Flights to Bangor
The seaside resort of Bangor is well served flights to nearby Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport.
When to fly to Bangor
The pleasures of strolling along the seafront and to the marina are undoubtedly at their peak in the summer, but international and domestic flights are available to both airports all year round.
Belfast International Airport for flights to Bangor
Belfast International Airport is a major airport located 13 miles northwest of Belfast and 30 miles northwest of Bangor. Locals still refer to it by its former name (Aldergrove Airport) as it is situated near the village of Aldergrove.
Belfast International is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland and the second busiest airport on the island of Ireland after Dublin, and has 4 million passengers using its services every year. Flights are available to and from America, Egypt, Europe and the UK.
UK flights to Belfast International are available from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle upon Tyne. The most popular of these routes are to Liverpool followed by Stanstead and Gatwick.
The airport’s arrival and departure lounges provide you with all you may need, including Wi-Fi, shops, restaurants, cafes, exchange kiosks, ATMs and car rental desks. You can rent your car with Expedia and save yourself time on arrival in Belfast.
It is a 50 minute drive from Belfast International to Bangor, taking major roads all the way (M57, M2 and A2). There are taxis available outside the arrivals entrance and you can take public transport but will need to change in Belfast. The Airport Bus will take you to the Belfast Bus Centre in about 30 minutes and from here you can choose to take the train or bus on to Bangor.
George Best Belfast City Airport for flights to Bangor
George Best Airport is much smaller than its nearby neighbour but benefits from being much closer to Bangor. It is just 10 miles southwest of Bangor. The airport handles around 2.5 million passengers every year.
In addition to some European destinations the airport’s main focus is on domestic flights. UK flights are available from and to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Cardiff, Doncaster-Sheffield, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow–International, Gloucestershire, Inverness, Isle of Man, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–City, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newquay and Southampton.
The airport offers all the facilities that you may expect including ATMs, exchange kiosks and car rental desks.
By car you can be in Bangor in less than 20 minutes: it’s a short drive down the A2. Taxis are available as soon as you leave the arrivals area.
There is Sydenham railway station located at the southern edge of the airport and the internal airport bus will drop you here for the regular Northern Ireland Railways trains that run between Bangor and Portadown.
In no time at all you’ll be strolling along the marina and taking in the sea air.