Air Travel

Scheduled services from the United States and Canada are mostly routed through Dublin, Glasgow, London, or Manchester. Frequent services to Belfast's two airports are scheduled throughout the day from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Luton (all of which have fast coordinated subway or rail connections to central London) and from 17 other U.K. airports.


Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is the North's principal airport, 30½ km (19 miles) north of town. George Best Belfast City Airport is the secondary airport, 6½ km (4 miles) east of the city. It receives flights from U.K. provincial airports, from London's Gatwick and Heathrow, and from Stansted and Luton (both near London). City of Derry Airport is 8 km (5 miles) from Derry and receives flights from Glasgow, Liverpool, and London. United Airlines and several Europe-based airlines are the major carriers serving Northern Ireland's airports.

Airport Information

Belfast International Airport at Aldergove. 028/9448–4848;

City of Derry Airport. 028/7181–0784;

George Best Belfast City Airport. 028/9093–9093;

Airline Information

Aer Arann. 018/447–700;

Aer Lingus. 0333/004–5000;

British Airways. 0844/493–0787;

EasyJet. 084/3104–5000;

Flybe. 0371/700–2000;

Jet2. 0800/408–1350;

Ryanair. 0871/246–0000;

United. 0845/607–6760;

Airport Transfers

Ulsterbus, a branch of Translink, operates Airport Express 300 buses (one-way £7, round-trip £10) several times an hour between Belfast International Airport and Belfast city center (6:50 am–6:15 pm), and Airport Express 600 buses between George Best Belfast City Airport and the city center (one-way £2.20, round-trip £3.30; weekdays every 20 minutes, 6 am–10:05 pm). From the City Airport, you can also travel into Belfast by train from Sydenham Halt to Central Station or catch a taxi from the airport to your hotel. Value Cabs serves both Belfast airports. The fare from Belfast International to Belfast city center is around £25; from Belfast City Airport to the city center is around £6.

If you arrive at the City of Derry Airport, you may need to call a taxi to get to your destination. The fare for Foyle cabs is about £12 to the city center. A direct bus service, the Airporter, links Derry with both Belfast International and George Best Belfast City airports (one-way £17.50, round-trip £27.50).

Airport Transfer Contacts

Airporter. Belfast, 028/7126–9996;

City Cabs. Derry, 028/7126–4466;

Foyle Taxis. Newmarket St., Derry, 028/7127–9999;

Eglinton Taxis. Derry, 028/7181–1231.

Translink Airport Services. Belfast, 028/9066–6630;

Value Cabs. Belfast, Co. Antrim, 028/9080–9080;

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