Belfast International Airport is one of the largest airports in Ireland, and also a large airport when compared to others in the United Kingdom. There were four million passengers in 2010, and 4.1 million passengers in 2011. In previous years, the airport even handled up to six million passengers. It is located 23km from the city of Belfast, and can also be referred to as the Aldergrove Airport, since that Aldergrove village is found just to the west. One of the best ways to explore Northern Ireland is by rented car, and passengers have a wide choice of Belfast International Airport car hire companies. Europcar is present, and customers enjoy the fast, efficient and affordable services of this Europcar rental branch.
The terminal building of Belfast International Airport is of an adequate size to meet the number of passengers it receives, and has a wide variety of facilities. However, future plans to expand and renovate the airport facilities may be underway shortly, as a much greater number of passengers will be expected in future years. On the ground floor of the terminal, there are the arrival areas, as well as the Belfast International Airport car rental companies, which include Europcar, Hertz, Avis, National and Budget. They are found in the domestic arrivals hall, and can be accessed from all parts of the airport. The terminal building is open twenty-four hours a day, but the car hire companies are mainly available at times of arrival flights. Europcar is ready to greet arriving passengers with excellent customer service and a wide range of high quality vehicles.
Vehicles from Europcar Belfast International Airport can be reserved in advance, and an earlier booking is often recommended. This can easily be achieved online, and will ensure that you have the car you need for your holiday or business trip near Belfast. It will also enable you to reserve all other items of equipment required, for example, child seats and satellite navigation systems. It is best to specify the age of your child when reserving a car seat, so that Europcar can provide the correct size. Child seats can be suitable for either infants or older children (booster seats). The equipment will cost a few extra Euro per day of hire, or a set amount per item per rental agreement.
The airport is accessible to disabled passengers, and the car hire companies cater for the needs of such individuals as well. For example, Europcar hand controls are available on certain types of automatic vehicles, and are used by drivers with a lower limb disability. The device may include a steering wheel knob. It is also free of charge. However, from the rental location of Belfast International Airport, hand controls will require an advanced reservation. Another service allows a disabled person who is unable to drive to still be the primary renter of the vehicle. A partner who is competent to drive, and with a valid drivers license should accompany the disabled customer, and will be an additional driver that is free of charge. The credit card of the disabled customer will be used to pay for the rental.
Rental quotes from Europcar at this rental location will include all applicable licenses and fees, the airport surcharge and VAT. The additional items required are added to the contract by the customer, as well as insurance required for the rented car. Although third party liability insurance is almost always included in the quote, customers will need to request collision damage waiver insurance and theft protection insurance. Insurance is optional but recommended. Vehicles hired by Europcar have unlimited mileage, and free breakdown assistance, in case of an accident or mechanical failure. Europcar one way hires may also have additional fees, but this will depend on the final drop-off location and the length of the rental. From Belfast International Airport, one way hire services may require an advanced reservation, and allow the vehicles to be driven to all parts of Ireland, including the Republic of Ireland. It is a convenient option for customers who plan to travel more extensively.
The cars available for hire from Europcar greatly vary in size and price, therefore there is sure to be something suitable for the needs of all passengers who would like a private car. The small Hyundai I10 in the Mini category is ideal for couples or single drivers, and has two doors and a manual transmission. Slightly larger, but also very affordable, are the Fiat Grande Punto and Vauxhall Corsa in the Economy category, and Compact vehicles are similar to the VW Golf and Renault Megane 1.4. Intermediate cars, although a little larger, can be very reasonably priced as well. They include the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Octavia. Standard cars such as the Vauxhall Insignia can be a nice choice, and something even larger is the VW Caddy, with room for seven passengers. Most of the vehicles from Europcar have a manual transmission, but there are a couple which are automatic, such as the Seat Ibiza, Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus. Premium, Luxury and Special category vehicles are available from Europcar as well.
The age requirements for the various vehicle categories differ. The smaller cars require their drivers to be 21 years of age or older, Intermediate cars and similar car groups have 23 as their minimum age requirement, and larger and more elegant vehicles require their drivers to be 25 years of age or older. Ensure that you have a major credit card for payment, and that your driving license will be accepted. Otherwise, an International Driving Permit may be required.
Further details are available from Europcar, Belfast International Airport.
Belfast International Airport
BT29 4AB Aldergrove
Telephone Number: +44 (02894) 459644
Fax Number: +44 (02894) 454859