Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, as well as its capital. Enjoying a moderate climate, it is pleasant to visit even in the summer months. The winter months are not very harsh either, due to the moderating effect of the Gulf Stream. At the same time, this means that the city is constantly rainy and foggy as well. As the forest vegetation is very sparse, we can say that Belfast is a plains city as well.
In this cosmopolitan city, people from many different cultures and backgrounds come together. As a result, there are dining options to match all tastes and budget levels in the city. The local cuisine of the city should also be sampled, which features fresh seafood that meets international standards. Irish stew with pastrami and cabbage is also a local dish that shouldn't be missed. Belfast is reachable by air and although traffic can be a problem in the city, it is still worth visiting for tourists thank to its favourable natural surroundings and unique local culture.
Belfast International Airport is located about 23 km from the city center. The airport offers convenient transportation alternatives to get to the city. You can get to the city by car, bus, taxi, or rental car.
One of the most economic transportation alternatives to get to the city center from the airport is by bus. The Airport Express 300 buses are also a convenient way to get to the city. Buses to the city take off from the stop located right next to the terminal exit. Buses offer regular service between the airport and the city center 7 days a week. Buses departing from Belfast International Airport pass through Templepatrick, Royal Avenue and Belfast Europa Buscentre. Airport Express 300 buses take between 30 to 40 minutes to get to the city center, depending on traffic.
Buses from the airport to the city cost 7.5 pounds for a one way ticket. If you purchase a round trip ticket then the total comes out to 10.50 pounds, which is more economical. If you travel between Belfast International Airport and the city center frequently then it would be more practical to purchase a multi-journey card. These cards are valid for 10 journeys and cost 48 pounds.
You can get to the city center from Belfast International Airport by car in a short amount of time via the A57 and then by connecting to the M2. If you are visiting Belfast for the first time you run the risk of getting lost. We recommend using a GPS device to help navigate your way to the city. The airport contains short-term and long-term parking lots for those considering traveling to and from the airport by car.
Another transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport is by taxi. Taxis are a convenient and fast alternative. The official taxi operator at the airport is the International Airport Taxi Company. Taxis are readily available at the airport 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A list of sample fares can be found displayed in the exit hall.
A taxi to the city center from Belfast International Airport costs an average of 30-40 pounds, a taxi to Ballymena from the airport costs 27 pounds, and a taxi to Lisburn city center from the airport costs around 30 pounds. For more detailed information about taxi services at the airport you can call +44 (0) 28 9448 4353 before your flight or visit www.belfastairporttaxix.com.
There are international rental car companies located at Belfast International Airport. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Enterprise, National, Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, and Budget. To contact National, Alamo, and Enterprise call +44 (0) 28 94451940, to contact Europcar call +44 (0) 28 9445 9747, and to contact Hertz call +44 (0) 28 9442 2533. After you rent a car, we recommend getting a city map or using a GPS device to help navigate your way to the city.