Car parking

If arriving by car, please use the main visitors’ car park marked on this Royal Hospitals site map.

There is a small charge for parking, which you will need to pay at the kiosk or pay machines BEFORE you return to your car.

Allow yourself plenty of time (up to an hour) to park and get to your clinic or ward. The visitors car park can get very busy and there can be queues at peak times.

There is a pedestrian route to the main hospital from the ground level of the main visitors’ car park beside the School Of Dentistry. From there, a tunnel corridor accesses the hospital. At the end of the tunnel corridor, there are stairs and a lift to the main entrance of the hospital.

Parking for blue badge holders

Read about car parking for blue badge holders on the Royal Hospitals site.

Free car parking

Limited free car parking is available to people who meet certain criteria. Free parking is located in car parks managed by the Trust. There is no free parking in the main visitors’ car park.

Patients with specific acute conditions who are required to attend the hospital on a regular basis will be entitled to free parking on site during their period of treatment.

Patients will be issued with a swipe card to park, but must pay their original ticket in the visitors’ car park before leaving or moving their vehicle to a car park managed by the Trust. This swipe card can be used in the car park managed by the Trust for the duration of the patient’s stay in hospital.

When leaving or being discharged from hospital, the swipe card must be returned to a ward or department member of staff. The barrier can be lifted by using the intercom when exiting the car park.

Free car parking will be provided to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

 PatientNext of kin / partnerRelativeVisitor
Radiotherapy / chemotherapyYesYes if transporting patientYes if transporting patientNo
Renal dialysisYesYes if transporting patientYes if transporting patientNo
Critical care / high dependencyN/AYesDiscretionaryDiscretionary

Trust staff will use discretion to apply the eligibility criteria in other situations where the duration and/or frequency of visits leads to significant charges, for example:

  • a patient who may have a number of outpatient appointments over an extended period
  • a patient who may benefit from lengthy or frequent visits from relatives or friends to help adjust to a new environment
  • a patient outside the prescribed treatment categories who has to make lengthy and/or frequent visits for treatment
  • relatives who are spending a lot of time with a very sick or dying relative
  • parents or guardians who are staying with their sick child or baby
  • husbands or partners who are with their wife or partner while she is in labour
Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) was set up in 1988 as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme. This scheme provides financial assistance to patients who do not need an ambulance, but require assistance with their travel costs.

Under HTCS, patients on low incomes or specific qualifying benefits may be refunded for fares to attend NHS services under the care of a consultant. The journey will need to meet certain criteria.

Royal Hospitals site congestion

Belfast Trust would like to apologise if you find yourself in a queue to access the car parks. We fully understand that you may be concerned that you could be late or possibly miss your appointment.

In these circumstances, you should proceed to your appointment location as normal. We will try to ensure that your appointment can go ahead after you arrive.

If your appointment needs to be rearranged, we will organise another date as soon as possible. We will ensure that our records do not show this as a missed appointment.