Flying into Northern Ireland

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is located 25km west of the centre of Belfast. Although the Airport Express 300 provides a regular service into Belfast, it is worth exploring the bus timetables for taking a bus through Ballymena to reach Ballycastle. This may work out to be the quickest route to the start of the trail.

EasyJet offers a total of 21 routes into Belfast International. The source countries include Scotland, England, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Malta.

Jet2.com offer over a dozen routes around Europe to Belfast International Airport. Flights from within the UK include Blackpool, Leeds Bradford and Jersey. Countries that are further afield include Croatia, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

Aer Lingus operates 10 routes into Belfast International Airport. The major capital destinations include London, Rome and Barcelona with the remainder being in Spain and Portugal.

Continental Airlines offer direct flights from the United States from New York (Newark) and Orlando Sanford. The main connecting flights include Orlando International and San Francisco in the States and Vancouver and Toronto in Canada.

George Best Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport is situated 3km east of the Belfast City Centre. The Airport Express 600 Bus takes 15-20 mins to reach the Europa Bus Centre. If your flight is early enough, the simplest way to get to the start of the trail is to catch the 252 bus at 9am.

Flybe provides a greatest selection of routes to Belfast City. It flies from over 18 destination cities across the United Kingdom. In addition to this there are also flights from the Channel Islands and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

FlyBmi operates just one route to London Heathrow. From here, connecting flights to nearly anywhere in the world can be sought.

Manx2 operates 3 routes into Belfast City. These are from the Isle of Man, Blackpool and Galway.

City of Derry Airport

The City of Derry Airport is situated around 11km to the north-east of Londonderry (Derry). This is on the road to Coleraine which makes it more accessible to the western end of the Causeway Coast Way. If you intend landing in this airport, Portstewart would be the more convenient starting point. Alternatively, if you finish in Portstewart, it is worth considering flying out from here.

Flybe operate the most different routes into Derry, with Scotland providing the strongest links. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness are all served by Flybe. They also fly from Manchester and Southampton in England and the Isle of Man. Their route from Paris is via Manchester.

Ryanair are the other main operator with flights from 7 different destinations. These include London, Glasgow, Liverpool and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. They also have flights from Faro in Portugal and the Canary Islands.

Aer Arann is the smallest operator to use the City of Derry Airport. They operate just one route from Dublin.

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