Northern Ireland Transportation

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Northern Ireland Transportation

  • Air Travel

    Belfast Transportation

    Or Belfast City Airport. For those who don’t know the name, George was the best football (soccer) player to emerge from Northern Ireland. Drank himself to death. It is definitely preferable to the city’s International Airport, 20 miles north of town. City Airport is in the city’s dockland area, only 15 minutes by bus from the city centre. On...

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  • Buses

    Belfast Transportation

    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...

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  • Taxis

    Belfast Transportation

    Hi I was told not to use a black taxi in Belfast because i would be ripped off. But i took a chance and got in one. I asked the driver why this was ,The driver replied There are black hack drivers who will rip you off and there are other popular cab drivers who will also rip u off. My advice to you and any one else is, make sure the driver uses...

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  • Trains

    Belfast Transportation

    Instead of paying for a taxi to take you to/from George Best City Airport do this instead, take the train to Sydenham. You can board at a number of train stations (including Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast & Belfast Central). The cost of a one-way trip is 1.40 (pounds). Journey time takes 16 minutes (Great Victoria Street Station)...

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  • Black taxi tour

    Black taxi tour, is a better transport to the "murals" if you are very interested to listen the history of the area...The taxi driver is one of the local expert in the history of their own place

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  • You don't need the 'plane (1).

    When I began travelling in the 1970's the only realistic way to travel to and from Northern Ireland was by boat as air travel was hideously expensive. Travel to London without driving involved either an overnight bost to Liverpool, a train to Larne and over to Stranraer with an awfully long train / coach trip or the Dublin / Holyhead option going...

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  • Don't get caught out.

    I would like to warn you about a potential problem with using public transport in Northern Ireland. If your technology allows for it, take a look at the first (main) image I have posted here and tell me what you think you see. For those of you unable to view images here for whatever reason, I can tell you that it is what appears to be an...

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  • You don't need the 'plane (2).

    I had managed to write so much about the travel option of using train and feryy from mainland to Northern Ireeland I exceeded the 10,000 character limit, so I have had to split it onto two. Not to worry, it is an opportunity for a few more images as well as the text. You really need to read the first part of the travelogue first for this to make...

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  • Car hire and airports

    I hired a car for 2 days for £45 (small car) from Hertz.I did 300km Belfast-coast-Derry-Belfast.Dont get confused between the two airports like i did at Belfast - one is international, one is city!

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  • Ride the rails.

    My grandfather was a railwayman and I have always loved trains since I was a small child. I have been lucky enough to have travelled on some pretty exotic examples and the Northern Ireland railway network certainly isn't one of those but it does provide a reasonable way of getting around the Province.The hub of the network is Belfast Central...

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  • From Dublin airport to Belfast by bus

    For me it was much cheaper to fly in to Dublin than to Belfast and as there is a bus from Dublin airport to Belfast that was a good option for me. Goldline service 200 runs every hour (almost) between Dublin and Belfast. The buses leave 20 minutes past every hour from Dublin Airport and leave Belfast on the hour.My flight was supposed to land at...

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  • Driving from Belfast to Dublin

    Driving from Belfast to Dublin should take you about 2 hours, maybe slightly less now that the Newry bypass is completed. There is a toll booth on the road to Dublin. Currently 1.90 euro. They only take euro! There's also a toll on the M50 around Dublin. That you have to go to eflow.ie to find out how to pay.Hope you have a nice trip!

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  • Get on your bike.

    I remember my first holiday away without my parents when I was about 15. My brother, a couple of friends and myself cycled and youth hostelled along the Antrim Coast Road and it was simply wonderful, it still is for that matter. As I got older, I graduated to motorbikes and didn't really use the bicycle much. I recently returned to Northern Ireland...

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  • Parking

    I noticed a question on the forum about parking around Belfast so I thought I'd add a section about it. A good landmark in Belfast is Great Victoria Street Station/Europa- there's a carpark right beside these places which you pay for at ticket machines. You should be able to get a space with reasonable ease on weekends (especially if you're there...

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  • Flights

    There are two airports that service Belfast. The Belfast City airport is the smallest of the two and often the incoming and outgoing flights are short-haul. Places that are linked to this airport with Flybe are:AberdeenBirminghamCardiffEdinburghExeterGlasgowInvernessJerseyLeeds/ BradfordLondon GatwickManchesterNewquayNewcastleRobin Hood Doncaster...

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  • Drive the Antrim Coast

    If you have a hire car in Northern Ireland and want to visit the Giant's Causeway there is a motorway that takes you the quickest way there. I would recommend going at least one way via the Antrim coast. The scenery is spectacular and apparently you can even see the Scottish mainland in the distance at one point. Take the time it is worth it.Taken...

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  • Railtours Ireland Dublin-Giant's...

