Belfast Airport Mini Guide
Tell me About the Airport…
George Best Belfast City Airport, in Northern Ireland, was renamed in 2006, in honour of the famous footballer. The airport is only 5km from the city and lies next to the port.
How do I get There?
There are scheduled, charter and budget operators, offering flights to most airports in the UK
. You can also travel to major cities and holiday resorts in Europe, although these are often seasonal. There is a daily flight to New York, making the USA accessible. Destinations further afield can be reached via the major airports in the UK.
How do I get to the City From the Airport?
If you’d like to travel by bus, take route 300 from the just opposite the terminal to the Europa Bus Centre. This Airport Express service runs every 15 minutes throughout the day and takes approximately 30-40 minutes. There is also Metrobus 3A, that takes you from Sydenham to Belfast City Hall, every 20 minutes. If you have hired a car you can take the A2 by-pass into the city, it takes about 10 minutes.
Facilities at the Airport
In arrivals, you will find a visitor information desk, they can provide you with details of hotels, local transport and attractions in the area. If you need to check some emails, Wi-Fi is available and in departures there are pay as you go internet access points. There are two currency exchange desks and cash machines in the terminal. If you wish to relax before your flight, there is an Executive Lounge, with complementary drinks and snacks, freshly brewed coffee and free internet access (fee payable). If you have hired a car, the car hire desks are situated in the arrivals area and you will be met by a representative.
I'm Hungry, What can I eat?
Before checking in, you may like to have a coffee at Café Rittazza. In departures you can go to Starbucks or Burger King for a quick bite, or the Lagan Bar for a quick drink. If you have more time, head for the Strangford Grill for a traditional Irish breakfast or a hearty dish, like steak pie. Fed and Watered offers local style light bites and main meals in a wine bar setting.
Can I Shop?
If you need to buy a few last minute holiday essentials, like mini toiletries, first aid supplies or sun screen, go to Boots or Superdrug, they have everything you could need! At WHSmith, you can buy the latest bestselling novel, your favourite newspaper or grab a bottle of water and a snack. For local products and a perfect gift, take a look in Irish Quarter, where they have items from Guinness, Killarney Crystal and SD Bells. The Aelia Duty Free shop has everything you could want, from luxury fashion, jewellery and bags to all the latest cosmetic ranges and fragrances from the likes of Chanel and Clarins.
What if I Need Special Assistance?
OCS can provide assistance from your arrival/departure at the terminal and to/from the aircraft. There is a special assistance desk on the left side of the check-in hall. Helplines are located around the terminal ( they are indicated by yellow signage) and there is a loop system for those with impaired hearing. Wheelchairs are available at the airport for those passengers with reduced mobility.