Belfast is a lively, vibrant city, complete with elegant restaurants and stylish bars and hotels. Although it still bears scars from its troubled past, the city is now enjoying a healthy renaissance. This is due in the most part to the recent addition of Europe’s largest waterfront development. The Titanic quarter has transformed the city with new hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, galleries and parks. When you also consider wonderful cultural attractions such as the Grand Opera House and warm friendly locals, it’s easy to see why Belfast is such a popular city break destination.
Renting a car in Belfast allows you to experience the best that the city has to offer as well as the nearby natural attractions including the famous Giant’s Causeway.
Both major and independent companies have desks at Belfast International Airport. Car rental desks are situated in the arrivals hall.
In Northern Ireland, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road. If you are not used to driving on this side of the road, it is worth taking your car for a short practice drive around the car park of your rental car provider, before heading out onto the main road.
Belfast airport is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland and is located just a short distance from Belfast city centre. The airport offers passengers a good range of facilities including an information desk in the arrivals hall, providing information on flights, public transport and general enquiries. A tourist information desk is situated at arrivals. There are two bureaux de change offices and a number of ATMs located throughout the terminal building. Postal services, telephones and wifi are also available. The check-in hall is home to a number of cafés and restaurants. Fast food outlets are located in the food court in Departures.
There is a good range of shops at Belfast International airport including a newsagents, book shops, a duty free, a pharmacy, tax-free electronics store and a souvenir shop selling Irish gifts. There is a ‘collect on return’ service available to passengers picking up their purchases on return from the airport. Other services and facilities at Belfast International Airport include a children’s play area, baby change facilities, a travel agency and a quiet room. A smoking area is located just outside of security and pre-booked bicycle storage is also available.
If driving from Belfast, head north on the M2 motorway, then turn off at junction 5. Belfast airport is located off the A57, around 11km from junction 5. If driving from the south and west, take the Moira junction on the M1 motorway and then take the A26.