Voted the world’s best region to visit in 2020 by travel guides, Belfast is teeming with Irish pubs, hip restaurants, boutique hotels and concert venues. Not to be missed is Titanic Belfast, a multimedia museum dedicated to the sunken liner. Make sure you also visit the Ulster Museum which packs in 9,000 years of Irish history.
On the road
Cheap flights to Belfast can open up a whole world of geological and cultural marvels.
Get out of the city and hit the Causeway Coast for Game of Thrones locations and UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giant's Causeway, made up of 40,000 basalt columns.
When to go
The best time of the year to visit is April to September – officially British Summer Time. This is when the days are longest, temperatures are highest, reaching a peak of 15 degrees Celsius in July, and Mother Nature is at her most enticing. You’ll find crowds drinking Guinness in beer gardens or relaxing in the parks, and there’s the annual community festival Féile an Phobail in August.
For lovers of the great outdoors, autumn and winter can be a magical for return flights to Belfast, and since it’s low season you’re more likely to find great deals on last minute flights. Check out the Gruffalo Trail at Colin Glen Forest, where you’ll come face-to-face with an eight-metre-tall Gruffalo, or strike out for the Belfast Hills with their jaw-dropping scenery.
Whatever month you decide to travel, the weather can be erratic and rainfall is one thing you always have to consider when booking flights to Belfast, so packing an umbrella is never a bad idea.
Airports and airlines
Let Netflights help you find return flights to Belfast. Booking early is key to finding low fares, but you may still find bargains on last minute flights. It is best to depart during the week if possible, as midweek Belfast flights will often be cheaper and less crowded than direct flights at weekends.
Belfast City Airport (BHD)
Closest to the city centre at only three miles away is George Best Belfast City Airport, named after the international football star. Aer Lingus, British Airways and Flybe all offer direct flights to Belfast from UK destinations including Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London City, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. View more flights to Belfast City Airport.
Belfast International Airport (BFS)
Belfast International Airport is near Antrim, 18 miles north-west of Belfast. It is Northern Ireland’s busiest airport, although the majority of its air traffic is domestic. If you’re looking for budget Belfast flights, it is served by several low-cost airlines including Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways and Wizz Air. View more flights to Belfast International Airport.
Getting around the airports
There is only one terminal at both Belfast City and Belfast International, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or waylaid. You’ll find currency exchanges, ATMs, information centres, lost and found, as well as a range of tasty places to eat and drink, including an Irish pub, as well as shops where you can stock up on all your last-minute extras after check-in.
Getting to the city from the airports
Both airports offer a number of transport options to reach the city centre. At Belfast International Airport, you can hail a taxi, hire a car or use the Airport Express 300 bus service, which operates a regular service. From George Best International, you have the option of taxi, car hire or train. The airport has a free shuttle to Sydenham train station, which whisks you to Belfast Central in six minutes.
Don't forget before you fly
Belfast is in the United Kingdom, which currently remains a member of the European Union. No visas are required if you’re travelling with an EU passport, but other countries’ passports may require a visa. You can check whether you need to apply for a visa on the official UK government website.