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Also known as City of Derry Airport, Derry International Airport is Northern Ireland’s biggest air gateway outside of Belfast and played an important role in WWII. The facility is located about eight miles to the east of the city off of Clooney Rd (A2), adjacent to the lovely Londonderry Bird Sanctuary and only about 20 minutes from the captivating Tower Museum and the city’s picturesque centre. Car hire is readily available for arriving passengers and provides the best possible transport for this region, although taxis are also on offer, as are public and private bus links.
Who to Book With
Passengers travelling to Derry International Airport can take advantage of car hire via Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National and Avis. All five brands have check-in counters in the terminal building and/or in the building across the street from the main terminal building, adjacent to the passenger pick-up area.
Need to Know Essentials
Bring the following documents to show staff at collection time:
- Your driver’s licence (both parts)
- The credit card used to make your booking
- A copy of your reservation information
Roadways in and near Derry/Londonderry resemble those seen throughout the United Kingdom. Speed limits in Northern Ireland are 30mph in built-up areas, 60mph on single carriageways and 70mph on motorways and dual carriageways. Seatbelts are compulsory. Expect numerous roundabouts on the roadway connecting the airport and the city (Clooney Rd/A2). However, the drive should only take about 15 to 20 minutes.
Getting away from Derry International Airport is quick and easy via car hire or private vehicle. Alternatively, there are a few public transportation options available for transfers into the city centre, where onward connections can be made. Taxis are convenient and always available though usually entail exceptionally high costs.
Train service is not available directly to or from Derry International Airport. Those looking to connect to Belfast or other places in the region can head to the Londonderry railway station for regular Northern Ireland Express departures. Visit Translink for schedules and additional information.
City Cabs are the official taxi of Derry International Airport. A dedicated City Cabs rank is situated directly outside the arrivals area. The ride into Derry takes approximately 20 minutes, while the trip to Letterkenny takes around 50 minutes. It generally takes around 1 hour, 30 minutes to reach Belfast. Bookings can be made in advance via phone, text or online.
Derry International Airport to Derry is around £12
Derry International Airport to Letterkenny is about £30
Derry International Airport to Belfast is about £65
Public bus authority Ulsterbus operates scheduled trips throughout the day between Derry International Airport and the city’s bus terminal on Foyle Street. Additionally, bus number 234 operates between the airport and Coleraine. Visit Translink for more information. Those travelling to the Republic of Ireland can connect at the Foyle Street terminal to Eireann buses. Finally, private firm Airporter offers links to the company’s headquarters near Culmore road; departures are timed with flight arrivals.
Commercial flights to and from Derry International Airport utilise the airport’s sole passenger terminal. Passenger pick-up and drop-off areas are conveniently located directly in front of the terminal building.
There are a number of parking options available at Derry International Airport including long-term, short-term and hourly rates. All 500 spaces are located in the car park opposite the terminal building. It is easy to walk to the terminal from anywhere onsite and the first 10 minutes is always free. Customers can pre-book for substantial discounts. Short-stay rates range from £2 to £15, long-stay rates range from £15 for one day to £105 for 15 days plus £5 for each day thereafter.
Wi-Fi access is available free of charge for all passengers using Derry International Airport.
There is a general information counter located in the terminal building. Services available include tourism booking, currency exchange (via North West Money Exchange), reduced mobility assistance and general inquires.
Airport information counter: +44 28 7181 0784
City Cabs: +44 28 7126 4466
Derry International Airport offers a full range of services for passengers with reduced mobility. Facilities include designated parking spaces, wheelchairs (on request), a special help point at the airport information counter, adapted toilets and concessions on parking fees for those with a disabled persons’ badge.
Restaurants and Bars
Passengers can find a wide array of meal options, light snacks, sandwiches, draught beers, wines, spirits and desserts at the Mount Charles Catering restaurant in the departures area. There is also a small café in the public area of the terminal where patrons can find snacks, sandwiches, coffee, cold drinks and limited alcoholic beverages.
Look for the Amelia Earhart Lounge in the Departures area. This VIP lounge is available for a fee or for Priority Pass holders; inquire at the airport information counter. Patrons can enjoy a refined atmosphere, cable television, newspapers and magazines, a selection of snacks, high-speed Wi-Fi and two complimentary alcoholic drinks. Please note that children under 12 are not allowed into the lounge.
Money and ATMs
Currency exchange services are on offer via North West Money Exchange at the airport information counter, whilst ATMs can be found near the check-in areas of the terminal building. Full banking services are not available at the airport.
Derry International Airport passengers can find a large selection of books, magazines, stationery, toys and more at WHSmith, in addition to handcrafted silver jewellery at Satin Silver. There is also a limited array of tax-free goods available for passengers travelling to or arriving from non-EU countries. Items on offer include designer fragrances, chocolates, spirits and tobacco products.