George Best Belfast City Airport Guide (BHD)

Airport info
Code: BHD
George Best Belfast City Airport, Belfast, BT3 9JH, United Kingdom

George Best Belfast City Airport is situated 3km (2 miles) east of Belfast.

No. of terminals: 1 Dialling code: +44
+44 28 9093 9093

Handily located close to the Belfast city centre, George Best Belfast City Airport is the smaller of two international airports serving Northern Ireland’s capital. Our George Best Belfast City Airport guide provides useful information about the airport, including contact numbers, details of public transport access and recommendations regarding nearby accommodation.


An airport information desk (tel: +44 28 9093 9093) and a tourist information kiosk are located on the main concourse, in the arrivals area.

Driving directions

The airport is 5km (3 miles) out of the city centre on the left of the Sydenham Bypass (A2). From the centre, head north eastwards along Sydenham Bypass (A2) and follow signs for the airport, which has its own dedicated exit. The total drive time to the airport from Belfast city centre is approximately 10 minutes.

Public Transport

Public transport rail

Rail:Trains run to Belfast Central and Victoria Street Stations (tel: +44 28 9066 6630; Trains leave from the Sydenham Station, which is adjacent to the airport – courtesy shuttle buses operate from the airport terminal (journey time: 6 minutes).

Public transport road

Bus:The Airport Express bus 600 (tel: +44 28 9066 6630; runs from the terminal to Belfast Europa Bus Centre (journey time: 13 minutes; fare: £2.40). Bus 3A operates from Sydenham Station to City Hall (journey time: 15 minutes; fare: £1.90).

Airporter (tel: +44 28 7126 9996; operates nine daily coaches to Derry/Londonderry (journey time: 2 hours; fare: £20).

Taxi:Airport-approved taxis (tel: +44 28 9080 9080; operate from a rank directly outside the terminal building. The fare to the city centre is around £10.

Terminal facilities


There are ATMs pre- and post-security. Currency exchange facilities are available from Travelex in the public area of the concourse.


Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout George Best Belfast City Airport, while internet kiosks are located in the departures lounge. A postbox is situated post-security, and coin- and card-operated public telephones are positioned at various points within the terminal.


There is a 'food village' in the departures area with a number of cafés, snack bars and full-service options. In addition, there is a café on the ground floor in the public area.


George Best Belfast City Airport is no shopping mecca, but it has a small selection of newsagents and gift shops, including a duty-free outlet.


There are no left-luggage facilities at the airport; trolleys are available. There is a dedicated Lost Property Office (tel: +44 28 9093 5105) to help passengers with lost luggage queries.


Other facilities available at George Best Belfast City Airport include a parenting room, for parents with young children, baby changing facilities in toilets, and a first-aid service, on hand to deal with medical emergencies.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

Business facilities are available at the airport’s conference suite (tel: +44 28 9093 9093), where there are two conference rooms for up to 40 delegates and two meeting rooms for up to eight people. This complex at the airport can provide full presentation facilities (including audiovisual equipment, complimentary stationery, catering and a secretarial service) as well as fax and photocopying services.

Disabled facilities

A special check-in desk is provided for disabled passengers and staff members here are trained in basic signing. An induction loop can be fitted and a text phone can be provided on request from the information desk. Assistance – including ambulifts to aircrafts – can be requested when booking the flight or by notifying security on arrival.

The airport is accessible, with low-level kerbs at entrances and exits to the terminals, ramps and lifts where necessary, easy-access toilets and lowered telephones.

There are disabled parking spaces close to the airport entrance in the short-stay car park – customers with disability identification are charged long-term rates. Courtesy telephones are positioned in the car park to call for assistance. Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline before travelling.

Car parking

The short-term car park at George Best Belfast City Airport is close to the terminal, while the long-stay car park is further away and is served by a courtesy shuttle service operating at 15-minute intervals. Other services include convenient fast-track parking and executive parking – both of which are next to the terminal.

Car rental

Car hire companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National are all represented at George Best Belfast City Airport, with desks in the arrivals area. The pick-up and drop-off area is next to the terminal.


There are currently no hotels located on-site at George Best Belfast City Airport, but a wide range of accommodation is available in the nearby city centre.

Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

+44 28 9043 4065

Home to the Sardinian-inspired Filini Restaurant, the 120-room Radisson Blu is located in former gasworks alongside the River Langan. As well as complimentary high-speed internet, guests can make use of five function rooms.

The Gasworks 3 Cromac Place Ormeau Road, BT7 2JB, Belfast, United Kingdom

Jury's Inn Belfast

+44 28 9053 3500

The 190-room Jury's Inn is located along the busy Great Victoria Street in the city centre, near Great Victoria Street Station, which has rail links to the airport. On-site dining and business facilities are available at this mid-range hotel.

Great Victoria Street, BT2 7AP, Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast Hilton

+44 28 9027 7000

Housing a cocktail bar, fitness centre and business facilities, Belfast Hilton is suitable for most types of traveller – particularly as it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the sights and sounds of Belfast city centre.

4 Lanyon Place, BT1 3LP, Belfast, United Kingdom

Europa Hotel Belfast

+44 28 9027 1066

Handily located near Great Victoria Street railway station, this elegant hotel boasts an on-site restaurant serving cuisine based around local produce. A good option for those staying on business, there are a range of conference rooms for hire.

Great Victoria Street, BT2 7AP, Belfast, United Kingdom
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