School of Music and Sonic Arts
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast is served by two airports. The main one, Belfast International Airport (BFS), is approximately 17 miles (28 km) from the city centre and handles both international and domestic flights, serving many cities in the UK as well as European destinations. There are also direct flights to Newark, USA and Toronto, Canada. The main airlines operating out of Belfast International are Easyjet and Jet2.
Belfast's second airport, George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is situated 3 miles (5 km) from the city centre and handles mainly domestic flights within Ireland and the UK. The main airline operating out of the airport is FlyBE.
Dublin airport is approximately 100 miles (167 Km) and a 2½ hour drive from Belfast. There is a frequent and inexpensive bus service from Dublin airport to Belfast city centre (see Bus and Coach Travel for further details).
The Airport Express 300 to Europa Buscentre departs from outside the terminal building every 15 minutes at peak times. The approximate journey time is 30-40 minutes and tickets cost £7 single and £10 return.
Approved taxis operate from the airport taxi rank outside the terminal building. The approximate fare to Belfast City Centre is £25. A taxi share scheme is available. For bookings, contact the Belfast International Airport Taxi Company on +44 (0)28 9448 4353 or visit www.belfastairporttaxis.com.
The Airport Express 600 to Europa Buscentre departs from outside the terminal building every 20 mins at peak times. Journey time to the city centre is approximately 15 minutes and the fare costs £2.00 single; £3.00 return.
Approved taxis operate from the airport taxi rank directly outside the terminal building. The approximate cost to Belfast city centre is £8.00.
There are direct coach routes from many parts of Ireland. In addition, coach travel supplements all the above mentioned modes of transport.
Ulsterbus Goldline (service 200) provides an hourly coach service (24/7) from Dublin Airport to Belfast Europa Bus Station (£15/€20 return). Journey time is approximately 2 hours.Aircoach runs from Dublin Airport to Belfast city centre seven days a week on an hourly basis from 7am until 9pm. It stops outside the Jury's Inn Hotel in Belfast City Centre. Fare: Single £12.00 /€14.00 Return £17.00/€20.00.
The express train service between Belfast and Dublin is jointly operated by Northern Ireland Railways and Iarnrod Eireann (Ireland's rail service). This service operates eight journeys in each direction Monday to Saturday, and 5 journeys on Sundays. The trip by rail takes just over two hours. Timetables can be obtained from Translink.
Ferry services connect Belfast with various ports in Great Britain. Stena Line has various ferries crossing the Irish Sea. Of particular interest may be the Belfast-Stranraer line, which is the most frequent of the ferries; Stranraer is the main ferry port in south-western Scotland, and has a connecting rail service to and from Glasgow Central station. There are also ferry services between Belfast and Liverpool, and between Larne (23 miles (42 km) north of Belfast) and Cairnryan (6 miles (11 km) north of Stranraer). The Stena HSS Belfast Ferry Terminal is located at West Bank Road, approximately 4 miles (7 km) from the city centre. This is a modern terminal with good facilities and there is a taxi rank outside.
The main campus is situated approximately 1 mile (1.6) km south of the city centre and Europa Bus Centre, a leisurely 20-minute walk. Exit the bus station on to Great Victoria Street, turn right, and follow the road until you reach the University (see map).
There are regular bus services to the University from Great Victoria Street. The 8A, 8B, and 8C all go to Queen’s University. Fares to Queen’s (inner zone) are £1.30. A Metro day ticket, allowing unlimited usage on all services, costs £3.50.
Taxis from the city centre to the University cost approximately £3.
You can take a suburban train to Botanic Station, which is a five-minute stroll to the Music Building. Turn left as you come out of the Station, walk along Botanic Avenue for around 200 metres, and this takes you to the campus.
You can also take a bus to the City Hall (free with a valid rail ticket), from where you can catch either the 8A, 8B, or 8C to Queen’s University.
A taxi from Central Station to Queen’s University will cost approximately £5.
If you wish to drive to the Conference, please refer to the maps on the QUB website: www.qub.ac.uk/home/TheUniversity/Location/Maps. Parking within Queen's is restricted, but on most days a patient driver can find a parking space nearby.
The School of Music is located in the North-East corner of Queen's Main Site, facing University Square and Botanic Avenue. The entrance is from the South of the Building (opposite Cafe Krem), not on the University Square side.
In Belfast taxis operate from ‘taxi ranks’ and do not stop when hailed. By law, all taxis are required to display coloured licence plates. Black taxis display yellow plates and private taxis have a green licence plate displayed. Local private firms, which can be booked in advance, include Value Cabs: +44 (0)28 9080 9080 and FonaCAB: +44 (0)28 9033 3333.