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 neighborhood with the most restaurants in Belfast. These include popular favorites such as Hell Cat Maggies (2 Donegall Square West), Jumon Belfast (Unit 6 McAuley House Fountain Street) and James St. (19-21 James Street South). If you’re looking for affordable options, Top Blade (St Anne's Square) and 2Taps Winebar (Cotton Court 30-42 Waring St) are great picks.

Most popular restaurants in Belfast

Bistro
Excellent (458 reviews)

When to visit Belfast

Belfast in January
Estimated hotel price
$78
1 night at 3-star hotel
Belfast in January
Estimated hotel price
$78
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Belfast in July, when the average temperature is 60.8 °F, and the highest can go up to 68 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 35.6 °F, with an average temperature of 41 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 3.5″. In contrast, April is usually the driest month of the year in Belfast, with an average rainfall of 2″.

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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 downtown Belfast is Belfast City Airport, which is located 3 miles from the city center. Further away is Belfast Intl Airport, 12 miles from the center of Belfast.

Train

Located 0.5 miles from the city center, 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 center.

Car

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

Bus

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

Airports near Belfast

Airlines serving Belfast

American Airlines
Good (4,030 reviews)
KLM
Good (309 reviews)
Air France
Good (353 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,790 reviews)
British Airways
Good (1,088 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,015 reviews)
Iberia
Good (749 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (912 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,331 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (696 reviews)
easyJet
Good (423 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (36 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (370 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Good (360 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (123 reviews)
Wizz Air
Good (284 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (269 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Excellent (30 reviews)
Jet2
Excellent (30 reviews)
Loganair
Excellent (3 reviews)
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Where to stay in Belfast

From 5-star hotels such as the The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast to great affordable options like the ibis Belfast Queens Quarter, Belfast offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $105 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $158 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Lagan Backpackers and Belfast City Backpacker Hostel. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Belfast, with prices from $9 to $1,642 per night. City Centre is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Belfast are about 12% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Belfast

Most booked hotels in Belfast

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
Excellent (9, 3504 reviews)
$162+
Europa Hotel
Excellent (8.6, 3377 reviews)
$104+
Corr's Corner Hotel
Excellent (8.4, 880 reviews)
$94+
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre
Excellent (8.3, 4397 reviews)
$93+
Clayton Hotel Belfast
Excellent (8, 3207 reviews)
$110+
Jurys Inn Belfast
Good (7.9, 11255 reviews)
$83+
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Renting a car in Belfast

Renting a car in Belfast costs $51 per day, on average, or $103 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Enterprise, Budget and Sixt are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Belfast is the Budget branch at Belfast International Airport, which is 12 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 4% cheaper than airport locations in Belfast.

Expect to pay $7.42 per gallon in Belfast (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $89.03 and $118.71.