Travelling to Belfast

Traveling to Belfast is easy, convenient and affordable - flights to Belfast are generally much cheaper than rail fares between UK destinations. Most major UK cities are within an hour’s flying time of Belfast’s two airports, and there are dozens of low-cost direct flights daily with airlines including Flybe, EasyJet, BA and/or Aer Lingus. George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is around 3 miles from Queen’s; Belfast International Airport (BFS) is located on the north west of city, around 35 minutes drive from the university. Both airports are served by excellent bus connections to the city centre, providing easy access to Queen’s and the conference hotel.

International visitors can fly direct to Belfast from 41 European and International airports, with a daily direct link to the US from Newark/New York City in just 6 hours.

 By Air

George Best Belfast City Airport is three miles from the city centre. A regular Airbus service operates into the city centre. The Airport Express 600 operates every 40 minutes on Sundays (every 20 minutes on weekdays) from outside the George Best Belfast City Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 0700 and 2203 on Sunday, and costs £2.20 single and £3.30 return.

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

The Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is a 30 minute drive to Belfast City Centre via the M2 motorway. The Airport Express 300 operates a 24 hour service between the airport and Belfast with buses departing every 30 minutes on Sundays (every 15 minutes on weekdays). The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit.

A taxi from Belfast International Airport to Queen's University costs approximately £23. 

The journey from the Belfast International Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station, takes approximately 30-40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions, and costs £7.00 single and £10.00 return. For further information and timetable details click here.

Dublin Airport is 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 1 hr 40 minutes.

By Sea

Belfast is easily accessed by sea crossing from Scotland and England.

By Rail

The main rail stations in the city centre are Great Victoria Street and Central Station. Cross-border ‘Enterprise’ services depart from and arrive at Central Station. The closest station to the University is Botanic which is a 5 minute walk from the main campus. The Irish Rail service takes just over 2 hours to commute between Dublin Connolly Station and Belfast Central Station. This service operates a number of times a day.

By Bus

Ulsterbus services operate throughout Northern Ireland. Services arrive and depart at the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. Travelling time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 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 by bus from city centre hotels to Queen’s University 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 a number 8 Metro route). Your hotel accommodation providers will be more than happy to provide further details.

By Taxi

There are several private 24-hour hire taxi firms in Belfast and also some black taxi ranks. Value Cabs: +44 28 9080 9080 and Fonacab: +44 28 9023 3333.

 



Belfast City Hall

Beacon of Hope Sculpture