Bangor to belfast international airport -
Belfast International Airport is a very important transport hub for Northern Ireland, and currently handles around four million passengers every year. It is known by the IATA code of BFS, and many refer to the airport by its former name of the Aldergrove Airport, due to the Aldergrove Village that is positioned to the west. Belfast International Airport is a hub for Aer Lingus, and is served by many other airline companies. Although there is no Belfast International Airport train station, passengers can easily reach all the rail services of Ireland by the airport buses. There are several important train stations in the vicinity of the airport, and most are accessible by one from of transport or another.
The nearest railway station to Belfast International Airport is the Antrim Train Station, which is about 10km, or 6.2 miles from the airport. It is found in Antrim, a town directly north of the airport. Passengers who would like to reach this station should take the Translink bus 109A, which is also sometimes referred to as the Antrim Airlink (109A), or as the Ulsterbus 109A. It takes passengers to the Antrim Buscentre, which is right next to the Antrim Train Station. The buses are available from the airport, Monday to Saturday, between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00.
The train station of Antrim came into existence in 1848, and is today currently open only for passengers on the Belfast to Derry line, as it was closed for goods traffic in January 1965. Currently, there is a two hourly service running towards Londonderry Waterside or the Belfast Great Victoria Street Station, and other services are available to Ballymena. In the future, there is the possibility of re-establishing the Lisburn-Antrim line, which passes quite close by to the Belfast International Airport terminal. It will be a circular route, and is set out in the airport master plan.
A more popular route for passengers at Belfast International Airport is perhaps the Airport Express 300 bus which travels to Belfast city centre. The bus stops at Templepatrick and Royal Avenue, before ending its route at the Belfast Europa Buscentre. The Europa Buscentre happens to be adjacent to the Great Victoria Street Train Station in Belfast city. This is one of the main train stations in Northern Ireland, and from where many railway connections are available. The Airport Express 300 bus leaves Belfast International approximately every fifteen minutes, and operates twenty-four hours a day, however, its frequency could be less at later hours in the evening and over weekends. It’s times may also vary according to the flight schedules of the airport’s airline carriers. Bus tickets can be purchased from the bus driver, the airport’s tourism information desk or on board Easyjet flights. A return ticket is 10.00 Pound and a single ticket is 7.00 Pound. The journey from the airport to the train station is around thirty to forty minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
The Great Victoria Street Train Station is the most central of the two major stations of Belfast, even though the other is named as the Belfast Central Station. It is nearby Great Victoria Street, which is a premier commercial area, Sandy Row, the Europa Hotel and the Grand Opera House. The station consists of two island platforms, creating a total of four platforms. The platforms two and three open in into the station’s main concourse, while platforms one and four are shorter, and are reached by walking down the other platforms. This railway station, operated by NI (Northern Ireland) Railways, Translink and NI railway stations, is considered as a hub for Northern Ireland’s suburban rail services, and is the terminus for the Bangor line, Derry line, Larne line and the Newry line. Services from the Great Victoria Street Train Station include a half-hourly service towards Portadown or Newry, and to Bangor in the other direction. There could be additional services during busy times, and at night the services are only once an hour. Passengers can reach Larne-Harbour a few times a day, or travel to Derry every two hours. There are generally more trains during the week, and fewer services over the weekend.
In the future, Great Victoria Street Station may be considerably improved, due to the new traincare facility which is to be established next to the Adelaide Station for the new Class 4000 diesel multiple units. The infrastructure improvements may include re-aligning the track to reduce curves and the addition of a fifth platform. Buffer stops and the route from the platforms to the concourse may also be moved to the other side of Durham Street. Should the plans be integrated, the Enterprise train services that run between Belfast and Dublin will be transferred from the Belfast Central Station to the Great Victoria Street Station.
Belfast Central Train Station is located at East Bridge Street, and is the northern terminus of the popular cross-border Enterprise service to Dublin. The trains to Dublin run approximately every two hours. Other train services by the Northern Ireland Railways take passengers to Derry, Bangor, Portadown and Larne. Although the station is quite far from the city centre, despite it’s name, passengers in possession of a rail ticket can travel for free between East Bridge Street and Belfast city centre on a variety of Metro services. The Belfast Central Train Station was recently upgraded, and its passengers will therefore find its facilities to be comfortable and modern.
Further details regarding ticket purchases and pricing, as well as the train routes available, can be found at http://www.irishrail.ie. Although there is currently no Belfast International Airport train station, perhaps the new rail route past the airport will be in use in the near future, and in the meantime, passengers will find the buses to the various train stations in the area to be an adequate form of transport.
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There are 5 ways to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar
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Line 1 train, bus • 1h 46m
- Take the line 1 train from Bangor to Belfast Great Victoria Street1
- Take the bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Belfast300a / ...
Bus • 1h 53m
- Take the bus from Bangor to Belfast Donegall Square West502a / ...
- Take the bus from Belfast Queen Street to Belfast300a / ...
Taxi • 39 min
- Take a taxi from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)27.7 miles
Drive • 39 min
- Drive from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)27.7 miles
Towncar • 39 min
- Take a town car from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport27.7 miles
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What is the cheapest way to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
The cheapest way to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) is to drive which costs £4 - £7 and takes 39 min.
What is the fastest way to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
The quickest way to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) is to taxi which costs £55 - £70 and takes 39 min.
