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Car Hire in Northern Ireland 

 

All of the major car hire companies do business in Northern Ireland.  The larger car hire ompanies typically have outlets at the Belfast International Airport, the George Best City Airport, in the Belfast city limits as well as sometimes in or near Londonderry whereas the smaller car hire companies might only have one location.  Companies also offer car hire in the Republic of Ireland at numerous occasions. 

Some companies offer an arrangement that you can pick up a car at one location (say Belfast) and then drop the car off at a separate location (ie. Dublin).  You need to enquire about this option beforehand as this is not available with every car hire firm.

The cost of the car hire can vary according to the season as well as plain luck.  If you visit Northern Ireland in the middle of a festival, the demand for cars for hire may drive up the prices.  Advertised prices for small cars are upwards of £17 per day, but you need to be very careful and read the small print as your insurance deductible may be very high with that rate.

You also should note that the quote for car hire at the cheapest rate is probably for a very small car which is probably good for two people, but four people with luggage probably would not fit.  If you are planning on driving around the island of Ireland, I would recommend that you spend extra on getting a bigger car as comfort will be important when you are driving some of the very curvy and pothole ridden roads in order to see that fantastic view!  Roads are not as wide in Northern Ireland as they are in America!

You also need to beware that some companies may require a very large deposit on your credit card when you pick up the car.  I know one couple where the deposit was £2,000!  I would recommend you ask beforehand so that you know up front what you will be expected to guarantee. 

Lastly, most cars in Northern Ireland are standard or stick shift transmission.  If you need an automatic, you must ask for this beforehand.  Some companies can not guarantee this request so you should beware.

Below is a list of some of the car hire companies that currently operate in Northern Ireland:

Alamo, Avis , Budget , Car Hire 3000, Carriageway Cars, Easy Car, Enterprise, Europacar, Hertz, Kings Self Drive, Lindsay Ford, National, Red Cent Vehicle Rental, Reliable Cars Ltd, Sixt Rent a Car, United Rental Group and BCH Self Drive. 

Reserve your car At Your Car Hire PLC, which use only the very best and well-known car hire companies around the world such as Budget, Sixt, Alamo, Hertz and Europcar. 


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