I took the Service 33 bus from Dublin's Busares to Derry's Foyle Street Buscentre. My trip was on a Thursday, and most of the seats on the bus were empty. The trip took 4 hours -- with one extended stop at Monaghan Bus Station where passengers could use the restrooms and get something to eat/drink at the station's cafeteria.
On the positive side, the Foyle Street Buscentre is conveniently located in the city centre. On the negative side, there wasn't a currency exchange facility at the station. A station representative was kind enough to direct me to a currency exchange facility in the Foyleside Shopping Centre which is a couple of blocks away. After I obtained some British Pounds, I took a short cab ride to my Bed & Breakfast.
Unlike the Airporter Bus, getting a train to Derry in my experience was a real pain, from getting the FREE courtesy bus across Belfast City airport to the road outside, lugging your bags up and over the bridge across the motorway to Sydenham train station, from there take a quick trip to Belfast Central station, at this point wait at least an hour and a half for the train, surviving on railway food, then pack into your seat and stare at the walls for two and a half hours, when you do finally reach Derry you find the train station way across town on the otherside of the river so you then need a taxi, making your total journey time go up and up.
The cost of a single to Derry is, right now still under £10.
The Airporter provides the only direct coach service between the Belfast Airports and Derry in the North West.
The bus ride is in my experience far more of a travel choice than the train, having done both the bus is actually quicker by about 30 minutes or so, far more pleasant a ride, easier and way less hassle, just get on, travel, get off, no messing about in crowded carriages, changing stations and chasing platforms.
The journey itself is 1 hour 30 minutes to Derry from Belfast Int airport, and 2 hours from Belfast City George Best airport.
The Airporter service likes people to check in 20 - 30 minutes before departure.
Tickets are in my opinion perfectly worth the money, £15 for a single one way, £25 for a return ticket, timetables can be optained from the Airporter website.
More often than not the bus service operates direct from the Airporter office on Strand Road Derry.
Had real problems looking at getting to and from airport. no bus service or train.
I used p mullins taxis, he gave me his card and we arranges to be picked up the following day which he did nice and early. polite and reliable for £12 each way mob-07074 520 520
The airport code is LDY. BMI and Ryanair are the main carriers. Not a huge amount of flights into LDY or going out, but enough to suffice. They are pushing to expand the runway to get more flights and carriers, but there are connections to and from Shannon, Dublin, Glasgow. I can not remember which, if any, of the London airports there were flights for.
Definitely check out Ryanair's website for cheap flights from LDY, which they list as Derry City.
Also, be prepared to wait for the Hertz rental person to show up at the counter, since they seem to be in and out of the office.
The airport is located in Eglinton, which is about a 15-20 minute drive to the city.
Taxis - The first thing you should do is save the number of a reliable and speedy taxi service into your mobile. There's quite a few! If you're staying at the hotel, ask the hotel to call one for you, and then also ask for the number of the place if you're going to be taking one back to the hotel later.
Flagging a taxi off the street is not like hailing a cab in NYC, Chicago, DC, Philly, etc. etc. At the end of the night, especially, there are ques at the street corners for taxis - UNLESS you call one and tell them to pick you up at such and such a place at which point they will ask if you're Ms. Doe when they pull up.
The local rate for going just about anywhere in the city on the Bogside is 2pound. I would take a taxi from the Rosemont section back to the north edge of town to Davinci's hotel complex, and the fare was always 2pound.
Tipping isn't expected either.
The Railway station, such as it is, sits on the windswept shore on the non-city side of the river.
Whilst the route to town is very obvious, you just cross the bridge, it is a good 10 minute walk to the centre of town. With luggage a taxi would be useful.
The facilities are very limited at the station, so it's not a place to hang around if you are planning on using this form of transport.
Derry is now linked directly by a low-cost airline to England.
Ryanair, an irish airline, fly to London Stansted twice a day - roughly at 9.00 AM and 9.00 PM, but check out their website for full details. Being a Irish Airline the place is listed as "City of Derry", on their lists.
You may also get a flight from Glasgow or Manchester on British Airways - but these rarely come out at anything like the same price.
Derry airport itself is only about five miles out, so a taxi (8 quid) or a bus is quite conveinient.
Alternatively seveal low-cost airlines (Easyjet/ BMIbaby) fly to Belfast International - which is also connected to Derry (See other tip)
The airporter service to Belfast international is efficient, taking about 2 hours to get there. It also leaves about every 2 hours during the day, and slightly less often at the weekends.
It's a bit pricy at 14 Pounds 50p (20 pounds return) but the alternative is a train to Antrim and a bus link from there. That alternative would take about 2 and a half to three hours and Northern Ireland trains are notoroiusly bad at timekeeping.
If you have a group of four ormore, then it might be more economical to charter a taxi.
From Belfast, it's best to catch a bus from the busstation behind the Europa Hotel, it'll drop you of in the middle of Derry City. Cost: 5 pounds.
Buses go daily on a regular basis.
Either walk or when late at night get a cab (not too expensive).
Well for me, car is best. I live 31 miles from Derry. There's also bus and train routes there.
Walking if you're just interested in the shops. Anything else, use taxi, bus, or bike.
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