The port capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast offers an intriguing blinding blend of modern culture and architectural heritage. The city’s colourful and often turbulent history is evident in everything from its Edwardian townhouses to the trendy bars dotting cobbled streets, as well as in its ultramodern Titanic Quarter. This recently completed waterside development is home to historic landmarks, modern apartments and state of the art entertainment facilities.
Although the capital has plenty to offer all year round, the summer is undoubtedly the most popular season. The city is also alive with festivals in the spring and autumn, such as St Patrick’s Day, which takes place in March.
For this reason, the cheapest flights to Belfast can usually be found from December to February when the weather gets a little rainy and the locals hunker down beside a roaring fire with a creamy pint of Guinness.
However, so long as you book far enough in advance, you should be able to find cheap flights to Belfast all year round.
To easily spot the cheapest flights, we’ve included a drop-down filter, allowing you to sort deals by price. In addition, by selecting ‘Nearby Airports’ beneath the departure location on the search panel, you may find cheaper deals from other airports near to you.
Whatever time of year you want to visit, book as early as you can – this is particularly beneficial if you’re planning to come in summer, or during one of the city’s annual festivals.
All flights to Belfast land at one of two airports. You will either fly to Belfast International (BFS) or George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD). Belfast International is the busier of the two airports. The smaller airport, George Best Belfast City, is located closer to the city centre.
In order to secure the cheapest flights, be sure to run searches on both destinations.
As Belfast lies on a domestic route, both serve budget airlines throughout the year.
It is just 13 miles by road from Belfast International Airport to the city centre. Boasting excellent taxi and bus connections, this is the best approach for most visitors. At the entrance to the terminal building you will find an Airport Express 300 service, which takes 30-40 minutes to reach the city. There are also trains available from the nearby Sydenham railway station, which will have you in the heart of Belfast in no time at all.
An Airport Express 600 bus service operates from George Best Belfast City Airport.
Belfast is a small city, so once you’re here, you should easily be able to explore on foot.
Whether you’re seeking heritage, nature, fine dining or a romantic spot to while away a weekend, you’ll find it in Northern Ireland.
Be sure to visit the recently opened Titanic Museum to learn all about the ill-fated liner, which was built here. The building itself is an architectural marvel, channelling the history of engineering and innovation that this great city prides itself on.
The city also has a longstanding seafood tradition, meaning a guided food tour could be on the cards.
You could also hop on a bike to explore the city’s cobbled streets, or discover the places that inspired C.S. Lewis to pen his renowned chronicles of Narnia.
It is advisable to have both pounds and Euros in the Republic of Ireland.