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Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Northern Ireland are Budget, Europcar, Sixt, Alamo and Hertz.
Best time to hire a car
The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Northern Ireland are February and November.
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Hire a car in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland may be a small but it’s a bundle of enchantment and charm.
It maintains an irresistibly Irish atmosphere, with cities like Belfast prompting nothing but a good time. Though only bits and pieces of the region have been used as a setting for Hollywood epics, the whole of Northern Ireland appears as a mythic land. Its coastline has been ranked among the world’s best road trip destinations, so really, there’s no better way to explore the terrain than by car.
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|Frequently asked question||Answer|
|Most popular place to hire a car in Northern Ireland||Belfast|
|Most popular rental length||Three days|
|Most popular month to rent a car||August, when a hire car costs on average £22.40 per day|
If you plan on driving into Ireland, you will need to let your insurance company know, as you may need to purchase extra insurance coverage. As there is no “hard border” at the moment (no checkpoints), it’s not always easy to tell if or when you’ve crossed the border, so keep a GPS handy.
Currently, there are no toll roads in Northern Ireland. If you cross over into Ireland, however, you may encounter toll roads.
Causeway Coastal Route
There’s a good chance this journey is the reason why you came to Northern Ireland. This route takes you through some of the region’s most iconic landmarks and mystical landscapes, all while crashing waves pound the nearby shoreline.
The route begins in Belfast and stretches 154 miles to Londonderry, also known as Derry. Admire Carrickfergus Castle and journey on through the Glens of Antrim before making your way to the route’s most prominent highlight, Giants Causeway.
Not far from Belfast is Strangford Lough, a natural and historical hub. As Northern Ireland’s first marine nature reserve, the outdoors here are at their very best and teaming with wildlife. You can also visit a restored traditional fishing village with sweeping views out to Scotland.
The Sperrin Mountains
The Sperrin Mountains are Northern Ireland’s most extensive mountain range and one of the world’s most scenic driving areas. Four different unspoilt driving routes – central, east, south and north – wind their way through the mountains, passing by powerful sites like the Barnes Gap and Slieve Gallion.
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Points of interest around Northern Ireland
As Northern Ireland’s second largest city and former UK City of Culture, it’s the place to be for live music.
A small seaside town, home to pristine beaches and the remains of the majestic Dunluce Castle.
The Dark Hedges
This haunting avenue of gnarled trees, which has famously been used for film backdrops, is now a national treasure.
The site of St Patrick’s original church, you’ll find not one, but two cathedrals here named after the saint.
This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty contains the highest mountain in Northern Ireland.