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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland is the same time zone as the rest of the UK, therefore no time difference is observed.
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?
In Northern Ireland, you will find the same electrical sockets as in England, Wales or Scotland: the Type G British BS-1363 electrical socket.
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.