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The Belfast International Airport is not so flexible to passenger sleeping

by web-administrator (April, 2016)


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(Guest Review by ares_tz) Well I could not stay in a hostel longer so I went to the Belfast International Airport for overnight. As a matter of fact, only the arrival section is open since there is a cafe and a restaurant for passengeers arriving there at early morning hours. The departure area is not open to visitors who do not plan to check in. There is a fast food service but not operating all night long. I could find my way there for a night but there is security asking for passport details and/or travel documents. I think it would not work out for more than 2 days staying overnight there!

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Causeway lounge

by web-administrator (April, 2016)


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(Guest Review) Loved the new causeway lounge , enjoyed the breakfast , more selection esp cooked bacon . Lounge very comfortable and much warmer than old one !

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Car Hire Beware

by web-administrator (September, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Rod McAlpine) I am from Australia and pre booked and paid for a luxury vehicle for 17 days hire. Europcar substituted a Hyundai for the Mercedes I booked and paid for. I was assured everything would be addressed. I was told that the Mercedes was not available and a Jeep was the substitute. I expected a very flash 4 wheel drive and reluctently accepted this. In the car park, the Jeep turned into a Hyundai somehow !!!! I have written 3 letters and to date have no reply ( 46 days later ) I will never hire from Europcar again - suggest you do the same or at least be very careful - Don't be conned by the smiles and lies.

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Few quiet but comfy places

by web-administrator (May, 2015)


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(Guest Review from Bananarama) The places upstairs in the food area with McDonalds etc which were mentioned in a previous review are not accessible overnight by travelers coming in for a flight the next day. There is the security check before this area and according to various sources I spoke to at the airport (i.e. security personnel), you will not be let in to the departure area more than six hours before your flight or even as little as two hours. As far as I could find out the security check shuts down for the night and wont be opened again before 4.30 in the morning, so you wont be able to get upstairs at all. However, there are several places in the small-ish check-in and arrivals area at opposite ends of the building which can be used for a nap, most of them metal four-seaters without armrests which are nice enough for a lie down with a blanket. A hot tip is the Caf Bar in the arrivals which features a few medium-sized leather armchairs which can be pushed together and, most crucially, a lovely, slightly beat-up two-seater leather couch which is very comfy and fits anyone up to 1,80m easily with stretched legs and even beyond that offers some real sleeping comfort if you can get there first. There were only a handful of overnight stays at the airport when I was there, so chances are good. However, the arrivals area is obviously not the quietest place to be in, there were scattered arrivals until about 2 in the morning, but the airport itself basically shuts down by 11PM and after midnight there is only the occasional shuffling around of arrivals and staff, chatty fellow overnight stayers, the cleaner machine or even a fire alarm test All doable with some earp continued >>

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Could go either way

by Chriz (January, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Airside
Pros: Quite during the night
Cons: Can't get through security? There's nowhere to go.


Was here for an early morning flight which was delayed to a mid morning one, so having gotten there in the wee small hours we had a longer than desired wait. Since the airports revamp a couple of years ago and the moving of security to an earlier point in your journey though to the departure lounge, there are far fewer facilities and seats airside. This is a problem as it means that your choice of rest points airside is now a cafe (nice place as a cafe but not much room for sleeping), 1 metal bench or the floor. We got through security ok and found that now that the airside section of the airport is much larger it presented a few extra comfortable resting areas. The seating in Belfast Intnational has been mostly taken up with seats for eateries and so is of an appropriate type to sit on to eat/drink, but not lie down. We found that there were 2 places with padded seating that didn't have armrests. The first was in the food village that you come to straight after security. The other was after you make your way further round through the departure lounge to a pace called 'Fed&Watered'. Same again with padded seating without armrests. In both cases this type of seating only comprises a portion of the seating options in their respective outlets, so if for any reason there are others looking for a place to rest of sleep they are likely to be taken up quickly. Although Belfast has no operating restrictions and is thus a 24hr airport it has few flights between 12 and 6am. As such I believe that security can close for a the night and so you may not have access to the airside, where pretty much all the resting options are. If you get through you should be able to have a restful continued >>

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Silent Night

by CharlotteDeHK (December, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside


There were plenty of cushioned seating near the games room but it was too bright to sleep

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by web-administrator (August, 1998)


(Contributed by Andee Anko) " I think it was August of 1998 that I slept in the Belfast airport. It is so small it is like a large bus station. The usual reason--public transportation stopped around 8:00pm. and didn't start up again until about 7:00 am. I had a 7:00am flight. One other person was doing the same thing as me--a young guy about my age. At that time I don't even remember any security people at all. But it felt perfectly safe. There was a cleaning crew, but they didn't make too much noise. Even the lights were turned down real low, and sleep was possible. The cafes and bars did close about 9:00, but there was nothing for you anyway if you are a vegetarian. Thank goodness for the super large box of peanut M&M's I picked up. And the book, too. The benches were fairly comfy, I was able to spread out--no arm rests to get in the way. I felt safer sleeping here than I did at the Belfast youth hostel!"

