Belfast Transportation

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    Hop On Hop Off Tourist Bus

    by suvanki Written Oct 21, 2009

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    I've used this companies bus tour in Granada, Marrakech, Madrid, Milan, Padua and Valencia, and have found them to be a good way of learning a bit about the city, its history and culture, then using it as a way to get around. Tickets are usually valid for 24-48 hours, so I've used it like a local bus.

    This was the first time that I'd encountered a guide giving a live commentary- usually it was listening to a taped recording through headphones (provided free and for you to take away - I've then used these on airlines that offer Music/TV/Film - not Ryanair though I'm afraid.)

    To be continued.....

    On the bus-approaching Albert Clock
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    Belfast City Aiport Bus

    by arty_girl Written Oct 25, 2008

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    The city airport isn't in Belfast city centre (strange, I know!) you're best to book a hotel in the centre of town and then travel to the airport. There's a shuttle bus from great victoria street station to the airport (The Airport Express 600) which operates every 20 minutes. Great victoria street station is right in the heart of belfast city centre and is located beside the famous Europa hotel... there's a days in or the jurys hotel on the same road as these (great victoria street)... check out the prices online. The bus operates beween 06:00 and 22:05, and costs £2.20 for a return journey.

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    Airport Express Bus from Belfast City Airport

    by SWFC_Fan Written Oct 11, 2008

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    George Best Belfast City Airport (not to be confused with Belfast International Airport) is located just a few miles from the centre of Belfast. When we arrived there for a weekend visit to the city in July 2008, we caught the Airport Express Bus from the airport to the city centre.

    The following information was correct as at July 2008:

    - tickets cost:

    1.40 GBP one way
    2.40 GBP return

    - bus number 600 departs frequently throughout the day from a bus stop which is located a short walk outside the arrivals hall;

    - tickets are purchased from the driver on board the bus;

    - throughout the day, buses depart from the airport every 20 minutes from Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, buses are every 40 minutes;

    - the journey from the airport to the Europa Bus Station takes around 10 minutes. The Europa Bus Station is about 10 minutes walk from the heart of Belfast city centre;

    - on the way back to the airport, buses leave from Stand #1 at Europa Bus Station and tickets are again purchased from the driver on board the bus.

    Up-to-date fares and timetables can be found HERE

    Airport Express Bus to Belfast City Airport

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    Taxis / Cabs

    by St_Vincent Updated May 26, 2008

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    Belfast has two main taxi companies, fonaCab who can be contacted at 028 9033 3333 and Value Cabs at 028 9080 9080. Value Cabs is probably the better known, they have freephones at bus and rail stations plus some hotels and provide a 24 hour service. Both companies also provide sightseeing tours.

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    The Metro Bus Service

    by St_Vincent Written May 26, 2008

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    Public transport in Belfast is provided by Translink and consists of the local Metro bus network, Goldliner and Ulsterbus services which go inter city and the Northern Ireland Railway service. The Metro consists of 12 main routes that run along corridors away from the centre. All services terminate and start on one of the sides of Donegall Square which runs around the City Hall. Services are quite frequent and reliable. A Metro Day Ticket costs £2.50 (£3.50 before 10am) for unlimited travel until midnight on the day it is purchased and can be bought on the bus.

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    Flying into Belfast

    by St_Vincent Written May 26, 2008

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    Belfast has two airports, the first is Belfast International which is where most of the international flights will land. This is a fair way out of the city and a taxi to the centre will cost around £25 to £30, although it might be possible to share a taxi if there is only one of two of you. A cheaper option is the Airport Express bus number 300 where a single ticket is £6 and this will drop you at the centrally located Europa Bus Centre.

    The smaller of the two is Belfast City Airport also known as the George Best Airport, named after the flawed football genius and one of Northern Ireland’s favourite sons. This is served mainly by routes from other parts of the UK and Ireland. It is much closer to the City Centre and the Airport Express bus number 600 will get you to the Europa Bus Centre in about 15-20 minutes for just £1.40. As you come out of the airport building turn left and you should see the bus stop.

