Getting to Belfast couldn't be easier. Northern Ireland has three airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin. Coming from further afield? No problem. You can fly direct to Belfast from over 20 European cities and a number of North American locations. And once you arrive, you'll find it's just as easy to get around as it was to get here. What are you waiting for? Consider this your personal invitation!

By Air

George Belfast Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport is just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Flybe, Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Wizz and Norwegian Airlines all fly to and from Belfast International Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

By Sea

From Scotland, England and Isle of Man

Belfast is easily accessed by sea, with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by superfast ferries with journey times from just 1 hour.


Cruise Ship Passengers

If you are travelling to Belfast on a cruise ship, there is generally a shuttle bus service from the port to the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in Belfast City Centre and vice versa. The precise timings of these shuttle buses will be available on the day you arrive and the team from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre will be on board and at the quayside to provide directions and answer any queries you may have. There may be a charge for the shuttle bus service, which is set by the cruise ship company. The shuttle bus from the cruise terminal drops off and picks up from outside the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North (opposite Belfast City Hall).

A taxi from the cruise terminal to Belfast City Centre costs approximately £8 - £12 depending on which dock your ship uses. Value Cabs is one of Belfast's largest taxi providers. You can book a taxi by phoning +(0)28 9080 9080 or download the Value Cabs app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

By Rail

From Dublin and Republic of Ireland

Irish Rail operates services from towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin's Connolly Station, where you can then catch a connecting train to Belfast.

The Enterprise Train service (provided jointly by Translink and Irish Rail), from Dublin's Connolly Station to Belfast's Central Station, runs eight times daily (five times on Sundays) and takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Book in advance at www.irishrail.ie for the best value fares.

Your Enterprise ticket includes free onward rail travel from Belfast Central Station to Titanic Quarter Station (train stop for the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction) as well as a free Metro Bus Service from Belfast Central Station to the city centre (Belfast City Hall area).

By Bus

From Dublin and Republic of Ireland

From Dublin, the X1 bus service (provided jointly by Translink and Bus Eireann) operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures every day.

The journey time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 hours.

For more information on routes and fares, visit www.buseireann.ie.

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By Road

From Dublin

Starting out at Dublin Airport, the M1 Motorway is well signposted for Belfast; this is a toll road and there is one toll plaza approximately 31 km from Dublin Airport. Continue on this motorway signposted for Belfast. 

Just after passing the city of Newry, the road becomes a dual carriageway (A1) and motorway regulations fall away. At the Sprucefield roundabout (approximately 137 km from Dublin Airport) the A1 joins the M1 motorway (signposted The North, Belfast).

Once within the Greater Belfast area, the signs will display as City Centre. At Grosvenor Road Junction (approximately 152 km from Dublin) leave the motorway and follow signs for City Centre onto the B38.

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