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George Best Belfast City Airport is the main airport serving the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. At the beginning it was called Belfast City Airport but later on they added George Best to honor the memory of the city’s famous football player. The airport operates flights across the UK and Europe, flying approximately 3 million passengers a year. Currently, there are four airline companies situated here: Flybe, Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM and Loganair. It is located in County Down, close to the Port of Belfast and only 5 km away from the city centre.

How to get from George Best Belfast City Airport to Belfast

Airport shuttle

Airport Express 600 Service is the airport’s service that offers bus transfers from/to the principal terminal to Belfast city centre every half an hour. The earliest one departs around 7 am and the last bus to catch is around 10 pm. The journey lasts around 10 minutes and the tickets can be purchased at the arrivals section or on the bus. Translink is the company that operates the airport buses among other lines, pricing and time tables are on their website.


Besides buses, Translink also offers NIRailways train services from/to airport as well as across the whole Northern Ireland.

To get to the airport by train, get off at the Sydenham train station and if you are travelling from the airport then board this same station to reach the city centre.

Please note that the airport offers free airport shuttles that take you directly from the train station to the terminal and vice versa.


Value Cabs is the taxi company that has a designated pick up location at the airport. They offer different types of transport, from standard taxis to much bigger vehicles that can accommodate larger groups of people.


In regards to a more flexible way to get from the airport, you can book a private door-to-door transfer. It includes a professional driver that will wait for you at the airport and take you directly to your accommodation.

Renting a car at George Best Belfast City Airport

For those who would like to explore the city by themselves, the best way is to rent a car online. In addition, there are several car rental services inside the airport as well, such as: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise.

Accomodation near George Best Belfast City Airport

There is no option to spend a night at the airport since they do not provide hotels. However, there are other options nearby, check them below:

George Best Belfast City Airport FAQs

I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

This should not cause a problem since you have the option of booking a private transfer or calling a taxi.

Does George Best Belfast City Airport have storage lockers?

The airport at the moment does not offer any storage facilities.

Can I exchange money at the airport?

Yes, of course. The exchange office is situated in the main hall next to the disabled seating area. In addition, there are two ATMs in the main hall and one in the departure lounge section.

Is there a free WiFi service available at the George Best Belfast City Airport?

Yes, WiFi services are free throughout the whole airport.

Can you smoke at the George Best Belfast City Airport?

Smoking is not allowed inside the facility, however, at the entry are displaced several smoking bins.

I lost something at the Belfast Airport. What should I do?

If you happen to lose something, the best solution is to contact the airport via an online ContactUs form. Regarding lost passports and other legal documents, the airport usually sends those to designated government facilities. However, if your luggage has been damaged or lost contact this number 02890 939093 and select option 2.

Does George Best Belfast City Airport have long-term parking?

The airport offers three types of car parking, either short-term, long-term or premium parking. The most popular is the long-term option that offers parking for up to 7 days and more.

At what time does the check-in open?

Generally, check-in opens two hours before the flight. If you are on a domestic flight then you can come 90 minutes before the departure time. However, for European flights, it is necessary to come 2 hours before.


  1. James   •  

    My flight to London is at 7 50 am on New Year’s Day 1st jam 2022
    Can I get a bus to George best airport

    • Maja   •  

      Dear James,

      as Translink stated on their official website, Christmas & New Year Holiday timetable operates from 24 December 2021 until 03 January 2022. Some exceptions apply and there are no services on Christmas Day.
      For more detailed information, check out the official Translink website.

      GBB Team

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