    The George Best City Airport

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    Dublin to Belfast - cheap!

    by diamond_skies Written Feb 10, 2008

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    The Aircoach is the best way to get to Belfast from Dublin. The coaches are comfortable, leave every hour and are really reasonable - much cheaper than the bus or train. The cost for a return adult ticket is between €15 - 18. There are few stops along the way so you get to Belfast in around 2 hours and 25 minutes. The Aircoach drops you conveniently at Jury's Hotel, right in the city centre.

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    Bus from Belfast International Airport

    by kevarms Written Aug 4, 2007

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    Ulsterbus operate a very frequent bus service from the airport to the city centre, stopping at Royal Avenue and the Europa Bus Centre. Price is 6 pounds single, 10 pounds return. It takes about 35 minutes.

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    British Midland Always Late

    by fujipat Written Jul 7, 2007

    I have visited N Ireland 5 times since 1994. One point that irritates me is that British Midland flights from Heathrow to and from Belfast are always late. Is this coincidence or their normal standard?

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    Train and Buses in NI

    by kranstonakov Written Dec 19, 2006

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    the train and bus network in and around belfast is average, buses leave for areas within belfast from city hall, for further afield you will have to go to the europa bus Station or the Laganside bus station, both within walking distance from city hall. Train wise, you can go to dublin, portrush, larne, portadown, londonderry, lisburn, bangor. There are more stops but they are not places you would want to go... trust me!!! A good day to travel is a Sunday, when the 'sunday ramble' ticket is available, this entitles the bearer to free travel around the country for an extremely reasonable £7, bare in mind a return to Londonderry from Belfast will cost you in the region of £25 monday to saturday.

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    BMI Baby

    by stevezero Written Feb 18, 2006

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    BMI (Baby) operate direct flights to Belfast from several UK regional airports. It is mostly low cost and fares are generally reasonable. From Nottingham East Midlands there are several flights a day makinf even day trips feasable

    BMI Baby
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    Stranraer - Belfast Ferry

    by stevezero Written Feb 18, 2006

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    Stena Line operate traditional and fast ferries on the route from Stranraer (Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland) direct to Belfast. The fast service takes about 100 minutes. We took a day trip on the fast ferry which cost ?20 including a Belfast city sightseeing tour by double decker bus.

    Stranraer - Belfast Ferry Stranraer - Belfast Ferry
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    City SIghtseeing Bus

    by stevezero Written Feb 18, 2006

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    A great way to get a feel for the city. The tour takes approx 60 minutes and includes Wall Murals of the Falls And Crumlin Roads, City Hall, Albert Clock, Botanic gardens and the docks. A live commentary is provided by knowledgable and witty locals.

    Departs from Castle Place in centre of Belfast, or they can arrange pick up from Stena Line ferry terminal

    City SIghtseeing Bus, Belfast
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    Hop on the Metro! Belfast Bus

    by Traveldi Written Sep 27, 2005

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    Translink provide our buses and trains.
    The City Bus Service is called The Metro

    A Day ticket currently costs £2.00 - you can travel around until midnight on the day of purchase - keep a hold of that ticket!
    Just purchase it from your driver.

    If you are just making one journey the cost is £1.20

    Or you can get a Smartlink Card if you are staying longer, this is a credit card type thing and you buy it from the Kiosk in Donegall Square West which is just opposite the City Hall if you were facing the City Hall it's on your right.

    Trains are through NI Railway - all info on the translink website it is very useful with timetables etc, and you can work out how long it will take to get to your destination and what method you should use!

    Waiting for the bus! waiting for a bus? look out for these signs!
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    Rugby Tour Bus!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jul 4, 2005

    During our trip, we were able to pile into the tour bus and head up to Belfast for the day. Although I can not think back to the name of the tour company, I would definitely recommend getting in a bus with 35 drunk rugby players if you are headed to Northern Ireland!

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