Belfast Airport car hire

Hire a car from Belfast Airport

Belfast International Airport handles approximately 4 million passengers a year with 40,000 aircraft movements to worldwide destinations every year. The airport charges a minimum of £1 to pick-up or drop-off passengers.

By car - Belfast International Airport is situated just 18 miles north-west of Belfast and is easily accessed via a network of main roads and motorways. Take the M2 northbound, turn off at junction 5 and take the A57 for 7 miles until you reach the airport.

Belfast – is the capital of Northern Ireland and the 14th largest city in the UK. The city is a centre for industry, the arts, higher education and business, law, and overall is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The iconic crane at Harland and Wolff, which built the world- famous but short-lived Titanic (the drydock can still be seen today), and has featured in hundreds of cinema and TV productions, can be seen for miles outside the city. The city now features a number of cultural quarters, offering the visitor a wonderful journey into the culture of the city. The ‘Golden Mile’ has become renowned for excellent restaurants and bars, and the city end of the Lisburn Road has developed into a very exclusive shopping area. The development of some former shipyard land is set to become the largest waterfront development in Europe. There’s plenty to see, and a camera is worthwhile to capture the Town Hall and Storemont, the very imposing seat of the Ulster Assembly.

Airport facilities – Information desk and lost property, Bureau de Change, cash dispensers, internet, digital photo kiosk, quiet room, business lounge, wheelchairs, baby changing, disabled toilets and disability porterage, Tax Free Shop, news, electrical, leisure and clothing, licenced bar, cafés, juice shop, continental foods, sandwiches and burger bar.

Hotels - there are several Belfast airport hotel options both on airport and close by, or you may wish to continue on to the city, where there is a huge range of budget to luxury accommodation available.

Belfast Airport car rental information

There are 7 car hire providers to choose from located in the arrivals’ hall at Belfast airport, with desks situated at the link from the main concourse as it goes through to departures. Vehicles available include all the popular small, large, family and luxury cars from a variety of manufacturers. While 7 and 9-seater people carriers are available from some of the operators, you will have to check in advance. Minibuses and vans are available from only one operator, so again, do check availability in advance. The same goes for renting a 4x4.

Child seats, a legal requirement for the under-12’s on British roads, and satellite navigation systems, where not included as a standard fitment in the model you choose, are available upon request, but without ordering in advance, they may not be available during busy times.

To make administration easier, you are advised to book your car in advance. This will not only ensure you can obtain your preferred model, but will save you the time having to complete paperwork in the airport when you arrive. And you can also look over the resultant paperwork for any anomalies that you might need to check with the rental agent before driving off. Take your ID and driving licence with you, and don’t forget your credit and debit card. If you need to, ask your rental representative to explain anything you may be unsure of, be it in regards to how controls on the car work, or in respect of the paperwork.

However, you can always book your car at one of the airport desks if you need to, or by phone. Try to ensure that if you are booking from a mobile phone you don’t phone numbers beginning with 08, as these are charged at premium rates.

Bear in mind Belfast is the Province’s capital city, and will be busy to drive through, so familiarise yourself with British signs and speed limits in advance if you can. If you decide to cross into the Republic of Ireland, which is no more than 60 miles from Belfast, note that the traffic light signal sequences in the Republic of Ireland from red to green does not change via amber as it does in the UK. And while road distances and speeds are in imperial units (miles), the Republic measures distances and speeds in metric units (kilometres).