Belfast travel guide

Belfast Tourism | Belfast Guide

You're Going to Love Belfast

With a population of 274,770, Belfast is the largest city in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Belfast has to offer.

Where to Eat in Belfast

City Centre is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Belfast. These include popular favourites such as Nico's Pizzeria Restaurant (54 Lisburn Rd), Bank Square Brasserie (56-58 Berry Street) and Jumon Belfast (Unit 6 McAuley House Fountain Street). If you’re looking for affordable options, Coppi (Unit 2 Saint Anne's Square) and 2Taps Winebar (Cotton Court 30-42 Waring St) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Bowery (701-703 Lisburn Road) and 3Cs Social Club (43A Rosemary St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Belfast.

When to visit Belfast

Belfast in January
Estimated hotel price
£91
1 night at 3-star hotel
Belfast in January
Estimated hotel price
£91
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Belfast in July, when the average temperature is 16 °C, and the highest can go up to 20 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 2 °C, with an average temperature of 5 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 90 mm. In contrast, April is usually the driest month of the year in Belfast, with an average rainfall of 50 mm.

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How to Get to Belfast

Plane

Belfast is served by 2 airports: Belfast City Airport (BHD) and Belfast Intl Airport (BFS). The closest to the city centre of Belfast is Belfast City Airport, which is located 3 miles from the city centre. Further away is Belfast Intl Airport, 12 miles from the centre of Belfast.

Train

Located 0.5 miles from the city centre, Belfast Central Railway Station is the busiest station in Belfast. Another popular train station is Belfast Great Victoria Street, located 0.3 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Belfast is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 142 miles from Belfast. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Belfast Belfast Stena Terminal, located 3 miles from the city centre of Belfast. Belfast Castlereagh, Montgomery Road is also a commonly used station, and is 2 miles from the city centre.

Plane

Belfast is served by 2 airports: Belfast City Airport (BHD) and Belfast Intl Airport (BFS). The closest to the city centre of Belfast is Belfast City Airport, which is located 3 miles from the city centre. Further away is Belfast Intl Airport, 12 miles from the centre of Belfast.

Train

Located 0.5 miles from the city centre, Belfast Central Railway Station is the busiest station in Belfast. Another popular train station is Belfast Great Victoria Street, located 0.3 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Belfast is to pick up a car hire from Edinburgh, which is about 142 miles from Belfast. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Edinburgh.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Belfast Belfast Stena Terminal, located 3 miles from the city centre of Belfast. Belfast Castlereagh, Montgomery Road is also a commonly used station, and is 2 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Belfast

Airlines serving Belfast

Lufthansa
Good (4,427 reviews)
KLM
Good (806 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,189 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,599 reviews)
Air France
Good (961 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,519 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,458 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (167 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (764 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (905 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,420 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (497 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,468 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,657 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (145 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (525 reviews)
Jet2
Excellent (83 reviews)
Loganair
Excellent (14 reviews)
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Where to stay in Belfast

Average rates range from around £94 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £152 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Belfast, with prices from £7 to £1,297 per night. City Centre is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Belfast are about 1% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Belfast

Most booked hotels in Belfast

The Old Inn
4 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£164+
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£149+
Culloden Estate & Spa
5 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£186+
Ballyrobin Country Lodge
3 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£85+
Europa Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£113+
Dunsilly Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£97+

Hiring a car in Belfast

Hiring a car in Belfast costs £28 per day, on average, or £57 if you want to hire it for 2 days. Sixt, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Belfast is the Budget branch at Belfast International Airport, which is 12 miles from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 15% more expensive than at Belfast City.

Expect to pay £1.43 per litre in Belfast (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.07 and £22.76. The most frequently booked car type in Belfast is Compact (Ford Focus or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium car hire (Mercedes-Benz CLA or similar) is, on average, 95% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Belfast costs £28 per day, on average, or £57 if you want to hire it for 2 days. Sixt, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Belfast is the Budget branch at Belfast International Airport, which is 12 miles from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 15% more expensive than at Belfast City.

Expect to pay £1.43 per litre in Belfast (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.07 and £22.76. The most frequently booked car type in Belfast is Compact (Ford Focus or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Premium car hire (Mercedes-Benz CLA or similar) is, on average, 95% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.