Car rental at Belfast City Airport

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Top tips for renting a car at Belfast City Airport

  • Car hire at Belfast City Airport (BHD) offers a great opportunity to tour along the Co Down coastal and lake route, south-east of the airport, or to travel onward to Dublin or even travel north to the celebrated Co Antrim coast. Car hire is definitely the easiest option, allowing you to pop into the many small villages, hidden coves, and tourist amenities all along the Northern Ireland coastline. Using local transport would take much longer and only bring you to major destination points rather than the multiple stopover spots available in this dramatic part of Ireland.
  • Belfast City Airport (BHD) is also known as George Best Airport, named after the famous footballer from the city. It’s one of two airports in Belfast, the other being Belfast International Airport (BFS). Car hire at Belfast City Airport is centred around the car hire desks in the main airport terminal and the airport campus is connected by road to the city centre along the A2, a major regional route that links in seamlessly with motorways and other major roads.
  • Returning your car to Belfast City Airport is very straightforward. On approach to the airport you will start to see signs for the car rental parking garages. Follow these and park your car in the designated area, remove all your personal belongings and complete your paperwork at the car hire desk. It’s advised to refuel your car before bringing it back if you want to save on the cost of refuelling.
  • The majority of car hire companies operate between 09:00 to 23:00 seven days a week. Not all companies operate a drop-box system at the airport so enquire with your preferred company if you think you will be arriving out of those hours. There aren’t very many early morning flights from Belfast City Airport so the demand for out-of-hours cover is less than in some airports.
  • Book your rental car at Belfast City Airport at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Belfast City Airport

  • Where are the car rental companies situated at Belfast City Airport?

    All the car hire companies at Belfast City Airport (BHD) are located in the main Arrivals terminal. You exit the Baggage Reclaim area and turn left and you’ll find each of the desks there. They are fully staffed during normal working hours and you can get all the information you need to book and collect your car. The pick-up area to collect your car is a short 1min walk from the main terminal and the staff will guide you there. It’s adjacent to the terminal building and located within the car parks.

  • Can I bring my car across the Irish Border from Belfast City Airport (BHD)?

    Car hire at Belfast City Airport covers drivers who want to cross the border into the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is in the UK and the Republic of Ireland is in the EU but, since Brexit, Northern Ireland has maintained a special status, which removes the need for a physical border checkpoint between the two jurisdictions. There is a common travel area and you can simply travel back and forth. However, it's important to let your car hire company know if you intend to cross from Northern Ireland to the Republic as they will need to extend your insurance cover to travel abroad - even though it won’t feel like a different country.

  • What kind of amenities are offered at Belfast City Airport’s rental car centre?

    Belfast City Airport car hire desks are all located in the airport terminal, customers can avail of all the amenities of the airport such as cafes, rest rooms, staff assistance, and information desks.

  • What type of documentation is required to rent a car at Belfast City Airport?

    To hire a car in the UK you will need your driver’s licence and a credit card. It’s useful to bring your passport and travel details too as a secondary form of ID. The minimum age to hire a car in the UK is 23. Drivers under 25 will pay a surcharge and some companies extend that surcharge to cover drivers under 30.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Belfast City Airport?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Belfast City Airport to off-airport locations include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Easirent, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, Hertz, keddy by Europcar, National, and Sixt.

Belfast City Airport car rental reviews and directory

Alamo

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews
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10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

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Enterprise Rent-a-car

+44 28 9046 3850

Monday08:00 - 21:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Great staff, very easy, the intermediate car was incredibly reasonable and a great drive.

1 out of 1

Sixt

8.0

Very good

18 reviews

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.8

Value for money

7.2

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George Best Belfast City AP

+44 330 002 2666

Monday07:30 - 18:30
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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
The whole process was easy and great value for money.

8.0 Very good

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The gas tank is never full when you pick up the car (on 2 occasions). So you are either penalized if you leave it a little short on fuel (I was) or you make a fuel donation to sixt if it’s over fueled at all. This almost seems deliberate to me.

2.0 Poor

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Sixt would not honor my Kayak reservation, they refused to rent a car to me. They said they couldn’t because I was over 75. But they knew my age when they made the reservation. It was a horrible experience. We planned a two week driving trip. They should have not made the reservation. And when I was at the counter, they should have found a way to get me a car. I’m very disappointed with Kayak and Sixt for doing that to me. I was able to find a Walk-Up rental from Enterprise which was hundreds of dollars more expensive than my Kayak reservation. I feel that Kayak and/or Sixt should compensate me for my loss.

