Getting to Belfast couldn’t be easier. We’ve got three airports, sea crossings from Scotland and England and a direct rail link from Dublin. Coming from further afield? No problem. You can fly direct to Belfast from over twenty European cities and a number of North American locations. And once you arrive, you’ll find it’s just as easy to get around as it was getting here.
George Best Belfast City Airport
The airport is situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Please check www.belfastcityairport.com for flight information.
For connections from Britain and Europe Aer Lingus and FlyBE offer direct routes to many major airports.
The Airport Express 600 bus service runs from the airport terminal to the city centre every 20 minutes (05.30 - 22.05) Monday to Friday. Please check www.translink.co.uk for services on Saturdays and Sundays.
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes drive via the M2 Motorway. Please check www.belfastairport.com for flight information.
The Airport Express 300 service operates between the airport and Belfast City Centre every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes on Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. This service operates 24 hours a day however night services are less frequent. Please check www.translink.co.uk for services during off peak times and weekends.
Visit the Visit Belfast website for further details.
Citizens from Europe and most other western countries – visas are not usually required.
Further information is available from the British Embassy in your country of origin, call: +44 (0)870 606 7766 or visit https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Important information for delegates traveling via Dublin:
Please note that one will be going through two separate countries when traveling via Dublin, Ireland (Belfast, Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom while Dublin, Ireland is not). Both the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) are current members of the European Union (the UK does not leave the EU until 29 March, 2019) and both countries share a Common Travel Area. After entering through airport immigration in either country, visitors can afterwards travel freely between both countries without further passport control. There is an open border between the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom. If a visa is necessary, those arriving in the Irish Republic will require an Irish visa and those arriving in the United Kingdom (Belfast or any other UK airport) will require a UK visa. Visit the following page for details: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visa-short-tourist