Getting to Belfast
Belfast is easily reached from either Belfast International Airport or the George Best Belfast City Airport. Belfast City Airport (BHD) is situated approximately three miles from the city centre. A taxi to the University will cost approximately £10.00. The Airport Express 600 departs from outside the Airport every 20 minutes from early morning to late evening and costs approx £1.50 single and £2.50 return; it terminates at the Great Victoria Street (Europa) Bus Station.
Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is situated about 20 miles from the city centre. The Airport Express 300 service, operates a 24 hour service between the airport and Belfast with buses departing every 10 minutes throughout the day. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit. Approximate journey time is 30-40 minutes subject to traffic conditions and costs £7.00 single and £10.00 return. A taxi to the University will cost approximately £25.00.
For many travellers, it could be considerably cheaper to fly to Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin Airport is approximately 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Queen's University Belfast. Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus operate a 24 hour service between Dublin Airport (Atrium Road; zone 10 stop 1) and Belfast (Great Victoria Street (Europa) Bus Station). The journey by bus takes approximately 2 hours. If you are flying into Dublin, please make sure that you have the correct visa for the Republic of Ireland as well as for the U.K.
Belfast is easily accessed by sea crossing from Scotland and England by high-speed catamaran or by traditional ferry.
The following operators run ferries across the Irish Sea:
Belfast-Heysham: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Seacat)
Belfast-Liverpool: Norse Merchant Ferries
Belfast-Stranraer: Stena Line
Belfast-Troon: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Seacat)
Belfast-Douglas (IOM): Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Seacat)
Larne-Cairnryan: P&O European Ferries
Larne-Fleetwood: P&O European Ferries
Dublin-Holyhead: Irish Ferries
Dublin-Holyhead: Stena Line
Dublin-Liverpool: Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (Seacat)
If you are sailing into Dublin, please make sure that you have the correct visa for the Republic of Ireland as well as for the U.K.
Rail connections are available from both the UK and Dublin.
Irish Rail: www.irishrail.ie
Network Rail: www.networkrail.co.uk (travel information within UK)
NI Railways: www.translink.co.uk/NI-Railways/ (Belfast-Dublin Enterprise service)
Local bus services within Belfast are provided by Metro www.translink.co.uk/Metro.
Long-distance services across Northern Ireland are run by Ulsterbus www.translink.co.uk/Ulsterbus.
Click here for information on tours in and around Belfast.