If you cross the border into the Republic of Ireland, remember currency changes from the pound to the euro, and kilometers will be used instead of miles.
Belfast roads can experience quite a bit of traffic congestion, so you may want to avoid driving during morning rush hour (especially if you're driving into the city), between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m., and also during the evening rush hour, from 4 to 7 p.m. (if you're driving out of the city). The M2/Nelson Street/York Link junction tends to be the most congested road, but traffic also builds up on the A1/M1 in the morning and before junction 3 on the M1 in the evening. Roads in Northern Ireland are toll-free.
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FAQs about renting a car in Belfast
Some car rental companies in Belfast which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt, Budget and Europcar
On average a hire car in Belfast costs C$ 58 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Belfast. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Belfast is C$ 8.42 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 101 and C$ 135, depending on the car size.
A Compact car rental in Belfast costs C$ 53 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Belfast costs C$ 43 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Belfast costs C$ 105 per day, on average.
In Belfast, cars are most frequently rented at keddy by Europcar Arrivals Hall, Belfast City Airport. (5 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Belfast costs C$ 406 per week (C$ 58 per day).
On average a rental car in Belfast costs C$ 1,739 per month (C$ 58 per day).
If you're a single traveler who doesn't require much space, a small, compact car is ideal for driving and parking around Belfast. But, if you're planning on a road trip to other destinations around the country, a sedan or an SUV might be a better option — especially if you're traveling with the whole family.
The speed limit within city limits is typically 30 miles per hour, but it has been lowered to 20 miles per hour on more than 70 streets throughout Belfast, so pay extra attention to the signs when driving through the city. The speed limits on highways and motorways across Northern Ireland range between 60 and 70 miles per hour.
The average gas prices in Belfast are approximately £4.74 (around $6.04) per gallon. You can find lower prices of around £4.54 ($5.79) per gallon, and the higher prices are usually £4.92 ($6.27) per gallon. It is worth remembering that gas in the United Kingdom is known as petrol, and that it is not priced by gallon but rather by liter.
There are lots of parking lots in and around the city center, many of which are free. The fares at the paid parking lots can range anywhere between £0.20 to £2.50 per hour. Drivers must pay for parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Those who wish can leave their vehicles for free at one of the Park and Ride facilities around the city, with the closest one to the city center, Northside Park and Ride, just off the A12.