We're closer than you think
Just one hour from London
We're also just over two hours from a host of European capitals, including Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Most of you will spend the majority of your time in the area around the main University campus, and the longest journey will be no more than 10 minutes.
Even if you choose not to live in University accommodation, you'll still be within a mile of your lecture theatre when you step out of your front door. You'll have two social hubs nearby – Botanic and Stranmillis – and the city centre itself is only a 15-minute walk from Queen's.
The Belfast Bikes scheme came to Queen's in 2015, with two docking stations on campus. One is outside the Students' Union, and the other is at the McClay library.
The scheme enables you to collect a bike from one docking station and leave it somewhere else in town. Membership is very reasonable for a full year and of course used bikes are widely available if you'd rather take yours home after a lecture.
Queen’s is a five minute walk from Botanic Train Station on the Bangor, Larne, Newry and Derry~Londonderry lines. Coach and bus services arrive at Great Victoria Street, which is also connected by rail (or alternatively is a ten-minute walk).
The Enterprise Train service runs from Dublin to Belfast with an average of 8 trains per day with an estimated travel time of 2h09. Trains from Dublin to Belfast depart approximately every 1h40mins. A regular bus service also runs from Belfast Europa station to Dublin city and Dublin airport.
All public transport in Northern Ireland is organised by the Translink company. Visit their website for more information on fares, timetables, journey planners and online ticket bookings. Below is a list of their main services:
If you are aged 16-23 you can avail of the ylink card which offers a 1/3 discount of all fares on both train and bus services provided by Translink.
Queen’s is located in south central Belfast and as such is close to the both Northern Ireland’s main motorways, connecting it easily with the rest of Ireland.
Travel Times to Queen's
The table below highlights the distance and approximate journey times for a number of cities and towns across the north and south of Ireland.
|Starting Point / Location||Journey Distance (Miles / Kilometres)*||Approximate Journey Time**|
|Dublin||103 / 166||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Derry / Londonderry||75 / 120||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Coleraine||57 / 91||1 hour 10 minutes|
|Newry||39 / 62||45 minutes|
|Antrim||20 / 33||30 minutes|
|Lisburn||9 / 14||20 minutes|
|Galway||230 / 370||3 hours 45 minutes|
|Enniskillen||81 / 133||1 hour 30 minutes|
* All distances are based on a central starting position within the city/town named and on your final location being the main Queen's Campus (The Lanyon Building or McClay Library)
** All Journey times are approximate and are subject to traffic/road works and other potential delays. It is advisable that you check the conditions before commencing your journey and plan alternative routes accordingly.
SAT NAV address
If you are planning on driving to Queen's and have a SAT NAV available you can use the following address:
Queen's University Belfast,
Northern Ireland, UK
Located 13 miles (21 Kilometres) northwest of Belfast.
Getting from the airport to the City
For additional travel arrangements visit the Belfast International Airport Website
Located just three miles (5 kilometres) from Belfast City Centre.
Getting from the airport to the City
For additional travel arrangements visit the George Best Belfast City Airport Website
Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries make multiple daily crossings from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England. The two main Belfast routes are from Liverpool and Cairnryan, both provided by Stena Line. An alternative route runs from Holyhead to Dublin, with excellent motorway connections between there and Belfast.
Visit Belfast, the city's official visitor website, lists all available accommodation: hotels; guest houses; bed and breakfast; hostels; and self-catering.
However, if you require access to the campus by car, please contact the Disability Services Officer in advance of your visit to arrange access.
Queen's University Belfast is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
For more information please read our Equality and Diversity Policy.
Queen's University Belfast is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC101788
VAT registration number: GB 254 7995 11