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Northern Ireland Driving Tips

Driving in Northern Ireland Tips

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Driving Distances in Northern Ireland

Driving Licence

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is recommended for Australian drivers licence holders.

Age Restrictions

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

Rules, Laws and Regulations

General driving rules, laws and regulations in Northern Ireland:


There are no requirements to carry any additional equipment in your vehicle, but is recommended that a warning triangle and reflective vest be kept in your vehicle and to be used at the event of an accident, incident or breakdown.

Child Safety Seats

Children under 12 years of old must be seated in the back seats of the vehicle. Children under 4 year of age should be fasted in an appropriate child restraint.

Speed Limits

Speed limit signs in Northern Ireland are displayed in miles rather than kilometers. Speed limits in Northern Ireland are as follows, unless signed otherwise:

Drink Driving

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in Northern Ireland is 0.08mg/100ml. Alcohol can have a negative effect on your judgement to maintain your vehicle, detect hazards and keeping awake. Do not drink and drive as serious consequences can occur whether be an accident or being stopped by police.


No tolls exist in Northern Ireland, however if travelling into the Republic of Ireland tolls apply. Be sure to carry along with you the correct currency as most tolls in the Republic of Ireland do not accept sterling/pound. For more information on driving in the Republic of Ireland, click here.

Road Signs

Road signs in Northern Ireland are very closely similar in design to those used in UK and around other European countries.


Parking within major cities in Northern Ireland operate under the pay and display system. Drivers are to purchase a ticket from meters along the street and display this on their front window. Parking is prohibited in areas marked with a red line or a double yellow line.

Visa Information

Visa, passport and entry requirements for Australians visiting Northern Ireland:

Winter Driving

There are no specific rules or regulations regarding snow tyres, however drivers need to pay due care and attention on the roads in winter and be able to adapt to changing conditions.

All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.