    We booked the trip before leaving Australia with Railtours Ireland over the web. I think we could have booked in Dublin quite easily mind you. The trip cost us about $200 Australian each and was a bit of a treat but well worth it. It was a very long day. We had to be at Connolly Station at about 7am and didn't return til about 10pm that night. I...

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  • Most reputable Taxi Services in Belfast

    Value Cabs. They're open 24/7 and generally have cars which have a degree of luxury (Mercedes etc) with uniformed drivers. They're open 24/7 and can be booked in advance if need be. The company has rapidly grown to become Northern Ireland's largest and most efficient taxi company with over 500 drivers. Executive and 6 seater cars are available....

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  • Travelling in and around Belfast and NI...

    Travelling in and around Belfast and NI by train may seem daunting at first but is actually quite simple. Trains run frequently and to the main towns and cities in Northern Ireland.The main station is Great Victoria Street in Belfast City Centre, about 5 minutes walk from City Hall and right beside the Europa Hotel. This is the main transport hub...

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  • how to get there

    You may easily drive from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland, there are NO more controls at the border, you will just realize, that lots of things look different, like the marks on the road, the telephone-booths, prices written in GBP etc.When driving along the West-coast of the republic of Ireland you simply have to watch out for the...

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  • Express bus between Belfast and Dublin

    When you go to Belfast through Dublin, you can take the express bus at the Dublin airport, and no nee do go to Dublin city centre.There are several bus companies offering the express service. I took Aircoach, which cost 7euro/each way or 12 euro/return. This is very inexpensive compared to the train ticket.It took about 2 hours to arrive in...

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  • Driving in Northern Ireland

    They drive on the left hand side of the road, and a driver seat is on the right side of the car. It can get really tricky and even confusing for us who are used to drive on the right hand side of the road.Instead of street signals, there are many roundabouts in Northern Ireland, which is another thing that US drivers are not used to.Remember to...

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  • Flying from US to Norhtern Ireland

    Continental Airlines started to offering non-stop flights between New York (Newark) and Belfast International in 2004. While it is convenient, the ticket is rather pricy.The flight usually leaves NY in the evening, and arrives to Belfast in the morning of the next day.If you are in a hurry to get there, fly Continental. If not, you can save money...

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  • Train routes 2 : Belfast to Dublin

    The Train service between Belfast and Dublin operates hourly throughout the day and takes just over two hours.It is a jointly run service between the railway company of the North and the Republic.At 33 pounds for a return ticket, it represents fair value and is well supported. It also gives limted free trvel in Belfast/ Dublin when you arrive at...

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  • Train routes 1 : Belfast to...

    NIR (Northern Ireland Railways) has a pretty awful reputation for punctuality, cleanliness, value and anything else regarding the running of a modern railway system. Most locals would regard it as worse that of a tinpot banana republic.That is the bad news, the good news is that the line between the two main cities of the province has recieved...

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  • Ferries to Northern Ireland

    There are a number of ferries that run to Northern Ireland. You will normally expect to pay around 200-300 pounds return with a car in the Summer, about half that on Scottish routesFROM SCOTLAND : Stranraer to Belfast (Stena Line) Up to 8 sailings daily Crossing duration is from 1 hr 45 min Cairnryan to Larne ( P&O Irish Sea Ferries) Up to 9...

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  • Shared Taxis in Belfast

    During 'the Troubles' many bus services in North Belfast were stopped. A solution was found to the mess by Black cab owners operating as buses. Many suspect that a good portion of the fares end up in the hands of paramilitary organisations.Catholic 'shared cabs' leave downtown from the junction of Castle and King streets (the only place you will...

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  • Northern Ireland airports

    Northern Ireland is well connected to the UK and other parts of the island of Ireland by low cost operaters.Derry is the smallest of the provinces three airports. Ryanair use it to fly to a handful of UK destinations.Belfast city is the most convenient, as it is only about 10 minutes from the centre of Belfast. There is a good range of routes here,...

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  • Ferry to Scotland!

    Taking the boat from Scotland to Northern Ireland is a great alternative to flying if you didn't get a chance to get a cheap flight. There are buses leaving from most major cities in Scotland and are packaged with the boat. The major operators are Stena LIne, HSS, Sea Cat, and P&O Ferries. The ferry ride is fun and has everything from a bar to a...

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  • Drive around Northern Ireland.... Its...

    This isn't a specific activity but I highly recommend driving around as much as Northern Ireland as possible. Its such a beautiful country with many opportunities to camp, bike, hike, sightsee, hangout on beaches, or just enjoy the local culture. The country is so small that driving would only take about a week or so max. Also if you're driving all...

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  • Ulsterbus

    Not just the for the buses but for all the transport in Northern Ireland- we have the worst transport system in Europe! And it shows! the train at least avoids the crazy Belfast traffic and it's historical I think it's the same trains they used in the 60s!! However Europa bus station has lots to do and it's great for people watching. If bored pop...

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