IC-SES 2011 Venue - Europa Hotel

The world famous 4 star Europa Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, and simply epitomizes indulgence. Having undergone major refurbishment the hotel now boasts 272 exquisite bedrooms, making it one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in Northern Ireland, and the preferred choice of Prime Ministers, Presidents and many celebrities on their visit to Belfast.

The hotel is a 10 minute drive from all major motorways and ferry and air terminals, with a rail link next door. This cosmopolitan hotel offers spacious elegance, luxury and style, proven by the fact that the Europa was the choice of President Clinton during his visits to Belfast in 1995 and 1998.

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Visa Regulations

There are strict Visa regulations for entry into the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. You must comply with regulations in both jurisdictions if you are intending to travel to the conference and have to cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Please see:

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/

http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/travel-and-recreation/travel-to-ireland

Getting Here - Belfast

Travelling to Belfast is convenient with direct flights from many UK and international destinations, and speedy ferry links from mainland UK.

By Air

Fly direct into Belfast International Airport or Belfast City Airport from many European locations and direct from NY / Newark in the U.S. with Continental Airlines or from Orlando in the US or Toronto in Canada with Flyglobespan.

Belfast International Airport is situated approx 17 miles north west of Belfast City Centre.

George Best Belfast City Airport is situated appox three miles east of the city centre.

Dublin Airport is approximately 2 hours by road or rail and a regular Express Coach Service Operates from the Europa Bus Station in Belfast.

For further details on routes and schedules visit:
Belfast International Airport: www.belfastairport.com or
George Best Belfast City Airport: www.belfastcityairport.com
Dublin Airport: www.dublinairport.com

By Sea

Regular scheduled ferry services operate between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. From Stranraer, Troon & Cairnryan in Scotland, and Fleetwood & Liverpool in England - bringing both foot passengers, cars and other vehicles into the area through the two ferry ports of Belfast and Larne in Co Antrim.

There are also ferry service available from Holyhead in Wales, and Liverpool in England to Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Other ferry routes to Ireland include Pembroke & Fishguard in Wales to Rosslare in Co Wexford; and Roscoff & Cherbourg in France to Rosslare.

For details on routes and schedules please visit:
P & O Irish Sea: www.poirishsea.com
Troon & Cairnryan - Larne
Dublin - Liverpool
Stena Line: www.stenaline.co.uk
Stranraer - Belfast
Fleetwood - Larne
Holyhead - Dublin & Dun Laoghaire
Fishguard - Rosslare
Irish Ferries: www.irishferries.com
Holyhead - Dublin
Pembroke - Rosslare
Roscoff & Cherbourg - Rosslare
Norfolkline: www.norfolkline.com
Liverpool - Belfast & Dublin

To find out more about Belfast and what it has to offer, go to http://www.gotobelfast.com/

By Bus

Bus services between Dublin and Belfast:

Belfast, where the conference is held can be easily reached from Dublin airport through a regular (half-hourly) Express bus service outside of the arrival building. The following bus operators offer these service:

Aircoach and Translink Goldline Express Nr. 200

Return tickets cost 22.00 euro or £17.00 (at the time of press)

For more information please see: http://www.aircoach.ie/table.routes.belfast.php

and http://www.translink.co.uk/future/GLE_200_I.asp

There are bus links from Dublin to all parts of the Republic of Ireland and also to main destinations in Northern Ireland including Londonderry/Derry, Newry and Coleraine.

By Train

Train service between Dublin and Belfast:

The express enterprise train service operates between Dublin City Centre and Belfast City Centre, departing from Connolly Street Station in Dublin every two hours and with a travel time of about 2 hours. There is a frequent bus service between Dublin airport and the city centre.

For more information please see: http://www.translink.co.uk/enterpriseservices.asp

Note on currency:

Please note, the Republic of Ireland has the Euro as official currency, whilst in Northern Ireland only Pound Sterling is valid.

Northern Ireland has its own notes issued by four different banks. However, you can only with greatest difficulties exchange these notes outside of Northern Ireland. The Nationwide Building Society and a few other selected cash dispensers at the airport will disperse English pound sterling notes which are valid tender in Northern Ireland and which can be easily exchanged in other parts of the world.