Getting to Conference

Belfast is well connected by road, rail and sea transport and air with 2 local airports in the city. George Best Belfast City Airport is only a 10 minute drive away, whilst from Belfast International it takes only 25 minutes to reach the heart of the city and the conference centre.

Travel By Air

There are 24 UK mainland airports with competitively priced flights to Belfast. Many of these flights are cheaper than you think! For example, using our 2017 Conference venue of Birmingham as a comparison…

Train From London To Birmingham
– Journey time: 1 hr 25 minutes
– Train return cost: £73.50 including booking fee

Flight From Belfast To Birmingham
– Journey time: 1 hour 15 minutes
– Return ticket with hand luggage: £64.48 including booking fee

*N.B. These prices are for example purposes only. Prices for rail and airfares are for tickets booked three months prior to travel during peak time and are correct at time of publishing.

Airlines from the mainland that fly into Belfast:
Belfast International Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport
Aer Lingus
British Airways
Eastern Airways

Rail and Sea
An alternative to air travel from UK to Ireland is to go by train and ferry. You can catch a train from your station of choice to a ferry port (Liverpool, Cairnryan), and then continue your journey on a ferry across the Irish Sea with a single Rail & Sail combined tickets. It can be a cost effective, relaxing and fun way to travel to Conference. Book your tickets in advance to get the best price; bookings are usually available between 9 and 12 weeks before departure.
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Road and Sea
If you want to drive to Conference you can do so by driving to one of the ferry ports (Liverpool or Cairnryan) and taking a Car Ferry straight into Belfast port. The Waterfront conference venue is a few minutes’ drive from the port.
Stena Line and P&O Irish Sea Ferries operate daily services from the UK to Northern Ireland.

There are two 24-hour car parks located near Belfast Waterfront, offering more than 800 parking spaces. The multi-storey Lanyon Place car park is located 100 metres from the venue. The car park at the Belfast Hilton Hotel is also multi-storey and is next door to the building.

“Next year’s Conference is in Belfast which might seem like a long way to go and expensive to get to but I was so inspired by Conference this year that I am already googling flights for next year. Jackie Perryman, Occupational Therapy Team Lead, Plymouth”

2017 Conference Attendee