Getting Around

Getting Around

Northern Ireland's bijou expanse ensures relatively straightforward road and rail access to your destination of choice. Just choose how you'd like to travel and check out the relevant links for more information.


Northern Ireland Public Transport

Translink operates the NI-wide Ulsterbus, Goldline (connecting NI's major destinations, as well as Dublin), Belfast's Metro Bus services and NI Railways integrated public transport system.

For timetable and route information on these services call (+44) (0)28 9066 6630 or click

iLink is the integrated smartcard from Translink which provides unlimited day, weekly or monthly bus and rail travel within 3 specified zones across Northern Ireland. This smartcard is available for adults and children and is ideal if you travel by both bus and train on a regular basis. It is easy to use and can be topped up at one of the designated sales outlets.It provides a more convenient, safer, cash free way to travel and could save you money if you are buying separate bus and train tickets. For full details of iLink Zones and Fares, click

Rambler Ticket
Unlimited travel on all scheduled Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro services within NI on Sundays and main NI school holidays (£9/£4.50 conc.) Must be purchased after 9.15am from the driver.

Rambler/Scenic Services
Translink operate a number of services to promote tourism in rural areas.
These services are ideal for tourists and locals who want to explore some of Northern Ireland’s most spectacular scenic areas by foot. Rambler services set down and pick up at key locations in each region as well as servicing main bus stations. Tickets can be purchased from the driver.

Kilkeel Rambler (Service No 407)
Sperrin Rambler (Service No 403)

Antrim Coaster
 (Service No 252)
Causeway Rambler (Service No 402)
Mourne Rambler (Service No 405)

NI Railways operates a rail network across the province serving the following routes:

Bangor line – Bangor – Belfast
Larne line – Larne Harbour to Belfast
Derry line – Derry – Coleraine and Portrush – Belfast
Portadown line – Newry – Portadown – Belfast

Sunday Day Tracker
Unlimited travel on all scheduled train services within Northern Ireland on Sunday (£8/£4). No time restrictions apply.

Airport Parking

Arriving by boat

Car passengers arriving at the Port of Belfast should follow signs for the city centre which is only a short drive away from all terminals.

Foot passengers can take a £3 taxi ride or walk the short journey into the well-signposted city centre.

For general ferry and shipping enquiries contact the Port of Belfast at tel. 9055 4422 or

Arriving by plane

Belfast has both an International and City Airport serving the city.

City of Derry Airport serves Derry and the North West.

With so many great deals on at the moment, there's never been a better time to come to Belfast, so what are you waiting for?

Check out Ryanair, Easyjet, Aerlingus and BMI for flights to NI from mainland Europe, go on, you know you want to!

Arriving by train

Translink operates all of Northern Ireland's bus and rail services. 

Belfast's two main overland transport hubs are Central Station (rail) and the Europa Buscentre (bus & rail). 

There are no left luggage facilities at any Translink property - a throwback to the city's turbulent past when bomb scares were an almost daily occurrence.

Car and coach rental

Daily car hire is from as little as £15 for a two-door car but can rise considerably depending on size, company and how far in advance you book.

Drive on the left hand side and be aware that our sopeeds are in miles (not kilometres) per hour. 

The speed limits are 30mph in built-up areas and rises to 70mph on the motorways.

Speed cameras and road traffic police are everywhere, so keep an eye on signs wherever you're driving. Seatbelts are compulsory in the front and back seats.

Car parking

Approx. 1300 on-street city centre parking meters charge £1 per hour in increments of 25p per 15mins.

Pay by coin or credit/debit card. If that doesn't work, call the phone number written on the meter and take a note of the meter number.

Check the street signs to ensure you don't overstay your welcome, as many spaces are restricted by time.

And don't even think about not paying and displaying - the streets are swarming with red-jacketed traffic wardens keen to bag their next prey.

Car parks are many, vary in price (from the OK to the eye-watering) and marked with prominant blue and white NCP or P signs.

NI by Rail


Black Taxis can be hired from ranks throughout the city, including City Hall and Botanic Inn, or flagged from the street providing they have a yellow plate.

Metred fares start at £3.00 and all journeys are based on time and distance. Expect to pay more at night, during certain public holidays or if you have luggage.

Belfast City Airport taxis have white plates and can only pick up from the airport or outside a five mile radius from the city centre.

Private hire taxis can also be ordered in advance from fonaCab (9033 3333) and Value Cabs (9080 9080).

However, be warned: Taxis are notoriously difficult to get at closing time at the weekend - notably on a Friday and Saturday night - so, either drink up before closing time (01:00) or book your taxi in advance. 

Travel Agents

There are a number of independent Travel Agents that often offer great deals for every kind of traveller, from budget-restricted backpacking students to the normal guy and gal just looking for a cheapy city break.

Check out the listings below and see if you can bag a bargain...

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