Getting to Belfast

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Belfast, as the capital of Northern Ireland, is connected to the rest of the UK, Ireland and Europe by sea, road, and air.

All major UK cities are within an hours flying time of Belfast and Dublin is just a couple of hours drive away.

*Note: If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national you should not travel to Belfast via the Republic of Ireland.  As there is no physical border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland you will not meet with any immigration officers and, as such, you may not be able to start work on your arrival to Belfast.

Travel by Air

Belfast is serviced by two airports, Belfast International, and George Best Belfast City Airport. Most flights from Belfast to the rest of the UK take less than an hour, and if you book early in advance they are reasonably priced.

Regular shuttle buses run from both airports into the City Centre.

You can also fly into Dublin Airport and take a bus to Belfast City Centre. The bus departs from Dublin airport every hour and if you take the direct bus the journey will take around two hours.*


  • Located 13 miles (21 Kilometres) northwest of Belfast.

Getting from the airport to the City

  • By Bus: The Airport Express Bus Service (Service 300) operates a regular service on weekdays and weekends. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit. More information
  • By Taxi: The International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the Belfast International Airport, are available for hire 24 hours a day 7 days a week outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby.  Only taxis approved by Belfast International Airport are permitted to use the taxi rank.  A list of sample fares is displayed in the exit hall of the terminal building. A taxi share scheme to Belfast is available for those who wish to use it. For bookings, contact the Belfast International Airport Taxi Company on +44 (0)28 9448 4353. For more information and to book online visit

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

  • By Bus: The Airport Express Bus Service ( Service 600) operates every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 40 minutes on Sunday from outside the airport to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 5.45am and 9.25pm.
  • By Train: When travelling to the airport by train, you'll want to disembark at Sydenham train station. Translink operates a rail service (0600-2300) Monday-Saturday to Central and Victoria Street Stations every 20 minutes. The service is hourly on Sundays (0900-2200). Connections are available from Central Station to the rest of the rail network in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. A shuttle bus service operates between the airport terminal and the rail halt at Sydenham. Please go to the information desk and ask for the service. You'll be instructed to wait by the taxi rank where the shuttle bus will collect you.
  • By Taxi: Approved taxis operate from the Airport taxi rank outside the terminal building. Wheel-chair accessible taxis are available. The approximate cost of a taxi to Belfast City Centre from Belfast City Airport with our approved taxi provider is £10.00 (including £2 surcharge). All fares are subject to a £2 surcharge). For more information or to book a taxi, (028) 90 809080 or visit the Value Cabs website.

For additional travel arrangements visit the George Best Belfast City Airport Website


Travel by Sea

Belfast is a harbour city and it can also be reached by sea with regular crossings from both Scotland and England. Operators and travel times vary. Please check out Stena Line and P&O Irish Sea  for more information.

Travel by Road

From Dublin the bus departs every hour and if you take the direct bus the journey will take around two hours. Please visit Translink and Bus Éireann for more information about the bus services from Dublin Airport. Other operators are available.