Flying to Belfast
When you’re heading off to Belfast, it’s no surprise that you’ll be in a hurry to start your holiday. With things to do and see like discovering the birthplace of the Titanic and finding the home of Game of Thrones, you’ll want to spend less time travelling – and more time in the city itself.
Luckily, Belfast is one of the easiest cities to fly in to, with direct flights from over 20 European cities, and certain destinations in North America. With two airports to choose from, you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to booking flights.
Belfast International is Northern Ireland’s largest airport and is the easiest way for travellers outside of Europe to get to the city. Located just 13 miles north of the city – around a 30 minute drive on the M2 – it’s in prime position for starting your holiday.
For those who want to be slightly closer to the action, the George Best Belfast City Airport is located just three miles from the city centre, and is easily accessible via a number of regularly scheduled buses.
Flying to Belfast isn’t an expensive option. You’ll get the best of both worlds: saving money on fares, and arriving in style and speed! Many low-cost airlines fly directly to Belfast, including easyJet, Flybe and Jet2.
Other airlines that fly into Belfast include Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, as well as British Airways and Citywing.
Flight times from the UK average at around an hour: you’ll be in Belfast in the blink of an eye!
Once you’ve landed, getting into the heart and soul of the city couldn’t be easier. From the George Best Belfast City Airport, you can catch the Airport Express 600 bus service. This runs into the city centre every 20 minutes on weekdays, and weekend services can be found here.
From Belfast International, you’ll be able to hop on the Airport Express 300. This runs every 15 minutes during week days, every 20 minutes on Saturdays, and every half an hour on Sundays. The Airport Express 300 runs through the night as well, though these services are less frequent, and can be checked here.
If you don’t fancy getting the bus, there are many other ways to get into the city: from reasonably priced taxis, to nearby train stations at Sydenham, as well as car hire. Belfast International has a range of car hire companies on display, including Avis, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Europcar and Rhino.