Cheap flights from Belfast to Birmingham

Landing in The New York Times’ top 20 places to visit in the world is quite an accalade, and Birmingham in the UK’s Midlands has managed to do exactly that. This may surprise some people who assume the city is an industrial place, but it has a thriving heart and plenty to offer.

Belfast City Facilities

Belfast City Airport is a great place to start any trip, whether it is for work or for pleasure. Get there early and enjoy the many restaurants and cafes on site. You can start small with Starbucks or Costa and order your favourite kind of coffee (along with a cake, of course), or you can have a larger meal in The Artisan or St George’s Restaurant and Deli. Both welcoming, both great value for money, but both offering entirely different dishes – The Artisan is all about light bites such as tapas, whereas St George’s has an impressive pizza oven.

Shopping is also perfectly possible at Belfast City Airport. World Duty Free is one of the larger shops, but you can also buy everything you need for your break away from stores such as Waterstone’s and WH Smith or House of Ireland.

Flight Time from Belfast City to Aberdeen

Flights from Belfast City to Birmingham take approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes.  

Getting to Belfast City

Another great reason to fly from Belfast City Airport is that it is so easy to get to. Located just a 5 minute drive from the city centre itself using postcode BT3 9JH if you are using a sat nav, the A2 is the quickest route.

If you’d rather not drive, you can have someone else do it for you, as there are plenty of taxis available to take you to the airport in time for your flight.

Other options include the train. The closest station to the airport is either Great Victoria Street or Belfast Central, and since the trains run regularly during peak times it should be easy to plan which one you need to fit in with your flight’s departure time. At off peak times it’s worth checking the timetable thoroughly to ensure you catch the right train.

Sydenham station is where you can catch the free shuttle bus to the airport. This is only for passengers flying that day, however, and must be booked in advance. You can arrange this at the station or the airport.

Buses are another good option. The Express 600 Service takes just 10 minutes and operates every 30 minutes. Tickets are available from the tourist information desk in the airport, or from the driver if you are heading in the other direction.

Travelling to and from Birmingham Airport

Around 12.5 million people use Birmingham Airport each year, and although that means it is a busy place, getting there is a simple process.

Birmingham Airport is just eight miles from the city centre, and accessible via the UK’s extensive motorway network, so no matter which direction you are coming from, you should be able to reach it easily. Remember, there will be busy times of the day that mean you should leave extra time to get to the airport. Rush hours around Birmingham tend to be between 7.30am and 9am and 4.30pm and 6pm, particularly on the M6 and M42.

Not only are the road links good, but the rail links are excellent too. Thanks to a dedicated monorail service, you can travel directly to the airport from Birmingham International Train Station; once you know what time your flight is, you can work backwards to catch the right train. The monorail operates between 3.30am and 12.30am, so for the majority of flights it is going to be there to help you get to the airport. When the monorail is not operating, there is a courtesy bus option, so you will never be stranded.

Things to See & Do in Birmingham

Birmingham is a fascinating city with a rich heritage, and as such there are always going to be interesting things to do and see there.

The New Art Gallery

One such attraction is the The New Art Gallery in Walsall. This opened in February 2000 and was designed by Caruso St John architects. It houses an astonishing collection of important art such as pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Constable, Picasso, and Matisse.

Cadbury World

If you have a sweet tooth you mustn’t miss out on a chance to visit Cadbury World. This self-guided exhibition tour will teach you everything you need to know about how chocolate is made and what goes into creating the iconic Cadbury brand.

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouse

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouse is another superb attraction. Covering 15 acres, there is a stunning sculpture trail, a lily pool, orchids, rhododendron walks, rock garden, rose garden, the National Bonsai Collection, plus a children’s adventure playground amongst other things.

Best Time of Year to Visit Birmingham

For the best weather, it’s good to visit Birmingham between June and September. However, since there is something happening almost every month, and the attractions cater to tourists all year round, you might want to choose quieter times to visit (such as March or November) to miss the crowds.

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