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    Car hire in Northern Ireland at the Best Prices

    Nothern Ireland is vibrant and interesting place to visit. Known for its delicious foodscene, breathtaking causeway coast and cities. Northern Ireland also has significant historical, geographical and cultural sites including Norman castles, Glacial Valleys and rivers.

    Auto Europe can provide you with a suitable car category from one of the many pick up locations throughout Northern Ireland. With 60 year's experience, Auto Europe can bring you the most competitive prices on the market. Car hire in Northern Ireland allows you to visit all the country has to offer including the spectacular countryside.

    Road Rules, Driving Information and Petrol Stations

    In Northern Ireland, drivers keep to the left-hand side of the road. It is strictly forbidden to drink and drive. The BAC limit is 0.08 (80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood). It is also forbidden for drivers to be speaking on the phone while driving unless they are equipped with a hands-free kit. Seat belts must be fastened at all times, this rule applies to the driver and all passengers. Visit our Driving information page for a safe car hire in Northern Ireland and to find out more about traffic and road regulations. There are self-service petrol stations in Northern Ireland where you first fill the car and then pay at the shop. There is a choice between diesel and petrol, so make sure you know which kind of fuel your hire car requires, because otherwise it may cause extensive damage to the engine. Petrol stations are usually open from 7am till 7pm, however, in major cities you may also find some of them open 24 hours.

    Must Do

    We would like to help you plan the perfect car rental in Northern Ireland. We have therefore hand-picked some of the most alluring places and things to see and do during yur visit. Take a look at the below list and feel inspired!

    • Giants Causeway: This is located in County Antrim. It is created from the remains of a volcano eruption. It consists of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. For many it is considered a site of world heritage.
    • Carrick-a-rede rope bridge: The rope bridge was built with the purpose of connecting the mainland and the island of Carrickarede. It is 65 feet long and is suspended 98 feet above ground.
    • Titanic Belfast: This is the location of the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the famous ship Titanic was built. At the shipyard, there is a museum with nine interactive galleries with many different dimensions to the exhibition. You have the chance to explore the shipyard and hear the story of the legendary Titanic.
    • HM Prison Crumlin Road: This is also known as Crumlin road Gaol. This is a former prison in Belfast. It is the only Victorian era prison in Nothern Ireland and a very interesting place to go and visit.
    • Game of Thrones tour: Worldwide, Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV series. Some of the scenes are shot throughout Northern Ireland. There are many tours available which are worth taking if you are a fan of the show.There is several locations throughout Northern Ireland that is connected to the show so here is a reccommended three day Game of Thrones road trip.

    Road Trips

    Take a look at below travel ideas for inspiration to plan the perfect Northern Ireland adventure. Get a glimpse of interesting travel itineraries and hit the road!

    • Dublin: This is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. There are many things to do and places to see in the centre of Dublin. These include Trinity College Dublin, Irish House of Parliament, Grafton Street and Dublin Castle.
    • Cliffs of Moher: The Cliffs are located in the South of the republic of Ireland in County Clare. The Cliffs of Moher are a spectacular natural site. Many people enjoy going for a walk along the Cliffs and visiting the visitor centre
    • Galway: This is a popular harbour city in the west of Ireland. Filled with Irish tradition. A great place to visit and spend time in the city centre.
    • Isle of Man: This is an island on the Irish s ea between Ireland and Great Britan The Isle of Man is very interesting with many things to see and do. You can visit the many beautiful beaches, glens and countryside.
    • Croagh Patrick: Croagh Patrick is a mountain in County Mayo which is known for being a pilgrimage site. Many people participate in the pilgrimage in July every year. Some people even do it barefoot. The mountain is 2460 feet high in the sky.

    Age Requirements

    In order to hire a car in Northern Ireland you must be at least 21 years old (however, depending on the car category, the age requirements may differ), and you must have your driving licence for at least year to rent the vehicle.

    Tolls

    There are no tolls in Northern Ireland, in contrast to the Republic of Ireland, where you pay for using the motorway. There are no customs controls and you can easily travel between the two countries, however, you are advised to carry a photo-identity document with you. Some suppliers require additional insurance for travelling to the Republic of Ireland, therefore, you should verify this before heading there.

    A Bit of History

    Northern Ireland has had a lot of history in the past 100 years. Most of this history is unfortunately violence. Throughout the centuries, there has always been strong tension between Ireland and England. Northern Ireland officially became part of the United Kingdom in 1801. After the famine in the late 1800s, the Irish had strong hatred towards the English because they did not help them when going through the crisis. From then, the idea was introduced that Ireland would have a home rule. This means that Ireland would be ruled by an Irish parliament. The Ulster Protestants did not agree with this, so then the UK came up with a compromise. Home rule with partition was introduced. Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland officially became separated in 1948. The Northern Ireland government was dominated by a Unionist party, which meant there was anti-catholic law in force because it was part of the United Kingdom. This for years caused serious tension between Catholics and Protestants. For decades to follow there was constant violence over the issues between Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland. In 1998, the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement set out the rules that apply today including that Ireland shall not be united country unless there is consent from the majority of Northern Ireland.

    Currency

    The official currency of Northern Ireland is the pound sterling. The main banks of Northern Ireland issue their own sterling banknotes, which may not be accepted in the rest of the UK. When that happens, simply exchange the notes into the one accepted home at your local bank. Near the Irish border, establishments sometimes accept both pounds and euros. However, once you enter the republic of Ireland, only euros are accepted.

    Time Difference

    Northern Ireland is the same time zone as the rest of the UK, therefore no time difference is observed.

    Language

    While English is the main language spoken by the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland, Irish is the native language of the island. Most Irish speaking people live in Belfast, Londonderry, or Newry. Besides English and Irish, there is also Ulster Scots-a Scots dialect spoken in Ulster.

    Hello - Dia duit, Dia daoibh
    Thank you (very much) - Go raibh míle maith agat
    Bye - Slán leat
    Cheers! - Sláinte!
    Good morning - Bheannaigh sé dom
    How are you? - Cad é mar atá tú?

    Electricity

    In Northern Ireland, you will find the same electrical sockets as in England, Wales or Scotland: the Type G British BS-1363 electrical socket.

    Visa & Embassy Information

    British citizen need no official permission to travel to Northern Ireland. However, when you hire a car there, you need to present your full driving licence in order to receive the vehicle.

    Useful links

    Tourist Information Northern Ireland

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