Is there a direct bus between Bangor and Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
No, there is no direct bus from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS). However, there are services departing from Bangor and arriving at Belfast via Belfast Queen Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 53m.
How far is it from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
The distance between Bangor and Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) is 22 miles. The road distance is 27.7 miles.
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How do I travel from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) without a car?
The best way to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) without a car is to line 1 train and bus which takes 1h 46m and costs £9 - £14.
How long does it take to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
It takes approximately 1h 46m to get from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS), including transfers.
Where do I catch the Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) bus from?
Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) bus services, operated by Translink UK, depart from Bangor station.
Where does the Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) bus arrive?
Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) bus services, operated by Translink UK, arrive at Belfast station.
Can I drive from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
Yes, the driving distance between Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) is 28 miles. It takes approximately 39 min to drive from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS).
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Where can I stay near Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS)?
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What companies run services between Bangor, Northern Ireland and Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS), Northern Ireland?
You can take a bus from Bangor to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) via Belfast Donegall Square West and Belfast Queen Street in around 1h 53m.
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First off. The George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is very different than the Belfast International Airport (BFS) and full flight arrivals and arrival times can be found on the airport website. The airport is located less than 4 miles from Belfast City Centre (10-minute drive) in East Belfast and less than 10 miles (18-minute drive) is Bangor in the opposite direction. Full address here: George Best Belfast City Airport, A2 Sydenham Bypass, BT3 9JH. Trains also run in both directions to either Belfast or Bangor on the Gold Coast Trainline.
Belfast City Airport Arrivals
The Belfast City Airport Arrival hall is relatively small with one exit door/meeting point for arrivals which just opens out into one big terminal shared with Belfast City Airport departures. So it’s just one big terminal with all the necessary facilities like a shop (WH Smiths) and a cafe (Costa Coffee), a currency exchange (Travelex), as well as a bunch of ATMs to withdraw British Pounds (GDP) if needed on arrival.
Belfast City Airport Parking
For Belfast City Airport arrivals there is free parking at Belfast City Airport for up to 10 minutes, which is used mostly for pick-up/drop-offs. So the pick-up/drop-off area is 2nd on the right when entering the airport, with tickets machines on entering and exiting, and there’s a ticket pay station in the shelters/passenger waiting area in case you manage to overstay past the 10-minute mark.
Short Stay Parking at Belfast City Airport?
There is Short Stay Parking for departures/arrivals at Belfast City Airport where car parks are found on the first right when entering toward the terminal. There are ticket machines on entering and exiting the car park and ticket pay stations are found both in the Belfast City Airport Terminal and at the nearby shelters.
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There is also Long Stay Car Parking at Belfast City Airport which is best/cheaper to book online and in advance (reservation here). I think you’re talking around £50 per week.
Parking near Belfast City Airport?
For alternative parking to the Belfast City Airport carpark, Just Park is a great wee website for cheap parking, and it’s a bit like an Airbnb for on-street and off-street parking “from driveways to car parks”. And the nearby Sydenham Station is one of the more popular areas. There also used to be alternative and cheap parking at Ikea (Boal Parking Belfast City Airport) with mini-bus transfer to Belfast City Airport. But this was shut down after planning permission was refused.
Travel to Belfast City Centre
Belfast City Airport Bus?
Regular-ish buses travel between Belfast City Airport and Belfast City Centre (Europa Buscentre) through the day with stops at Wellington Place and Queens Square (Airport Express 600). Buses travel every 30-minutes during peak times, starting just after 05:00 and ending just before 22:00. Pick-up is from the front of the Belfast City Airport terminal building. It takes around 10 minutes. Online booking here.
Taxis to Belfast City Centre?
Uber is now active in Belfast, and there is free wifi at the airport terminal, it’s easy enough to get a ride share to Belfast City Centre or Bangor or wherever you plan to go. However, taxis don’t actually use metres in Northern Ireland, although it shouldn’t be much more than £10 from Belfast City Airport to City Centre (includes a £2.50 airport surcharge). There are a bunch of different taxi firms operating in Belfast, all new to me, but the firm working with Belfast City Airport is Value Cabs.
Belfast City Airport Train Station?
It is just over 1/2 a mile to the nearest train station at Sydenham Station. So it’s an easy enough walk with cabin baggage, and the trains are convenient for both travel to Belfast City Centre (Great Victoria Street) in one direction (20 mins) and Bangor town Centre in the opposite direction (25 mins) on the Bangor to Belfast line (train timetables here). There’s meant to be a shuttle bus service between the Belfast City Airport and the station but I’ve never seen it. And while there is a connecting path inside airport grounds it’s also simple to just follow the main road to Sydenham Train Station.
Belfast City Airport Hire Cars
There are various car hire booths in the Belfast City Airport arrivals hall (Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National) and the parking for Belfast City Airport Hire Cars is just out the front door and to the left. Grab your keys at the kiosk and just pick it up and go. I will forever recommend a road trip for tourists in Northern Ireland as well, given the country is small, tourist attractions are close-knit, and just much of the best scenery is found off-the-beaten-path. Here for comparative car hire.
Hotels at Belfast City Airport?
There are no hotels near Belfast city airport so it’s best to just stay near a hotel in either Belfast City Centre (nearby hotels here) or Bangor Town Centre (hotels here) before travelling in by train.