Organise your trip

Travel

Queen's University is within reaching distance to both airports; George Best Belfast City Airport (18 mins drive) and Belfast International Airport (38 mins drive). 

Queen’s University is a five minute walk from Botanic Train Station on the Bangor, Larne, Newry and Derry~Londonderry lines. A connection to Dublin is just one stop away, via Belfast Central Station.


A location map for Queen's University campus plan can be found here.



By air 

Belfast is just a short flight from all other major UK cities, including London, Edinburgh and Manchester. 

There are two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport; both are linked to the city by regular bus services.

Belfast City Airport is only 10 kilometres from the city centre.  The easiest way to get to Queen’s University is to take a taxi.  A taxi from the airport to the University or to the City Centre is approximately £9.00.

There is also an Airlink bus service every 20 minutes from the Airport terminal to the Europa bus station.  The service, Flexibus route no 600, operates between 05.30 hrs and 21.45 hrs, and costs £2.00 for a single journey.  

See the Belfast City Airport website for further information about travelling to the city centre from the City Airport.


Belfast International Airport is approximately 30 kilometres from the city centre.  There is a bus service between the airport and city centre which runs at every hour during the night and then at 10-30 minute intervals during the day from early morning.  The journey time is approximately 30 minutes and a single fare costs £7.00.  The route terminates at the Europa bus station on Great Victoria Street. 

Note: Taking a taxi directly from Belfast International Airport to the University is expensive – approximately £25.

For additional travel arrangements visit the Belfast International Airport Website

Dublin International Airport
is located approximately 100 miles to the south. There is an excellent bus service which runs directly from Dublin airport to the Europa bus station on Great Victoria Street.  The bus departs from Dublin airport every hour and if you take the direct bus the journey will take around two hours.  Click here for more information about the bus service from Dublin airport.



By train

By train

From Dublin
Trains from Dublin to Belfast arrive at Belfast Central Station.  From here a train can be taken to Botanic Train Station which is a 5 minute walk from the main University campus.

NI Railways: Northern Irelands train service provider has services running from Portadown, Bangor, Larne, Derry / Londonderry, Portrush and Dublin.

Belfast City Airport
When travelling to the airport by train, you'll want to disembark at Sydenham train station. Translink operates a rail service (0600-2300) Monday-Saturday to Central and Victoria Street Stations every 20 minutes. The service is hourly on Sundays (0900-2200). Connections are available from Central Station to the rest of the rail network in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. A shuttle bus service operates between the airport terminal and the rail halt at Sydenham. Please go to the information desk and ask for the service. You'll be instructed to wait by the taxi rank where the shuttle bus will collect you.



By coach

By coach/bus

Coach and bus services arrive at Great Victoria Street, which is also connected by rail (35 min walk to Queen's Riddel Hall).

There are regular bus services from Belfast city centre to the University Area. The 8a bus runs from the city centre to the main Queen's University Campus seven days a week.

  • Ulsterbus: Ulsterbus is a public transport operator in Northern Ireland and operates bus services outside Belfast.
  • Ulsterbus Goldline: Providing direct services to and from cities across Northern Ireland, including Derry / Londonderry, Coleraine, Newry and Armagh.
  • Metrobus: Providing travel throughout the greater Belfast area.




By car

By car

Queen’s University is located in south central Belfast and as such is close to the both Northern Ireland’s main motorways, connecting it easily with the rest of Ireland. 

If you are planning on dirving to Queen's and have a SAT NAV available you can use the following address:

Riddel Hall
185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast 
BT9 5EE

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.

The table below highlights the distance and approximate journey times for a number of cities and towns across the north and south of Ireland.

Starting Point / Location Journey Distance (Miles / Kilometres)* Approximate Journey Time**
Dublin 103 / 165 1 hour 58 minutes
Kildare 137 / 221 2 hours 23 minutes
Limerick 226 / 364 3 hour 46 minutes
Galway 230 / 369 3 hours 52 minutes
Cork 262 / 421 4 hour 18 minutes

* All distances are based on a central starting position within the city / town named and on your final location being the main conference venue (Queen's Riddel Hall in Belfast) 

** All Journey times are approximate and are subject to traffic / road works and other potential delays. It is advisable that you check the conditions before commencing your journey and plan alternative routes accordingly.




Parking

Parking in Queen's University

Parking space within the University car parks is limited and, unfortunately, it is not possible for us to meet all the parking needs of visitors. It is therefore advised that you use public transport. 

If you do wish to drive, you can use the Just Park website to locate the closest parking: 
https://www.justpark.com/uk/parking/queens-university-belfast/



By taxi

Taxis

Belfast is served by both public and private hire taxis. Public hire taxis can be hailed from the street or from dedicated taxi ranks. Private hire taxis must be booked in advance. The two largest firms are;

Value Cabs - 028 9080 9080

FonaCab - 028 9033 3333


If you require any assistance planning your journey, please e-mail conferences@iop.org stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline [EXTENDED]:
    26 January 2018
  • Early registration deadline:
    28 February 2018
  • Registration deadline:
    26 March 2018

Latest news

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the conference has moved to the Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB. There will no longer be any conference related activities taking place in the South Dining Hall or Larmor Lecture Theatre. (updated 03.04.2018)

  • Tickets are now available for the Public Outreach Lecture. (updated 04.04.2018)