Belfast & Travel information

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We named our festival after one of Belfast's most famous, or infamous creations. Only in Belfast can you trace the Titanic story to its source, discover the passion and pride of those who designed and built her, and relive the excitement of the Titanic era when the city was at the height of its powers.  

The Lonely Planet guide says:

"It may seem strange for a city to identify with a ship that is famous for sinking on its maiden voyage. But Belfast built what was the most advanced piece of technology in the world at that time and takes pride in the innovation, skill, and engineering genius that went into making the Titanic. And as the locals constantly remind you, ‘She was fine when she left here’.

Once lumped with Beirut, Baghdad, and Bosnia as one the four ‘B’s for travellers to avoid Belfast has pulled off a remarkable transformation from bombs-and-bullets pariah to hip-hotels-and-hedonism party town. The city’s skyline is in a constant state of flux as redevelopment continues apace. The old shipyards are giving way to the luxury waterfront apartments of the Titanic Quarter. And Victoria Square - Europe’s biggest urban regeneration project - has added a massive city-centre shopping mall to a list of tourist attractions that includes Victorian architecture, a glittering waterfront lined with modern art, foot-stomping music in packed-out pubs, and the UK’s second-biggest arts festival - Belfast Festival at Queen’s."

 Today Belfast is a city packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping… you might even spot a ship or two. You’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Have a look around and learn more about the home of Titango.

Game of Thrones Film locations in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones Tours:




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Queen's University, Belfast 

Botanic Gardens, Belfast 

Giant´s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Travelling to Belfast

By rail and bus

Belfast can be reached from most towns and cities in Ireland, north and south, via the bus and rail network. Bus and train services operated by Translink (www.translink.co.uk) link in seamlessly with those of Bus Eireann and Irish Rail to provide a service that covers all of Ireland. The famous Enterprise train runs 8 times daily in each direction between Belfast and Dublin with a journey time of 2 hours.  

The best and cheapest way to travel to Belfast from Dublin and Cork is on the Aircoach http://www.aircoach.ie/ . This leaves hourly from O'Connell Street in Dublin, and also picks up at Dublin Airport before travelling to the Europa Hotel, Belfast.  

From Galway to Belfast the fastest and cheapest way looks to be use http://www.gobus.ie/  from Galway direct to Dublin Airport, then pick up the Aircoach  http://www.aircoach.ie/  at Dublin Airport to go direct to the Europa Hotel, Belfast.  It is then an easy 10 minute walk to the Festival venue and Festival accommodation.

By air

Belfast is served by two airports:  Belfast International Airport BFS (17 miles from the city centre) and George Best Belfast City Airport BHD (3 miles from the city centre). Shuttle bus services connect both airports to the city centre. There are direct flights to Belfast from over twenty European cities. For details on routes visit individual operators: www.aerlingus.com; www.britishairways.com; www.easyjet.com; www.jet2.com; www.flybe.com; www.citywing.com.

The easiest way to check all the flights to Belfast is to use: http://www.skyscanner.net/

By sea

Regular scheduled ferry services operate between Northern Ireland and Great Britain connecting Belfast and Larne with Troon and Cairnryan in Scotland and with Fleetwood and Liverpool in England. For details on sailing routes visit individual operators: www.poirishsea.com; www.stenaline.co.uk; www.irishferries.com.