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1. Posted by Hashbrown (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Hi all,

Am hoping someone can put me on the straight and narrow. I have been looking at car hire while we are in Ireland and there are two prices, one for the Republic and one for Northern Ireland.

As we are flying into Dublin, we are going to hire a car from there, what I want to know is if there are restrictions taking a hire car from the Republic into Northern Ireland. I only ask as we in Australia cannot take car's inot certain areas or above the 55th Parallel ( or some such).

Any and all info greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Hashy

2. Posted by jasonmcd (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

You need to get your car hire company to have car insured for going up to the North of Ireland.
It costs an axtra £10 per day I think.
Jason

3. Posted by Ali74 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

You'll need to check with the hire company as many don't allow cross-border travel!!

You can always check out the Enterprise train service between Dublin and Belfast. It take less than 2 hours and you won't need to worry about parking fees etc. Belfast provides a good base to explore the rest of Northern Ireland, there are plenty of coach tours available.

Check out www.ulsterbus.co.uk

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

depending on the company you are using you should be able to pick up in Dublin and drop off in Belfast, it normally would cost you more with regards to insurance, why don't you rent a car in Dublin and travel around South for a few days and then either get the bus or train to Belfast and pick up another car up there if you want to get off the beaten track, ( its not always good to have a Southern registration on your car in Northern Ireland, it depends on where you are going, most places are fine but if you're not sure where you are going it would be better to take a local car...) , hope you have a great time !!

5. Posted by Monalisa (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

We rented a car from Europe Car in september 2001. Took it at the Dublin airport and drove all around the island. No problem at all in Northern Ireland even if our plate was from Dublin. They knew we were tourists. Why would they harass us? Nobody would go back. But I didn't go to Belfast and I wouldn't recommend it. And when we took the car they didn't ask where we were going and after, where we've been.

Hope that helps

Monalisa

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Quoting Monalisa

We rented a car from Europe Car in september 2001. Took it at the Dublin airport and drove all around the island. No problem at all in Northern Ireland even if our plate was from Dublin. They knew we were tourists. Why would they harass us? Nobody would go back. But I didn't go to Belfast and I wouldn't recommend it. And when we took the car they didn't ask where we were going and after, where we've been.

Hope that helps

Monalisa

I didn't mean to insult anyone but from experience I said not to have a southern reg up north as my ex boyfriend (sicilian) had rented a car for the weekend which we brought to Belfast and parked outside our b n'b, the next day it was covered in eggs and had two punctured tires and one broken window, I know its doesn't happen all the time but sometimes its easier not to risk it..

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Raven

I didn't mean to insult anyone but from experience I said not to have a southern reg up north as my ex boyfriend (sicilian) had rented a car for the weekend which we brought to Belfast and parked outside our b n'b, the next day it was covered in eggs and had two punctured tires and one broken window, I know its doesn't happen all the time but sometimes its easier not to risk it..

I had never even given the reg. a thought. But when I was in Belfast (it was early July and "marching season"), the people on the "non-uk" side of Belfast warned me to park far away from the marching area and walk because my car had a Southern reg.. That's what I did and didn't have any problems, but it was only for a day.

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Saying all that I think Belfast is a great place to visit, yes I also have the strange stories but thats because I talk to much (putting my Irish accent in the wrong kind of pub can make very interesting stories). Like every city it has its good and bad points, just have to know where to look .

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