Belfast travel tips
Explore Belfast in a Black Cab
Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and a popular short-break destination. Visitor attractions include Belfast Castle, Belfast Zoo, the Stormont Parliament Building and Titanic Exhibition. A great way of getting a flavour of the city is by taking a Black Cab Tour.
When is the best time to travel to Belfast?
Belfast has a mild, wet climate, with April to September being the best months to visit. Belfast enjoys a lively programme of events, such as the Spring festival of Féile an Earraigh, with traditional Irish and Celtic music and the Belfast Film Festival in April. The Féile an Phobail in August mixes world, Indie and traditional music, while October's Belfast Festival has dance, jazz, comedy and art, as well as music.
What do I need to know before travelling to Belfast?
Belfast is generally safe, although like many cities, there are areas best avoided. Useful tourist information can be found at offices in Donegall Square and on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Belfast is a cheaper city than London and other large UK cities, with basic meals starting at around £4.50 and pints of local beer costing about £3.
Useful information about local Belfast transport and accommodation
The 300 Airport Express route transfers visitors to the city bus station, with a one-way ticket costing about £7.50 and a return ticket around £10.50. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes. A taxi from Belfast International Airport to the city centre costs about £30. Central Belfast is compact enough to explore on foot, but the city does have a network of buses. Single bus tickets start at about £1.50, while the good value Metro day ticket, giving all day bus travel, costs around £4. A Smartlink Travel Card is available, which costs £1.50, plus £10.50 for 10 journeys. A one week travel card costs about £16. For tourists there is the Belfast visitor pass, lasting from one to three days and giving discounts for transport and attractions. Shared taxis start at around £1 for set routes, while a three day membership of Belfast's bike scheme costs approximately £5, then is free for the first 30 minutes, 50p for the first hour and then £1 per hour. Cheapest accommodation is found in hostels, starting at around £10 in shared rooms. Mid-priced hotel doubles cost from £60.