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Travelers who are looking for cheap flights to Belfast, Ireland, have the options of flying into the Belfast International Airport or the George Best Belfast City Airport. The Belfast International Airport is much bigger and busier. It was formerly named, and still referred to as, the Aldergrove Airport, and is owned by Abertis.

The George Best Belfast City Airport has a single runway, and is not very busy compared to the Belfast International Airport. It is often called the “Belfast City Airport.” It is much closer to the city, and it is cheaper to get downtown from there.

Belfast International Airport (BFS) Information

The Belfast International Airport (BFS) is undergoing some major expansion projects in order to effectively host more passengers. They plan to extend the check-in hall and construct a new South Pier. Amenities at BFS include shops, duty-free stores, restaurants, cafes and handicap services.

Airlines That Fly Into Belfast International Airport

The Belfast International Airport (BFS) is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland, and the second busiest airport in the island of Ireland. It is free of noise and time restrictions, so it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most destinations to and from this airport are within Europe. Some airlines that operate out of BFS include Aer Lingus, BMI Baby, Continental, Easy Jet, Jet2, Thomas Cook and Thomson Airways.

Belfast International Transit Information

Distance to city: 12 miles

Bus to city

  • Fare: £7.00
  • The Airport Express 300 takes passengers from the airport to downtown Belfast 24 hours a day.

Train to city

  • Fare: £4.90
  • Travelers can take the Antrim Airlink to the Antrim Station, and then take a train into Belfast from there.

Taxi to city

  • Fare: £28.00
  • Taxis are available outside the right hand door of the airport exit lobby.

Car Rental Companies at Belfast International Airport

Most of the car rental companies are stationed at the arrivals hall.

George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) Information

The George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) has several amenities, including ATMs, restaurants, cafes, bars, internet kiosks (for charge), foreign currency exchange, shops, tourist information, an outside smoking area and conference facilities.

Airlines That Fly Into George Best Belfast City Airport

The George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) only has services to and from European locations, the vast majority of which are other places in the UK and Ireland. It also has several time and noise restrictions that limit its traffic. This airport is a base of operations for Flybe. Some other airlines that operate out of Belfast City Airport include BMI, East Jet and Ryanair.

George Best Belfast City Airport Transit Info

Distance to city: 2 miles

Bus to city

  • Fare: £2.00
  • Passengers can take the Airport Express 600, which goes downtown to the Belfast Europa Bus Center.

Train to city

  • Fare: £1.40
  • There is a shuttle bus that takes passengers to the nearby train station, where they can take the rail service to downtown Belfast.

Taxi to city

  • Fare:£8.00.
  • Taxis are stationed at the airport taxi rank, which is located right outside the terminal building.

Car Rental Companies at George Best Belfast City Airport

Car hire and drop-off takes place adjacent to the terminal building.