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Travel

 

Accommodation

A dedicated website offering special conference rates from a selection of local hotels is available for attendees to book accommodation online. Reservations can be made here. A list of additional hotels located in Belfast City Centre and the University area is also available here.

 

Visa Information

Attendees should be advised that they must obtain any visa that may be required for their visit before travelling. Information on visa requirements can be found here. Further information can be obtained from your local British Embassy or Consulate.

It is strongly recommended that those attending conferences travel to a UK port of entry. UK airports in Ireland are:

 

  • Belfast International Airport
  • George Best Belfast City Airport
  • City of Derry Airport. 

 

Please be aware that travelling to Republic of Ireland ports (airports include Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Galway) may require an additional visa for Ireland. Details on visa requirements for Ireland can be found at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.

There are no immigration controls within the Common Travel Area (UK and Ireland) so those travelling to the Republic of Ireland before travelling to Northern Ireland and the UK should check requirements before travelling.

 

Travelling by Air

The Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is a 30 minute drive to Belfast City Centre via the M2 motorway. For a list of airlines, click here. The Airport Express 300 operates a 24-hour service between the airport and Belfast. For further fare and timetable information, click here

A taxi from Belfast International airport to Queen's University costs approximately £25.

Please note that there is curently one direct air link from North America to Northern Ireland, the Newark-Belfast route, operating between Newark, NJ - Newark International Airport and Belfast, United Kingdom - Belfast International Airport.

 

George Best Belfast City Airport is located three miles from Belfast city centre/Queen's University. For a list of Airlines, click here. A regular Airbus service operates into the city centre. Fare and timetable information for the Airport Express 600 service is available here

Journey time from the George Best Belfast City airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station is approximately 20 minutes. For further information and timetable details click here.

A taxi from George Best Belfast City airport to Queen's University costs approximately £9-£10. 

 

Dublin Airport is located approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Queen’s University Belfast. A regular bus service to Belfast operates 24 hours a day directly from Dublin Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. An up-to-date bus timetable is available from the Translink website and travel time is approximately two hours by bus. Bus Eireann operates the number 200 service from Dublin to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. This service departs from Busáras Station in Dublin city centre and has a pick-up point at Dublin Airport.

Travelling to Republic of Ireland ports (airports include Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock and Galway) may require an additional visa for Ireland. Details on visa requirements for Ireland can be found at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.

 

City of Derry Airport is located 7miles North East of Londonderry, approximately a 90 minute drive from Belfast city centre. Though a direct bus service does not operate between the City of Derry Airport and Belfast, Translink operates a regular Goldline bus service between Derry City Centre and Belfast City Centre; for fare and timetable information, click here. For travel directions between City of Derry Airport and Belfast via car, bus, airport taxi transfer and train, click here.

 

Travelling by Sea

Belfast is easily accessed by sea crossing from Scotland and England. Click here for information on ferry services to Northern Ireland.

 

Travelling by Rail

The main rail stations in Belfast city centre are Great Victoria Street and Central Station. For information on Translink Ni Railways, click here. Cross-border ‘Enterprise’ services depart from and arrive at Central Station. The closest station to the University is Botanic, a five minute walk from the main campus. The Irish Rail service takes just over two hours to commute between Dublin Connolly Station and Belfast Central Station. This service operates a number of times a day.

 

Travelling by Bus

Translink services operate throughout Northern Ireland. Services arrive and depart at the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station.

 

Public Transport within Belfast

Delegates can avail of the Translink Metro bus service that operates from Belfast City Hall with services every 10-15 minutes to Queen’s University Belfast on Metro route 8. Click here for route and timetable information.

 

Private taxi hire

There are several private 24-hour hire taxi firms in Belfast. Examples include Value Cabs (+44 28 9080 9080) and Fonacab (+44 28 9023 3333).

 

Maps

Maps to assist you in travelling to the University can be found here.

 

Telephone Codes

To telphone Northern Ireland from abroad, dial 00 44 + area code (without 0) + local number. To telephone Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland, dial 048 + area code (without 0) + local number. To telephone Northern Ireland from elsewhere in UK or to make an internal call, dial area code (with 0) + local number. To call the Republic from Northern Ireland, dial 00 353 + the area code (without 0) + local number.

 

Currency

Please note that Northern Ireland uses the £ sterling, the currency in circulation in England, Scotland and Wales. Unlike the Euro which is used in the Republic of Ireland, £ sterling is not linked to the Euro. Mastercard (Access) and Visa credit cards are in general use and cheques backed by a bank card are widely accepted.