When is the best time to fly?
The best time to book flights to Belfast is during the summer months of June to August as this is when the best weather with average temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius can be expected.
Summer is the peak travel season, although Belfast has become a popular destination year-round. Spring and autumn enjoy fairly good weather and it is also when a lot of events take place. Belfast Restaurant Week, in October, offers a variety of culinary delights. You can enjoy tasty signature dishes, the finest local produce, delicious tastings, great offers and activities, food tours, talks and pop-up restaurants. With over 60 restaurants participating in this event across the city, you're sure to get an insight into Belfast's celebrated eating scene. Don't forget to make reservations to avoid disappointment.
Ulster Bank Belfast Festival usually takes place from mid-October to November and it showcases high quality music, dance, film, theatre, talks and visual arts acts. Visit this festival to celebrate art and culture, alongside around 50,000 other people flying in from all over the world.
There's no real bad time to fly to Belfast although the winter months of December to February tend to be quite rainy but, as it is a coastal area, snow is rare and temperatures average at around 6 degrees.
The city once known for shipbuilding and struggle is now one of the most popular places in Europe for a short break. Since 2001, encouraged by the numbers of tourists arriving on cheap flights to Belfast, the city council designated several cultural quarters that shine a light on the different parts of this fascinating city's past.
The Cathedral Quarter is centred around St Anne's Church. With several arts and culture-based organisations, it also has fashionable warehouse restaurants and cosy pubs. The Gaeltacht Quarter is located around the Falls Road in West Belfast and promotes and encourages the use of the Irish language.
The Queen's Quarter in South Belfast is named after Queen's University, a lively student district with museums, galleries, bars and cafes. The Titanic Quarter is named for the ill-fated ship that was built there. Lying on reclaimed land beside Belfast Harbour, it is dominated by the cranes - Samson and Goliath - of Harland and Wolff. Tours of the area will take tourists back to the glory days of shipbuilding.
For a pint of Guinness after sightseeing, go to the Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street. It’s an amazingly ornate pub, a wonderful example of a Victorian Gin Palace. Club-wise, there’s no shortage of places to party the night away.
The Irish are known for their jovial demeanour and with good reason. In Beal Feirste (the mouth of the river Feirste, in Gaelic) you’ll party until dawn and meet some of the most genuine, down-to-earth people on the planet. A great start to any trip is a Belfast Mural Tour. Travelling in a traditional black cab, you’ll see the vivid Republican and Loyalist murals that convey both sides’ history and politics. Head to the Falls Road or Shankill Road to get a good look at what are some of the world's finest gable-end political murals.
There are several beautiful and serene green spaces such as Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Ormeau Park and Botanic Gardens. Jot down a visit to the Grand Opera House as a must-do. It’s considered to be the best surviving example of the oriental style of theatre architecture in the UK. The Victorian-era building is a must-see for theatre and art lovers alike.
Getting around Belfast
Belfast’s public transportation is very easy. Metro, the bus system, has 12 main lines within the city and there are also links to the suburbs. You can save some money by getting a SmartLink Travel Card, which discounts your bus fares with frequent trips.
Getting to the City
There are two airports - Belfast International Airport, 16.7 miles northwest of the city centre, where the majority of low-cost flights to Belfast land, and George Best Belfast City Airport, 3 miles east of the city.
There's no rail connection from Belfast International Airport, but there are regular bus services. The Airport Express operates a regular service between the airport and Belfast. Buses depart every 15 minutes at peak times (Monday to Friday) and take between 30 and 40 minutes. The International Airport Taxi Company is the official operator.
From George Best Belfast City Airport, there is a shuttle bus service between the airport Terminal and the rail station at Sydenham. The Airport Express operates every 20 minutes (at peak times) to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre beside the Europa Hotel. Taxis are also available from the airport.