Airfare to Belfast, Northern Ireland
Since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, Northern Ireland’s capital has seen an increase in tourism. Must do attractions include Black Taxi Political Tours, which take travelers the sights of fighting including the Belfast Murals, St. George’s Market with an indoor shopping area and a variety of goods and the Titanic Boat Tour, as Belfast was where this famous ship was built.
Airfare to Belfast will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into London, England or Dublin, Ireland. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. Jet2, easyJet and Zoom fly to Belfast. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. British Airways is the national airline. However, Continental Airlines, bmi and other airlines also stop in Belfast.
The most expensive air tickets to Belfast are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into London, England or Dublin, Ireland and traveling overland to Belfast via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Belfast, check out BootsnAll’s Belfast Travel Guide.