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Getting to QUB and finding ARC

The main QUB website has information on how to travel to Queen's, and the GotoBelfast.com site has extensive information on getting to Belfast in general. Below we provide quick summary. Please note that links are provided for convenience only and do not indicate any endorsement on our part.

Getting to QUB

There are two airports near Belfast - the City airport (BHD) and the International airport (BFS). Belfast is easily accessible from other cities in the UK and Europe with regular scheduled flights coming into both airports. Flying time from UK and Irish destinations is only 1 hour or less. There are frequent connections to all the London Airports (see below), particularly for transfer to Heathrow or Gatwick. For connections direct to the US, Continental Airlines fly a daily service between Belfast and Newark, NY.

Dublin Airport is approximately 2hrs from Belfast by coach and there are extensive international connections. There is just one service (operated by Translink and Bus Eireann) that operates a regular bus between Belfast City centre and Dublin Airport (hourly service on the hour in both directions). Check the Dublin-Belfast and Belfast-Dublin timetables.

The City Airport is only 5km from QUB, and a taxi to the University area will cost between £7.00 and £10.00. You can also use public transport to travel to the QUB campus. Translink operates the Airport Express 600 bus service every 20 minutes from the Airport terminal to the Europa Bus Centre adjacent to the Europa Hotel, in the heart of the city. The service operates between the hours of 0600 and 2205, and costs £3.30 for a return journey. From there you can walk to QUB (around 10 minutes) or get a local Metro bus to the University area (see below).

The International airport is 30km from the University area. A taxi from the Airport directly to the University area will cost about £25. Sometimes the taxi drivers at the airport will ask you to share the taxi with someone else going in the same direction, and charge you less, though what they charge varies!

Translink's Airport Express 300 service operates between Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Centre every 10 minutes, at peak times Monday to Friday, every 20 minutes on a Saturday and at 30 minute intervals on a Sunday. The service operates between 0535 and 2320. The fare from the Airport to Belfast City Centre is £7.00 for a single journey or £10.00 for a return journey. The first stop the bus makes in Belfast is Laganside Bus Centre, don't get off here. You should get off at Europa Bus Centre.

Upon arrival at the Belfast Europa Bus Centre walk through the Great Northern Mall to Great Victoria Street, cross the road and walk (right) to the bus stop. A route 8 Metro bus will take you to QUB campus - the 8A goes along the Stranmillis Road after passing the front of QUB, while the 8B/8C travel along the Malone Road. A single fare on a Metro bus is £1.80.

If you're planning to navigate here yourself, Google Maps can be quite useful!

Finding ARC on the campus

You can use these webpages to find your way to and around campus. We currently occupy the top floor of the Main Physics Building, next to the Lanyon Building. There is a general office on the right-hand side as you enter the building, where you can ask for directions to ARC staff .

public/maps_and_directions.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/01 19:23 by mschwamb

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