Car hire at Derry Airport
Hiring a car at Derry Airport
City of Derry Airport (LDY) is one of Ireland’s smaller airports, offering flights to and from Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Faro.
The airport is located 7 miles north-west of the city of Derry, on the south bank of Lough Foyle. You can reach this historic yet contemporary destination easily by driving just 15 minutes down the A2.
Hiring a car from here means you're free to start your holiday as soon as you land and can explore as much or as little of Ireland's beauty as you wish.
What you need to know
You'll find five well-known car hire companies based at Derry Airport, giving you a wide variety of choice when it comes to making a booking.
If you search using our website, you can specify your budget, the type of vehicle you'd like and the dates you're visiting and we'll find you the best deal.
You don't need to worry about amendment or cancellation fees if your plans change, and your booking includes 24/7 customer service support, so if you find that you encounter any issues during your trip, you know we're there to help.
Where to pick up your car
All of the car hire companies at Derry Airport are based within the terminal, so just collect your bags and head through to arrivals where you can find all of the car hire desks. Then, just fill in a bit of paperwork, and you can get the keys to your vehicle and head off to enjoy your holiday.
If you don't book in advance, you'll find that prices at the airport are significantly more expensive, you won't have as much choice and it will take more time to arrange, so let us do the hard work before you travel, giving you even more time to enjoy your trip to Derry.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time. Booking with Holiday Autos was easy and I received the car that I had asked for, just perfect!”
Where to go
You'll find plenty of things to see and do in the city of Derry, as well as the surrounding towns and villages.
Derry is a historic destination, although a surge of tourism in recent years has led to the development of many contemporary features which add to its charm and beauty. It is also historically known as The Walled City, after the walls which were completed in 1618, intending to defend the city from marauding Irish chieftains.
Learn about the city's past at both the Tower Museum and Museum of Free Derry, each of which reveal different aspects of the city�s economic, social and more contemporary history.
Nearby Derry Airport
If you fancy heading out to explore other destinations not far from Derry Airport, then why not drive just over half an hour along the A2 and A37 to Coleraine, a large town that sits near the mouth of the River Bann?
This is a beautiful area which is perfect for exploring, or you can head to one of the many museums and learn more about the destination.
Alternatively, just under an hour from Derry Airport is Giant's Causeway, an unusual rock formation that's thought to have been created as the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago.
This is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, and is hugely popular among tourists and locals alike.
If you're keen to explore more of Ireland's beauty, then why not head about an hour and 45 minutes along the A6 to reach Belfast?
The area boasts both stunning coastal locations and contemporary culture. Being the birthplace of the Titanic, you won't want to miss out on a visit to Titanic Belfast, the world's largest visitor experience detailing the legend and tragedy of this famous ship.
You can also drive three and a half hours to reach Dublin in the south of Ireland. Your visit here won't be complete without sampling some of the local Guinness, so we advise that you stay for a day or two so that you can really make the most of your time.
You'll also find a great variety of galleries and museums in the city, as well as the stunning St Patrick's Cathedral.
Top attractions near Derry Airport
Derry Airport is perfectly placed to explore Northern Ireland and really see the beauty that this area has to offer.
The City Walls
Since it's often referred to as the Walled City, a trip to Derry obviously wouldn't be complete without exploring the City Walls themselves.
You can stroll around the walls and read the plaques that are placed at various points explaining the history of the area.
In a city that is swiftly regenerating with many contemporary features, the history of the walls adds to the beauty of the city and really boosts the culture of the area.
The Craft Village
In the heart of the city you'll find the Craft Village, a charming area that's home to craft shops, balconied apartments, a licensed restaurant and a coffee shop.
The area is intended to be a reconstruction of an 18th Century street and 19th Century square. The unique shopping district offers a great variety of gifts, crafts and souvenirs.
You can also enjoy the Canopy which is in the Village Square, an outdoor performance space that's often used for different corporate, cultural and community events.
The Peace Bridge in Derry is an iconic structure in the city that connects the two sides of the River Foyle. Although it was only launched in 2011, it is already a landmark for the area, acting as a focal point during city activities and events, including New Year celebrations and Radio One's Big Weekend, as well as being the stage for Lumiere installations in 2013.
The bridge is a popular sight to see, especially as it was considered a big step towards the contemporary regeneration of the city of Derry.
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