Buy a train & ferry ticket from London to Belfast online...

This system is provided by www.raileasy.co.uk.

Use this form to buy one-way or return journeys between Belfast & any station in Britain, in either direction, via Holyhead or Cairnryan.

It can't book journeys via Liverpool, to buy tickets for that route see here.

For journeys starting in Belfast, simply enter 'Belfast' as your starting station. 

It'll also sell tickets to or from Derry, Coleraine, Newry and so on.

Set departure time to (say) 07:00 to see all morning departures from London & the South to Belfast.

To specify a particular route, click 'Advanced options' & enter Cairnryan or Holyhead in the 'Travel via' box.

Ticket delivery:  Tickets can be collected at any main British station including London Euston, or sent to any address in Britain or Northern Ireland.  They cannot be collected in Belfast.

Booking fee:  There's a £1.00 booking fee plus a card fee from 75p. Collection at stations is free, tickets sent by 1st class post add £1.50.

Overseas credit cards welcome.  If you're booking from the USA, Canada, Australia etc. you can collect tickets at stations in London & Britain, but not in Belfast.

Don't panic if it shows a long table of fares!  Just look for the fare that gives you the journey you want out and the one you want back. Clicking 'details' will show you the route taken by each journey option.

You will understand the routes & fares better if you take the time to read this & this first!

Book by phone: 08709 000 773

Collecting your ticket:  You collect your tickets from these machines at London Euston or any main British station (the machine type may vary, and there are no machines in Northern Ireland).  Just use the touch screen to click 'collect tickets' then insert your credit card, enter booking reference and out come the tickets.  Alternatively, tickets can also be sent to any UK address including in Northern Ireland.

Discover a well-kept secretSailRail tickets

between Belfast and any station in Britain...

Sssshh, it's a secret! You can buy cheap combined train & ferry tickets between Belfast and London or any station in Britain, in either direction, via either Cairnryan-Belfast, Holyhead-Dublin, or Liverpool-Belfast, see the route map below.  One price covers the train & the ferry all on one ticket.  It's the traditional, time-honoured way to get there, through the countryside by train and across the Irish Sea by ferry, the environmentally-friendly alternative to a short-haul flight.  Bring a bottle of your favourite wine along (try doing that on Ryanair), sit back with a good book and enjoy the ride.  This page explains the routes, timetables, fares & how to buy tickets

London to Belfast (or vice versa) for £52...

The ticket covers both train & ferry, with no baggage fees, no airport taxes, no costly train fare to the airport, children under under 5 free, under 16's half price.  A small booking fee applies to online sales.   The price £29 train & ferry ticket from London to Dublinfrom any rail station in Britain is the same or less:

Birmingham to Belfast  £48

Belfast to Manchester  £47

Glasgow to Belfast  £27

Belfast to Newcastle  £42

Click for details of times & prices via Holyhead  

Click for details of times & prices via Cairnryan

Click for details of times & prices via Liverpool - overnight option, watch the video!

 

Buy tickets online  ▶ ▶ ▶

Which route to choose?

For a daytime journey between Belfast & anywhere in Britain, you can just dive straight in using the online booking form above right, or take a bit more time and read about each route on this page, clicking the links below for full details of timetables, fares, what the journey is like, and how to buy tickets.  For a time-effective overnight journey between Belfast & London with comfortable cabin on the overnight Belfast-Liverpool Stena Line ferry, I'd suggest the route via Liverpool as shown here.

 Train & ferry route map  See detailed map

Britain to Ireland train & ferry route map

Sponsored links...



Option 1:  London to Belfast via Holyhead

 

London to Belfast in pictures...

Watch the video guide

  Virgin Trains' Pendolino from London to Holyhead
 

Leave central London on Virgin Trains 9.10am Irish Mail to Holyhead (08:15 on Sundays). It's a scenic journey along the North Wales coast...

 

Standard class seats on the train to Holyhead

 

The 125mph Voyager train is modern & air-conditioned, better than any plane or coach, with T-Mobile WiFi, power sockets for laptops & mobiles and a buffet car serving drinks & snacks. The journey takes 3h40, time to get some work done or catch up on your reading...

 

The Irish Ferries Ulysses  Photo courtesy of Irish Ferries

...At Holyhead, you board the luxurious 50,000 ton ferry Ulysses for the sea crossing to Dublin. 

 

On board Irish Ferries ship 'Ulysses' from Holyhead to Dublin

...the Ulysses is perhaps the most luxurious ferry on the Irish Sea.  The crossing takes 3h15, arriving Dublin Ferryport at 17:25.

 

In the Club Class Martello Lounge on the ferry Ulysses to Dublin

On board the ferry, it costs £16 (€18) to upgrade to club class in the Martello Lounge on 11 deck, with complimentary red & white wine, tea & coffee, cheese & crackers, olives, smoked salmon canapιs, muffins & fruit juice.  The lounge is directly above the ship's bridge, giving a superb forward view of the Irish coast approaching...

 

Dublin-Belfast Exterprise, 2nd class seats.

...Transfer from Dublin Ferryport to Dublin Connolly station and board the 19:00 Enterprise express train to Belfast.  Dublin to Belfast takes just 2 hours by train.

