I used the Airport Express bus service to get from City Airport to downtown Belfast (bus 600A or 600B).
A bus was waiting as I emerged from the terminal on arrival, so £3.30 and 15 minutes later I was at the Europa Bus Centre.
All very quick and comfortable. My ticket was a return - single was £2.20 from memory.
Going back the next day was just as easy.
The service runs every 20 minutes at peak times, but check the timetable for other timings. the airport’s website has a link to a pdf of the timetable. Worth downloading to take with you.
It turned out (I hadn’t done much planning for that trip) the bus terminal is 100m from my hotel. Just perfect.
That bus terminus is also an interchange with the trains - Great Victoria Street Station. That means the airport bus will connect you very easily to a bus or train service to other parts of the province.
The open-top buses takes a 1 ½ hour, 8km round-trip along some of the city's most impressive and evocative sights and includes 21 hop-on/hop-off points. The tour starts at High Street, then visits the Titanic Quarter and drives past Stormont before heading West to take in the political murals and Peace Wall along the Shankill and Falls Roads. The return leg passes through Queen's Quarter, past the University and Botanic Gardens. The commentary is as entertaining as it is enlightening, with the guides making Troubles-related jokes only a local could get away with. You will recognize the buses from others as they are brightly branded with the CitySightseeing logo.
The tour bus starts at High Street & Chichester Street. Check with the website listed below for times and prices.
The Airport Express 300 bus is a regular 24-hour service from Belfast International airport to Belfast city, terminating at the Europa Buscentre (also train station).
Timetables can be found online at the two websites I have provided.
Please bare in mind that this service is not totally reliable (according to some people we spoke to), and make sure that you check the times for the correct direction that you wish to travel (i.e. Belfast-airport or airport-Belfast). We miss-read these and ended up getting a taxi back to the airport.
NOTE: Tickets were €6 single and €9 return (airport to bus/train station, Aug 2008), and the journey takes about 45 minutes. A taxi will cost €6 per person (4 people sharing) one way, and only takes about 20 minutes.
IF YOUR STAYING IN BELFAST FOR A FEW DAYS AND FANCY GETTING AROUND AND SEE MORE OF NORTHERN IRELAND THEN THE BUS NETWORK IS THERE FOR YOU TO USE..
HERE IS JUST A FEW OPTIONS LEAVING FROM THE EUROPA BUSCENTRE..
YOU CAN BE IN THE COSTAL TOWN OF PORTRUSH IN TWO AND A HALF HOURS FROM BELFAST BY BUS.
OR ENNISKILLEN, THE GATEWAY TO THE LAKELANDS IN JUST OVER 2 HOURS BY BUS, AGAIN FROM THE EUROPA BUSCENTRE IN CENTRAL BELFAST.
THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF MANY PLACES TO VISIT IN NORTHERN IRELAND FROM YOUR BASE IN BELFAST.. ALL POSSIBLE TO VISIT AND RETURN BACK TO BELFAST THE SAME DAY.
CHECK WEBSITE BELOW FOR MORE OPTIONS.
The Translink Metro is the bus system that gets you around Belfast. All the buses end up at the City Center for the most part. In early 2005, they changed the whole system and how each route was numbered...so if you are relying on old information to get around on the bus, you're going to have to upgrade your notes unless you want to get completely lost. They also do offer several different deals like day cards and the Smartlink card for a better value deal.
You will save 30 euros by taking the bus and it only takes 45mins longer than train. Make sure to get a return ticket as it is cheaper. 12 euros for one way, 17 euro for return. Buses leave from Dublin to Belfast (and vice versa) every hour starting 6am until 9pm. Bus station in Dublin is Busuras and bus station in Belfast is Europa...5mins from city centre.
It's €25 adult return from Dublin to Belfast. The journey is about 2.5 hours. You do not need a passport at the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, however sometimes, police will get on the train for a quick security check. Nothing to worry about though, I'm told it doesnt happen that often.
When you arrive in Belfast from Dublin, you will be dropped off at the Europa bus station, which is right in the heart of town.
Buses in Belfast run regularly all day from 6am till 11.30pm.
The usually run around loops where tickets vary for inner and outer loops. One price gets you to a variety of stops. Depending on the driver he/she may be very helpful or a right old git. Its a bit of a lottery.
They go everywhere in the city, nowhere is left out. Green (new) or Red (older) Citybuses operate in Belfast and Blue and White Ulsterbus serve the rest of the country.
Head to the Europa bus centre beside the Europa hotel on Great Victoria Street for info and timetables or visit a citybus kiosk in the city centre beside city hall.
We offer tours of Belfast on an open top bus during the summer.
But if you really want to see the real Belfast then go to the tourist information office and decide for yourself.
Busses are always good.
Taxis are also handy for short distances.
Boat from Scotland or England t Belfast. If travelling from S. Ireland take the train from Connolly Station to Dublin and this takes you to Belfast Central Station. There is a free bus from there to the City Centre or take a taxi...there are loads of cabs. Very cheap.
Bus is the main way of going any distance...they are expensive in the city but traveling outside Belfasdt is ok.
Arrived at the International airport, bus#300 runs into the city centre 24 hours a day. Just over the road from arrivals is the place to find it, follow the signs.