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Car Hire from Derry Airport

Car Hire at Derry Airport

This information is correct as of May 2015

With its evocative countryside and rugged coastline, Northern Ireland is perfect for exploring by car. Hire a car at Derry Airport to really make the most out of your trip, whether you’re hopping over the Irish Sea for work or a relaxing weekend away.

Where to hire a car at Derry Airport

There are three car hire companies at Derry Airport: Avis, Hertz, and Europcar.

Petrol stations near Derry Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

There is a Maxol Service Station near the airport. Come off the A2 an exit early to reach it. From there you can follow Clooney Road east to the airport entrance.

Driving around Derry Airport

As soon as you leave the airport you will find yourself on the A2, the Antrim Coast Road. This is one of Northern Ireland’s major roads. Despite its importance it’s fairly small, with just one lane in each direction. The traffic isn’t too fast or heavy, but be careful when overtaking.

Getting to your destination


Northern Ireland’s second city is packed with interesting history, rich with culture, and blessed with plenty of lively pubs.

It only takes 15 minutes to drive to Derry from the airport. There are a lot of places to park your car in Derry, with a number of private and council run car parks. Most of the Waterside car parks are free to use, while the Cityside car parks are pay and display. At Foyleside West and Foyleside East it only costs £4 to park for the whole day. Lots of hotels in Derry have guest car parking too.


Donegal’s largest town has a buzzing nightlife and makes a great base for exploring. The Rosses, Glenveagh National Park, and the Fanad Peninsula are all well within driving distance.

It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Letterkenny from Derry Airport. On-street pay and display parking is available in the town centre although it can be hard to find spaces. There are also some free car parks within walking distance of the main street. If you’re booking a hotel in Letterkenny make sure it has a guest car park.


Great nightlife and gorgeous beaches make Portrush a fantastic summer destination. The nearby Giant’s Causeway and Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery also make it a great base for sightseeing.

It takes just over 40 minutes to drive to Portrush from Derry Airport. There are thousands of parking spaces in Portrush (more than 2500). If you’re visiting during July and August you may have to pay for parking, although there are less regulations during the autumn, spring and winter months.

Prices subject to change

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