Northern Ireland, and Belfast in particular, contains some truly beautiful driving routes, however, it is vital you take note of these important details before setting off.
- Firstly, and perhaps the most important thing to remember if you are visiting from outside the UK, you’re required to drive on the left hand side of the road in Northern Ireland.
- There are a variety of road types in and around Belfast. Generally, the motorways and dual carriageways are in good condition. In Northern Ireland, an ‘M’ indicates the road is a motorway, while ‘A’ and ‘B’ signs indicate primary and secondary roads.
- The A55 loops around the city while the M1 & M2 provide the main routes into Belfast. Currently, there are no tolls on the motorways in Northern Ireland.
- Take caution when taking the back routes containing windy country lanes. Be aware of farmers using these backroads to relocate livestock, so approach any tight bends with added caution.
- Road signs in Northern Ireland are in miles per hour and therefore align with the rest of the United Kingdom.
- Consumption of alcohol while driving is prohibited. Seat belts must be worn at all times while all drivers must carry valid license and insurance documents.