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About Belfast

Belfast is the seaside capital city of Northern Ireland. The city has a population of 330,000 residents and is one of the urban areas of the country. Belfast plays tribute to its seaside tales and harbour life, and has many shipyard stories to share. Famous tourist attractions include Titanic Belfast Museum and Crown Liquor Saloon.

Cheap flights to Belfast are now available, so get ready to enjoy this delightful city. Belfast is home to Belfast International Airport (BFS), which is located on a quick 30-minute drive from the city centre. Belfast International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including – British Airways, KLM, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Non-stop flights depart from Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Belfast is approximately 13 hours and 35 minutes.

Why visit Belfast

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Natural Scenery

From city centre to country side to shoreline, Belfast has natural beauty all around. Take in all the sights of the Antrim coast and the summit at Cave Hill Park.

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Food and Whiskey

Try some local dishes (like an Ulster Fry) at the cafes, restaurants and markets in the city centre. Finish it off with some locally distilled whiskey for a perfect ending!

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Music

Belfast surely inspires the rhythm inside you with live music in most bars and talented musicians everywhere. Rock, jazz, pop and more all have a home in this lively city.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Northern Ireland
Currency Pound Sterling
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.06 GPB
Language English
Hub Airport Belfast International Airport (BFS)
Airline British Airways
Time Zone GMT
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Belfast

The best thing about summer time in Belfast are the long, long days. Days can start from before 5am and stay sunny until 10pm. That means that you have plenty of time to for sightseeing, long walks and picnics in the summer sun and generally more time to enjoy your time there. Summer falls over July and August and the average temperature is about 22 degrees Celsius during this time. In Belfast, the winter months (December to February) are known to be a bit harsh as it rains quite often with low temperatures. This is however, a great time to visit all the local indoor attractions such as the Ulster Folk Museum and the City Hall, and then to round it all off with a trip to a local pub to enjoy a drink or two with the locals.

Weather & Climate in Belfast

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 2°C 2°C 3°C 4°C 6°C 9°C 11°C 11°C 7°C 5°C 4°C 3°C
High °C 6°C 6°C 9°C 11°C 15°C 17°C 19°C 18°C 16°C 13°C 9°C 7°C
Rainfall (mm) 80 60 80 50 50 70 70 80 80 90 80 80

Art, music, great eats and stunning scenery are just some of the reasons why Belfast is fast becoming one of the UK’s top destinations. Belfast is a thriving city that is home to many young souls and beautiful scenery from the seaside and coast alike. The City Hall, the historical murals and The Cathedral Quarter (based around a beautiful cathedral) are all so picture-worthy that you may have to create some extra space on your camera.

Belfast is also home of the famous shipwreck, the Titanic. Take a tour of The Belfast Titanic Museum and hear the real stories of what took place on that fateful night.

And of course, put your wellies on for a relaxing tour to the ancient seaside volcanic formation Giant Causeway, formed more than 60 million years ago!

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South Africans who wish to visit Belfast, Northern Ireland need a UK visa to do so. To apply for your UK visa, you will need a valid passport with at least six months left on it, proof of residence while in the UK, bank statements and various other documents.

See this step-by-step guide on how to apply for your UK visa.

For more information, contact the United Kingdom Embassy:

255 Hill Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa

Tel: +27-12-421-7500 / +27-21-300-3758

Belfast is a great city with lots going for it. It is rated safer than other UK cities in terms of petty crime and general mischief.

On a side note, there has been some tension between groups of residents in the past. It is therefore a good idea to avoid any kind of political conversations to not upset anyone. It would also be best to avoid the city centre if you are there on 12 July, as this is the date that a popular march happens and it can get crowded and a bit rowdy during the event.

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN BELFAST
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 156.50
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 56.50
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 39.50
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 12.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 152.00
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