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by web-administrator (April, 2000)


(Contributed by Big Bad Jeff) "Taking easyjet to Liverpool, misread flight time, arrived too early. Once through security ( first check ) you are through to amenities and soft seating. At night is quiet BUT stay away from the blinking arcade machines. I kept being awakened by a voice inviting me to ' race like a demon around some course ' asside from the machines nobody bothered me. Loads of hidyholes if you want darkness or semi darkness." Added 14 MAY 04

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by web-administrator (February, 2005)


(Contributed by ?) "My husband and I live 70 miles from this airport. We had a 0630 flight and no transport to get us to the airport for check in at 0430. having read a report on here from May last year I decided that my husband and I would try it. We travelled by bus from where we live to the airport (there's a reliable airbus from Europa buscentre in belfast City Centre to the airport). We went through the first security check and the past check in to the area before main security. We headed for the far end just beyond the Aldergrove pub. The seats were bench type without armrests, can't remember if there were cushions on them. For refreshments I headed down the steps which took me to a corridor that led to arrivals, joy oh joy the shop didn't shut till 2230, if you arrive after 2230 there are vending machines available. A member of security did approach us and i asked him if it was ok for us to stay the night there and he asked if we had flight details which I showed him and he said ok. Police did patrol regularly but didn't bother us nor did the staff who used the corner near us to smoke in. Cleaners were very friendly and appreciative when we lifted feet and moved bags so that they could do their job. If you like soft bedding then you may need to take a blanket and where we were wasn't very warm but that could have been due to it being February. Didn't get much sleep as some younger people came in and they didn't go quiet until about 1.30/2ish I got about 1.5/2 hrs sleep. My husband stayed awake all night and kept eye on luggage. I would sleep in this airport again if the need arose. one thing to note Belfast International is known locally as Aldergrove as there is a continued >>

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by web-administrator (September, 2000)


(Contributed by Sean) "In Sept. 2000, a few friends & I were on our way to Spain for a holiday. We missed our flight in Dublin due to a mix up with our travel agent. We managed to book ourselves onto a flight leaving from Belfast a few days later. Thw Belfast flight would leave at 6am, meaning that we needed to take a train to Belfast the night before. Being poor students at the time, we decided not to spring for a hotel, and to sleep in the airport instead. We arived at the airport at about 10:30pm. It looked a little quiet, but we thought nothing of it. We made our way to the departure lounge, and began our long wait. Then we noticed something. There was nobody else in the airport at all! No staff, no passengers, no security, nobody. It turns out that the airport closes completely at about 11pm. We were, quite literally, the only people in the airport. There were no shops, vending machines, video games, nothing - except for a claw machine that only accepted British money - which we didn't have. Then the lights went out. It was quiet. In short, we spent a quiet, joyless night in lonely Belfast airport." Added 21 May 2005

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by web-administrator (July, 2005)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by kerem) "i had a early flight to london. the last bus to airport is at 10.30 pm. so i had to stay there. the seats are unconfortable so you have to sleep on the ground. but at nights all the counters are closed so you can sleep in any one on tables. it is more confortable then sleeping on the ground. airport is clean but there is no security guards. no open shops. you have to bring your own food. some of the phones are not working." Added 11 Dec 05

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by web-administrator (June, 2006)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by Aaron) "Belfast International (Aldergrove) is, in many ways, the ideal airport to sleep in. The whole place basically shuts down after the last flight leaves so you can be assured it's quiet, hence sleeping is easy. It is boring as hell mind you and if you want to smoke it's a pain as there is only one designated smoking area in the entire place which is closed along with the rest of the airport at about 23:00. You can go outside and smoke but it's ussually pretty cold. Just before you hit the security heading to the departure gates there is a Kiddies play area, Burger King and a few other food shops, also some kind of nail bar / salon place if you feel the need to do whatever it is that gets done in such places. The seats at this point are very comfortable, stuffed leather things. Among the best seats I recall seeing in any airport for sleeping on. Don't bother looking elsewhere unless these are taken as every other seat in the airport is a bucket type with armrests. There is a prayer / quiet room in the airport although I honestly can't remember if you can gain access to these before check in. Apparently they also have nice seats but it gets locked up thus negating the prospect of kipping in there. Obviously with the lack of any form of night flights in this airport and it's comparitively small size there is very little in the way of additional facilities for the overnight resident. The toilets are clean enough though. Depending on the time of year / present political climate in Northern Ireland there will either be NO security, at all or policemen carrying MP5's, either way, they won't bother you. Cleaning staff will be hovering about at aro continued >>

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by web-administrator (August, 2006)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by MAD) "After a long fight from Canada we arrived at BFS at 06:00 only to find everything closed tighter than a (put your own phrase here). We had to wait for a couple of hours before any of the services opened up. We crashed on the benches in the arrivals area nicely quiet after our fellow travellers had F&&&ed Off. The benches were padded and didn't have any arms to get in the way. There were a couple of vending machines for "food" and "drink" if we had of had any change for the stupid things. Also near by was one of those claw machines and some racing game which every few minutes would go into its attract sequence and make a lot of noise and flash the lights. The cleaning staff left us alone figuring that we would be gone in a few hours. We didn't have any problems vis-a-vis thefts as my partner she was able to sleep on the benches I ended up being a bench warmer just like my sporting career. " Added 15 Oct 2006

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