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.

Where to Eat in Belfast

City Centre is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Belfast. These include popular favourites such as Hell Cat Maggies (2 Donegall Square West), Nico's Pizzeria Restaurant (54 Lisburn Rd) and Bank Square Brasserie (56-58 Berry Street). If you’re looking for affordable options, 2Taps Winebar (Cotton Court 30-42 Waring St) and Flame (46 Howard Street) are great picks. Families with children usually love to dine at Binkys (Old Dundonald Rd), while couples can enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Jospers at Ten Square (Ten Square Hotel), in City Centre. For delicious green meals, The Bowery (701-703 Lisburn Road) and Margot (18 Donegall Square East) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Belfast.

When to visit Belfast

Belfast in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Belfast in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Belfast in July, when the average temperature is 16 °C, and the highest can go up to 20 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 2 °C, with an average temperature of 5 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in October, when precipitation is around 90 mm. In contrast, April is usually the driest month of the year in Belfast, with an average rainfall of 50 mm.

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How to Get to Belfast


Belfast is served by 2 airports: Belfast City Airport (BHD) and Belfast Intl Airport (BFS). The closest to the city centre of Belfast is Belfast City Airport, which is located 4 km from the city centre. Further away is Belfast Intl Airport, 20 km from the centre of Belfast.


Located 0.8 km from the city centre, Belfast Central Railway Station is the busiest station in Belfast. Another popular train station is Belfast Great Victoria Street, located 0.5 km from the centre.


Another option to get to Belfast is to pick up a car hire from Manchester, which is about 271 km from Belfast. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in Manchester.


The most popular bus station is Belfast Belfast Stena Terminal, located 5 km from the city centre of Belfast. Belfast Albert Quay is also a commonly used station, and is 1.9 km from the city centre.

Airports near Belfast

Airlines serving Belfast

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British Airways
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Air France
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Qatar Airways
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Malaysia Airlines
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Japan Airlines
Excellent (807 reviews)
Aer Lingus
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Qantas Airways
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American Airlines
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Virgin Atlantic
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Kenya Airways
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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 Hampton by Hilton Belfast City Centre, Belfast offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $202 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $414 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Lagan Backpackers and Paddy's Palace Belfast. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Belfast, with prices from $15 to $2,773 per night. City Centre is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Belfast are about 1% 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, Excellent reviews)
Crowne Plaza Belfast
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Leonardo Hotel Belfast
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Ramada by Wyndham Belfast City Centre
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Etap Belfast
Good (7.1, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Belfast

Sixt, Budget and Hertz are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Belfast is the Budget branch at Belfast International Airport, which is 20 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay $3.23 per litre in Belfast (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $38.71 and $51.61. The most frequently booked car type in Belfast is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Hyundai i10 or similar) is, on average, 53% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.