Belfast International Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: BT29 4AB

Belfast International Airport is the main air gateway to Northern Ireland and the second busiest airport in the whole of Ireland after Dublin, with over 4.1 million passengers in 2011.

How to get there

Belfast International is situated in the heart of Northern Ireland, 18 miles north-west of the capital city.
 
Car
Drivers can reach the airport by taking the M2 and A57 roads or the M1 and A26 from the south and west. Over 8,000 parking spaces are available just outside the terminal entrance, with long-stay rates starting from £5 a day for customers who pre-book.
 
Bus
Regular bus services depart from the front of the terminal building and take passengers to Belfast, Lisburn and Londonderry. From these locations, travellers can reach the rest of Northern Ireland and access extensive public transport networks.
 
Taxi
The International Airport Taxi Company is Belfast International's official taxi operator and provides cars from just outside the exit lobby 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The airport

Travellers can surf the web before boarding flights from the airport at pay-as-you-go internet access points located in the main departure lounge.
 
Mobile broadband is also available with BT Openzone, with a wireless network encompassing the entire site so passengers can head online, send emails and find out more about their destination from any seating area in the terminal building.
 
The airport's Aelia duty-free store sells everything from perfumes, clothing and jewellery to spirits and confectionery, with plenty of discounts and bargains to be found on products from brands such as Chanel, Clarins and Swarovski.
 
Starbucks, Burger King and Caffe Ritazza are among the venues on offer to travellers who want to get a quick drink or snack to take away. Sit-down meals are also available at these and other outlets such as Fed and Watered and the Strangford Grill.

Other facilities

The Change Group operates two foreign exchange desks at Belfast International Airport, one just before the main security search area and the other in international arrivals.
 
Corporate and leisure customers alike can make use of the Business Lounge, a dedicated area located just beyond the tax-free shopping outlets. Guests can get their journey off to a relaxing start by sitting down with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or some complimentary snacks and refreshments.
 
The airport offers many other facilities that could prove useful for travellers, including baby change points in the main arrivals hall and the domestic and international departure lounges, a luggage weighing system and a dedicated service for people with reduced mobility.

Direct Flights travel tip

The range of shops at Belfast International Airport includes The Irish Quarter, where consumers can browse through a selection of last-minute gifts and souvenirs including George Best T-shirts and Guinness memorabilia.

Hotels nearby

Situated just 50 metres from the airport's main terminal is the Park Plaza Belfast, a hotel with 106 guestrooms, including superior and executive suites.
 
The Hilton Templepatrick Hotel and Country Club offers a slice of luxury - with amenities including a woodland golf course, a swimming pool and tennis courts - 15 minutes' drive from Belfast International.
 
Also within a short drive of the base are the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick and the Holiday Inn Express Antrim.