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    Car hire at Belfast George Best City Airport - Visiting Northern Ireland

    Situated in County Down, adjacent to the city's busy port area, Belfast George Best City Airport (BHD) is a regional air transportation facility serving a range of UK domestic flights and several European routes. Catering for around 3 million passenger movements each year, the airport currently represents about 40% of all the scheduled domestic air traffic travelling to and from Northern Ireland. First opened in March 1983, it was originally called Belfast City Airport but later on they added the name of George Best to honour the memory of the city’s (and country's) most famous football player, who spent the best part of his career playing for Manchester United, making a total of 361 appearances and scoring 137 goals.

    Located close to Belfast city centre, it is the smaller of two international airports serving Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland, along with Belfast International Airport (BFS). Today, Belfast George Best City Airport operates six main airline partners, namely Aer Lingus (the Irish national carrier), British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, KLM and Loganair, covering almost 18 popular destinations across Great Britain and the European continent. One of the airport's main advantages is its proximity to Belfast city centre, with regular train connections facilitated by Sydenham railway station conveniently located at the airport's southern perimeter.

    The bustling city of Belfast has emerged as one of the UK's great tourism successes of recent years, having risen like a phoenix from almost thirty years of politcial unrest. Nowadays, visitors are made to feel totally safe and spoilt for choice when it comes to the vast array of attractions now on offer, most notably the excellent Titanic Quarter which commemorates the construction world's most famous cruiseliner with interactive exhibitions and a first-class visitor centre. Other city highlights include the Ulster Museum (don't miss the 2,500-year-old Egyptian Mummy) and the amazing Botanic Gardens where many of the world's oldest seed plants can be seen in all their natural splendour.

    With a car hire from Belfast George Best City Airport you'll be able to enjoy the very best of Belfast before embarking on a wonderful journey along Northern Ireland's spectacular north coast. Easily reachable from the city centre, the route along the island's idyllic Antrim Coast offers visitors the chance to experience one of Europe's great geological marvels, the Giant’s Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), followed by a walk across the region's famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Other interesting options include the medieval castle of Dunluce perched precipitously on top of a cliff and the Glens of Antrim, an emerald-green landscape of peaceful lakes, picture-postcard waterfalls and verdant forests, plus the beautiful cities of Cork and Dublin are also within striking distance of Belfast.

    One of the leading car rental companies since 1954, Auto Europe will always be able to find you the very best deal for your next car hire at Belfast George Best City Airport. Use our state-of-the-art booking engine to search through all the cars we have available for you, whether it's something small and economical you require for a few days' city sightseeing or a more spacious vehicle for a fun-filled family vacation Northern Ireland's enchanting interior. Check out the user ratings and comments posted by some of Auto Europe's previous customers in the city on our Belfast car hire reviews page.

    Airport Information

    Situated on the south shore of Belfast Lough, Belfast George Best City Airport is conveniently situated just 3 miles (5km) from the heart of the city centre. Serving principally as a regional airport for mostly short-haul flights across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, along with a growing number of routes to key destinations in Europe, BHD is increasingly becoming a strategic gateway to the province and other parts of the Emerald Isle. The fact that it is so close Belfast city centre (just a five to ten-minute drive), it was recently voted the UK and Ireland’s Most Convenient Airport, making it the perfect place to start rent a car and start a tour of the country.

    Belfast George Best City Airport (BHD)
    Address: Sydenham Bypass, Belfast, BT3 9JH, Northern Ireland
    Telephone: +44 28 9093 9093
    Airlines operating at Belfast George Best Airport: The growing list of airlines operating at Belfast George Best City Airport currently includes British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, KLM and Loganair.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Belfast George Best Airport

    With a small, compact single terminal building, the airport is one of the best places in the city to pick up a vehicle and be on your way in just a few minutes. Passengers looking to rent a car at Belfast George Best City Airport will find plenty of choice If you need to rent or hire a car to get from Belfast City Airport to your next destination, you can choose from any one of our official, on-site car hire providers in terminal.

