London to Belfast

The Crown Saloon in Belfast, photo (c) Donna Dailey from How to Get from London to Belfast:

The Crown Saloon in Belfast
Photo (c) Donna Dailey

On this London to Belfast page Beyond London Travel reviews the best ways to get to Belfast from London including cheap flights or the options for traveling by bus, train and ferry.

Flights from London to Belfast

There are flights from several London airports to Belfast's two airports (see below) including flights with Aer Lingus, easyJet and British Airways.

The budget airline Flybe also has up to four flights a day to Belfast from London City Airport.

London-Belfast Flight Time

Flight time is roughly 70-90 minutes depending on which London airport you depart from and which of Belfast's two airports you arrive at. 

Belfast Airports

Belfast has two airports. The main one for international travellers is Belfast International Airport.

The second airport is George Best Belfast City Airport, named after Belfast's most famous footballing hero, George Best.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport (BFS) is about a 15-mile (24km) drive to the northwest of Belfast. It is sometimes referred to as Aldergrove Airport, after the nearby village of Aldergrove.

There's a 24-hour bus service connecting the airport with the city centre, and taxis too. Driving time is about 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic. 

The nearest train station is Antrim railway station which is 5 miles (8kms) north of the airport and connected to it by bus.

The only flights to Belfast International Airport from London are currently with easyJet, which flies from London Gatwick, London Luton and London Stansted airports.

George Best Belfast City Airport

The George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is about 3 miles (4.8kms) northeast of the city centre. There are rail, bus and taxi connections into the city. Because of the short distance, a taxi is usually the easiest option and the journey takes about ten minutes. 

Flights from London to the George Best Belfast City Airport include:

  • Aer Lingus has flights from London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
  • British Airways flies from London Heathrow.
  • Flybe has flights from London City Airport as well as many other UK destinations. The airline has a major hub in Belfast.
Belfast City Airport from How to Get from London to Belfast:

Belfast City Airport

Train/Ferry from London to Belfast

For most people getting from London to Belfast by any other way than flying is not going to be a practical option. You first take the train from London to Liverpool Lime Street station, then take a local train or a taxi to the ferry port at Birkenhead. Ferries are operated by Stena Line and the crossing time from Birkenhead to Belfast is about 8 hours. Belfast Port is about 4 miles (6.4kms) northeast of Belfast city centre.

London to Belfast by Bus

You can take the National Express bus from London's Victoria Coach Station to Belfast Port (see previous section) or to the Europa Bus Centre, which is in Belfast city centre. 

Journeys go either via the ferry to Dublin for an onward bus connection to Belfast's Europa Bus Centre, or go to the Stena Terminal at Cairnryan in Scotland for the Stena Terminal at Belfast Port.

Total journey time via the Scottish option is about 16 hours and via Dublin is about 12-13 hours. There is little saving on the fare compared to the price of a cheap flight to Belfast.

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