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George Best Belfast City Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our George Best Belfast City 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.

George Best Airport closes at night; that is the beginning and end of the story. Do not attempt to sleep there. – tashore14

BHD Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

George Best Belfast City Airport (code: BHD) consists of a small, two-level single terminal that includes a gift shop, convenience store, book store, pub, restaurant and two cafes. 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 guide below.

Sleeping in Belfast City Airport

belfast city airport guideThe airport is closed and locked down at night, so sleeping is not permitted. For day time napping, there are a few long benches on the airside, but you might want to consider earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to drown out the noise. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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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 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!

  • Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, at the end of the corridor past Gate A. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Belfast City Airport Lounges

Airport Hotels

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

  • Premier Inn Belfast Titanic Quarter Hotel – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Titanic Hotel Belfast – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited free WiFi is provided by Belfast City Airport for up to 2 hours. After the 2 hours is up, you can start a new session by logging in again.

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: Landside, main concourse, beside Costa Coffee • Airside, departures.

Baby Care Facilities – Travelling with children? There are baby changing facilities available on the main concourse and in the Departure Lounge.

Currency Exchange – A Travelex is located in the main concourse, left side.

Disabled Services – Seating and special assistance is available. Special assistance can be booked with your airline, travel agent or tour operator up to 48 hours before your departure date.

Duty Free & Shopping – For duty free shopping visit World Duty Free, airside. There are a few other shops selling books, souvenirs, magazines and more located both landside and airside.

Food & Drink – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Dining options include: Bushmills • Costa • Harvest Market • O’Brien’s • Starbucks

Information Desk – Have any questions? The information desk is equipped with knowledgeable staff to help. Location: Right hand side of the terminal building, just past the arrivals exit doors.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – The Drop Zone offers passengers the chance to have a seat while charging their mobile devices. Location: Airside, Departures Lounge.

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 Area – Permitted only outside the airport.

Airport Hours

The airport hours vary according to the season: 04:00 – 22:00 (March – October) and 04:30 – 22.00 (October – March).

Sleeping in the airport overnight is not permitted.


Belfast City airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aer Lingus Regional • British Airways • Eastern Airways • Flybe • JetsGo • KLM • Loganair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


BHD Airport is well connected to the bus system. Whether you are looking for a local bus to get you the centre of Belfast (Express 600 Bus), you need a connection to a train station for onward travels or you need to connect to the Belfast International Airport (Transporter Bus), the airport provides many options. For fares, routes and schedule information, visit the Belfast City Airport website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available onsite from the following car rental agencies: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available at the taxi rank in front of the airport, follow the signs for Value Cabs. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required; however, you can download an app to pre-order your cab. For more information, visit the Value Cabs website.


Sydenham Halt Train Station is located within walking distance of Belfast City Airport, connected by a footbridge located in front of the terminal. There is also an airport shuttle to the train station, just inquire at the information desk! For information about train destinations, schedules and fares, visit the NI Railways website.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.