One of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom, Belfast in Northern Ireland is a traveller's dream. Famous for being the birthplace of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic, and home to Titanic Studios where popular HBO series Game of Thrones is filmed, Belfast is a tourist destination like no other.
Get out and about in the city to experience breathtaking architecture, visit historical sites, catch a show at the theatre, or wander along the River Lagan. Whatever you end up doing on your trip to the capital of Northern Ireland, it will be a holiday you’ll never forget.
Renting a car for your adventure will allow you to explore the city in more depth and detail, and enable you get out into the surrounding countryside to experience the fantastic culture of Northern Ireland.
Begin your Belfast adventure by hiring a car with Airport Rentals
Booking a rental car in Belfast has never been easier. Save yourself time and energy by securing a car hire with Airport Rentals. We work with an extensive network of car companies to bring you the best available vehicles at the best rates. Simply put in your travel dates and the age of the driver, hit ‘search’ and instantly compare all your car hire options.
You can narrow down your selection using the filtering system on the left. Tick preferences for car type, rental car company, transmission, or group size. Whether you’re after a sleek SUV, family-friendly van, or a sturdy four-wheel drive, Airport Rentals will show you the most suitable options that are available on the dates you entered.
With secure online booking, 24/7 customer service and no booking fees, why would you look anywhere else?
A quick guide to George Best Belfast City Airport
The George Best Belfast City Airport is the main domestic airport for the country of Northern Ireland. With flights from United Kingdom cities such as London Heathrow, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Southampton, and Leeds Bradford, it’s a hive of activity. Touch down at the airport and enjoy a great range of shopping options, grab a coffee at one of the cafes, and make use of free unlimited WiFi. When you’re ready, pick up your keys from the rental car kiosks, located in the the main terminal to the right as you enter.
Driving from George Best Belfast City Airport to the city
Located 3 miles east of the city, it’s about an eight-minute drive from the airport to the CBD. After picking up your keys, head out of the terminal and veer left. The rental car carpark is about a 2 minute walk, just before the Long Stay car park. From there, head out onto the A2 and follow the signs to Belfast city centre. If you’ve arranged to pick up your car from the city, jump on the Airport Express 600 Service. The trip will cost £2.50 for an adult.
Tips for driving the location
Even if you’ve driven in Northern Ireland before, it’s always good to remind yourself of the road regulations. If you’re completely new to the country, ensure you know the rules before you get behind the wheel.
● In Northern Ireland, motorists drive on the left hand side. Rental cars will often have a sticker in the vehicle to remind you.
● Speed and distance are measured in miles, however if you have plans to road trip down to the Republic of Ireland, note signage changes to kilometers.
● Roads in Belfast and the surrounding countryside can be very narrow. Drive defensively.
Where to park at the airport and in the city
Need to park your car at the airport? The George Best Belfast City Airport offers passengers short-term parking from £3 per hour and long-term from £26 a day. As you exit the terminal building, short-term parking is about a 3-minute walk to your right, and long-term the same distance in the opposite direction.
In Belfast city, street parking is on a ‘pay and display’ system. Council-run car parks are located at various points across the city, both free and paid. They begin as low as 30p per hour, but always double check time restrictions and any other regulations before parking your hired car.