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Situated in the resplendent rural countryside just north of Belfast, the historic town of Ballymena dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. Together with its history, Ballymena is now a popular destination for tourists seeking an outdoor getaway. Offering a quiet alternative to Belfast, Ballymena nevertheless offers plenty of modern culture to complement its far-reaching past.
With two airports just a short journey away, finding a convenient flight to Ballymena couldn’t be easier.
Belfast International Airport is located just south of the town, on the western edge of Belfast and the shores of Lough Neah Dungannon, Northern Ireland’s largest lake. Less than 15 miles, and just over 20 minutes drive away, Belfast International Airport is right on Ballymena’s doorstep.
George Best Belfast City Airport is also close by – situated at the centre of the capital, just 30 miles away and 35 minutes by car.
Wherever you fly to, you will be very close to Ballymena.
With two airports to choose from, the deciding factor will be the location you intend to fly from. Both Belfast International and Belfast City airports serve a good number of flights from the UK. You can fly from London Gatwick, London City, London Luton, London Stansted, Leeds-Bradford, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen – to name a select few.
Wherever your flight lands, hiring a car will make it especially simple to reach Ballymena. Book yours through Expedia today and you can simply collect your rental car (at either airport) and hit the road.
Ballymena is accessible from Belfast International Airport via the Lisnevenagh Road (A26) and from Belfast City Airport via the M2 motorway, meaning you’ll be at your destination in no time.
Maybe you’re flying to Ballymena on business. Perhaps you’re simply flying to Northern Ireland for a short getaway. Either way, check out Ballymena’s cultural hub – the Braid Arts Centre. Named after the river coursing through the town, the arts centre splices County Antrim’s history with an attractive and cutting edge contemporary building of white stone and glass. Within its mix of current and more traditional pieces you are bound to discover something to tickle your fancy.
Chances are that you’re simply flying to Ballymena to get out in nature, to enjoy the countryside that this exhilarating part of the world is famous for. If so, why not exchange the Braid Arts Centre for its namesake, and take a stroll along the river? Let the Braid lead you through Ballymena town and out into the best of the County Antrim countryside.
Don’t hesitate. Make a date with Northern Ireland and book your flights to Ballymena with Expedia today.