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How to get to Belfast

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Travelling to Belfast

Northern Ireland has three airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin.

By Aeroplane

George Best Belfast City Airport

Belfast City Airport is just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Aer Lingus Regional, British Airways, KLM, EasyJet and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

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Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is a 30 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Virgin Atlantic, TUI and Wizz all fly to and from Belfast International Airport.

The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport is a 2-hour drive from Belfast City Centre and is well-served with direct flights to many cities in mainland Europe. It is a good choice if you don't wish to take a connecting flight to reach Belfast.

Several direct buses (the 705X, X1 and X2) run between Dublin Airport and Belfast 24/7. You can view the timetable and book tickets for the 705X at: And for the X1 and X2 at

By Sea

From Scotland, England and Isle of Man

Belfast is easily accessed by sea, with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by superfast ferries with journey times from just 1 hour.

Getting to Belfast from Dublin and Republic of Ireland

By Rail

Irish Rail operates services from towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin’s Connolly Station, where you can then catch a connecting train to Belfast.

The Enterprise Train service (provided jointly by Translink and Irish Rail), from Dublin’s Connolly Station to Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station), runs eight times daily (five times on Sundays) and takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Book in advance at for the best value fares.

Your Enterprise ticket includes free onward rail travel from Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station) to Titanic Quarter Station (train stop for the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction) as well as a free Metro Bus Service from Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station) to the city centre (Belfast City Hall area).


By Bus

From Dublin, the X1 bus service (provided jointly by Translink and Bus Eireann) operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures every day.

The journey time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 hours.

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From Dublin Airport, the 705X service is run by Aircoach. There are departures 24/7 and the timetable and full information can be found at: