Frequently Asked Questions

Transport & Travel

Portrush (from Irish: Port Rois, meaning “promontory port”) is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Air Waves takes place along the Eastern Peninsula (1.5km) of the Town.

The most accurate way to plan your Translink Journey is through using their online Journey Planner which is updated live- click here to start planning your journey!

Translink have a range of great value tickets to get people to and from the Airshow including a £22 Family & Friends Ticket offering unlimited daily bus and rail travel on Translink services in Northern Ireland for up to 2 adults and 4 children.

For the Sunday, visitors could also choose a £9 adult or £4.50 child Bus Rambler ticket or £9 Rail Tracker ticket. Portrush rail line services will be enhanced including direct connections to/from Derry-Londonderry and there will be additional rail shuttle services between Coleraine and Portrush.


For more information, visit the Translink Website or call them on +44 28 90 66 66 30 

Free parking is available. To ensure the best possible flow of traffic, visitors are asked to follow the yellow event signs on approach to the town. Please note that East Strand car park hosts the South Village and therefore is not available for parking.

A special enclosure for Blue Badge vehicles only will be available at Lower Lansdowne Crescent (Village North) on a first come first served basis (Open from 9am to 7pm each day, reservation is not possible, no overnight parking). Only vehicles which can fit entirely within the white lines will be permitted.

 Sat nav setting is BT56 8AL

Public Parking in Portrush is available at Kelly’s Complex, Dunluce Avenue Car Park, Metropole Green, Sandhill Drive Car/Coach/Motorhome Park and West Strand Car Park

Cyclists may lock their bikes to the railings at The Bowl (opposite the entrance to Village South on Causeway Street) at their own risk.

General Event Information

This event is FREE! So bring all your friends and family for a fun FREE day out!

Spectator viewing stretches from the northern tip of the peninsula (Lansdowne) along the coastal promenade, past the arcadia and down to the East Strand. The best viewing of the air displays is at Village North (Lansdowne Green) allowing use of the improved display line and the spectacular backdrop of the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. 

Yes, the beach from “The Burn” to Curran Point (including all the sand dunes) is a prohibited area because of the display line. Any infringement will result in the cancellation of the air displays. There is no access to the sea from the Arcadia to Curran Point. Whiterocks Beach will operate as usual although pedestrian between Whiterocks Beach to Portrush town is not possible.

This map shows the layout of the event which is divided between two main areas – Village North (Lansdowne Green) and Village South (East Strand car park).  See map for details. The map can also be found in the event programme which can be purchased from outlets across the borough and on site on the day.

Times of the event are subject to change however each day there will be displays from midday until 6pm. 

– Adelphi Portrush

– Arbutus Catering based @ The Crannagh Coleraine

– Morelli’s Ice Cream

– Portrush Atlantic


– Portrush Visitor Information Centre

– Cantelys Spar, Eglinton Street

– Henderson Eurospar, Hillcrest, Coleraine Road

– RNLI Lifeboat Shelter

– Royal Court Hotel


– Trolans, Supervalu Station Road

– Spar, Larkhill

– Bud’s Spar, Portstewart


– Coleraine Visitor Information Centre

– The Lodge Hotel, Coleraine

– Spar, Bush Filling Station


– Ballymoney Visitor Information Centre

– Nisa, Ballybogey Filling Station


– Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre

Other Visitor Information Centre’s:

– Bushmills VIC

– Limavady VIC


There are event toilets located in both village North & South as well as public toilets which you will find marked out on the map here. There are public accessible toilets located in the Harbour Car Park, Kerr Street and East Strand.

A new mobile toilet facility designed for those living with a disability the “Mobiloo” will be situated in East Strand Car Park Saturday and Sunday and will travel to the Crescent Area in Portstewart for the Air Waves Concert on Saturday evening.

There are a mix of hot and cold food stalls located in both North and South Village. This year new to Air Waves Portrush we also have the Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market which is located in Antrim Gardens so don’t miss out on tasting some fantastic local produce!


Portstewart Concert

Entertainment will begin at 7pm with MC Brian Moore warming up the crowd before the sky is illuminated by a spectacular pyrotechnic air display from 8pm (subject to change). This will be followed by a live performance from Otis and the Elevators and an additional set by local duo Villa in France ahead of a magnificent fireworks display. The event will come to a close shortly after 10pm.

The Concert will take place at the Crescent Play area on Saturday 1st September from 7pm

The Portstewart Concert is back for its 3rd year due to its popularity! In consists of a concert, pyrotechnic display and fireworks with MC Brian Moore. For more information visit our dedicated page for the concert here