Travel

By Air

There are two airports serving Belfast:

  • George Best Belfast City Airport is just two miles from the city centre, served by a frequent Ulsterbus Airport Express 600 bus service to the Europa bus and Great Victoria train station in the city centre. Tickets are available from the tourist information desk in the arrivals area at the airport or from the bus driver (cash only). 

Also, free transport is available from directly outside the airport terminal building to the nearby Sydenham train station, where frequent trains (during working hours) will take you to Central Station, Botanic Station (which serves the University) and Great Victoria Station, which is in the centre of the city (bus and train station). A return ticket can be purchased onboard the train. Botanic station is a 5/10 minute walk from the confernece venue and surrounding hotels, via Botanic Avenue. If you are staying  in the centre of the city, Great Victoria Street Station is a 5/10 minute walk from most hotels.

  • Belfast International Airport is nineteen miles from Belfast at Aldergrove. The Ulsterbus Airport Express 300 service goes to Europa bus station in the city centre. A return ticket (£10.50) available from the tourist information desk in the arrivals area at the airport or from the driver (cash only). 

Additionally, Dublin International Airport, located approximately 100 miles to the south, provides connections to airports throughout Europe and further afield.  The Ulsterbus Goldline Express 200 service travels between the Europa Bus Station in Belfast City Centre and the airport, with a journey time of a little over two hours. A return ticket is €26.30.


By Sea

Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries make multiple daily crossings from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England:

  • Belfast Port is located approximately one mile from the city centre and can be reached by bus or short taxi ride
  • Larne Port lies approximately 20 miles east of Belfast, with bus and rail connections

By Coach

The following companies provide long-distance services to Belfast Europa Bus Station, including cross-channel routes and Belfast-Dublin:


Rail

Rail connections are available from both the UK and Dublin

Most trains terminate at Belfast Central Rail Station. This is a very short train journey to eith Botanic Station (for hotels near conference venue) or Great Victoria Street Station (for City Centre hotels). A journey planner is available on the Translink website.


Road
Within Northern Ireland, the road network is good.  Motorway sections leave Belfast to the north (M2), the west (M1) and the east (M3).  A city ring road, the Westlink makes it easy to navigate Belfast's traffic system.  A good road link connects Belfast with Dublin in the Irish Republic to the south.