Getting to Belfast
HOW TO GET THERE
Travelling to Northern Ireland
Belfast is serviced by two airports, sea crossings from Scotland and England and a direct rail link from Dublin. Belfast can be accessed by air from over twenty European cities and a number of North American locations. Once in Northern Ireland, you’ll find it’s easy to get around.
George Best Belfast City Airport
The airport is situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Please check www.belfastcityairport.com for flight information. The Airport Express 600 bus service runs from the airport terminal to the city centre every 20 minutes (operating 05.30 - 22.05) Monday to Friday. Please check www.translink.co.uk for services on Saturdays and Sundays.
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes’ drive via the M2 Motorway. Please check www.belfastairport.com for flight information.
The Airport Express 300 bus service operates between the airport and Belfast City Centre every 15 minutes Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes on Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday. This service operates 24 hours a day however night services are less frequent. Please check www.translink.co.uk for services during off peak times and weekends.
T: 0044 28 7126 9996
Belfast is easily accessed by sea with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by state of the art superfast ferries with journey times from just 2 hours 15 minutes.
An Enterprise rail service runs 8 times daily (5 times on Sundays) from Belfast to Dublin. The journey time is approximately 2 hours.
T: 0044 28 9089 9409
Dublin Airport Express Coach Service operates to Dublin Airport, with a journey time of approximately 2 hours.
T: 0044 28 9066 6630
By Road from Dublin
From Dublin, follow signs for Belfast along the M1; this is a toll road and there is one Toll Plaza approximately 31 km from Dublin Airport. Just after passing the City of Newry the road becomes a dual carriageway (A1). 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) leave the motorway and follow signs for City Centre.
TRAVELLING WITHIN NORTHERN IRELAND
Directions to the Europa Hotel are available here
Driving in Northern Ireland
You must be 17 years old and have a full driving licence. To hire a car you must be at least 21 years old and have held your full driving licence for at least one year.
General driving information, rules and regulations:
· Driving is on the left hand side of the road
· Speed limits are in miles per hour not kilometers per hour
· Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and passengers
· The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system
· Drivers should carry at all times while driving, their valid driver’s licence, registration documents and insurance documents
· All road users should use the Highway Code for Northern Ireland as guidance, it can be accessed at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publications/highway-code-downloadable-version
A public bus service known as the Metro Service is available within greater Belfast. It is run by Translink (www.translink.com).
Taxi stands are signposted in the arrivals hall of all main airports. Your hotel can book taxi services on request.
The Belfast Bikes scheme was introduced in 2015. There are docking stations throughout Belfast. Belfast Bikes enables you to collect a bike from one docking station and leave it somewhere else in the city. Temporary 3-day membership is available for £5.