Getting around Northern Ireland Sustainably
From scenic rail journeys to luxury coaches or dramatic cycle routes, you don’t need a car to enjoy all that Northern Ireland has to offer.
Northern Ireland enjoys excellent public transport links, over 1000 miles of National Cycle Network and Europe’s best network of charging points for electric vehicles. So why not leave the car at home while you drink in the views from a Rural Rambler, take advantage of free Wi-Fi onboard a Goldline Express or enjoy a coffee in the café carriage of the “Enterprise”.
Translink is the main provider of Public Transport in Northern Ireland. We have a provided a summary of the main services below.
Metro is the Belfast city bus network, with 12 high-frequency corridors in and around the City. Visit http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Metro-Service-Page/ for more information on routes and timetables.
Ulsterbus provides bus services across Northern Ireland with 25 passenger facilities operating day to day services at a local level. Visit http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Ulsterbus-Service-Page/ for more information on routes and timetables.
Goldline is a network of high quality coaches, providing fast comfortable connections between Northern Ireland’s main towns and cities, with free onboard Wi-Fi. For more information on routes and timetables, visit http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Goldline/.
The Rural Rambler provides rural bus services in Kilkeel, the Mournes, the Sperrins, the Causeway Coast and Slieve Gullion. This service is particularly useful for visitors keen to take advantage of the walking opportunities in rural areas. Visit http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/The-Rural-Transport-Fund/ for more information.
Cross Channel Express is a Translink service providing coach travel from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Manchester, Birmingham and London to and from Northern Ireland. These great value services take the stress out of cross channel travel, with free Wi-Fi on all vehicles. Connections are also available to mainland Europe. http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/ulsterbus-tours-promo-blackpool-express/
Airport Services – Translink operates a number of airport services to and from Dublin Airport, Belfast International Airport, George Best Belfast City Airport and City of Derry Airport. Visit http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/airport-services-promo/ for more information on airport services operated by Translink. Aircoach also provides a luxury coach to and from Belfast to Dublin Airport. For more information visit http://www.aircoach.ie/table.routes.belfast.php
NI Railways operates a rail network throughout Northern Ireland and offers a combination of express services and trains that stop at each halt and station. http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/NI-Railways/
The flagship Enterprise Service links Belfast and Dublin, stopping at stations along the way including Lisburn and Newry. The service is jointly operated by NI Railways and Iarnród Éireann; There are 8 daily services Monday to Saturday and 5 services on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi and a full café service are available on board. For more information please visit http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Enterprise/
With Northern Ireland hosting the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in 2014, there has never been a better time to cycle in Northern Ireland. With over 1000 miles of National Cycle Network across Northern Ireland, and the fact that bicycles are carried free of charge on Translink Goldline Express Coaches and trains*, Northern Ireland, is well set up for cycling. For more information see www.cycleni.com.
*For information and conditions, download the Bike It with Translink leaflet here.
Rent an Electric Car
Did you know that Northern Ireland has Europe’s best network of E Car charging points? No one in Northern Ireland is more than 30 miles from a rapid charge post and most people are less than 10 miles from a fast charge post. There are now 160 fast charge posts each with two charging points and 10 Rapid Charge posts across Northern Ireland. Companies with electric cars available for hire include Europcar, Budget and Enterprise while tourist accommodation with charging points include the Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa, Newcastle, Belmore Court in Enniskillen and the City Hotel in Derry-Londonderry. For more information and a full list of charging points visit www.ecarni.com.