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Get to Belfast by plane to one of our two airports

Getting here and getting around Belfast is easy

Belfast is a highly connected city with great transport links to the Republic of Ireland, the rest of the UK, Europe and further afield. 

The city is strategically located between the USA and Europe with extensive air connections to a range of business and leisure destinations. You can be in London within one hour and in New York within six hours. Global legal firms with offices in Belfast have cited its geographical location as a key advantage.

Getting here

Belfast has two airports within a 30-minute reach and Dublin Airport is only 90 minutes by road. Belfast Harbour is located just three kilometres from the City Centre and welcomed over 80 cruise ships in 2016.

Belfast has two airports within a 30 minute reach and Dublin Airport is only 90 minutes by road. Belfast Harbour is located just three kilometres from the city centre and is the second busiest port on the island of Ireland. The Harbour will welcome over 80 cruise ships in 2016.

George Best Belfast City Airport

  • in the heart of the city
  • serves a range of UK and European destinations including London (London City, Gatwick and Heathrow airports) Brussels and Amsterdam.

Belfast International Airport 

  • just 30 minutes from the city centre
  • is 5th busiest airport in the UK for domestic passenger traffic, behind only Heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • provides a transatlantic service to New York
  • also services major UK and EU cities such as London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Paris and Geneva.

Belfast Harbour

  • approximately 70 per cent of Northern Ireland's and 20 per cent of the entire island's seabourne trade is handled at the Harbour each year
  • welcomes more than 80 cruise ships in a year and
  • plans to expand the cruise terminal
  • exports from here have recently surged at their fastest rate in 12 years, following the Brexit vote

Getting around

Belfast is an incredibly compact city so getting around is easy on foot, by bike, public transport or by taxi.

Belfast Bikes are a public bike hire scheme for the city. Preparatory work is currently underway for a rapid transit bus service, set to become become operational from 2017. 

Ongoing investment in transport infrastructure

A new €130 million transport hub is planned in the heart of the city to better integrate trains, buses and cross border connections and a €200 million interchange will provide a continuous motorway connection across the city and improve traffic flow. These developments will be supported by a rapid transit bus service from 2017.

We're digitally connected

Belfast has the highest density of fibre in Europe and the highest availability of superfast broadband in the UK. 

Northern Ireland is one of the first regions in Europe to operate high speed, next generation services with a 40 gigabyte per second transatlantic and terrestrial telecommunications link to North America and Europe. This advanced telecoms capacity has spurred the development of many new knowledge based and technology start ups. We are the fastest growing Knowledge Economy in the UK.


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Economic Development
+44 28 9027 0482
4 - 10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
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