Even though Belfast isn’t very big, there are actually two airports. This airport guide features the Belfast International Airport, which is located a little further away from the city center.
Belfast International Airport is often referred to as Aldergrove Airport, which is how the airpot was formelly named. At that time, the first intercontinental connection to New York was established. However, this flight isn’t existing anymore as subsidiaries were cut in-line with EU regulations. However, Norwegian has two new intercontinental routes, to Stewart Airport and Newburgh Airport in the United States as of the 1st of July 2017.
Other than that, Belfast is well connected to other cities in the United Kingdom and a few cities in Europe. However, several domestic flights are operated from Belfast City Airport rather than Belfast International Airport.
As you’d expect, there are not too many shops and restaurants at Belfast International Airport. You can find a Starbucks, a Burger King and a few cafés and bars at the airport, but no proper restaurant as such. For grabbing a snack, Belfast International Airport is fairly decent though. When it comes to shopping, there are typical airport shops including a press, a souvenir and a duty free store. Plus, there’s WH Smith and a pharmacy for your daily needs.
According to sleepinginairports.com, it is generally possible to sleep at Belfast International Airport. However, passengers are not allowed to enter the terminal during the night. In addition, all shops are closed for the night. If you are looking for more comfort, you might want to consider a hotel nearby.
The closest hotel is Maldron Hotel Belfast, which is in walking distance of the airport. There are a couple of more hotels in the immediate area, but none of these is walkable.
The Belfast City Airport is located right in the city center, while the International Airport is located 25 kilometers away from Belfast. Thus, taking a taxi or an Uber to the city center can be quite expensive with prices of up to 30 GBP (~ 34 Euro / 38 US-Dollar) per ride. Alternatively, you might want to consider taking public transport to the city center.
The Translink Express Bus Line 300 connects the airport all day long and makes the journey in less than 45 minutes. You may also take a train from Antrim Railway Station. Yet, you need to take a shuttle bus first, which makes it a rather complicated option if your final destination is Belfast.