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Basic info and car hire in Belfast

Location: Northern Ireland, on the River Lagan

Population: City of Belfast has a population of 532,928 as of 2014

Official language: English

Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)

Weather: Belfast, the same as the rest of Ireland, has a temperate or oceanic climate. This means that it has a narrow range of temperature and rainfall through the year. In the summer, the average warmest day will have the temperature of 24.4°C and in the winter the average coldest night with temperature will not fall under -4.5°C. Belfast typically get snow on no more days that 10 per year.

Public holidays in Belfast: It is not statutory for employees to have a day of on a bank or public holidays in Northern Ireland, although most of them do get a paid leave. For the expected dates of bank and public holidays check this site.

Internet coverage: Belfast City Council has introduced a free public Wi-Fi network as part of the Super Connected Belfast scheme. The network is available at 109 hotspots on public buildings.

Road conditions: Belfast has well maintained roads with occasional traffic jams. For live traffic updates visit this site.

About Belfast

Belfast is the capital and the largest city of Northern Ireland. It is located on the river Lagan. Belfast, playing the big role in the Industrial Revolution was a centre of Irish tobacco, rope-making, linen and shipbuilding industries. Belfast shipbuilding is the most famous for Harland and Wolff, which was the world’s biggest shipyard which build the notoriously famous RMS Titanic.

Today Belfast is much more than just industrial centre. It is a centre for arts, higher education, business and law. Belfast city centre has undergone an expansion and renovation in the last few years. Belfast is served by two airports George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport. Belfast is a convenient base for your stay and car hire at Belfast Airport is always a good decision if you want convenience and mobility during your holidays.

Driving in Belfast

  • Age limits: To be able to hire a car in Northern Ireland you must be at least 21 years of age and have held you driving license for at least one year. Also note that drivers under the age of 25 may be charged extra for a young driver surcharge. Check with your car hire company for the terms which apply.
  • International Driving Permit: If you are an EU citizen international driving permit is not required.
  • Additional information: Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited and if you don’t obey the law you will get a hefty traffic fine. Also note that wearing a seatbelt is mandatory for both drivers and passengers.
  • Children in the car: It is mandatory to use an appropriate child seat for all the children driving in the car. You can rent a child seat with your car hire company.
  • Driving side of the road: Left
  • General speed limits: Regulatory and speed signs are a white circle with writing in the middle in black and a red outline. The speed limits are always in mph.
  • Parking suggestions: There are marked parking sports where you park your hired car. There are usually meters where you buy a ticket that you display on your windshield. If you don’t pay for parking you will get a traffic fine.

Drive your rental car around Belfast

Belfast is home to Titanic Studios where Game of Thrones is shot. Northern Ireland is full of Game of Thrones filming locations such as Winterfell, The King’s Road, The Wall and Dragonstone. These are the perfect locations for day trips from Belfast.

Old Castle Ward is just 40 minutes’ drive with your hired car from Belfast. It is the location of Game of Thrones Winterfell Castle. There are several guided tours that you can attend.

Discover the hidden treasure of Northern Ireland – Giant’s Causeway which is an area of about 40,000 basalt columns of volcanic origin. It was declared Word Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

What to see in Belfast

Our favourite spots

Hotels in Belfast

Where to eat, drink and party in Belfast

Major events and festivals

Belfast has a great choice of festivals and events all year round. Something to suit everybody’s needs, from music to food, history and culture.

Belfast has a great choice of festivals and events all year round. Something to suit everybody’s needs, from music to food, history and culture.