Map of Belfast - Conference venues and recommended hotels.
There are two airports in Belfast. International travellers can also fly into Dublin and take a bus to Belfast.
Belfast City Airport (Airport Code: BHD)
It is a regional airport serving a range of destinations, mainly in Great Britain and Ireland.
Belfast City Airport – Destination Map
Approved taxis operate from the airport taxi rank directly outside the terminal building.
The approximate cost to Belfast city centre is £8.00.
All of the taxis are wheelchair-friendly.
The Airport Express service operates every 20 minutes from outside the airport to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city. The service, Airport Express 600, operates between 0530 and 2205, and costs £2.00 single and £3.00 return. For further information and timetable details click here.
Belfast International Airport (Airport Code: BFS)
Belfast International Airport is located centrally within Northern Ireland and is also convenient to the border regions of the Republic of Ireland. Belfast city centre is just 20 minutes away by car.
Belfast International Airport – Destination Map
Airport Express service operates a 24 hour service between the airport and Belfast with buses departing every 10 minutes throughout the day. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit. Please board when you leave the terminal. Approximate journey time 30-40 minutes subject to traffic conditions.
Tickets are available from the tourist information desk in arrivals or from the driver.
Airport to Belfast: £7.00 (single) £10.00 (return)
The Airport Express service terminates at the Europa Buscentre (map). From here public taxis are available at the taxi rank on Great Victoria Street in front of the Europa Hotel. A typical fare to the conference venue (Wellington Park Hotel) is approximately £6.
The International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the airport, are available for hire outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby. Only taxis approved by BIA are permitted to use the taxi rank. A list of sample fares is displayed in the exit hall of the terminal building. The fare to Belfast City Centre is approximately £25.00.
For bookings, contact the Belfast International Airport Taxi Company on +44 (0)28 9448 4353.
Dublin Airport (Airport Code: DUB)
Dublin airport is 7 miles north of Dublin and is the home base for the national airline Aer Lingus and the budget airline Ryanair.
The airport is very easily accessible, it is next to highway M1 and the exit is on the ring road of Dublin (M50).
There are many bus connections between Dublin Airport and various destinations in Ireland. AirCoach provides a 24-hour coach service between Dublin Airport and Dublin city.
Further five routes serve Dublin’s top hotels and places of business, Cork, and Belfast.
AirCoach provides a direct link between Belfast City Center and Dublin Airport for €15 single and €22 return.
Dublin Airport to Belfast: - Service starts at 07:00hrs and the last services is at 21.00hrs.
Belfast to Dublin Airport: - Service starts at 07:00hrs and the last service is at 21.00hrs.
AirCoach Dublin-Belfast-Dublin Timetable
The AirCoach service terminates at Jurys Inn Belfast (map). From here public taxis are available in front of Jurys Hotel or at the taxi rank on Great Victoria Street in front of the Europa Hotel. A typical fare to the conference venue (Wellington Park Hotel) is approximately £6.
Car rental - Dublin Airport
Car rental companies at Dublin Airport are: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Murrays and National, you can rent a car on site with these companies, but there are also a considerable number of counters for companies where you can book in advance: Argus, Atlas, Dan Dooley, Hamills, Malone, Sixt and Thrifty . You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several car rental providers in a single quote.
Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall. All taxis have meters but they are only used for destinations in the so-called Dublin City Taxi Metered Area. Apart from that you must negotiate the price beforehand, a ride to the center of Dublin costs approximately €20.00, but there may be an extra charge for baggage there is also an added surcharge for evenings and weekends.
Other Transportations to Belfast
Train / Bus
Rent a Car
You can book a car from http://www.rentacar-uk.com/ and collect the car at the airport terminal . You can also rent a car at the terminal of both the City and International Airports.
A selection of tourist information provided by District Councils is listed below:
Some Places of Interests
Queen’s University Belfast
Queen's University Belfast has a record of academic achievement which stretches back more than 150 years. Founded by Queen Victoria, the Queen's University in Ireland, was designed to be a non
-denominational alternative to Trinity College Dublin which was controlled by the Anglican Church.
The University was made up of three Queen's Colleges - in Cork, Galway and Belfast. Although it was the first University in the north of Ireland, Queen's drew on a tradition of learning which goes back to 1810 and the foundation of the Belfast Academical Institution.
Founded in 1845, Queen's opened in 1849 when the first students entered the magnificent new college building designed and built by Charles Lanyon. Since then, the University estate has grown to more than 300 buildings - many of them listed for their architectural importance. The first batch of students numbered 90. Today there are over 24,000.
The hall is fronted by a statue of a rather dour 'we are not amused' Queen Victoria. The bronze figures on either side of her symbolise the textile and shipbuilding industries, while the child at the back represents education. At the northeastern corner of the grounds is a statue of Sir Edward Harland, the Yorkshire-born marine engineer who founded the Harland & Wolff shipyards and who served as mayor of Belfast in 1885-86. To his south stands a memorial to the victims of the Titanic.
The Belfast Wheel
The Big Wheel stands 200 feet high in the grounds of the City Hall. If you are brave with a head for heights, join the queue and take a capsule on the Big Wheel. The circular tour lasts fifteen minutes and from this height, you will see the entire city and beyond (further information).
Belfast Titanic Trail
Take a journey through the history of shipbuilding in Belfast, and in particular, the story of the firm which built Titanic, Harland and Wolff. Learn about Titanic itself, from the visionaries who conceived her, to the men who designed and built her, to her ill-fated maiden voyage. . The Titanic was a remarkable ship and , despite her tragic sinking five days later, she remains a source of enduring pride in the City where she was built – Belfast.
The Crown Bar
The Crown Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street, Belfast is one of Victorian gin palaces which once flourished in the industrial cities of Britain. Today wonderfully preserved and owned by the National Trust, the Crown is still well used by the people of Belfast.
Extensive renovation between 1978 and 1988 has left the interior comfortably modern rather than intriguingly antique, and the castle is now a popular venue for wedding receptions.
Upstairs is the Cave Hill Visitor Centre with a few displays on the folklore, history, archaeology and natural history of the park. Downstairs is the Cellar Restaurant and a small antiques shop (hnoon-22:00 Mon-Sat, noon-17:00 Sun). Legend has it that the castle's residents will experience good fortune only as long as a white cat lives there, a tale commemorated in the beautiful formal gardens by nine portrayals of cats in mosaic, painting, sculpture and garden furniture.
The Giant's Causeway
The Giant's Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. Geological studies of these formations over the last 300 years have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50–60 million years ago.
Whiskey Tours is the exclusive online destination for Irelands three top tourist destinations. Each unique centre recreates the tradition that is Irish Whiskey with complimentary Whiskey tasting after each guided tour. Please check the virtual tour here.
Ever since the opening of Odyssey, Belfast's millennium building, Ice Hockey has becoming an increasingly popular spectator's sport. The Odyssey Arena is the home to the Belfast Giants who play in the Sekonda Ice Hockey Superleague.