6 ways to explore Northern Ireland on public transport

Hop on a bus or train and take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Northern Ireland

Sit back, relax and experience Northern Ireland’s breath-taking beauty at your own pace and stress free with Translink.Translink provides integrated bus and rail services across Northern Ireland operated by NI Railways, Metro, Ulsterbus and Goldline.  

From Dublin you can be in Belfast city in two hours by train. And from Belfast you can choose any number of ways to experience the Causeway Coastal Route - Travelling this incredible coastline couldn’t be easier!

1 Train journey Coleraine to Derry~Londonderry

Sandy beaches, soaring cliffs, ocean views – writer Michael Palin described the Derry-Londonderry to Coleraine train trip as “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”. The 40-minute train trip includes the beautiful Benone Strand; and Downhill Beach, where Mussenden Temple sits on the edge of a cliff. Get the train from central Belfast to Coleraine and then start this iconic route. Buy the iLink travel card, more information below, or purchase your return ticket on Translink


2 iLink Travel Card

The iLink travel card gives unlimited 1-day travel for £16,50 or 1-week travel for £60 on Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus services within Northern Ireland. Your card is valid from your first journey, you simply check-in at the station before you start your journey. You can buy your ticket online, to book search the date and time for the first leg of your trip in the journey planner and then choose iLink pass zone 4 for all access. You can also buy your ticket at in many locations in Northern Ireland. Find out more here 

3 Causeway Rambler ticket (172 and 402 service)  

The Causeway Rambler is an £8 hop-on hop-off day ticket, allowing unlimited travel across the Causeway coastal route between Coleraine and Portrush. This route includes the seaside village of Portrush, spectacular Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, the Giants Causeway and much more. Find the times here by searching 172 or 402. Pre-order is not available for the Causeway Rambler ticket, pay cash to the driver or in Coleraine Station before boarding. Traveling from Belfast? Purchase the iLink Zone 4 from £16.50 and enjoy unlimited day travel on all bus and train services. iLink available to buy online

4 Goldline express to the Giant’s Causeway (221 service)  

This route goes to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. The trip takes only 1 hour 35 minutes from Belfast city centre. You can buy your ticket in the visitor centre in Belfast, where they also offer travel advice. Adult Day Return from £13.10. Find the timetable here, by searching 221. 

5 Summer rambler (bus only)  

Get unlimited day travel for only £9.50 on all bus and metro services from 29th June – 31st August. This ticket can be bought in cash from the driver on the day, at the bus station or in the visitor centre in BelfastMore information here

6 Summer Antrim coast service (252 service)   

Travel via the Antrim Coast and Glens from Larne to Ballycastle and enjoy spectacular scenery and beautiful coastline.  This ticket can be bought in cash from the driver on the day, at the bus station or in the visitor centre in Belfast. Find the timetable here, by searching 252. 

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