Belfast airport (BFS)

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Belfast International Airport, also known as Aldergrove Airport and opened on October 28, 1963, is the largest in Northern Ireland and one of the busiest in the United Kingdom. It operates with domestic flights and international destinations within Europe, North America and the Caribbean.

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Number of Terminals
- 1 - Open 24 hours a day.
Airlines: BH Air, EasyJet,, Luxair, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, TUI Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Wizz Air.
Annual passenger traffic: More than 5.1 million passengers went through it in 2016.
Tel: +44 289 448 4848. Information and tourist desk in the Arrivals Hall, available Mondays through Fridays between 7:30 am and 7:00 pm, Saturdays from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.


The airport is situated 21 km (14 miles) to the northwest of Belfast.

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There are car rental counters in the Arrivals Hall.

Budget (Tel +44 289 442 3332 / 500 933 700 - 7:30 am to 11:00 pm)
Enterprise/National/Alamo (Tel +44 289 445 1940 - 6:30 am to 11:00 pm)
Europcar (Tel +44 289 445 9747 - 7:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Hertz (Tel +44 289 442 2533 - 7:00 am to 11:30 pm)


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The airport has ATMs, currency exchange bureaus (5:00 am to 8:00 pm) and Wi-Fi access free of charge for 2 hours. The Maldron Hotel, situated nearby, has meeting and conference rooms. The Causeway Lounge is located next to gates 16 and 17 and opens from 5:00 am to 9:15 pm; it provides Wi-Fi, charging stations, TV, newspapers and magazines, buffet, complimentary bar, computers, fax, air conditioning (accessible with Priority Pass, Lounge Club, DragonPass or Diners Club membership, or through online booking).

Food and Drinks- Throughout the terminal there are bars, coffee shops, a fast food outlet and a restaurant.
Shopping- Duty-free articles on level 2. There are also retailers selling gifts, books, press, electronics, clothing and accessories.
Baggage- Left luggage service and lost and found office in the Arrivals Hall, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (Tel +44 778 633 3179).
Other Services- Baby changing facilities, gas station, prayer room, smoking area, pharmacy.


Bus - The Airport Express 300 from Translink (Tel +44 289 066 6630) runs every 20-30 minutes to Templepatrick, Castle Court and Europa Buscentre, in downtown Belfast, with a trip of 30-40 min. and a fare of £7.50. It operates between 5:00 am and 0:15 am. The Ulsterbus 109A connects the airport with Lisburn train station (45 min.) and Antrim bus terminal (10 min.) It leaves Mondays through Saturdays between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, with a frequency of 1 hour.
Buses from Airporter (Tel +44 287 126 9996) head for Derry and Londonderry from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm (Saturdays until 8:45 pm). The fare is £20.00 and travel time is 1 hour and 30 min. They also go to Belfast City Airport (£10.00; 30 min.)
Further information

Taxi - The official operator is Belfast Airport Taxis (Tel +44 289 448 4353) and has cabs outside the Arrivals area 24 hours a day. The journey to Belfast city centre takes 25 minutes.


Several parking areas are available inside the enclosure. Fees

Main Car Park - Directly in front of the main building, with CCTV and security staff 24 hours a day.
Long Stay Car Park - With courtesy shuttle buses. The first 15 minutes have no charge.
Short Stay Car Park - 1-2 min. away from the terminal.
Park and Fly - Secure, low-cost lot for short and long stays, connected to the main building through free shuttles.


Passengers requiring special assistance should inform their airline about their particular needs at the time of their booking or at least 48 hours in advance. Inside the enclosure there are lifts, adapted toilets and telephones, and designated parking spaces. More information: Tel +44 289 448 4957.