George Best Belfast City Airport is three miles from the city centre. The main airlines that fly here are British Airways (London Heathrow), Aer Lingus (London Heathrow and Gatwick), and Flybe (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Birmingham, East Midlands, Cardiff, London City, Southampton, Exeter). A regular Airbus service operates into the city centre. The Airport Express 600 operates every 20 minutes on weekdays (40 minutes on Sundays) from outside George Best Belfast City Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 0600 and 2205, and costs £2.40 single and £3.60 return.
Journey time from George Best Belfast City airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station is approximately 20 minutes. For further information and timetable details click here.
A taxi from George Best Belfast City airport to Queen’s University costs approximately £10-£11.
Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is a 30 minute drive to Belfast City Centre via the M2 motorway. The main airlines that fly here are United Airlines (Newark-New York) and easyJet (Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle, Nice and Paris Charles de Gaulle). The Airport Express 300 operates a 24 hour service between the airport and Belfast with buses departing every 15 minutes at peak times (30 minutes at other times). The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit. The journey from the Belfast International Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station, takes approximately 30-40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions, and costs £7.50 single and £10.50 return. For further information and timetable details click here.
A taxi from Belfast International Airport to Queen’s University costs approximately £25.
Dublin Airport is approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Queen’s University Belfast. Aer Lingus is the national carrier with a number of transatlantic flights (New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto) and direct European flights (Paris CDG, Vienna, Lyon, Toulouse, etc.). Ryanair also has a large number of flights to and from European cities. A regular bus service to Belfast operates 24 hours a day directly from Dublin Airport to the Europa Buscentre/Great Victoria Street Rail Station. An up-to-date bus timetable is available from the Translink website and travel time is 1 hr 40 minutes.
Delegates travelling from North America have the option of travelling to Belfast Intl on the direct United (Newark) flight or from North American cities direct to Dublin (and then taking the bus to Belfast) or to London Heathrow (followed by internal connecting flight to Belfast).
Belfast is easily accessed by sea crossings from Scotland (Troon and Cairnryan) and England (Liverpool).
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 cross-border ‘Enterprise’ 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.
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.
There are several private 24-hour hire taxi firms in Belfast and also some black taxi ranks, including Value Cabs: +44 28 9080 9080 and Fonacab: +44 28 9023 3333.