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Belfast City Airport Departures Information

Belfast City Airport, also known as George Best Airport is one of two airports serving Belfast, this is the closest airport to Belfast, just five miles away. There is just one terminal at Belfast City Airport, in the check-in hall you will find a WHSmith, Costa Coffee, and a Travelex Currency Exchange. In the departures lounge shops and places to eat to enjoy whilst waiting for your flight to board include WHSmith, World Duty Free, Boots, O'Brien's, Lavazza Coffee and Harvest Market. An Aspire premium lounge is available for those wishing to upgrade. Unlimited free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal for passengers.

When to check in at Belfast City Airport?

Check in and bag drop desks are located on the left of the check in hall.
Although check in times vary between airlines the general recommendation is to arrive at the airport least 90 minutes before a domestic flight within the UK and 2 hours before the scheduled departure time of flights to Europe. This differs if checking in online which is available with most airlines, if you're going to have hold luggage to check in you will need to confirm the bag drop desk closing times for your flight before planning your journey. Always allow enough time to proceed through security and locate your boarding gate.

Belfast City Airport Arrivals Information

If you're heading to Belfast City Airport to pick up friends or family up from the airport you can stay up to date with the latest flight status and expected arrival times with the table above.

The Arrivals Hall at Belfast City Airport exits into the check-in hall, here you can find car hire desks and tourist information points.

Although there are no hotels on the grounds of Belfast City Airport there is a Park Avenue Hotel just over a mile away and a Premier Inn at the Titanic Quarter, 2 miles away.

Pick up and drop off at Belfast City Airport

When dropping off or picking up passengers at Belfast City Airport you should head to the passenger set-down and pick up point which is a short walk from the terminal entrance. This is the closest point you can get to the airport, as the area in front of the airport is restricted. A 10 minute stay here is free of charge.
If you are picking up passengers and expect to stay more than 10 minutes you should use the short stay car park which is adjacent to the drop off parking bays.

Where should I park at Belfast City Airport?

Belfast City Airport has three car parks on site, one short stay car park, one main long stay car park and a fast track car park. Drive up parking is available at the car parks however booking in advance is recommended especially when staying for several days.
The closest car park to the airport is the Fast Track car park just a 2 minute walk away, pre-booking parking here comes with a complimentary security fast track pass so you can skip the queues at security and use a dedicated security lane. Short stay car park is a five minute walk via a covered walkway to the terminal. The cheapest car parking at Belfast City Airport is the Long Stay Car Park, this is a 5-10 minute walk away from the terminal building.

How to get to and from Belfast City Airport

At only five miles from Belfast city centre making the next leg of your journey into Belfast is relatively straight-forward.

Belfast City Airport by car

To reach Belfast from Belfast City Centre take the A2/Sydenham Bypass, this five mile drive will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
If you're hiring a car from Belfast City Airport the car hire desks for Europcar, Budget, Alamo, Hertz and InterRent are in the Arrivals Hall.

The postcode for Belfast City Airport for those using sat nav is BT3 9JH.

Belfast City Airport by train

There is no train station within the grounds of the airport, the nearest train station is Sydenham railway station on the Sydenham By-Pass, just half a mile away. There are train connections to Belfast, Bangor and Holywood every 30 minutes, from Belfast Central Station you can reach destinations throughout Northern Ireland.

Belfast Airport by bus/coach

Buses are the easiest way to get to Belfast city centre; the Airport Express 600 is the main direct bus service to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre with departures every 30 minutes, and every 40 minutes on Sunday between 5.45am and 9.25pm. A single fare is £2.50, tickets are available from the drive when boarding the bus or the tourist information desk at the airport.