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    Driving Information Northern Ireland

    Driving Licence Requirments

    The driving licence requirement in Northern Ireland is the same as the UK states that you must be 16 years old to have a full driving licence .

    Age Requirements

    To hire a car in Northern Ireland you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by the car hire category) and have held your license for at least one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

    Driving Distances

    • Belfast to Londonderry - 115kms (1hour/30mins)

    • Balluycastle to larne - 65kms (1hour)

    • Bangor to Lisburn - 36kms (35mins)

    Road Rules and Petrol Stations

    General Northern Ireland driving information, laws rules and regulations:

    • Driving in Northern Ireland is on the left hand side of the road.

    • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Northern Ireland are mandatory.

    • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

    • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

    • Ireland has changed their road signs to the metric system, so be aware that distance and speed limit signs will be in kilometres.

    • Petrol stations in Northern Ireland open from 8am to 10pm with some stations in major cities open 24 hours.


    Currently there are no tolls on the roads of Northern Ireland, making a car hire in Londonderry and easy journey.

    Parking Information

    There are meters where you can buy a ticket and display this on your windshield; failure to purchase a parking ticket will result in a traffic fine.

    One-way Car hire

    Domestic one-way car hire is possible and the cost will vary by supplier. There are fees for international one-way rentals and rentals to the UK and not all vehicles are allowed.

    With your hire car in Northern Ireland it is importan that you have looked through some of the above Northern Ireland information, rules and regulations about driving a car hire in Belfast to ensure you have all of the correct information to ensure the safest possible journey. You can book your car hire online or call our fully trained staff on phone +441233225114.

    Useful Links

    Northern Ireland Airport Information

    Northern Ireland Travel Information

    Northern Ireland on Wikipedia

    Google Maps Northern Ireland