Getting to Northern Ireland

Arriving by Air

Scheduled air services operate to Northern Ireland from nearly all major UK airports.  There are many direct flights from major European cities to Northern Ireland. Additionally, there are services via Dublin, London and other UK airports.

Major airlines operate scheduled services from the US and Canada to Belfast International Airport via UK airports and airports in the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, there are charter flights direct from New York and Toronto to Belfast.

For full information on the airlines that travel to Northern Ireland’s three airports, go to Belfast International Airport, Belfast City Airport or City of Derry Airport.


Transport to and from airports

You can also travel to and from the other airports by public transport:

  • Belfast International Airport: The Airbus service provides a public transport service by bus to and from Belfast International Airport from the Europa Bus Centre in cental Belfast.  From Belfast, there are services to many other towns and villages across Northern Ireland.
  • Belfast City Airport: Flexibus operate the Airlink every 20 minutes from the Airport terminal to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city.  No. 3 Metrobus operates every 20 minutes from Sydenham to City Hall. It is a five-minute walk from Airport terminal to the bus stop.  The "Airporter" service operates 9 coaches daily to Derry city.
  • Dublin Airport: can be reached using the Ulsterbus Goldline Express Service 200 from the Europa Bus centre. There are other services also, including Aircoach.
  • The Airporter Service travels to and from both Belfast Airports directly to Londonderry. Click here for a timetable. 


Crossing by Ferry

 Coast to Coast from Scotland to Northern Ireland in an hour!

Northern Ireland has first-class ferry connections with Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. New, high-speed vessels, enhanced on-board amenities, entertainment and shopping, together with lower prices, make the car ferry a very attractive way to go.

Port information can be obtained from Northern Ireland’s two ports, the Port of Larne and Belfast Harbour.


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