Travel/Tourism Information

Maps

Map of the UK and Map of Northern Ireland

Map of Belfast - It shows the conference venue, three nearby recommended hotels (light blue boxes with numbers).

Map of Campus and Map Key

Coaches to Giant's Causeway

One of the recommended tour to Giant's Causeway is from the following operator here

The day trip contains two main attractions of Northern Ireland as well as three other attractions.
The two main attractions are:

  • Giantís Causeway - Irelandís only UNESCO World Heritage Site: Picture 1 and Picture 2
  • Carrick-a-rede rope bridge - A very famous and exciting site: Picture
    The tour starts from 9:45am at Belfast International Youth Hostel at here, about 10 minutes walking distance from the conference venue (you need to arrive there 15 mins before departure, so it's 9:30am). This trip takes about 9 hours.

    Transport

    Airports

    There are two airports in Belfast: Belfast City Airport (Airport Code: BHD) and Belfast International Airport (Airport Code: BFS).

    There are a number of airlines operating from the two airports in Belfast, including: BMI, Easyjet, Jet2, Flybe, Aer Lingus, and Ryanair.

    Dublin Airport: There are very frequent Coach Services directly from Dublin airport to Belfast City Centre. The cost of a return ticket is around 15 pounds. There are frequent train services from Dublin train station to Belfast Central Train station, with the cost of a ticket at around 30 pounds. (Please check coach service/train service websites for up-to-date prices).

    Travel from Airports to Belfast City Centre and Conference Venue

    We recommend that you always check timetables, fare and other travel information on-line nearer the event as timetables/routes may change.

    Europa Buscentre Bus Station is at the Belfast City centre and is very close to most of the hotels in the city (most are within walking distances from the station).

    Europa Buscentre Bus Station is about 20 minutes walking distance from the Conference Venue -- the Lanyon Building. There are also buses passing through the University area. Please ask for information at the Ticket office of Europa Buscentre Bus Station.

    Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Centre: Express 300 -- bus route map (where to get on/off in Belfast)

    Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Centre: Express 300 -- coach timetable and fare information

    George Best City Airport to Belfast City Centre: Express 600 -- bus route map

    George Best City Airport to Belfast City Centre: Express 600 -- time table TO Belfast

    George Best City Airport to Belfast City Centre: Express 600 -- time table FROM Belfast

    Trains / Buses

    The train and public bus services in Northern Ireland are run by Translink. The services cover long journeys in and around Belfast, plus rail travel to and from the Republic of Ireland

    Rent a Car

    You can book a car from http://www.rentacar-uk.com/ and collect the car at the airport terminal . You can also rent a car at the terminal of both the City and International Airports.

    Taxi Services

    Value Cabs: +44 (0)28 90809080
    Fon A Cab: +44 (0)28 90233333

    Tourist Guides

    Belfast City
    Northern Ireland Tourist Board
    The National Trust
    http://www.belfast.net/
    http://www.guide-to-nireland.com/

    Some Tourist Attractions

    The Crown Bar: The Crown Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street, Belfast is one of Victorian gin palaces which once flourished in the industrial cities of Britain. Today wonderfully preserved and owned by the National Trust, the Crown is still well used by the people of Belfast.

    The Giant's Causeway: Giant's Causeway lies at the foot of the basalt cliffs along the sea coast on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. Geological studies of these formations over the last 300 years have greatly contributed to the development of the earth sciences, and show that this striking landscape was caused by volcanic activity during the Tertiary, some 50 to 60 million years ago

    Whiskey Tours: Whiskey Tours is the exclusive online destination for Irelands three top tourist destinations. Each unique centre recreates the tradition that is Irish Whiskey with complimentary Whiskey tasting after each guided tour. Please check the virtual tour here.

    Ice Hockey: Ever since the opening of Odyssey, Belfast's millennium building, Ice Hockey has becoming an increasingly popular spectator's sport. The Odyssey Arena is the home to the Belfast Giants who play in the Sekonda Ice Hockey Superleague.