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Transfer Options from Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Centre

Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations across the UK and Ireland, thanks to its rich history that dates centuries back. Belfast is well known for its many attractions such as the Titanic Quarter, beer tours and more. Whether you like shopping, history or art, the city offers something for everyone.




There are two ways to make your transfer from Belfast International Airport to the city centre; taxi and bus. The quickest and most convenient transfer option is taking a Belfast International airport taxi or private transfer, as that would take you to the city centre in approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the Airport Express 300 bus line, which takes 40 minutes to reach Belfast city and costs £8.00 (€10.00).

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Belfast at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €19.00 40min 07:20–23:55
Taxi €45.00 30min 24/7

How to get from Belfast International Airport to the city centre by bus

The cheapest way to get from Belfast International Airport to the city centre is via bus. Buses depart every 15 minutes and take about 40 minutes to reach Belfast, with tickets costing £8.00 (€9.50).

How much is the bus from Belfast International Airport to the city centre?

A one-way ticket for the bus from Belfast International Airport to Belfast city centre will cost you just £8.00 (€9.50). Tickets are available from the Tourist Information desk in arrivals or from the driver.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
Cost

£8.00 (€9.50)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

At peak times, there's a wait time of up to 15 minutes for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus from Belfast International Airport to the city centre is available from 07:20 to 23:55.

Where do I get it from?

The Airport Express 300 bus stop is right in front of the terminal building, opposite the main exit.

Value for Money

Taking the bus is the most inexpensive way to get from Belfast International Airport to the city centre. Provided you arrive at peak times, you won’t have to wait long to get on board as buses come every 15 minutes. However, once you reach the train station in the city centre, you will need to take another mode of transportation to get to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

The bus is the most inexpensive way to get from Belfast Airport to the City Centre for lone travellers. However, if you're travelling in a large group, it might be cost-effective to hire a taxi.

Useful Tips

Outside peak times buses run every 30 to 50 minutes.
There's very limited luggage storage on the buses.
The Airport Express 300 is operated by low floor vehicles.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Belfast. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Prices

DAYTIME
€45.0
NIGHTTIME
€54.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Belfast International Airport to the city centre by taxi

The quickest and most convenient way to get from Belfast Airport to Belfast city centre is taking an airport taxi or private transfer. Bear in mind that only taxis approved by the Belfast International Airport are allowed to use the taxi rank at BFS. Taxis are available 24/7 and are perfect for travellers with large to heavy luggage items.

Taxi fare from Belfast Airport to Belfast city centre

There is no set fare from Belfast Airport to the city centre. The local drivers will calculate your fare based on several variables, including vehicle size, the time of day, the number of passengers, and your intended destination in the city centre. However, a taxi from Belfast International Airport to Belfast city usually costs around £38.00 (€45.00). A list of suggested cab fares is on display at the exit hall of the Terminal.

Cost

£38 (€45)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Belfast International Airport

Where do I get it from?

The International Airport Taxi Company, which is the official taxi service of the BFS airport, can be found outside the door on the left of the Exit lobby. You can hire a taxi as required, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the most pleasant way to get from Belfast Airport to the City Centre. Not only you won’t need to wait in the cold for the bus, but also the taxi driver will take you directly to your doorstep!

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi is pleasant and convenient, if you're alone, on a tight budget or are travelling light, taking the bus from Belfast Airport to the city centre will be a longer but admittedly more cost-effective option for you.

Useful Tips

A taxi share scheme is available in the city for those who wish to use it.
The larger the taxi you hire, the more it will cost.
Tipping a taxi driver in Northern Ireland is completely optional and entirely at your discretion.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Belfast International Airport to Belfast city centre?

The International Airport Taxi Company, the official taxi operator for Belfast Airport, doesn’t offer set-rate fees for your transfer. Standard taxis will assess your fare based on a few things, such as the time of day, the number of people aboard, and the size of the vehicle. If you’d prefer a set fare you can rely on, why not book your Belfast International Airport transfer with Welcome Pickups.

How much is a bus from Belfast International Airport to Belfast city centre?

A one-way ticket for the bus from Belfast International Airport to the city centre costs £8.00 (€9.50) per traveller.

How long does it take to get from Belfast International Airport to Belfast city centre?

Belfast International Airport is located 31.5 km away from the city centre of Belfast. The journey from Belfast International Airport to the city centre will take around 30 minutes in a taxi or by private transfer and around 40 minutes if you take the Airport Express 300 bus.

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