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How to get from Belfast Airport to the city by transport

Belfast Airport is an airport located 22 km northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland. It used to be known as Aldergrove Airport. This is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland and the second busiest on the island of Ireland, after Dublin Airport. In 2015, it served almost 4.5 million passengers.

Airport Express 300 is open on weekdays and weekends. The bus stop is located opposite the exit from the terminal.

From the airport to Belfast, the bus stops at: Templepatrick, Royal Avenue and Belfast Europa Buscentre.

From Belfast to the airport, the bus stops at Templepatrick and Belfast International Airport.

The trip takes 30-40 minutes, depending on the movement.

A single fare of 10 euros, a return ticket — 15 €.

Taxi Company is the official taxi operator for Belfast Airport and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find them outside the terminal building. A list of tickets is displayed in the terminal building. You can even book your online taxi.

If you do not like to use public transport and are not a fan of taxis, consider booking a private transfer that will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your hotel or where you need it. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even order a child safety seat if you are traveling with a child.

For those of you who would like to get to the city and explore the surroundings on your own, the best option would be to rent a car right at the airport. There are several car rental companies located in the arrivals hall, so you can choose between Enterprise / National / Alamo, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.

For larger groups of passengers, consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it in advance, so bus hire companies will have enough time to inform you about the meeting place and all other information.

Ulsterbus bus (109A) runs once per hour from 06:00 to 18:00, from Monday to Saturday on the following route: Lisburn Railway Station — Belfast International Airport and Antrim Buscentre, which is located next to the Antrim Train Station.

Airporter operates a regular bus service between Belfast International and the North-West seven days a week. The bus offers free Wi-Fi.

  • Question: My plane is late. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

A: No, you can take the bus from the airport, which operates 7 days a week. However, since this is the only way to get from the airport to the city center, if you miss everything, a taxi or a transfer is your only option.

  • Q: I have an early morning flight from the airport, are there any hotels at the airport where I can stay?

A: The nearest Maldron Hotel is located just 2 minutes from the airport, ideal for leisure and business and offers a full range of services including Park and Fly packages and free Wi-Fi. A little further you can sign up at Ballyrobin Country Lodge, a centuries-old guest house with 20 rooms decorated in a boutique style with delicious food.

  • Question: I would like to visit Belfast between flights. Is it possible

A: Yes, the airport is only 22 km from the city center, so it will take about 30 minutes. Plan your small trip in advance, as you will have to rely on the shuttle schedule, which departs every hour, or you will have to take a taxi and pay extra.

  • Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my trip?

A: Yes, you can exchange your money as well as withdraw money from ATMs at the airport. At the airport, there are Landside Departures and International Baggage, there are two branches of ICE (International Currency Exchange).

  • Question: I continue my journey outside Belfast. Are there any straight lines at other destinations?

A: There are direct trams to Derry and Lisburn. However, if you prefer other destinations, you need to get to Central Station and see the routes between Belfast and other places in Northern Ireland.

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