Travelling to Queen's

Travelling to Queen’s


All delegates are strongly advised to check whether they require any visas to attend the conference.


Any delegates travelling from Non-EU countries, Canada or USA please note you may require a second visa if travelling via Dublin. For more information please visit the Queen’s University Belfast website.


The University is located about one mile from Belfast city centre and is easily accessible by bus, train or on foot (20 minute walk). Belfast also has two airports and there are sea crossings from both England and Scotland.


By Air

George Best 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 Great Victoria Bus Centre, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 0700 and 2203 on Sunday, and costs £2.00 single and £3.00 return.


Journey time from the George Best Belfast City airport to the Great Victoria street bus station is approximately 20 minutes. For further information and timetable details click here


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.


The journey from the International Airport to the Great Victoria Street Bus 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. An up-to-date bus timetable is available from the Northern Ireland Railways website and travel time is 1 hr 40 minutes.

By Sea

Belfast is easily accessed by sea crossing from Scotland and England by high-speed catamaran or by traditional ferry.

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 and Laganside Buscentre. Travelling time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 hours by bus. Bus Eireann operates the number 200 service from Dublin to the Europa Bus Station Belfast every hour 24 hours a day. This service departs from Busarus 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. In general it is best to call a taxi rather than to try to flag down a black taxi.


By Car

The M1 Motorway connects Dublin and Belfast. Travel time by car is approximately 2 hours between the two cities. Car parking is not available on the campus. We encourage you to share vehicles with friends and colleagues where possible as the streets around the University can be very congested.

By Foot

Only 20 minutes from Belfast city centre or 15 minutes from Elms Village, Queen’s University Belfast is easily accessible by foot. Staff at Queen’s Welcome Centre, Local Tourist Office for South Belfast, which is situated in the Lanyon Building are also on hand to assist.

US-UK Medical Sociology Conference 2012

Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland