Belfast has two airports: Belfast International Airport, often referred to as Aldergrove Airport, which is located around 13 miles north-west of the city; and George Best Belfast City Airport, which is just three miles from the city centre. Belfast International Airport is the slightly larger of the two, handling around 4.4 million passengers a year, making it the busiest in Northern Ireland. Belfast City Airport is also well used however, dealing with around 2.7 million people a year.
Belfast Airport car hire
Belfast Airport is the perfect place from which to head out into Northern Ireland to explore the area’s jaw dropping landscape. Hiring a car will allow you to get out and see scenery as diverse as the Mourne Mountains, Rathlin Island and the Glenariff Waterfalls.
These contrasting sights are among the reasons why Northern Ireland was chosen to provide a large number of the filming locations for popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones. A lot of people now fly in and hire a car specifically so that they can explore an area which has provided much of the backdrop for the Seven Kingdoms.
Northern Ireland’s most famous sight of all is surely the Giant’s Causeway. The World Heritage Site is renowned for its strange and striking layered basalt columns and for the myths and legends they have given rise to. However, the Causeway Coastal Route on which it lies, and which runs between Belfast and Derry, has plenty more to offer beyond that.
A couple of days of car rental will allow you to stop and see Carrickfergus Castle, the Glens of Antrim and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, an exhilarating crossing over a 30-metre deep chasm which was originally erected by fishermen. With Europcar offering hourly, daily and one way car and van hire, you can take as little or as much time over this journey as you like.