Named after the local football legend, George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) – originally Belfast Harbour Airport – is in County Antrim, 3 miles out of Belfast city centre.
With airlines including Flybe, Aer Lingus and British Airways, the airport has links to a number of destinations in the UK and near ski resorts in Europe.
Belfast City Airport's postcode for Sat Navs: BT3 9JH (keep an eye on the signposting as you approach the airport)
The airport is on the A2 / Sydenham Bypass between Belfast centre and Holywood.
Driving from the M1: Head southwest, then exit the M1 at junction 3 for the A1 towards Dunmurry / Finaghy / Suffolk. Take a right turn onto Blacks Road towards Dunmurry, then another right onto the M1 to Belfast. Continue onto the A12, keeping right. Exit for the M3 towards City / Airport / Bangor and continue onto the A2. Follow signs to the airport.
Driving from the M2: Drive south, then merge onto the M3 and A2. Follow the signposts for the airport.
The Short Stay car park has pick-up and drop-off lanes, as well as parking bays for short trips. Last time we checked, under 10 minutes was free, with 24 hours costing around £40. Often pre-booking helps save money. The car park is within a few minutes' walk of the terminal building.
The Long Stay car park is bigger and better value if you're going away for a week or more. It's around a ten minute walk from the terminal, with 7 days usually costing around £65 (or less if you book online in advance).
Fast Track parking puts you the closest to the terminal, and usually comes with a fast track security pass to speed up the whole process.
Airport Express 600: Airport – Belfast Europa Bus Centre
Metrobus 3: Sydenham train station - City Hall
Coaches to/from Belfast City Airport:
The Airporter coach links the airport to Belfast International Airport and Derry / Londonderry.
The Translink Airport Express 600 Service links the airport with Belfast Europa Bus Centre, where you can catch coaches to Templepatrick, Ballycare, Antrim, Newry, Dublin Airport, Dublin city centre and others.
Trains to/from Belfast City Airport:
The nearest rail station is Sydenham, where there are regular trains to Central and Victoria Street for connections to the rest of Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. A shuttle bus runs between the airport and Sydenham station.
Taxis to/from Belfast City Airport:
Value Cabs and approved airport taxis can use the rank outside the terminal.
Belfast City Airport facilities:
The Aspire lounge comes with complimentary snacks, hot drinks, soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits. Guests also have free Wi-Fi access, newspapers and magazines.
British Airways executive lounge is for travellers flying business class with BA. It comes with Wi-Fi access, complimentary bar and food, reading material and work areas.
Food & Drink:
Bushmills have a range of whiskies, wines, beers, spirits and Irish pub food. Harvest market do home favourites like pizza and fish and chips. O'Briens make sandwiches to order and Costa and Espression do hot drinks.
As well as a World Duty Free, Boots and WH Smith, you'll find House of Ireland selling clothes and jewellery. There is also a Travelex for holiday money.
Free unlimited Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal, though travellers might have to sign in again after 4 hours.
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