The most popular time of year to visit Belfast is the Summer, that said Autumn or Spring offer cheap flights to Belfast, as well as pleasant weather and lots of events. March is the month for St Patrick’s Day, a hugely popular celebration all over Ireland, so make sure to secure your flights to Belfast early on in order to save money on your flight tickets. October is home for the Belfast Restaurant Week, which sees over 60 restaurants competing across the city. You can enjoy signature dishes and great offers making it a great time to visit. Flights to Belfast are generally cheap but booking in advance certainly helps.
Belfast is rapidly becoming an all-year destination for tourists to visit, especially with such a short flight time. December to February tend to be rather rainy, although snow is rare and temperature average at around 6 degrees. If you’re happy with fewer crowds and cooler weather, you can find the cheapest flights to Belfast during the off season.
Flights from London (All airports) to Belfast – 1 hour 15 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Belfast – 1 hour
Flights from Birmingham to Belfast – 1 hour 05 minutes
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast – 45 minutes
Easyjet, British Airways, Aer Lingus and FlyBe are four airlines that operate flights to Belfast. There are of course others such as KLM, but EasyJet and Aer Lingus are probably the two most competitive when it comes to pricing. Flights to Belfast take around an hour on average so it doesn’t matter to much from a comfort point of view which airline to go with. Depending what time of year you travel, you might get hit with a hefty fee for checked in baggage with British Airways so pay attention to that.
The airport is conveniently located just 5km away, meaning after your flight to Belfast you can be sure of a short trip to the city. You can either take a bus to the nearby train station, or if you’re happy walking about 10 minutes, you can walk there. You can grab a train every half an hour on a weekday, or at every hour on a weekend. From the train station you can practically travel to anywhere in Ireland. Other than the train, a bus is your best option. They leave from right outside the airport and the Airport Express 600 runs directly to the city centre. It operates around every 20 minutes so it is very regular. Another option is to get a taxi from outside the terminal, however this costs around £8, so is only worth it if there a few of you to chip in for the fare.