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Belfast International Airport Departures Information

Belfast International Airport is the main international airport serving Belfast, 15 miles from Belfast city centre, on the outskirts of the village of Aldergrove. The airport has one terminal, you will find the departures lounge located on the second floor. The departures lounge offers the premium Causeway Lounge, a range of shops including Aelia Duty Free, WHSmith and Traveller and places to eat such as Starbucks, and Lagan Bar. Up to two hours of free Wi-Fi access is available whilst you're at the airport.

When to check in at Belfast International Airport?

The check-in hall at Belfast Airport is located on the ground floor, the general recommendation is to arrive at the airport to check-in at least two hours before the flight for short-haul flights and three hours before the flight for long-haul flights.
The majority of airlines operating flights from Belfast Airport offer online and/or mobile check-in facilities which gives you the opportunity to check-in in advance. This typically closes 2 hours before your flight time, with bag drop desks available for hold luggage which close 1 hour to 40 minutes before the flight. This varies between airlines so its important to confirm this in advance, ensuring you allow enough time to drop off bags and proceed through to security.

Belfast International Airport Arrivals Information

If you're meeting friends and family at Belfast Airport you can check their flight status and expected arrival time on the table above.

The Arrivals Hall at Belfast International Airport is located on the ground floor, facilities here include WHSmith, Café Bar, a currency exchange booth, information desk and car hire desks for the likes of Europcar, Enterprise and National.

For those looking to stay at a hotel at Belfast Airport the Maldron Hotel is based within the grounds of the airport.

Pick up and drop off at Belfast International Airport

The pick up and drop off zone has a convenient location opposite the entrance of the airport. A drop off charge of £1 is in place for the first 10 minutes, £3 for 10-20 minutes and £5 for up to one hour. Cars in the drop off zone must not be left unattended.
If you need to leave your car whilst dropping off, or picking up friends and family from the airport you should use the Short Stay Car Park or the Main Car Park which are £4 and £4.50 respectively for up to one hour.

Where should I park at the airport?

Belfast Airport has long and short stay parking options. For short stay parking the Main Car Park is two minute walk from the airport entrance. The long stay car park offers slightly cheaper parking and ideal for longer stays, this is a 6 minute walk from the terminal entrance and located behind the Maldron Hotel. The Park and Fly car park is an off-site car park, and offers the cheapest car parking at the airport. There is a free shuttle bus available between the car park and terminal.

All car parks offer discounts when booked in advance.

How to get to and from Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is 15 miles from Belfast and has road and bus links to Belfast and Derry, the location is convenient for those exploring the towns of Northern Ireland.

Belfast Airport by car

Belfast Airport is connected to Belfast via the A57 and M2, the 20 mile drive will take approximately 25 minutes.

The Belfast International Airport postcode for sat-nav is BT29 4AB.

Belfast Airport by train

There is no train station at Belfast Airport, the nearest train station is Antrim Railway Station, 6 miles from the airport. You can reach the train station by the 109 bus service or taxi. From here there are direct train services departing hourly, a train to Belfast will take 25 minutes, and a train to Londonderry will take 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Belfast Airport by bus/coach

Buses are the only direct public transport connection from the airport into Belfast. The main bus service is the Airport Express 300 and it departs every 15 minutes during peak periods. A journey into Belfast will take 30-40 minutes. A single fare is £7.50 and tickets can be purchased at the information desk, or when boarding the bus.

For those travelling to Lisburn the Ulsterbus 109 service departs hourly and runs to Lisburn Rail Station, this has a journey time of 50 minutes. If you're travelling to Londonderry/Derry the Airporter coach service departs hourly with a journey time of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. A single fare is £20 and can be purchased online in advance.

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