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renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

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renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Hello dear Friends,any suggestions about if its worthed to rent a car in Belfast or it is more likely to travel by Taxis,etc....

Thanks....Btw any suggestions for the cheapest car hire services?

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1. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

You don't need a car in Belfast itself but it is very useful for exploring more of Northern Ireland. What do you plan to do in your week? Have you booked accommodation for one week? If not, I would spend a 2 or 3 nights in Belfast, then hire a car and maybe spend 2 nights on the Causeway Coast and another 2 in Derry or even Enniskillen.

If you don't want to hire a car, you can use public transport for a day trip to Derry. Another possible day trip might be to do some hiking in the Mournes and take a bus to Newcastle and then walk up through Donard Park following the river course up towards Slieve Donard. And of course, you can go on an organised day trip to the Causeway but of course you get to see more if you have your own car.

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2. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Thanks for your help very useful.However I already booked to Ibis City Centre for a week on the 11th December 2012. I was thinking that it might be rainy or even snowy and it will be terrible to drive in those snowy and slippery conditions.

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3. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

As above, it depends on what you plan on doing. If you don't plan on going outside Belfast (or even if you are planning maybe one or two day trips) hiring a car isn't worth the bother. If you plan to spend the whole week travelling around, then it might be....

So.... what are your plans?

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4. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Agree with the others - if you want to explore more of Northern Ireland, renting a car (even for a couple of days) isn't a bad idea, but if you're only going to be sightseeing in Belfast and places on main transport routes from the city, there isn't much point in the extra expense, especially to say that I don't think the Ibis Hotels offer free parking, so you'd have to pay for that separately.

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5. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Thanks for your help. I am planning to visit Belfast and maybe the outskirts but I wish that I could visit somewhere more joyful as I think a week in Belfast is alot.Any suggestions?

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6. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Ok, assuming you mean day trip options:

1) Explore the Causeway Coastal area. If you don't have a car you will have to take an organised day trip. Options for this include:

allensbelfastbustours.com/giantscausewayirel…

http:/http://www.minicoachni.co.uk/giants-causeway.cfm/belfastcitysightseeing.com/?page_id=1228

With a car, you could really explore more of the area and include Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Causeway, Dunluce castle (well worth going inside the ruins and discovering its history plus some lovely views from inside) and even Bushmills Distillery.

http://www.causewaycoastandglens.com/

2. Derry city. Maybe not "joyful" as such as it is a city but is is smaller than Belfast and has a different feel. Again, if you don't have a car, you can go by public transport. Unfortunately the scenic train journey section from Coleraine to Derry is closed so best to just go by the quicker and direct Goldliner bus from Derry to Derry/Londonderry. Information on the translink website. Martin McCrossan's guided tours get very good reviews but I haven't been on one yet.

http://www.derryvisitor.com/

3) Ulster Folk and Transport museum. You don't need a car for this as it is easily accessible by short train journey from Belfast to Cultra. You need to allow at least a half day for this as there is a lot to see. the Transport section includes a Titanic section which is good and the Folk Park gives you a good sense of life in the past in Ulster.

http://www.nmni.com/uftm

4) In good weather, head to the scenic Mournes area. With a car, again you could go to the Silent Valley/Spelga dam area. With public transport, you can still head to Newcastle and hike there or look at local transport options.

http://www.visitnewryandmourne.com/

5) Another possible half-day trip might be to Carrickfergus which is close to Belfast. The Norman castle is well-preserved and the historic St Nicholas church worth a peek. You actually pass the catle if you drive the full Causeway Coastal route from Belfast but most people would just drive on past. It might be a good way to spend a morning.

carrickfergus.org/tourism/…

6) Depending on the time of year you're visiting, you could also consider a day trip to Enniskillen but you would need a car for this really as it is a bit further from Belfast.

7) With a car, you could also drive down Strangford Lough and see some of the historic sights there, cross on the ferry between Portaferry and Strangford etc.

8) Another day trip option would be Armagh, a small but highly historic city with strong connections to St Patrick. It has two cathedrals, museums, Navan Fort, St Patrick's Trian.

http://www.armagh.co.uk/

Have you any specific interests as we may be able to suggest more options for you - e.g. if you like historic houses, some National Trust properties might be of interest; if you like walking, or museums etc, or if you like birds/wildlife etc etc..

Strangford-Lough-and-Wildlife-Centre-Strangford-Downpatrick-P3026

Hope that gives you a few suggestions. The good news is that Northern Ireland is quite small so it is actually possible to see a lot in a week!

http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/

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7. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Great suggestions from Ponaire there - I have nothing to add except that it really is possible to survive in Northern Ireland without a car - neither my husband or I drive and we manage to get around ok on public transport :-)

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8. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Directly beside the Ibis on Castle street there is a Europcar office which seems to have good offers advertised in the window.

As the weather is unpredictable you may be better to make the decision when you are in Belfast and decide then what you want to do.

As before ...you dont need a car to get around the city and the local transport system is excellent

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9. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

In early Dec it is unlikely to be snowy or slippery. If there is a cold night and ice on the road it has typically thawed by 10am.

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10. Re: renting a car for a week to be spend in Belfast.

Thanks for your help guys especially Dublin 4.