 

Dublin-Belfast Exterprise, 2nd class seats.

...Spacious seating, a buffet car serving tea, coffee & hot meals, with great Irish scenery.  You arrive Belfast Central at 21:10.  4 countries in 1 day!

 

Belfast City Hall and wheel

Welcome to Belfast!  No planes, no airports, no fuss.

 

 Book online

 here...

  London to 

  Belfast £52

  via Holyhead

  or £52 via Cairnryan

 

Belfast to London in pictures...

 

Inside the Stena Line ferry terminal at Belfast

At the Stena Line terminal in Belfast, check-in is quick & painless, unlike airports.  You check in your luggage in so you don't have to carry it on the ferry.  Map showing ferry terminal.  A taxi from the city centre costs about £10.

 

Belfast disappearing astern of the ferry to Scotland...

...This is the view astern from the 07:30 ferry leaving Belfast, with the famous Harland & Wolff gantry cranes in the background.  The ferry heads along Belfast Lough and out into the Irish Sea...  The crossing takes 2 hours 15 minutes.  All ferries have restaurants, bars, shops, cinema & free WiFi for laptops.  Take the Stena Line transfer bus from Cairnryan ferry terminal to Ayr for the train to Glasgow...

 

A Virgin Trains' 125mph 'pendolino' train

At Glasgow, change onto a 125 mph Virgin Trains Pendolino for London.  Enjoy the scenery as you cross from Scotland into England, skirt the Lake District and head for the Big Smoke. The train tilts into the curves, hence the name pendolino, though you'll only notice the tilt if you look closely along the train.

 

Inside a 'pendolino' train to London.

This is standard class on a Pendolino, with power sockets for laptops & mobiles, T-Mobile WiFi, air-conditioning & a shop selling drinks & snacks.  Time to get some work done or catch up on your reading!  Glasgow to London takes just 4 hours 15 minutes.

£52 any day, any date, even bought on the day of travel.  No airports, no planes, no hassle...

This route gives you the chance to see Dublin on the way, although if you want to stop off there for any more than an hour or two you'll need to buy separate London-Dublin and Dublin-Belfast tickets as you cannot break your journey on a SailRail through ticket.  The Holyhead route takes about the same time as the Cairnryan route, and now costs the same, so just see which timetable suits you best, this one or one via Cairnryan.  Or go out one way, back the other.

London ▶ Belfast

Belfast ▶ London

Watch the video guide:  London to Belfast via Dublin...

How much does it cost?

 SailRail fares via Holyhead

Advance

Walk-up

 London (or any South East station) Belfast

£52

£57

 London (or any South East station) Londonderry

£54.50

£59.50

 Any UK station in zone A Belfast

£46

£51

 Any UK station in zone B Belfast

£47

£52

 Any UK station in zone C Belfast

£48

£53

 Any UK station in zone D Belfast

£50

£55

 Any UK station in zone E Belfast

£52

£57

Which British station is in which zone?

You can buy a train+ferry ticket from any mainland UK railway station to Belfast, Londonderry, or any Northern Irish railway station via Holyhead.

 Zone A:    

Gwynedd North, Clwyd

 Zone B: 

Greater Manchester, Liverpool & Merseyside, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire

 Zone C: 

Lancashire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Hereford & Worcester, Gloucestershire, Powys, Gwynedd South.

 Zone D: 

Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Avon, Gwent, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, Dyfed, Somerset.

 Zone E: 

London, anywhere in Scotland, Tyne & Wear, Durham, Cleveland, Northumberland, Greater London, Surrey, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall.

How to buy ticketsUse the booking form above...

If you are in the UK, you can buy tickets:

How to buy tickets if you live overseas...


Option 2:  London to Belfast via Cairnryan

The traditional, historic route to Belfast has always been via the Scottish port of Stranraer.  It takes about the same time as the Holyhead & Dublin route, and shows you a lot of wonderful Scottish scenery on the way.  Until November 2011, you took a train from Glasgow to Stranraer in southwest Scotland and walked straight onto the Stena Line ferry to Belfast in Northern Ireland.  In November 2011 Stena Line moved their port from historic, rail-connected, integrated Stranraer to dis-integrated Cairnryan, miles from any rail station.  They have laid on a one-hour bus journey to Ayr to connect with the trains to and from Glasgow and the rest of the country.

 London & Glasgow ► Belfast  by train+ferry

 By 125mph pendolino train..

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 London Euston depart

-

05:30

10:30

-

06:05

10:30

-

10:30

 Glasgow Central arrive

-

10:36

15:01

-

10:59

15:01

-

15:01

 By ScotRail train

 Glasgow Central depart

07:30

11:30

16:00

07:30

11:30

16:00

11:30

16:00

 Ayr arrive

08:26

12:18

16:50

08:26

12:18

16:50

12:21

16:53

 By Stena Line connecting bus

 Ayr depart

08:40

12:35

17:05

08:45

12:35

17:05

12:35

17:05

 Cairnryan port arrive

09:55

13:50

18:20

09:55

13:50

18:20

13:50

18:20

 By Stena Line ferry

 Cairnryan depart

11:30

15:30

19:30

11:30

15:30

19:30

15:30

19:30

 Belfast Stena Line arrive

13:45

17:45

21:45

13:45

17:45

21:45

17:45

21:45

How to read these timetables...  Each column is a service you can take, and you read downwards.  You change trains at each of the grey bars.

