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Touring by Public Transport

Northern Ireland has great public transport links with a range of discount passes and visitor friendly services, meaning that you can get to many of our most popular attractions and picturesque landscapes with minimal hassle.

Translink are responsible for bus and rail services within Northern Ireland, and offer a number of good value day tickets and integrated travel passes to help you get around with ease and during your visit.

Additionally, all senior citizens resident in Northern Ireland and the Republic can now avail of free internal travel throughout both jurisdictions with a valid 60+, Senior SmartPass or RoI Senior SmartPass.

There are also services with a particular appeal to visitors.  The Rambler Bus Services are designed to make our scenic rural areas more accessible to sightseers, walkers and cyclists, and routes include the Causeway, Mourne, Kilkeel, Sperrin and Ring of Gullion Ramblers.

Ulsterbus Day Tours offer a selection of guided tours of the main attractions of Northern Ireland and across the border, departing daily during summer months (with a limited programme at other times of the year) from the Europa Buscentre. Destinations include National Trust properties, seaside resorts, shopping destinations, sporting and entertainment events plus special seasonal trips. Prices start from £22.50.

For more information on Translink services, discount passes and special offers please visit www.translink.co.uk or phone (028) 9066 6630.

Belfast and Beyond

131905-Titanic Belfast (external at night)It couldn't be easier to visit the great attractions and places of interest Belfast has to offer and with a Metro Day Ticket you can really make the most of Belfast.

For just £3.20* you can travel after 9.30am (available Monday - Saturday or all day Sunday) or for £3.70 you can travel anywhere on Metro all day (available Monday - Saturday) and remember children are half price and senior citizens go free!

You can buy your Metro Day Ticket from the driver on the bus, at the Metro Kiosk, Donegall Square West or the Belfast Welcome Centre, Donegall Place.


So whether you're here on holiday or live in Northern Ireland (or even Belfast) why not take advantage of this great way to see Belfast for less. Why not take a trip to Belfast Zoo, stopping off at Cave Hill Country Park and Belfast Castle on the way, finishing up back in Belfast City centre with a trip around Titantic Quater?


Check out the great offers available at some of the visitor attractions; just show your Metro Day Ticket.


Fares are subject to change.
*Available for purchase between 9.30am and 3pm Monday - Saturday and all day Sunday.

iLink is the integrated smartcard from Translink which provides unlimited day, weekly or monthly bus and rail travel within five specified zones across Northern Ireland.

iLink is available for adults and children and is ideal if you travel by both bus and train to your destination on a regular basis. It is a smartcard which you can top-up again and again, so when you need more travel you simply bring the same iLink Card back to one of our sales outlets and top-up your card with travel for a day week or month.

The Belfast Visitor Pass is an integrated Translink smartcard providing unlimited bus and rail travel for 1, 2 or 3 consecutive days within the Belfast Visitor Pass Zone.  It also provides a range of attractive discounts at visitor attractions, tours of the city, leisure and retail outlets, coffee shops and restaurants.  It is available for adults and children and is ideal for visitors wishing to travel by bus and train and take advantage of the range of offers throughout the city.


Taxis are also an economical option for short journeys. All legal taxis should display taxi licence plates. Taxis are generally meter-reading fares; if a taxi does not have a meter ask the fare to your destination before setting off. In Belfast, taxi ranks are also available; these are generally in the city centre or at some points of entry, and are London-type black cabs.

Visit Top Northern Ireland Experiences with Translink

Causeway Coast and Glens

57866-Cushendun

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Goldline

Antrim Coaster Coach Service 252

Travel via the Antrim Coast and Glens and enjoy spectacular scenery.  Service departs from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

Goldline

Goldline Coach Service 221

Direct to the Giant's Causeway from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

NI Railways

Train journey Coleraine to Derry~Londonderry

This journey is described by Michael Palin as one of the most beautiful train journeys of the world.  Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you pass through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Travel Connections from Belfast Great Victoria Street - Coleraine - Derry~Londonderry.

Ulsterbus

Causeway Rambler 402

Easy access to a range of delightful coastal towns and villages including Ballintoy Harbour – now made famous by the HBO Series Games of Thrones.

Derry~Londonderry

122985-Peace Bridge Derry

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Service Details

 

Goldline

Goldline Coach Services 212

Regular and direct services from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

NI Railways

Train service available

Services every 2 hours from Belfast Great Victoria Street.

Fermanagh Lakelands

73856-Belcoo Canoeing

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Service Details

 

Goldline

Goldline Coach Service 261

Regular services from Belfast Europa Buscentre. 

Tyrone and the Sperrins

68944-Ulster American Folk Park -  Thatched Cottage

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Service Details

 

Goldline

Goldline Coach Service 273

Regular services to Omagh from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

Ulsterbus

Sperrin Rambler 403

Operates from Omagh Buscentre around this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Also key attractions include Ulster American Folk Park and Gortin Glen Forest Park.

Armagh City and Ring of Gullion

104434-Armagh Public LIbrary

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Service Details

 

Goldline

Goldline Coach Service 251

Enjoy a day of culture and learning in Armagh.  Regular services to Armagh from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

Ulsterbus

Slieve Gullion Rambler 443

Operates from Newry Buscentre to Slieve Gullion Forest Park until 31st August 2014.

Mourne Mountains, Newcastle

49541-Newcastle

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Service Details

 

Goldline

Goldline Coach Service 237

Regular services to Newcastle from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

Ulsterbus

Mourne Rambler 405

Operates from Newcastle Buscentre and takes in key highlights including:
- Silent Valley Mountain Park
- Spelga Dam
- The great Mourne Wall
- Tollymore Forest Park where many of the woodland action scenes were filmed for Games of Thrones.

Ulsterbus

Kilkeel Rambler 407

Operates from Kilkeel Town to Attical and Cranfield all year round.

CROSS-BORDER SERVICES

There are also good cross-border bus and rail links from the Irish Republic. 

  • BUS - Ulsterbus work in co-operation with Bus Eireann and will have current bus schedules and prices.
  • RAIL - NI Railways work in co-operation with Iarnród Éireann as part of the Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast.

For more details on all Translink's services, visit www.translink.co.uk or call their contact centre on (028) 9066 6630.

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