Car Hire in Northern Ireland


Ulster is a land made for touring by car  . . .  nothing's ever too far from anything else, whether it's an idyllic retreat in its blue mountains and forest parks, or its mazy lakes and windswept moors, white Atlantic sands, or an inland sea. In fact, it's a country that is just pretending to be small.

Dozens of little towns are hidden away down among the green places of the countryside, and fishing villages string out along the shores.

The towers and steeples of parish churches mark the high ground beyond trimmed hedgerows.

The country's turbulent past, which still resonates today, has also helped shape the landscape.


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Distinctive field patterns, for instance, are especially striking, and so are ruined castles. Built from the 12th century onwards, and once symbols of both oppression and reassurance, they are now among Ulster's finest architectural treasures

The heritage of Northern Ireland is largely rural. Ulster people are outdoor people. They spend their leisure time pottering around the coast or going on family expeditions to the mountains at weekends.

The rivers are full of fish, with friendly hotels and B&Bs along the banks to welcome anglers at the end of the day, and lively musical evenings in nearby hostelries. For golfers there are the famous fairways of championship courses and whole series of lovely links, many in enchanting cliff-top settings.

There are 50 miles of cruising waters on Lough Erne, sailing on Lough Neagh - the biggest lake in the British Isles - sea fishing off Strangford and the Antrim coast, and many other Water sports. You can go cycling and pony trekking along the seashore and backpacking in the Mournes.

And if that's too strenuous a thought, try your hand at painting or birdwatching, or touring the gardens and stately homes of Ulster.

Click on the button, type in your date, place and duration of hire and we'll giver you back a list of providers so you can choose the best deal. We call it "Quote and Pick" . . . and it works.

Our "Quote and Pick" booking system will provide you with the car and the cost that suits you best.

The links below will take you to our main Northern Ireland car rental locations. Pick up and drop off details are on your booking confirmation . . .

    Belfast City Belfast City Airport Belfast International Airport  


Northern Ireland pick up and drop off locations

Location Address

Belfast City

Several providers. Consult your confirmation email for pickup and drop addresses  
Location Information

Belfast, an old Northern industrial town is the gateway to some of the most beautiful holiday country in Ireland. There are several rental outlets in the town, and hotel concierges will recognise the address on your rental confirmation paperwork  

Location Address

Belfast International Airport

Belfast, BT29 4AB
tel: 028 9448 4848

A busy provincial international airport, with a lively transatlantic trade. The airport has all facilities. Check your confirmation slip for details of your rental pickup.

Location Information

Belfast International Airport is situated just 18 miles north-west of Belfast and is easily accessed via a network of main roads and motorways. The hire car desks can be found in the arrivals hall.


Exact Northern Ireland location opening times will be found on your booking confirmation email

Also all information relating to extras such as roofracks or baby seats can be seen and booked as part of the booking process

To see full details on car hire terms such as insurance, extra drivers, and the like, click here.


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Touring the north by car

Driving in Northern Ireland is to recapture motoring's glad confident morning. The roads are excellent, with miles of motorway and dual carriageway, and you are never much more than half an hour from the sea. Minor roads are well signposted and there are convenient places for picnics and sites for caravanning or pitching a tent. The only traffic jams are flocks of sheep or cattle changing fields. In the summer you may have to pull over occasionally to let the music-makers pass, with their pipes and brilliant banners, marching to a festival in town.

The weather can be fickle but the rain keeps the land a magical emerald green and, when the wind blows the clouds away to sea, the sky like the mountains is blue. The air is clean - and so sweet that you will want to open the car windows to let the breezes in.

Because Northern Ireland is only 5,500 square miles in area - about the size of Yorkshire or Connecticut - you can see most of the main attractions in a week without clocking up more than 500 miles.

Our "Quote and Pick" booking process will provide you with competing quotes from all our car providers in the area you want to travel, and then you can choose which quote suits you best.

Simply choose a region from the list below and click on the region, or a major city, either way you'll get to the right page, and then you can make a booking as you'd like it to be, instead of the way some hire company wants it to be . . . hit the blue booking button on any page in this web site and give it a try