Just a stone’s throw away, flights from Manchester to Belfast take just under an hour. Services tend to depart in the morning, late in the afternoon and in the evening, and there’s a good supply of Manchester to Belfast flights. The brevity of the flights contribute to a low cost and no need to consider anything other than a direct service.
You are most likely to land at Belfast International with this route, although George Best Belfast City is another airport served by Manchester. The international airport is around 13 miles northwest of the city centre, while the city airport is just three miles from the city centre.
The international airport is connected to central Belfast by the 24 hour Airport Express 300 bus service. A trip to the city centre takes approximately 30 – 40 minutes, and throughout the majority of weekdays there are departures every 15 minutes. At weekends and off-peak times there’s a reduced frequency. The bus stop can be found opposite the terminal exit, and passengers can get off at Templepatrick and Royal Avenue prior to the Belfast Europa Bus Centre.
There is also a 24 hour service offered by the official International Airport Taxi Company. A list of sample fares is provided inside the terminal building, while taxis are located outside the right hand door of the airport’s exit lobby. Alternatively, car hire companies such as Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and National are mostly based in the arrivals hall.
The city airport is also well served by public transport, offering the Airport Express 600 bus service for completing the short trip into town. There are also shuttle buses to Sydenham railway station, which provides trains to the city centre and other parts of the region.
Taxis from the city airport are fairly inexpensive, while the terminal building holds offices of rental firms such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.