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Flights from Manchester to Belfast

Thinking about jetting into Belfast? We’ve got everything you need to know here before you book your cheap flights from Manchester to Belfast.


How to get to Manchester airport

Manchester Airport (MAN) is easily accessible via public transport. The airport is located just 14km from Manchester city centre and takes just 30 minutes to reach by train from Manchester Piccadilly station. The Manchester Metrolink from Cornbrook station takes 35 minutes with trains running every 12 minutes. Meanwhile, the number 43 bus offers a 24-hour service. Driving to the airport takes around 20 minutes via the M56 motorway.


Manchester Airport: Overview

Around 25 million passengers travel through Manchester Airport every year.

The airport can get quite busy so make sure to give yourself plenty of time for security before you fly from Manchester to Belfast.

Once you’ve passed through security, you’ll find plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to browse before you catch your flights from Manchester to Belfast. 


Belfast Airport: Overview

Belfast International Airport (BFS) is located 21.3km away from the city centre and connected to the city via an express bus service that will bring you to the Europa Bus Centre in the centre of Belfast. Once your flights from Manchester to Belfast have landed, it’s about a 35-minute drive to the city centre from the airport via the M2 motorway. For the best deals on car hire in Belfast check out Ryanair Car Hire.


What to expect on arrival in Belfast

Belfast is a great city to visit for a short break, but with lots to see and do in Northern Ireland, it’s also the perfect springboard for a longer road-trip.

One of the first places you should visit once your flights from Manchester to Belfast land is the Titanic Belfast. The famous (or infamous) Titanic ship was built in Belfast and in 2012 a museum opened to celebrate the centenary of the ship’s maiden voyage. The museum tells the story of the Titanic from its construction to its sinking in 1912. It’s a must-see for anyone visiting Belfast.

Belfast is big on history and if you get the chance, you should take a Black Cab Tour which will bring you on a tour of Belfast’s most famous political murals.

Fancy exploring more of Northern Ireland? Don’t miss the Dark Hedges, which are as spooky-looking as they sound. They were even used as a location in Game of Thrones. The Giant’s Causeway is another place you should definitely visit during your stay. It’s just an hour outside the city and is one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful attractions.

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Five Fun Facts about Belfast:

  • Led Zeppelin’s song “Stairway to Heaven” was first played in Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Most people took that as an opportunity to go to the bar, as it was a new song
  • One third of the entire population of Northern Ireland live in Belfast
  • Belfast’s famous cranes are called “Samson and Goliath” – they can be seen from anywhere in the city and are classified as official historical monuments
  • Legendary musician Van Morrison was born in east Belfast
  • Irish writer Oscar Wilde believed there was only one beautiful building in Belfast, which is now a Marks and Spencer


From Manchester to Belfast: Practical Information

The weather in Belfast is not too different to that in Manchester. You can expect rain pretty much year-round so make sure to bring a rain jacket with you when you fly from Manchester to Belfast. Summers are quite mild but don’t expect temperatures to surpass 20°C. 

Belfast is quite a small city and the city centre is walkable, so using public transport or a car might not be necessary to see the sights in the Northern Ireland capital. But if you do feel the need for public transport, Translink is the service provider for Northern Ireland. The Metro Bus Service operates throughout Belfast. Ulsterbus and Goldline provide services to the rest of Northern Ireland. There is also the option of using Northern Ireland Railways, which connect Belfast to other cities and towns in Northern Ireland.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Belfast? Find the best deals on hotels in Belfast on Ryanair Rooms.

Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when you arrive in Belfast, have a look at Ryanair’s massive selection of Manchester to Belfast cheap flights.