GETTING TO BELFAST
To get to Belfast, you can choose from three airports, sea crossings from Scotland and England, and a direct rail link from Dublin. You can also fly direct to Belfast from over twenty European cities and a number of North American locations.
George Best Belfast City Airport
The airport is situated just 3 miles (5km) 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 30 minutes Monday to Friday and with different times on Saturdays and Sundays. Taxis are also available and the approximate cost to the city centre is £10, including a £2 surcharge.
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is 13 miles (21 km) northwest of Belfast, and a 30 minute drive from the City Centre via the M2 Motorway. The Airport Express 300 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. You can also book a taxi in advance via Airporter, Belfast Airport Taxis or Value Cabs (T: +44 28 9080 9080)
Dublin International Airport
Dublin International Airport is 95 miles (150km) and c.90 minutes drive via the M1 motorway, and serves a wide variety of European and North American Cities, as well as some Middle East and Asian ones. There are a number of bus services between Dublin International Airport and Belfast City Centre:
Belfast is easily accessed by sea with crossings from both Scotland and England. Fast ferry services including Stena Line and P&O Ferries make multiple daily crossings from Northern Ireland to ports in Scotland and England. The two main Belfast routes are from Liverpool and Cairnryan, both provided by Stena Line. An alternative route runs from Holyhead to Dublin, with excellent motorway connections between there and Belfast.
The Enterprise train service (provided jointly by Translink and Irish Rail) from Connolly Station in Dublin to Belfast's Lanyon Place runs eight times daily (five times on Sunday) and takes approximately 2 hours. An Enterprise ticket includes free onward rail travel from Belfast Central Station to Titanic Quarter Station (train stop for Titanic Belfast visitor attraction) as well as a free Metro Bus services from Belfast Central Station to the city centre.
TRAVEL WITHIN BELFAST
The Metrobus service provides travel throughout the greater Belfast area.
Local taxis are inexpensive but with the exception of the ‘Black Taxis’ (which look like the famous London taxis) cannot be flagged down. Instead, you should call Value Cabs at +44 28 9080 9080 or Fonacab at +4428 9033 3333 and give your location and destination. They usually arrive within minutes.
The Belfast Bikes scheme came to Queen's in 2015, with two docking stations on campus. One is opposite the main QUB entrance, and the other is at the McClay library. The scheme enables you to collect a bike from one docking station and leave it somewhere else in town.
WALKING AROUND QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
A useful Campus Walkabout Guide is here
Additional information about getting to Belfast is available here