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How to get from Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre

Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland. It has a rich history and is fast becoming one of the most visited sites in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Between its stunning, rugged landscape and its hauntingly beautiful murals and buildings, there’s something for everyone to discover.

There are 3 different ways to make your transfer from George Best Airport, also known as Belfast City Airport, to Belfast City Centre; taxi, bus or train. The quickest and most convenient transfer option is taking a Belfast City Airport taxi or private transfer, which takes about 10 minutes to reach the city centre and costs around £38.00 (€45.00). Another good transfer option is the Airport Express 600 Service bus, which takes just 10 minutes to reach the city centre and costs £2.60 (€3.00). Your final, and admittedly the least convenient option, is to take the train from the Sydenham train station, which is an 8-minute train trip but may involve a wait time of up to 30 minutes and could require an additional mode of transportation to get to your hotel; it costs £2.00 (€2.40).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €6.20 10min 05:30–22:18
Taxi €45.00 10min 24/7
Train €4.80 8min 06:36–10:51

How to get from Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre by bus

The transfer option that offers the best value for money is the A600 bus that runs from Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre. Buses depart every 30 minutes and take about 10 minutes to reach the centre, with tickets costing £2.60 (€3.10).

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

A ticket for the bus from George Best Airport to Belfast City Centre will cost you £2.60 (€3.10) one way or £4.00 (€4.80) for a return. Tickets are available from the tourist information desk located in arrivals, or from the driver on board.

Cost

£2.60 (€3.10)

Trip Duration

10 Min.

During peak times buses run every 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The A600 bus from George Best airport to Belfast city centre is available from 05:30 to 22:18.

Where do I get it from?

The Airport Express 600 bus stop is right in front of the terminal building.

Value for Money

Taking the bus is an inexpensive way to get from Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre and it takes the same time as a taxi ride. However, bear in mind that you might have to wait up to 30 minutes to board, and you might need to take another mode of transportation to get from the bus stop to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Unless your hotel is far from the city centre, the bus transfer is the best option if you’re travelling light, solo or are on a tight budget. Do keep in mind, on Sundays the service is not as regular as it is on weekdays.

Useful Tips

Contactless payments have been introduced onboard, so passengers can use a contactless credit/debit card or smart device to pay their bus fare.
On Sundays, the service is much more limited, so ensure you consider that when planning your trip.
There is not a lot of room to store luggage items on the bus.

How to get from George Best Airport to Belfast City Centre by taxi

The most convenient way to get from George Best Airport to the city centre is by taking an airport taxi or private transfer. Taxis are available 24/7 and are perfect for groups and travellers with lots of luggage.

Taxi fares from George Best Airport to Belfast City Centre

There is no set fare from George Best Airport to Belfast City Centre. Your fare will depend on several factors: the vehicle size, the time of day, the number of passengers, and your final destination in the city. However, a taxi from George Best Airport to the city centre usually costs around £38.00 (€45.00).

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 City Airport.

Where do I get it from?

There are two taxi ranks located at the front of the terminal building and sheltered waiting areas located next to them.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the most convenient way to get from George Best Airport to the city centre. You won’t need to worry about the rain pouring down on you or long waiting times!

Editor’s Note

Since George Best Airport is located so close to the city centre, a bus ride will take you almost the same time as a taxi ride. If your accommodation is close to the Europa Buscentre, it might make sense for you to book a bus ticket and save some money.

Useful Tips

WIth some local cab companies, a £2.50 (€3.00) surcharge applies for pick-ups at the rank located at the front of the airport terminal building.
Although tipping a taxi driver in Northern Ireland is completely optional, rounding up the fare is considered polite.
There's a variety of different sized vehicles available for hire. Make sure to book the right vehicle for your needs!

How to get from George Βest airport to city centre by train

The slowest and least convenient option due to the long wait times between trains is to take the train from Sydenham station. Once you get on it takes about 8 minutes to reach Belfast at £2.00 (€2.40) per passenger.

How much is the train from Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre?

A train ticket from Sydenham train station to Belfast City Centre will cost you £2.00 (€2.40) one way. You can buy yours at the station or pre-book online.

Cost

£2.00 (€2.40)

Trip Duration

8 Mins.

Trains run every 30 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The train from George Βest airport to city centre is available from 06:36 to 22:51.

Where do I get it from?

The Sydenham train station is located approximately 1 kilometre away from the terminal and you can get there on foot or by shuttle. Please note there is a footbridge on the way which passengers must cross when going to or coming from the airport.

Convenience

Most people consider that the A600 bus service, as mentioned above, is comparatively an easier public transport method, as the train could involve longer wait times and potentially a train change, or a combination with a bus, to reach your exact destination after arriving at Lanyon Place station.

Editor’s Note

The price difference between the train and the bus fare is minimal but there's a big difference in terms of convenience and time-effectiveness. You should probably choose the bus unless you plan to take an onward train connection from the city centre.

Useful Tips

We advise passengers to avoid this transport option if they have reduced mobility or find it difficult to use steps.
The road that leads to the train station has a lot of fast-moving traffic so if you're travelling with kids or pets, they might get nervous.
A shuttle bus is available between the airport and Sydenham train station.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Belfast City Airport from Belfast City Centre?

Belfast City Airport is located only 5 kilometres away from the city centre of Belfast. The journey from George Best (BHD) Airport to the city centre will take around 10 minutes at normal traffic, if done by taxi or a private transfer.

What is the Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre taxi fare?

There isn’t a set-rate fare for your Belfast City airport to Belfast city centre transfer. Your fare will depend on a few factors, such as the time you’re travelling, the number of travellers and the size of the vehicle. If you’d prefer a fixed rate you can rely on, you can plan ahead and pre-book your Belfast City Airport transfer with Welcome Pickups to avoid any surprises.

Is there a bus from Belfast City Airport to Belfast City Centre?

Yes, there is the Airport Express 600 Service bus which runs every 30 minutes at peak times. It takes about 10 minutes to get from George Best airport to Belfast city centre by bus (excluding waiting times), and a single ticket costs £2.50 (€3.00).

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