Sleeping in Airports

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

Airport Overview

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 George Best Belfast City Airport.

What to Expect

George Best Belfast City Airport 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 airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

The 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 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.

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 (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!

Passes  Aspire Lounge – Location: Airside, at the end of the corridor past Gate A. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Belfast City Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Park Avenue Hotel – This is the closest hotel to the airport. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Premier Inn Belfast Titanic Quarter Hotel – (1 mile from airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Ramada Encore City Centre – (2 miles from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Belfast City Centre Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. You can take a public shuttle bus which runs to the Europa Bus station situated on Great Victoria Street. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the station. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Belfast City Airport on Tripadvisor 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 4 hours. After the 4 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 (dispenses Bank of England Sterling Notes) and Airside, the departures lounge (dispenses Sterling, Euros and Dollars).

Conference Facilities – One suite available landside.

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

Disabled Services – Seating and special assistance available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Dining options include: Bushmills • Costa • Harvest Market • Starbucks

Family Services – Baby changing facilities available throughout the terminals.

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

Information Desk – Location: Right hand side of the terminal building, just past the arrivals exit doors

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, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Pharmacy – Boots Pharmacy located airside.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Area – Permitted only outside the airport

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:30AM – 10:00PM. Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible.


As of October 2018, Belfast City airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • British Airways • Flybe • JetsGo Holidays • KLM • Loganair.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The Belfast City 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, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz.


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 is located within walking distance of Belfast City Airport, connected by a footbridge located in front of the airport terminal. From Sydenham Halt, Line 1 trains travel daily to and from Belfast Central or Victoria rail stations every 20 minutes from 6:00AM – 11:00PM, and from 9:00AM – 10:00PM on Sundays. From Belfast Central station, connections are available to trains from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Although Sydenham Halt is within walking distance of the airport, a shuttle service is also available, ideal for those who are mobility-impaired, traveling with children or a lot of luggage.

Visitors to Belfast can purchase the Belfast Visitor Pass, good for unlimited bus and rail travel within the Translink Metro network for up to 3 days, along with some great discounts on visitors attractions, local businesses and eateries. Prices start at £6.50 per adult. For route maps, schedules and fare information for NI Railways services, visit the Translink NI Railways website.

Last updated: 2018-10-26

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.