Fáilte go Béal Feirste! Welcome to Belfast - a hub for all things contemporary and historical.Discover its history becoming a major city and port during the early 1800's where shipbuilding was a key industry, leading to the building of the legendary RMS Titanic.Visit the Titanic Museum named as the World's Leading Tourist Attraction - located in the heart of the city. Learn the story of its birth in Belfast, to her faithful maiden voyage and then eventual discovery on the sea bed. Step back in time and walk through recreations of parts of the ship.
As you explore the city, you'll see Victorian architecture still reigns supreme throughout Belfast with city hall and Stormont buildings. Local culture thrives at St.Georges Market, one of Belfast's oldest attractions and named the UK's Best Large Indoor Market. Enjoy discovering Belfast's living history through vibrant tours on offer with City Tours Belfast, not to mention the award winning coastal tours, such as the Giants Causeway tour or the Game of Thrones tour - both leave central Belfast daily. If you are looking for something more one on one, book a famous Black cab tour of Belfast or if you want to see as much of the city as possible, check out the daily Hop on Hop off belfast tour, a fully guided trip around the city.
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Belfast International Airport is located approximately 32 km (20 miles) from Belfast City Centre along the M2 motorway.
Getting to the city by bus - Airport Express 300.
This service operates 7 days a week and runs every 15 minutes at peak times Monday to Friday, with reduced frequency Saturday and Sunday. The bus also runs hourly throughout the night. Be sure to check out updated timetables and fares out front of your terminal building The journey takes approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
GEORGE BEST BELFAST CITY AIRPORT
The George Best Belfast City Airport is a short trip outside of the city centre, just under 9 km (5.5 miles) to the Europa Bus Station along the A2 Sydenham bypass. The Airport Express 600 brings you into the city, this services operates 7 days a week and runs every 30 minutes during peak times with reduced service on Sundays. Be sure to check out updated timetables and fares out front of your terminal building or view the latest information here.
Airport taxis tend to charge more, so always discuss your fare before hopping in for your journey. Average prices from Belfast International Airport to city centre is approximately £30 and £8-10 from George Best Belfast City Airport. From Dublin approximately £130-150. Uber also operates in Belfast where you will receive a fare estimate upfront and they do pick up from both airports and hotels.
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Belfast offers something for everyone and has different areas catering for each type of traveller. Check out the blog of where to stay in belfast to get the insights into each area and what makes them unique.
Northern Ireland's border with the Republic of Ireland runs 360 kms (223miles) long and crossing the border is easy. If driving, in both countries we drive on the left hand side of the road but the speed limit changes from kph in the Republic of Ireland to mph in Northern Ireland, so be sure to watch out for sign changes.
In Northern Ireland, the currency is Sterling or pounds, the same currency used around the United Kingdom. However, you may notice that there will be a different style of note depending on the bank origin. For example, you may get a Bank of Scotland or a Bank of England note but they can be used in Northern Ireland. But if you bring a Danske Bank or Ulster Bank note to England, some places may not accept it. So it it best to get those notes changed over at any post office in the city if you plan on venturing elsewhere.
Belfast has been voted one of the safest cities in the United Kingdom. If you do feel unsafe, the emergency telephone number is 999 or 112 from your mobile. You will also see plenty of police officers walking around the city. If you wish understand the local lingo you can read about Belfast Slang and phrases used.
The legal drinking age in Belfast is 18 years old, and like most places around the world, smoking is prohibited in buildings and public places including bars and restaurants.
If you are dialling from a United Kingdom landline or mobile you add 028 before the Northern Ireland numbers and our international dialling code is (+44)(0)28.
You can find free Wi-Fi almost anywhere in the city. We have a WiFi hub situated at Stop Number 1 on our Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Tour. You will also find free Wi-Fi on most Translink services and in many bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes.
SSE Arena 12-screen multiplex cinema including 3 VIP screening rooms. While there you can visit one of the various bars or restaurants or play arcade games. This is easy to reach via the Hop on Hop off tour - Stop 3.
Lost City Adventure Golf - Located at the Cityside Retail and Leisure park, they have two separate indoor 18-hole mini-putt courses - Sunken Skull Ridge and Explorer Falls. You do not need to book in advance, you can just show up and let the fun begin!
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