Northern Ireland in detail

Flights & getting there

Belfast is the main point of entry for flights from the UK, Europe and elsewhere, as well as ferries from England and Scotland. Further flights link City of Derry Airport with cities in the UK and Europe, and some ferry services dock in Larne. Rail and bus services connect Northern Ireland with the Republic.


There are multiple daily flights connecting Belfast's two airports with UK cities, as well as other European and international destinations. Most low-cost airline flights (including domestic flights to the UK) arrive and depart from Belfast International Airport; further flights to the UK and Europe leave from George Best Belfast City Airport. Northern Ireland's third airport is City of Derry Airport, with a small number of flights to the UK and Europe.

Airports & Airlines

Belfast International Airport Northern Ireland's main airport for international flights. Located 30km northwest of the city.

George Best Belfast City Airport Located 6km northeast of the city centre; flights serve the UK and Europe.

City of Derry Airport About 13km east of Derry city, with flights to London, Liverpool, Glasgow and Spain.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.


Northern Ireland is connected to the Republic by road and rail. Bus services to the South are operated by Ulsterbus and Bus Éireann ( Enterprise trains operated by Translink NI Railways link Belfast and Dublin.

National Express ( runs a daily coach service between Belfast and London (from £41 one way, 15½ hours) via the Cairnryan ferry.

Scottish Citylink ( operates three buses a day from Glasgow to Belfast via the Cairnryan ferry.


Car ferries to and from Scotland and England dock at Belfast and Larne.

P&O ( links Larne with Cairnryan in Scotland.

Steam Packet Company ( runs ferries between Belfast and Douglas on the Isle of Man.

Stena Line ( runs ferries to Belfast from Liverpool (England) and Cairnryan (Scotland).