Belfast Airport Taxis (BFS)
Belfast International Airport is one of the largest airports on the island of Ireland, and the largest in terms of passenger traffic in Northern Ireland. It is classified as a UK airport, since that Northern Ireland forms part of the United Kingdom, and can also be referred to by its former name of the Aldergrove Airport. The official code for the airport is BFS, and it is served by several airline companies, including Aer Lingus, Easyjet and Air Australia. Belfast International Airport taxis are available for the transport of arriving passengers, and by taxi is often considered to be the most convenient way to reach the city. Official airport taxis ensure service of a high quality.
This airport of Belfast has a large, single passenger terminal which is well equipped for the arrival and departure of its clients, and is able to accommodate millions of passengers per annum. Currently, the airport handles around 4 million passengers every year. The airport’s facilities include duty-free shopping, cafés and restaurants, ATMs, currency exchange options, a business lounge, internet connections and baby-changing facilities. There is no train station at the airport, but taxi and bus services are readily available. Due to the privacy and convenience of the airport taxis, they are often preferred by business travellers, and even by families with small children, as buses can be hard to manage with little ones in tow. Taxis are quicker than a bus, available at the time you are ready to leave the airport, and are able to take you to the doorstep of your residence, hotel or place of business.
There is one official Belfast International Airport taxi operator, and this company is known as the International Airport Taxi Company. It has been approved by Belfast International Airport, and is permitted to use the taxi rank at the airport and provide transport services to passengers. The taxi rank is located within walking distance of the terminal building, just outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby. The services of the airport taxis are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and generally, there are always taxis waiting in the rank. However, staff at the airport information desk can call one for you if there are none waiting at the time you wish to leave. An airport taxi service can also be reserved in advance of your arrival at Belfast International. Since this company holds the exclusive license to trade from Belfast International Airport, there will be no waiting charges if your plane is delayed. Bookings can be made at the following telephone number: +44 (0)28 9448 4353. The taxi company has a website as well, from where online bookings can be made, at http://www.belfastairporttaxis.com.
The website of the International Airport Taxi Company allows its clients to find out more about the services they provide, and includes an online booking facility. There are also tariff sheets to help the customer budget in advance for their journey. Within Belfast International Airport, in the exit hall of the terminal building, there is a list of sample fares as well, displayed on the wall. This can be useful for arriving passengers who are unsure of the costs of a trip by taxi. The airport taxi company offers the same prices all year round, with no increases at peak holiday times.
The services offered by the Belfast International Airport taxi company include call back and text services for arrivals, an express courier and document service, transport for corporate clients and transport facilities for small or large scale conferences. Luxury vehicles can be provided for corporate individuals, and transfers from the airport to any conference venue or hotel can be arranged. Additionally, tourists arriving at Belfast International Airport can enjoy tour services by the taxi company. The customer is able to design their own route, without any of the time constraints that an organised tour would usually involve. The company can be contacted for quotes on any of these services.
At Belfast International Airport, a large range of vehicles for taxi services is provided. There are saloons, MPV’s and estate cars, executive vehicles and wheelchair friendly cars. The terminal building of the airport is accessible to passengers with reduced mobility challenges, with suitable toilet facilities, elevators, pavement ramps and reserved parking areas. It is also most convenient that a taxi with the special requirements of such individuals can be arranged as well. Whenever special vehicles are needed for transport, it is best to make an advanced reservation. The airport taxis also accept payment by the credit cards of Visa, Mastercard and Switch.
A wide variety of taxi services are available in Belfast city as well, and are an efficient way to travel the city. Some of the traditional taxi companies include Value Cabs, FonaCab and Citi Cabs. They operate on a metered system, whereby the customer pays per kilometre travelled on the journey. The taxi services of the city can be recognised by their colour plating scheme, for example, yellow license plates indentify public hire in the city, white plates indicate taxis outside of the city, green plates are used for private hire and blue plates are an indication of bus taxis. If you are moving in the city centre, the famous Black Taxi is quite an inexpensive way to reach your destination. They are London-style hackney cabs, and they frequent the spine roads of the city. The journey is usually shared by other customers, and they are similar to a small bus or van. Although their routes are limited, their prices are much lower. Black Taxi ranks are found at Donegall Square North and Donegall Square East. In the city and from Belfast International Airport, taxi share schemes are also available.
Further details regarding Belfast International Airport taxis are available from the International Airport Taxi Company, or from the information desks at the airport.