Car Travel

Belfast is 167 km (104 miles) north of Dublin. Motorways, or dual carriageways, lead into Belfast's city center from the main airports and seaports, and the fast N1/A1 motorway links the city with Dublin. The trip takes about two hours. The drive from Derry takes 90 minutes. The main arterial routes into central Belfast are busy only at peak commuter times, between 8 and 9 am and 5 and 6 pm.

Street parking costs 1.30 per hour for a pay-and-display ticket from a meter. The maximum parking time is two hours for such street spaces. Be careful not to overstay, as zealous clamping wardens operate. Multistory car park garages are at the Victoria Square and Castle Court shopping centers. Some, but not all, hotels have car parking. If you'll need parking, ask a hotel or inn prior to booking.