Some information about getting here and where to stay...

CI Festival artwork by Mark Willett


If you are flying to us you can either fly into:

City of Derry Airport (LDY) Or Belfast International (BFS) or Belfast City Airport (BHD) Or Dublin (DUB) airport.

Airport Transfers

If you are travelling from, or via Great Britain, you can fly to City of Derry Airport. There are connections to London Stansted, Glasgow International, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester.

From Derry Airport to the city centre is around 20 minutes and will cost around £12 in a taxi.

From Belfast airports to Derry is around two hours. A return ticket from either Belfast airport would be £30. Book in advance with Airporter.

Dublin Airport to Derry takes around four hours. A return ticket from Dublin Airport to Derry costs £18. You can book via Translink website

Visa requirements

Please note that Derry and Belfast airports are in Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom (UK).

If you arrive via Dublin in Republic of Ireland (ROI) you may require visa for both Republic of Ireland and UK.

If you have visa requirements please get in touch and we will try to help. If you need a letter of invitation or other support please contact us at cifestival [at] and we will try to help!


Accommodation is not included in the Festival prices. Here are some places we can suggest that are affordable:

  • Derry Hostel and Guest House

Tel: 02871879798. Holds 30 people. Possible discount for group booking. 

  • Hostel Connect

Tel: 02871372101. £17 per person per night. Individual or group bookings.

  • Cathedral View

Tel: +447739430902. £25 per person per night. Excellent house that holds 9 people, self-catering. Individual or group bookings.

  • Visit Derry

Lots more accommodation options to suit all budgets and requirements.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about getting to us, unusual travel times or special assistance, or any other queries relating to the festival, please let us know and we will find a way to help.