Manchester to Belfast

Famous for being the birthplace of the Titanic and the point of convergence during the Troubles, Belfast is the very definition of a historic city. It has a colourful past, but the city you’ll find now is a bright beacon of regeneration. Belfast is blessed with grand architecture, a glittering waterfront and music-filled pubs packed with friendly locals. Whether your flight from Manchester to Belfast is for business or pleasure, you're sure to feel inspired by the many stories it has to tell.

For the latest information on our flight schedules from Manchester Airport (MAN) to Belfast City (BHD), take a look at our Flybe Timetable page for this route, and for the return journey, take a look at the Belfast to Manchester page.

For tips and guidance about your trip from Manchester to Belfast, see our sections below. In a hurry? Then use the list below to fast-forward to the information you need.

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Getting to Manchester Airport (MAN)

Getting to Manchester Airport for your flight to Belfast City is easy, as the airport is well situated with excellent transport links and plenty of parking. For full details, visit our Getting to Manchester Airport page.

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Manchester Airport Departures

At a glance:

  • Short stay and long stay car parking
    Book in advance via Flybe.com or book now
  • Public transport
    Bus, train, coach and tram links to the airport station
  • 1 hour of free WiFi throughout
  • Bookable Fast Track Security
  • Bookable Escape Lounge
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Shopping including Duty Free

For more detailed information, visit our dedicated Manchester Airport information page.

Check-in and bag drop at Manchester Airport

Before your flight from Manchester to Belfast City, we recommend you check-in online wherever possible. If you are unable to do so, you can check-in and collect your boarding pass at the airport free of charge. Read more about the check-in options available by airport.

Terminal 3 - Facilities before Security

  • Newsagents
  • Cafés

Terminal 3 - Facilities after Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Escape Lounge

Retailers:

  • Duty Free
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Audio, electrical and music
  • Health and beauty
  • Newsagents

Belfast City Airport Arrivals (BHD)

At a glance:

  • 5 miles from city centre
    10 minutes' drive to city centre in normal traffic
  • Public transport
    Buses run to/from the airport.
    Trains run from Sydenham station nearby and can be reached by airport shuttle bus. On arrival, go to the airport information desk to find out more.
  • Taxi stand
  • Car hire
    Book now through our preferred partners Avis or Budget
  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Cafés and restaurants
    In Arrivals area
  • Newsagents and bureau de change
    In Arrivals area

To find out more, visit our dedicated flights to Belfast page and browse other available routes.

Visiting Belfast

The thriving city of Belfast has so much to offer, whether you're visiting for business or enjoying a weekend away. Below are some inspirational tips on things to see in Belfast, where to stay, and of course, where to eat and drink for an authentically Irish night out!

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Hotels in Belfast

Flybe works in partnership with Booking.com to make it even easier to help you find the perfect hotel in Belfast. From travellers on a budget to those in search of a little luxury, there is accommodation in Belfast city centre to suit every type of visitor.

Things to see in Belfast

From shipbuilding, to famous poets, to the Troubles, Belfast is steeped in history and culture. During your visit to Belfast, be sure to visit Titanic's birthplace at the harbour, and if you've got a little extra time to spare, explore the city on foot or in a taxi to visit more of its historic sites.

Flybe recommends...

Titanic Belfast
The state-of-the-art interactive galleries bring you the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic. Explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the legend.

Black Cab Tours
Take a Black Cab Tour to see the world-famous murals and discover what life was like during the Troubles. With friendly drivers and unbiased commentary. Every mural has a fascinating story to tell.

Crumlin Road Gaol
A chilling insight into what life was like for the 25,000 prisoners who passed through the doors of ‘The Crum’ over 150 years – from murderers to suffragettes, loyalists to republicans.

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Bars and restaurants in Belfast

Belfast loves to eat, drink and party. You’ll find lots of great pubs, bars and eateries within walking distance of the bustling waterfront and you won't have to look far for the great night out that Ireland is so famous for.

Flybe recommends...

Holohan’s
The picturesque waterfront setting and the focus on great Irish produce means Holohan’s is widely hailed as the best restaurant in Belfast.

The Crown Liquor Saloon
A legendary bar and protected historical monument all rolled into one. Settle into one of the cosy snugs and soak up the gas-lit atmosphere in this iconic Belfast watering hole.

Berts Jazz Bar
For an unforgettable night out, let the cool jazz melodies and sophisticated cocktails at Berts Jazz Bar transport you back to the glamour of 1930s New York.

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Getting more from your trip to Belfast

Whether you’re in Belfast for business or leisure, be sure to schedule some extra time to take in all the delights Belfast has to offer. Shop until you drop, dance away the night hours, or just make the most of a precious free hour on your Belfast business trip. And if you have some extra time to spare, get out of the city to discover even more of beautiful Northern Ireland.

Flybe recommends…

Shopping in Belfast:

  • Open Friday to Sunday, St George’s market offers fantastic food stalls, antiques, fashion, jewellery and more. Great for souvenir shopping.
  • Creator of jewellery for Game Of Thrones, Steensons is the place to find contemporary, handmade designs in silver, gold and platinum.
  • The vast Victoria Square and CastleCourt shopping centres offer hundreds of luxury and high-street stores.

Nightlife in Belfast:

  • Nestled down a historic cobbled alley, The Duke of York is a cosy pub hosting traditional live music and is one of the best places to get a true feel for the city.
  • Head to the Filthy Quarter where four individual bars offer a range of atmospheres – from beautifully lit beer gardens to retro-chic cocktail bars.
  • A modern take on a traditional Irish pub, The Dirty Onion hosts live music every night in Belfast’s oldest building.

Beyond Belfast:

  • Stand on the stones of the unmissable Giant’s Causeway and take in the magic. An hour and a half by road, it’s an easy day trip from the city.
  • Odds are you’ll have a thrilling day out at the world-class Down Royal Racecourse, just 20 minutes’ drive from the city.
  • Admire the stately magnificence of Hillsborough Castle and gardens, official Northern Ireland residence of the Royal Family.

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Doing business in Belfast

Belfast is home to offices of some of the world's biggest businesses and several industries thrive in the city, including advanced engineering and a fast-growing creative industry. Frequent daily flights from Manchester to Belfast City help to connect this innovative city with the rest of the UK and beyond.

Conference venues and meeting facilities

Find a meeting venue to impress in Belfast City. With a broad range of venues, Belfast is an ideal destination for small meetings or larger corporate events - just a few of our recommendations are below.

Flybe recommends…

Belfast Waterfront

  • City centre location
  • 17 meeting rooms for 10 to 200 delegates
  • Auditorium for 2,000+ delegates
  • Disabled facilities
  • WiFi
  • IT and audio-visual services
  • In-house catering
  • Event management services
  • Public car parking nearby.

Titanic Belfast

  • City centre location
  • Free WiFi
  • Business centre
  • IT and audio-visual services
  • Disabled facilities
  • Catering
  • Public car parking nearby.

Grand Opera House

  • City centre location
  • 7 meeting spaces
  • Capacity up to 1,000
  • Disabled facilities
  • WiFi
  • IT and audio-visual services
  • In-house catering
  • Event management services
  • Public car parking nearby.