10.0 Wonderful

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Our experience with Sixt was the best. We always have low expectations when it comes to car rentals from previous experiences. Everything was professionally handled, took very little time, the car was great, and check-in and out were seamless. Thank you for a great experience!

10.0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Friendly service. Nice car.

8.4 Very good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Super friendly staff!

Cons:

They texted the wrong number or the phone lines were down so I couldn’t get ahold of them. Navigating back to their shop was a bit tough for someone like me unfamiliar with the area so that was stressful.

1 out of 5

Budget

7.0

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.9

Value for money

6.4

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Belfast City Airport

+44 28 9045 1111

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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8.0 Very good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
I didn’t rent the car because they didn’t have any with automatic transmission. The agents on the phone were really good and very kind and friendly and helpful.

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Car was clean and nice to drive. Even got a free upgrade. Although the extra insurance required despite already having travel insurance was not ideal.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

All round great experience, helpful and chatty staff at drop off.

Cons:

Lucky wasn’t raining but the covered walkway is being worked on now

2.0 Poor

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Didn’t get car!:/

7.2 Good

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Good value for money. Nice car to drive (SEAT Ibiza) Helpful staff at pick up compound.

Cons:

Waiting 20 mins at pick up desk. Salespersons attitude to my having own excess insurance cover. Paying £23 extra for taking car to Republic of Ireland. Windscreen washer bottle almost empty.

8.0 Very good

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Fast, easy, efficient.

1 out of 6

Avis

5.3

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.6

Value for money

5.3

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Belfast City Airport

+44 28 9073 1929

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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8.0 Very good

May 2023

KAYAK
The directions for the drop off were unclear and Google Maps sends you in circles through a toll gate.

2.0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
When I arrived they asked for £1200 Excess cover. This is on top of the £600 I was going to pay for the car. I did not use AVIS in the end

1 out of 1

Hertz

4.1

Mediocre

5 reviews

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.0

Value for money

4.5

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(harbour A/p)

+44 28 9073 2451

Monday07:30 - 18:30
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7.6 Good

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Hertz rental in UK (I’m from USA) was reasonably convenient- I accidentally booked from wrong Airport. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to pick up at the other airport- though they tried! They helpfully delayed pickup. I should have investigated insurance more thoroughly so that added unexpected costs. Still a good cake given unlimited mileage!

Cons:

Car was very basic model and smelt vaguely musty. Again insurance charges were unexpected expense. (2x estimated).

2.0 Poor

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Well I was shocked to turn up and find apparently I had booked a car with no insurance. You can imagine I was not happy when I needed to pay £63 on top of what I had already paid. I can't believe you can have people paying to hire a car and no where in the booking process does it state you are not insured. I'm very dissatisfied and still shocked.

4.0 Mediocre

Jul 2023

KAYAK
Poor service. Very slow at the desk

2.0 Poor

Apr 2022

KAYAK
Had vehicle booked for pickup at 10 am , arrived at 11am, and they had given vehicle away, advised they only hold for 30 mins of pickup time, and were very rude and not helpful, then they finally found another vehicle (basically same one) and wanted us to pay an additional 800 british pound sterling on top of rental agreement. So we went to enterprise and received a vehicle from them I would never recommend this Company

1 out of 2

Europcar

2.0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

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Sydenham Bypass

+44 371 384 3425

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2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Terrible — the morning I was supposed to pick up my non refundable pre-paid car they called to tell me it wasn’t available and canceled my reservation. As of 10 days later I still have a credit card charge but no refund

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

10.0

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

9.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

9.5

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Sydenham Bypass

+44 28 9009 8889

Monday08:00 - 21:00
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Firefly

7.0

Good

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Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

8.0

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George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD)

+44 289 073 2451

Monday07:30 - 18:30
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Easirent

4.6

Mediocre

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Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

7.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.3

Value for money

4.0

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Belfast City Airport, 75 Sydenham Road

+44 28 9590 8058 / +44 7921 439921

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National

9.2

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Arrivals Hall,belfast City Apt

+44 28 9046 3850

Monday08:00 - 21:00
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GREEN MOTION

5.0

Fair

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Green Motion Belfast, Block A Units 1&2, 22 Heron Business Park, Heron Road

+44 289 073 1988

Monday07:30 - 18:30
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FLIZZR

8.0

Very good

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Belfast Airport George Best BHD

+44 844 499 3399

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keddy by Europcar

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Arrivals Hall, Belfast City Airport.

8713843425

Monday07:00 - 17:00
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Shouqi

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Sydenham Bypass

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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Sydenham By Pass

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59 travelers who rented a car in Belfast City Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.8

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