Sleeping in Airports

Belfast International Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or 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

BFS Airport Overview

Belfast International Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of Chris / July 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Belfast International Airport.

What to Expect

Belfast Airport (code: BFS) houses all passenger operations in a mid-size, two-level terminal with a half dozen shops and an equal number of restaurants and cafes. Airport services close 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 the Causeway Lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Belfast Airport

While the airport is open 24 hours, security does not allow passengers to the airside unless their flight departs within a few hours. Travellers report that the airside has more sleeping options, though some landside areas have four-seater armrest-free chairs and padded seating. Eyeshades and earplugs/noise-cancelling headphones are recommended. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Belfast Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

airport loungeAirport Lounges

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. 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!

  • Causeway Lounge – Location: Airside, near Gates 16 & 17. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Belfast International Airport Lounges

airport hotelsAirport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Belfast Airport:

  • Maldron Hotel Belfast Airport – Located outside the terminal. » Check Rates
  • Ballyrobin Country Lodge – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Dunadry Hotel –  No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Belfast International Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

wifiAirport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Belfast International Airport for 2 hours.

more airport infoMore Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available on both floors. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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 terminal, both Airside and Landside.

Currency Exchange – A currency exchange office can be found landside before the escalator to security. Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sat-Sun 5:00 AM – 5:00PM.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping and a limited variety of shops selling newspapers, snacks, travel necessities and souvenirs are available.

Food & Drinks – No 24 hour food and beverage concessions are available. There are ten food options available (Landside and Airside); some options include Burger King • Caffe Ritazza • Northern Quarter • Fed & Watered • The Lagan Bar • Sip & Stone • Coco Diablo.

Information Desk – Customer Service Agents can be found throughout the airport to offer assistance.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Observation AreaTemporarily Closed – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the teminal’s observation area . Location: Landside, follow the signs from the Arrivals Area. Hours: open 24/7.

Quiet RoomTemporarily Closed – The airport offers an oasis of calm to enable contemplation and/or prayer. Locations: Arrivals Hall.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted in designated facilities (Airside next to the Lagan Bar) for a £1 entrance fee.

airport hoursAirport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Belfast International airport is served by the following airlines: EasyJet • Jet2 • Ryanair • TUIFly.

transportationAirport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Airport Express 300 is a daily express service between the airport and Belfast city centre, stopping at Templepatrick. At the time of our August 2023 update, adult fare is £8.50 one-way or £12.50 round trip. Multi-journey cards are also available.

The Ulsterbus (109A) runs between the airport, Lisburn Rail Station and Antrim Buscentre daily. Access to Antrim Train Station is available via Antrim Buscentre.

To plan your route, visit the Tourist Information Desk in the main concourse of the airport or the Belfast Airport website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite in the Arrivals Hall: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we were unable to find any hotels that provide an airport shuttle.  See also Airport Hotels above.

Ride Sharing Apps

Uber is available throughout the UK. A ride to the city centre will cost you about £45.


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.

Belfast Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Belfast Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-06

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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: update the airport guide or  write a review.