Accommodation & Travel
Accommodation & Travel options to help plan your trip to Belfast.
2 Lanyon Place,
To help you plan your attendance, you can download the meeting overview here.
Belfast is a popular destination city whose hotels fill up quickly, so we highly recommend you secure your accommodation and make your travel plans as early as possible.
You can book your accommodation with Visit Belfast, who are able to offer conference rates at certain hotels within the city. You can easily sort this by price and distance to the hotel to help with your selection.
You have no obligation to book with Visit Belfast. If you would prefer to book independently we recommend you browse through the many accommodation options available in Belfast using Booking.com or Hostel World. There are also many Airbnb options within the city.
With over 194 European and international destinations servicing both Belfast and Dublin, 530 direct UK flights weekly from 24 destinations into Belfast, and sea crossing from Scotland and England, the city is easily accessible for international delegates.
George Belfast City Airport
Belfast City Airport is just 3 miles from Belfast City Centre. Flybe, Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM, and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport.
The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre, around every 30 minutes. The bus journey takes around 20 minutes and costs £2.60 if you pay with cash.
Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, and Wizz all fly to and from Belfast International Airport.
The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre, as often as every 20 minutes during peak hours. Tickets are around £7 for a single and the journey takes around 1 hour to central Belfast.
Many international flights come into Dublin Airport, in the Republic of Ireland. There are great links by train and bus to Belfast City Centre, with regular services and a journey time to Belfast of approximately two hours.
Belfast is easily accessed by sea, with crossings from both Scotland and England, and journey times from just 2 hours.
If you opt for getting the ferry to Dublin there are direct trains between Dublin and Belfast which take around 2 ½ hours with one change.
Stena Line (travelling from Liverpool – England, and Cairnryan – Scotland)
- This line often has deals where kids go free!
- From Liverpool (England), the ferry takes around 8 hours and costs upwards of £350 for a return in a small car with two passengers, and £60 on foot for one passenger.
- From Cairnryan (Scotland), the ferry takes around 2 ½ hours and costs upwards of £400 for a return in a small car with two passengers, and £60 on foot for one passenger.
P&O Irish Sea (travelling from Cairnryan, Scotland – Larne, Northern Ireland)
- From Cairnryan this ferry takes around 2 hours and costs upwards of £350 for a return in a small car with two passengers, and £55 on foot for one passenger.
Head to seat sixty one for more rail options.
There are many different rail options for reaching the above ports from mainland UK, including:
- Glasgow to Cairnryan – which takes around 2 ½ hours with one change
- Cardiff to Liverpool – which takes around 3 ½ hours with one change
- London to Liverpool – which takes around 2 hours with no changes
Plan your route here.
We’re proud to be working with Visit Belfast and Tourism Northern Ireland and delighted to be using the ICC Belfast as our venue.
For more information on Belfast, please see the Visit Belfast website.
Like what we stand for?
Support our mission and help develop the next generation of ecologists by donating to the British Ecological Society.