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Travelling to the University

The the main entrance to the University, the Lanyon building, is on University Road. See our Maps section for more details.

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Coach
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Road
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Taxi
Bicycle
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Air
There are two airports serving Belfast:
  • George Best Belfast City Airport is three miles from the city centre, connected by rail (Sydenham - Great Victoria Street).
  • Belfast International Airport is nineteen miles from Belfast at Aldergrove. A shuttle service connects with the city centre, operated by Ulsterbus.
    Note - Taking a taxi directly from Belfast International Airport to the University is expensive - approximately £25.

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Many airlines fly regularly to Belfast, including:
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Sea
A selection of routes and ferry operators are available. Belfast is most easily reached from the following ports:
  • Belfast Port is located 1.5 km from the city centre and can be reached by bus, taxi or on foot.
  • Larne lies 32 km east of Belfast, with bus and rail connections.
  • Dublin is over 160 km south of Belfast but well connected by rail and bus services.
The following operators run ferries across the Irish Sea:
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Coach
The following companies provide long-distance services to Belfast, including cross-channel routes and Belfast-Dublin:
  • Ulsterbus (UK & Irish services)
  • Bus Eireann (UK & Irish services)
  • National Express (UK & Irish services)

    Note - A taxi fare from the bus station to Queen's Elms is about £3.00 - £3.50.
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Rail
Rail connections are available from both UK and Dublin.
  • Irish Rail
  • Network Rail: travel information from UK.
  • NI Railways: Belfast-Dublin Enterprise service.
  • Information on connecting services sometimes available from ferry operators.
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Road

All ferry ports are well connected by road. Within Northern Ireland, motorways link Belfast with the north and the west of the Province, and the Westlink between the M1 and M2 and a city ring road make it easy to navigate Belfast's traffic system. A good road link connects Belfast with Dublin in the south.

The main Campus is easily and quickly reached from the city centre. Click here to look at maps.

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Bus
Local bus services within Belfast are provided by Metro. Long-distance services across Northern Ireland are run by Ulsterbus.

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Taxi
Taxis are relatively cheap and easily available. London-style metered cabs operate from airports and railways stations: private cabs are plentiful and can be booked by telephone. Not all private taxis have meters, so it is advisable to agree a fare before setting out.
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Bicycle
The Main Campus is easily reached from the city centre (1.5 km) - refer to map.

Bringing a bicycle on public transport: all ferries accept bicycles, usually free of charge. Train services will usually accept bicycles; often a small surcharge is made. Coach services are generally less willing to carry bicycles, although it is often discretionary; check first. The policy of airlines varies a lot, so again check first.

The road system can be busy in and around Belfast, although pleasant cycling can be found on the Lagan Towpath (to Lisburn) and in the surrounding countryside.

Bicycle hire is available in Belfast - check with the NI Tourist Board.
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Foot
A fifteen minute walk from the city centre brings you to the Main Campus. Please refer to the map.
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Other useful links
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