George Best Belfast City Airport
General Information telephone: 028 9093 9093
If you’re getting the train book a ticket for Sydenham and catch a shuttle bus from there to the airport terminal. There’s a train running every half an hour between Belfast Central station, Belfast City railway station and Sydenham station, run by Translink. Trains run between 6am and 11pm weekdays and Saturdays, and there’s an hourly service on Sundays between 9am and ten in the evening. This service costs around £1.40. From Belfast Central railway station Ireland is your oyster. The Irish rail network is efficient and fast.
Belfast City Airport has a good selection of buses in and out of the city. The Express 600 service runs every twenty minutes from Sydenham to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre, in the city centre right next to the Europa Hotel. This bus runs between 6am and five past ten every day, £2.20 return. The Metrobus Number 3 runs every 20 minutes from Sydenham train station, taking you to Belfast City Hall. Between 9am and 5.30 it runs every 10 minutes, dropping you a short distance from the airport terminal. The Airporter bus runs nine daily coaches, all bound for Londonderry.
Belfast City Airport sits on the A2 Sydenham Bypass between Belfast and Holyrood. Just follow the line of Belfast Lough’s southern shore and you won’t go far wrong! If you’re coming in on the main M1 or M2 motorways, follow the signs to the A2 via the M3. Belfast City Airport website includes an efficient online journey planner which is worth a go. If you’re the proud owner of a Sat Nav, just plug in the postcode: BT3 9JH. If you’re planning to hire a car when you get there you have a good choice of five car hire companies on site, right next to the terminal.
There’s plenty of good value parking at the airport. Belfast City also offers good access, facilities and support for disabled passengers and visitors. They’ve provided special bays in the short stay car park, conveniently placed between the main gate and the terminal. If you need help, just ask their friendly staff using a car park telephone point.
The Short Stay Car Park is easy to find… once you’re inside the airport, it’s the first one you come across on the right. To find the main long stay car park, carry on past the terminal building. Whichever you need, both car parks are well signposted. The long stay car park is a good distance from the terminal, but rest easy – there’s a smart, clean courtesy bus every fifteen minutes. It’ll pick you up from any of the car park’s three bus stops and at you can also pick it up at a convenient stop right outside the terminal’s main entrance.
Parking come complete with a brilliant credit card entry and exit system. To enter, just use your credit or debit card in the machine on the way in and out. Swipe and go! The machine issues an automatic receipt, especially helpful for business travellers. One thing; you’ll be charged a 3% processing fee.
The airport is well stocked with good shops full of useful travel and gift-related stuff and there are plenty of friendly, smart bars and places to eat. There’s a cashpoint machine or two on the ground floor of the terminal, one at wheelchair level. There’s a Bureau de Change on the ground floor too, for last minute money changing. Belfast City Airport belongs to the BT Openzone network so you get great free wireless LAN connection in the main departure lounge on the ground floor. You’ll also pick up wireless access in the restaurant and bar area on the first floor, and anywhere in the Conference Centre.
The airport takes good care of disabled passengers and visitors, business or pleasure. The terminal building ground and first floors, all the car parks and paved areas are designed with easy access in mind. They’ve got an efficient, covered ambi-lift and there are plenty of toilet facilities on the ground and floors. And if you’re hard of hearing there’s a text phone at the information desk. The airport also has fantastic conference facilities, well known as an unforgettably comfortable and efficient place for seminars, conferences and meetings.