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Currency: Sterling

Bank opening hours are usually Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Electrical current:

The standard electricity supply in Belfast and Northern Ireland is 240 volts. Visitors from some countries may require a transformer and a plug adaptor. A transformer will step up or step down electrical voltage. A plug adaptor is necessary for visitors to convert 2-pin plugs to the standard 3-pin plugs and can be bought at most electrical suppliers.



Taxi companies:

'Value Cabs' will collect at airports and will also collect and drop to order, operating 24 hours

Telephone  +44 (0) 28 9080 9080

Telephone  +44 (0) 28 9033 3333

Citi Cabs NI

Telephone  +44 (0) 28 9066 5566


Translink is the provider of all bus services in Belfast and further a field. For timetable information and news about Ulsterbus services visit www.translink.co.uk.


A smoking ban has been implemented in all Northern Ireland's workplaces and enclosed public spaces, including pubs, cafes, clubs and restaurants, busses and trains as of April 2007.

Pub and Bar hours:

Generally Monday to Saturday, 11.30 am to 11 pm, Sundays, 12.30 pm to 10 pm. Many bars in Belfast have later opening hours on Thursday to Saturday nights. Children are not permitted on licensed premises. By law no alcohol may be served to children less than 18 years of age.

Shopping hours:

Larger city centre shops are generally open:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
  • Saturday: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Sunday: 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
  • Neighbourhood stores and garage forecourt convenience shops often open much longer, 24 hours in many cases.