    Car hire operating hours

    Avis Car Hire at Belfast George Best City Airport Avis at Belfast George Best City Airport
    Arrivals Hall
    Belfast, Northern Ireland BT3 9JH
    +44 02890731929
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 7.30am-9.30pm (Sat 8.30am-9.30pm and Sun 11am-9.30pm)
    Europcar Car Hire at Belfast George Best City Airport Europcar at Belfast George Best Cty Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Belfast, Northern Ireland BT3 9JH
    +44 (0) 3713843425
    Opening Hours:
    Hours vary
    Hertz Car Hire at Belfast George Best City Airport Hertz at Belfast George Best City Airport
    Arrivals Hall,
    Belfast, Northern Ireland BT3 9JH
    +44 (0) 28 9073 2451
    Opening Hours:
    Mon, Wed-Fri & Sun 8am-9.30pm (Tue & Sat 8am-8pm)
    Sixt Car Hire at Belfast George Best City Airport Sixt at Belfast George Best City Airport
    Arrivals Hall
    Belfast, Northern Ireland BT3 9JH
    +44 330 002 2666
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Wed, Fri & Sun 5.30am-9.30pm (Thu & Sat 6.30am-9.30pm)


    Belfast George Best City Airport has one main terminal building that was officially inaugurated in June 2001 and serves an increasing number of different airlines. Having just one terminal makes things quicker and easier for passegers, especially those looking to pick up and drop off their car rental at Belfast George Best City Airport. There has been significant investment in the infrastructure of the airport in recent years resulting in a bright, light and efficient terminal for our passengers to enjoy. Business passengers account for around 50% of the total traffic using the airport and the standard of our terminal facilities reflects their needs. The building is fully equipped with a wide range of of on-site services and amenities, including several banks and bureaux de change, as well as 5 cashpoint machines.

    Airport Facilities

    The passenger terminal at Belfast George Best City Airport contains a host of facilities for departing passengers including cash machines, currency exchange, an airport information desk, baby-changing facilities and a good selection of shops and restaurants. A tourist and visitor information desk also is located in the main hall for all domestic and international passengers seeking information about local visitor attractions, onward travel arrangements and accommodation. Wi-fi services are free throughout the whole airport. BHD also has a large World Duty-Free store, Born&Bred gift shop, House of Ireland fashion and jewellery boutique and WHSmith bookshop/newsagents. There are several restaurant, cafés, fast-food outlets and bars, and business travellers are well catered for with a wide range of on-site services such as an extensive Conference Suite comprising three conference rooms for up to 40 people, four smaller meeting rooms, presentation equipment, broadband Internet and photocopying facilities.

    How to get to and from Belfast George Best City Airport

    Well connected by a number of major roads, Belfast city centre is very easy to reach with a car hire from Belfast George Best City Airport ans vice versa, most notably using the A2 Sydenham Bypass and the M3 motorway. Transfer times between the centre and the airport terminal normally take around 10-15 minutes outsode the morning and evening rush-hours. Regular trains depart from Belfast's Sydenham Train Station which is situated right next to the airport and can be easily reached using the regular airport shuttle bus service. Trains travel from Belfast George Best City Airport to Belfast Lanyon Place Train Station in the heart of the city centre, as well as to Belfast's Victoria Street station. Buses known as the Airport Express Bus are also readily available at BHD and serve most parts of central Belfast, including Belfast Europa Bus Station and City Hall. Taxis operate from a large taxi rank located right outside the Arrivals Hall. Please note that official Belfast City Airport taxi cabs should be used at all times to ensure safety and also to avoid being overcharged.

    Parking Tips

    It is worth noting that Belfast City Council charged car parks (with the exception of Smithfield and Bankmore Street) are free to use outside of the charged period, which is typically 8am–6pm Monday to Saturday, although some exceptions apply. This means that they are free in the evenings and on Sundays, giving you plenty of options for picking up your car rental at Belfast George Best City Airport and parking it in the city centre overnight, for example. Some car parks such as Value's state-of-the-art facility at 19-35 Grosvenor Road (just a short stroll from the city centre) has around 600 spaces over 12 levels. The airport itself offers three types of car parking - short-term, long-term and premium parking. The most popular (and economical) car park is the long-term option that offers parking for up to 7 days or more.

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