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Northern Ireland's capital city buzzes with historic, cultural and foodie attractions, and that – combined with the natural beauty of the nearby Causeway Coast – earned it a nod as Lonely Planet's best region to visit in 2019. Hire a car from George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) or Belfast International Airport (BFS) and discover it all for yourself.

You’ll find a number of major rental car companies Belfast's airports. George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is 15 minutes outside the city, and Belfast International Airport (BFS) around 30 minutes outside it. Both have rental desks in their arrival halls, and car pickup points nearby.

Car hire companies that have desks at Belfast International Airport include:

  • Avis (Tel: 028 9445 2642)
  • Budget (Tel: 020 9442 3332)
  • Enterprise (Tel: 020 9445 1940)
  • Hertz (Tel: 028 9442 2533)

Rental companies at George Best Belfast City Airport include:

  • Budget (Tel: 028 9045 1111)
  • Enterprise (Tel: 028 9046 3850)
  • Avis (Tel: 028 9073 1929)
  • Alamo (Tel: 028 9445 1940)

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Belfast?

You need to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Belfast. Some car hire companies have a minimum age of 25, and most will apply a ‘young driver surcharge’ if you're under 25. Whatever your age, you'll usually need to have held a full driving licence for at least a year.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Belfast?

To hire a vehicle in Belfast you'll need a full driving licence (you'll also usually need to have held it for at least a year). You'll also need a payment card, and your car hire provider may also ask for additional ID, proof of address and a DVLA licence check code.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Belfast?

No, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it. When you hire a car in Belfast, your agreement usually comes with a hefty excess if you have an accident. Buying a car hire excess insurance policy means you're covered for that. Look for a third-party policy to get a good deal – if you go for the one you're offered at the car hire collection desk, it will usually be more expensive.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Belfast?

Plenty of car rental companies allow you to pay with a debit card. Some do insist on a credit card

Which rental companies are available at Belfast International Airport?

You can rent a car at Belfast International Airport with Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and National.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Belfast?

Sometimes it’s cheaper to rent a car off-site as it's less convenient than picking up your car directly at the airport. Search for different pickup locations to see where you can get the best deal in Belfast.

Can you rent a car in Belfast and drop it off in another city?

Yes, car hire companies will often let you drop off your rental car in a different city. When you rent a car in Belfast, your provider may stipulate that the drop-off location must be in Northern Ireland.

Can you rent a car the same day in Belfast?

Yes, you can book on-the-day car rental in Belfast. Look online for a good deal even on the day – you'll often find car rental cheaper than by going in person.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Belfast?

Yes, the minimum age for car hire in Belfast is 21, as in the rest of the UK. This can vary with vehicle class – for example, for larger vans you have to be 25 years old. You'll also need to have held a full driving licence for at least a year.

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