The ESVS 37th Annual Meeting will be held from 26th to 29th of September, 2023 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Belfast is a giant city of buzzing culture and industrial prowess. Whether you’re exploring the restaurants of the Cathedral Quarter or visiting the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship, there is something for everyone in Northern Ireland’s dynamic capital city.

There is so much Belfast has to offer – from the city centre and eclectic city neighbourhoods; to the rivers, lough shores, stately home and outdoor spaces that’s all within a short journey time, there’s something special and plenty to uncover and enjoy. From history to art to music to great food, friendly faces and welcoming places and everything in between, uncover the heritage and stories and much, much more.

How to get to Belfast?

Belfast has the luxury of 2 closely located airports to the city centre which is ideal for delegates and organisers arriving in. Belfast City airport is just 10 minutes from the city centre and Belfast International airport is a mere 30 minutes away; Express bus services as well as taxis operate frequently from both. Carriers such as Easyjet, Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM, Jet2, Flybe, Eastern Airways , Wizz and Loganair service daily flights to and from Belfast to a variety of regional, European and International airports. Dublin airport is located just 90 minutes from Belfast and further expands the city’s International access. And once you arrive, you’ll find it’s just as easy to get around as it was to get here. What are you waiting for? Consider this your personal invitation!


By Air

George Best Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport is just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Aer Lingus Regional, British Airways, KLM, Flybe, EasyJet and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

Please visit for further information and travel advice.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Wizz all fly to and from Belfast International Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

By Sea

From Scotland, England and Isle of Man

Belfast is easily accessed by sea, with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by superfast ferries with journey times from just 1 hour.

Getting to Belfast from Dublin

By Rail

From Dublin and Republic of Ireland

Irish Rail operates services from towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin’s Connolly Station, where you can then catch a connecting train to Belfast.

The Enterprise Train service (provided jointly by Translink and Irish Rail), from Dublin’s Connolly Station to Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station), runs eight times daily (five times on Sundays) and takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Book in advance at for the best value fares.

Your Enterprise ticket includes free onward rail travel from Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station) to Titanic Quarter Station (train stop for the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction) as well as a free Metro Bus Service from Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station) to the city centre (Belfast City Hall area).

By Bus

From Dublin and Republic of Ireland

From Dublin, the X1 bus service (provided jointly by Translink and Bus Eireann) operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures every day.

The journey time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 hours.

For more information on routes and fares, visit

Other key information

Special delegate offers

Belfast has a number of  Exclusive Delegate Offers for delegates. The link to the Exclusive Delegate Offers is here – 

To take advantage of some of the great offers available you would simply need to present your conference delegate badge at any of the participating outlets. 

Other Essential Information 

Some of Belfast’s top travel tips for visitors, including information on public holidays, where to leave your left luggage, shop opening hours and tipping in restaurants and bars can be found here.

The ESVS would like to thank Belfast City Council, Tourism Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast for their support of the ESVS 37th Annual Meeting.

ESVS 37th Annual Meeting Venue – ICC Belfast

Situated at the heart of one of Europe’s most accessible, vibrant and flourishing cities, ICC Belfast boasts stunning views of the River Lagan and easy access to transport links, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Getting to ICC Belfast

ICC Belfast is conveniently located within a 10-minute walk of the city centre.

The entrance to ICC Belfast is located beside the river Lagan, overlooking picturesque views of the river, this entrance is aptly named the Riverside Entrance.

ICC address is: 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH.


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