Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Belfast Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
There were plenty of cushioned seating near the games room but it was too bright to sleep -CharlotteDeHK
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Belfast International Airport.
What to Expect
Belfast International Airport houses all passenger operations in a mid-size, two-level terminal with a half dozen or so shops and an equal number of restaurants and cafes. Airport services close down for the night, leaving only vending options for the overnight period, so plan accordingly. WiFi is available to help pass the time. For additional comfort, economy class passengers can pay to use one of the airport’s private lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
Where to Sleep
While the airport is open 24 hours, security does not allow passengers to the airside unless their flight is departing within a few hours. Travellers report that the airside has more sleeping options, though there are some areas with four-seater armrest-free chairs on either end of the arrivals area. Eyeshades and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones are recommended. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
If sleeping in Belfast Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Maldron Hotel Belfast Airport – (3 minute walk from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Ballyrobin Country Lodge – (3 minutes from the airport) An airport shuttle available upon request. » Check Rates
- Dunadry Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Holiday Inn Express Antrim M2 – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Belfast International Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Free WiFi is available at Belfast International Airport for 2 hours.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.
Baby Care Facilities – Available throughout the airport, both Airside and Landside.
Currency Exchange – There are two International Currency Exchange offices in the airport: one location is before the central search security area and the other is located in the International Arrivals area. Hours: 5:00AM – 8:00PM.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available, along with a limited variety of shops selling newspapers, snacks, travel necessities and souvenirs. Superdrug is located Airside and offers pre-order service for infant formula. Simply place your order 6 days before your travel and pick up post security, freeing up space in your hand luggage for other essentials.
Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour food and beverage concessions available. Food options: Burger King • Cafe Bar • Caffe Ritazza • Fed & Watered • The Lagan Bar • Sip & Stone • Starbucks.
Information Desk – Customer Service Agents can be found throughout the airport to offer assistance.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Observation Area – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation area . Location: Landside, follow the signs from the Arrivals Area. Hours: open 24/7.
Quiet Room – The airport offers an oasis of calm to enable contemplation and/or prayer. Locations: Arrivals Hall.
Rest Zones – Not available.
Showers – Not available.
Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated facilities (Airside next to the Lagan Bar) for a 1 EU entrance fee.
The airport is open 24 hours.
As of March 2018, Belfast International airport is served by the following airlines: easyJet • Jet2 • Ryanair • Wizz • Virgin Atlantic • Thomas Cook Airlines • TUIFly • Norwegian.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The Airport Express 300 is a daily express service between the airport and Belfast Europa Bus Centre (next to Europa Hotel) in downtown Belfast. Stops include Templepatrick and Royal Avenue. At the time of this update, adult fare is £7.50 one-way or £10.50 round trip.
The Ulsterbus (109A) runs between the airport, Lisburn Rail Station and Antrim Buscentre daily from 6:00AM – 6:00PM. Access to Antrim Train Station is available via Antrim Buscentre.
Transporter buses travel between Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport, or from the airports to Derry and Londonderry.
To plan your route, visit the Tourist Information Desk in the main concourse of the airport or the Belfast Airport website.
The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the Arrivals Hall: Budget, Enterprise/National/Alamo, Europcar and Hertz.
Airport-approved taxis are available at the taxi rank, located outside to the right of the Arrivals Hall exit door, on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. Shared taxis are also available upon request.
Last updated: 2018-10-23
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.