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If you're based in Northern Ireland, there are plenty of cheap holidays from Belfast (both Belfast airports) in 2023 / 2024 with top brands like TUI Holidays, Jet2holidays, On The Beach, easyJet Holidays and many others. Top destinations include popular places include Turkey, Bulgaria, Malta, Cyprus and Greece. If you're based in the city centre or Bangor areas, you might prefer to fly from George Best Belfast City Airport, however the main destinations for beach holidays fly from Belfast International near Antrim.
Holiday Destinations From Belfast
Depending on your destination will depend on which airport you fly from. If you're planning a holiday in the UK, stick to Belfast City Airport. You can also pick up a flight to the Netherlands from here to so you can enjoy both a city break from Belfast to Amsterdam, or change onto a connecting flight to far flung destinations like Dubai, Thailand, New York or Las Vegas.
Holidays from Belfast International Airport focus on more of your traditional holiday destinations like Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Croatia, as well some more unusual destinations like Krakow, Marrakech, Salzburg and Bourgas in Bulgaria.
The only direct holiday destination in the USA from Belfast is Orlando in Florida which is offered by Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Holidays. Orlando is the home of the theme park holiday so this seasonal service means holidaymakers in NI can enjoy some fantastic family holidays at the likes of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
Jet2 and TUI both fly to Tenerife from Belfast and it's a great year round sun holiday destination. Even in the winter months, temperatures in the 20s and hours of sunshine make the Canaries an ideal winter sun holiday place. Busier areas like the Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas have loads of hotels ranging from cheap self catering apartments to five star luxury hotel resorts. And don't forget the huge variety of excursions and attractions, from a day trip to Siam Park waterpark to an afternoon kayaking with dolphins.
Another excellent destination is the island of Malta. Lots of sunshine and much warmer than the UK, Malta offers plenty of package holiday options from budget friendly to the more pricier luxury hotels. The island also offers plenty of history so if you love a bit of culture too, why not try a tourist bus trip around the island.
The Algarve, Portugal
A favourite for a cheap break in the sun, the Algarve offers a fantastic range of accommodation from five star luxury hotels to self catering apartments and everything inbetween. From Alvor to Vilamoura, with beautiful beaches, plenty of bars and restaurants, golf courses, boat trips and much more, it's no surprise this part of Portugal wins holidaymakers over every time.
While not your typical holiday destination, if you fancy a big city break, you can jump on a flight to London Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Heathrow. Even if you're visiting for just 2 nights, you can take in a show, enjoy a meal at a top restaurant and book one of London's hundreds of attractions. Don't fancy the big smoke? Take a look at other cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and Liverpool.
Tour Operators From Belfast
There are four key tour operators offering financially protected package holidays with the ABTA and ATOL scheme from Belfast, with lots of other travel agents like On The Beach, Ice Lolly Holidays, Teletext and Thomas Cook also providing some great holiday deals from Belfast. Due to Covid 19, now more than ever is it important to book flight inclusive holidays for your own protection. Please also check the latest travel advice before booking and always check information about financial protection in the terms and conditions. Protection does not apply to all tour operators, so check if you will receive an ATOL certificate so that you can book with confidence.
TUI is one of the UK's largest holiday brands and with a number of destinations on offer with TUI from Belfast, like Bulgaria, Corfu, Ibiza, Lanzarote and Rhodes, TUI can be a great package holiday option. Usually when you book a package with TUI, you'll also get check-in luggage and airport transfers included in the price of your holiday. They often have promo discount codes to help you save money too. Bookings made through the TUI website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
Jet2 Holidays from Belfast have become really popular. With over 20 destinations from Belfast International to Zante, Dalaman, Fuerteventura, Costa del Sol and many more, and being a very well rated tour operator and airline, it's easy to see why travelling with Jet2 is a great option to get away. Check out destinations like Tenerife and Gran Canaria in winter and Almeria or Antalya in the summer. You can also enjoy a number of city breaks from Belfast to cities like Verona, Salzburg and Dubrovnik, all of which are ATOL protected when booking a package directly.
Whether you prefer a city break or beach getaway, easyJet are another great package option. From Barcelona and Bordeaux to Valencia and Venice, easyJet offers a wide range of destinations in both the UK and the rest of Europe, ideal for a short weekend break in Edinburgh, 7 nights in the Canary Islands or a two week all inclusive escape from Belfast to the Turkish sunshine.
If you love Disney and Orlando is on your list, check out Virgin Holidays which offers a seasonal flight service from Belfast International Airport to Orlando, the only direct long haul service. If you book your flight and hotel together with Virgin, you can also get some great deals on theme park tickets and car hire as part of your package. You can even upgrade one or both of your flights to Premium Economy for an extra special treat.
Airlines From Belfast Airports
There are two airports in Belfast, George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD), which focuses mainly on UK domestic destinations like Edinburgh and London, and Belfast International Airport (BFS), which is the city's main airport for holiday destinations like Turkey, Cyprus, Gran Canaria and Malta with a range of airlines including low cost ones and plenty of holiday deals. Being close to the city, Belfast City is far easier for most to get to but Belfast International is well connected too and for many holidaymakers living in Ireland, travelling across the border to Ulster to get away.
Flying From George Best Belfast Airport
The airlines flying from City Airport are Aer Lingus, British Airways, Loganair, Eastern Airways and KLM. Although primarily a UK domestic focused airport (great for city breaks in the UK), you can connect onto other flights through hubs like London Heathrow and Amsterdam to destinations like New York, Dubai and anywhere else on the British Airways and KLM networks. This means there are loads more countries and cities are easily accessible from Northern Ireland and it's much close to the city centre.
Flying From Belfast International Airport
There are five main airlines flying from Belfast International Airport, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, TUI and Virgin Atlantic. Some may fly the same route such as Menorca, Tenerife and Portugal but this can mean the holiday options are wider as you could potentially combine different airlines. If booking a cheap package from Belfast through a tour operator like Love Holidays, Thomas Cook and Teletext, they will package up the cheapest breaks so you may find you'll fly out with Ryanair but fly back with easyJet, just make sure you receive an ATOL certificate.
Holiday Types From Belfast Airport
Last Minute Escapes
Last minute and cancellation holidays are a great option if you can be flexible on where and when you go. For these holiday deals, this might be easier for couples, but it's also a good way to save money on a family holiday, particularly if there are free child discounts or other promo codes you can take advantage of. More popular destinations like the Algarve, Canary Islands, Greece and Malta are your best options with prices from less than £200 per person.
All Inclusive Getaways
Book all inclusive holidays as a package to both save money but also not have to worry so much about any extras. It's great to get out and try the local restaurants and bars but all inclusive family holidays means the kids can eat when they want, what they want and there's usually some fantastic kids clubs and entertainment included too. Take a look at half board basis as an alternative with a bit more freedom.
If you prefer your own space, take a look at some of the fantastic villa holidays on offer. Great villa destinations are Menorca, Majorca, Santorini and Cyprus, and you should always check to see what's included. You might find that your package also includes things like check-in luggage and car hire. Self catering holidays can be an excellent way to keep the initial cost of your holiday low.
Free Child Places For Families
A great money saving option is to take a look at free child places, available at many hotels and resorts in Europe. This is a brilliant way to both keep the cost down and ensure you're booking a kid friendly break. Free kids ages can vary from hotel to hotel, as will the price of infants. Benidorm, Majorca and Lanzarote are all top destinations to look at for the latest deals on cheap holidays to Belfast.
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