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Car hire driving information Northern Ireland 

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
As you travel in Northern Ireland, you are surrounded by breathtaking scenery, peaceful countryside and many destinations to explore. Driving in Northern Ireland does not differ much from driving in Ireland. Please note that speed signs in Northern Ireland are indicated in miles. All larger towns are well connected by road. 

To rent a car in Northern Ireland, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 2 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional  young driver surcharge may apply locally. Some suppliers have restrictions for drivers over 70 years of age. Seatbelts are mandatory and children up to age 3 must be seated in a child seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Northern Ireland are:

  • Town and city: 45 km/h (40 mph) 
  • Open Roads: 95 km/h (50 mph)
  • Motorways: 110 km/h (70 mph)

Traffic restrictions
In Northern Ireland you drive on the left side of the road just like in Ireland. Similar drinking and driving laws apply for Northern Ireland as for Ireland. In the north along the coast the roads may be a bit narrow. Watch out for farm animals on the rural roads!

Most petrol stations are open between 07:00 to 19:00. In larger cities the stations sometimes are open 24 h.  

There are a no toll motorways in Northern Ireland.

There are meters where you can buy a ticket and display this on your dashboard. Do not park where there is a red line painted on the curb or a double yellow line. Parking in those areas are not allowed.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Northern Ireland) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book.

Restricted Countries
When you hire a car in the United Kingdom you can drive it to Northern Ireland, Ireland and Western Europe. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals and rentals to Northern Ireland. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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