Cheap flights from Cardiff to Belfast

Belfast packs a whole lot of attractions into a very small space. As well as having the sort of leisure facilities you’d expect from an important city, it’s served as a filming base and location for many world-famous productions (especially Game of Thrones), has a wide range of historic and cultural attractions and is surrounded by amazing countryside.

Cardiff Airport Facilities

With only one terminal, Cardiff Airport doesn’t have the space for major retail outlets, but it has the basics well covered.  You’ll find plenty of toilets, ATMs and currency exchange kiosks along with shops where you can stock up on any essentials you’ve forgotten and a decent range of places to eat and drink.  There’s also a Duty Free.

People with young children will be pleased to hear that there are changing facilities, feeding areas and play areas.

There’s also free WiFi and internet kiosks with charging ports, plus there’s tourist information and special assistance services for anyone who needs a bit of extra help.

Flight time from Cardiff to Belfast City

Direct flights from Cardiff to Belfast City take about an hour.

Getting to Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport can only be directly accessed by road.  If you’re going by car, the post code is CF62 3BD.  Essentially, you head East along the M4 to junction 33 and then follow the signs along the A4232, A4050 and A4226.  If you’re unfamiliar with Cardiff Airport, then the Eastern Approach (Port Road) is likely to be your best option as it gives access to all car parks.  The Western Approach is only for drop off/pick up and short-stay parking.

In addition to taking your own car, there are car hire and taxi facilities, scheduled bus services and private coaches.  Theoretically, you can also access Cardiff Airport by bicycle, but this would raise the question of where to put your bicycle when you were away, so unless you’re taking it with you or can leave it in someone else’s car, this may not be the most practical option.

The nearest rail station to Cardiff Airport is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station, from where a shuttle bus can take you the rest of the way to the airport.  By bus the trip takes about 10 minutes.  You can also walk if you wish.

Travelling to and from Belfast City airport

Belfast City airport is, literally, five minutes by car from Belfast City centre on the A2 Sydenham Bypass.  The post code for sat nav is BT3 9JH.  There are also lots of buses and private coaches, which take slightly longer.  If you want to go by bicycle, you can avoid the traffic by going along the Greenway and then leave your bicycle in secure storage at the short-stay car park.

The nearest train station is Sydenham from where there is a shuttle to the airport.  Please note that Sydenham train station has footbridge access so this may not be ideal for people with reduced mobility. 

For those who are mobile and reasonably fit, walking to the Belfast City airport could actually be a feasible option, especially if you have minimal baggage.

Things to See & Do in Belfast

You can easily spend a short break in Belfast just eating, drinking, shopping and dancing, but if you want to make the most of the city here are three attractions you have to see.

The Titanic Visitor Experience

You’ve (probably) seen the film now come and see the truth about the legendary shipping disaster and the impact it had not only on the shipping industry but on the world.

Game of Thrones Locations

Even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, you might want to consider doing one of these tours as it’s a great way to see some amazing countryside, especially the Dark Hedges road which was used as the King’s Road.

The Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

The Giant’s Causeway really is as impressive as everyone says it is and while the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge may be a lesser-known attraction it offers utterly spectacular views of the coastline and the sea.

Best time of year to visit Belfast

The weather in Belfast is definitely at its best during the summer months, basically June through August, but this is when the schools are out so the city can get very busy.  If you don’t have to plan around school holidays March through May and September are also times when you have a good chance of decent weather.  Alternatively, if you’re planning on spending most of your time indoors anyway, then you could even visit between October and February.

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