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Cheap Flights to Northern Ireland

As part of Ireland and part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has an interesting mix of Irish and British influences. The region is well-known as a leader in arts and culture, having produced dozens of world-famous artists, poets and authors, actors, and musicians. Many of Northern Ireland's most popular festivals and events revolve around the arts, like the Belfast Guitar Festival and the Stendhal Festival of Art. The area is served by three international airports, giving tourists plenty of travel options. If you're interested in visiting the beautiful region of Northern Ireland, start by entering your home city and travel dates into Skyscanner's flight search tool. By searching flight routes at all airports in the area, you'll find the best and cheapest flights to Northern Ireland from anywhere in the world.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Northern Ireland

Though Northern Ireland experiences four distinct seasons, cloudy, rainy weather is persistent throughout the year. Sunshine hours are highest from June to August and drop considerably during the winter. In the spring and fall, the weather can be rather unpredictable. If you visit during either of those seasons, be prepared for the changing weather conditions with suitable clothing.

Most of the region's festivals occur during the summer months when the weather is most likely to be warm. The biggest and most famous festivals in Northern Ireland, however, occur in March. Multi-day music and food festivals and events occur in cities across the country surrounding St. Patrick's Day on March 17th.

Airport and Airline Options in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's busiest airport, Belfast International Airport (BFS), is also the second-busiest in Ireland and one of the top ten busiest in the United Kingdom. The airport consists of one passenger terminal and is located about 21 km from Belfast. A dozen airlines operate flights to and from BTS, including Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Wizz Air. Currently, low-cost carriers EasyJet and Jet2.com offer the most flight routes. There are no direct flight routes between Canada and BFS.

The second-busiest airport in Northern Ireland is also located in the Belfast area. George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) is made up of one passenger terminal and sits about 5 km from Belfast. Six airlines serve BHD, with Flybe offering the most flight routes. Unfortunately, none of the available airlines offer direct flight paths from Canada to Belfast. The layover is likely to be in either Amsterdam, Netherlands, London, England, or Reykjavik, Iceland.

The third and smallest airport in the Northern Ireland area is the City of Derry Airport (LDY), located about 11 km from Derry. BMI Regional and Ryanair offer regular flights to Derry Airport from various spots in Scotland and England. To fly from Canada to Derry, your route will have a layover in a city like Glasgow or London.

What to See and Do in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is made up of beautiful green fields, clear water, and lovely mountains. As such, many of the best sights in the region are outdoor spaces. In Belfast, be sure to visit Cave Hill Country Park to take in panoramic views of the city from the summit of the hill. At the park, there are also extras like a playground, a restaurant, and many walking trails.

If you fly into Derry Airport, you'll want to visit the Peace Bridge. The bridge is strictly for foot or cycle traffic and is a great place for sightseeing. You'll have not only an incredible view of the Foyle river but also of the city of Derry, one of the largest cities in Northern Ireland.

Flights to Northern Ireland

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