You take a 125 mph Virgin Trains Pendolino train from London to Glasgow.  On 22 November 2011, Stena Line stopped using Stranraer and switched to Cairnryan, so you now need to take a train from Glasgow to Ayr, then a special Stena Line connecting bus from Ayr to Cairnryan to connect with the Cairnryan-Belfast ferry as shown.  Times may vary on Saturdays & Sundays due to engineering work, so always check train & ferry times for your date of travel using the online booking form above or www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Belfast Port Stena Line terminal is at the far end of West Bank Road, see map showing Stena Line terminal.  A taxi from central Belfast costs around £10.  Translink's Metro 96 bus links Belfast Upper Queen Street with the Westbank Road Stena Line terminal for £1.80, see www.translink.co.uk click 'Routes & timetables', 'Metro' and search for Metro 96.  The bus is connects with most ferry arrivals and departures, but not the 07:30 departure on Sundays, so you'll need a taxi for that.  Note that Stena Line has two terminals in Belfast, one for Cairnryan and one for Liverpool, the Cairnryan terminal is slightly further from Belfast city centre than the Liverpool one.

Important booking tip:  The online booking system above tends to offer the 10:45 departure on Sundays, but I recommend the 09:45 to give a safer connection in Glasgow.  Just go ahead and buy an online ticket with a reservation on the 10:45, the ticket  will also be valid on the 09:45.  If you have any problems booking online, simply book by phone instead.

 Belfast ► Glasgow & London  by train+ferry

 By Stena Line ferry

Mondays-Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

 Belfast Stena Line depart

07:30

11:30

15:30

07:30

11:30

15:30

07:30

11:30

15:30

 Cairnryan port arrive

09:45

13:45

17:45

09:45

13:45

17:45

09:45

13:45

17:45

 By Stena Line connecting bus

 Cairnryan port depart

10:15

14:15

18:25

10:15

14:15

18:25

10:15

14:15

18:25

 Ayr arrive

11:30

15:30

19:35

11:30

15:30

19:35

11:30

15:30

19:35

 By ScotRail train

 Ayr depart

11:36

15:36

19:45

11:36

15:36

19:45

11:45

15:45

19:45

 Glasgow Central arrive

12:36

16:38

20:37

12:35

16:38

20:37

12:36

16:36

20:36

 By 125 mph Virgin Trains pendolino

 Glasgow Central depart

13:40

17:30

 23:40*

13:40

17:40

-

13:38

17:38

 23:40*

 London Euston arrive

18:10

22:35

 07:00*

18:13

22:45

-

18:14

22:55

 07:00*

* = sleeper service, see the Caledonian Sleeper page.

From any other station in Britain to or from Belfast, simply use online booking system above to find train+ferry times for your date of travel.  The Glasgow-Cairnryan-Belfast timetable is also shown on the Stena Line website at www.stenaline.co.uk, select Rail & Sail and use the journey planner.

 SailRail fares via Cairnryan

 via Stena Line Cairnryan-Belfast

One-way

fare

Return

fare

 London to or from Belfast

£52

£104

 UK zone A (e.g. Glasgow) ► Belfast  

£29

£58

 UK zone B (e.g. Edinburgh) ► Belfast

£29

£58

 UK zone C (e.g. Fife) ► Belfast

£33

£66

 UK zone D (e.g. Perth) ► Belfast

£33

£66

 UK zone E (e.g. Inverness) ► Belfast

£40

£80

 UK zone F (e.g. Aberdeen) ► Belfast

£40

£80

 UK zone G (e.g. Cumbria) ► Belfast

£37

£74

 UK zone H (e.g. Manchester) ► Belfast

£44

£88

 UK zone J (e.g. Leeds) ► Belfast

£44

£88

 UK zone K (e.g. Birmingham) ► Belfast

£44

£88

 UK zone L (e.g. Oxford) ► Belfast

£52

£104

 UK zone M (e.g. Plymouth) ► Belfast

£52

£104

 Which station is in which zone?

 UK zone A:    

Any station in the Glasgow area, Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway

 UK zone B: 

Any station in the Edinburgh area, Lothian, Borders

 UK zone C: 

Any station in Fife.

 UK zone D: 

Tayside

 UK zone E: 

Inverness & Highlands

 UK zone F: 

Grampian

 UK zone G: 

Any station in Cumbria

 UK zone H: 

Any station in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside.

 UK zone J: 

Any station in Yorkshire, Humberside, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire.

 UK zone K:

Any station in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Derbyshire, Gwynedd, Clwyd

 UK zone L: 

Any station in Greater London, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Wiltshire, Avon, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex.

 UK zone M:

Any station in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset.

How to buy tickets...


Option 3:  London to Belfast via Liverpool

London to Belfast overnight in comfort from £67 + £55 for private en suite cabin!

Belfast to Manchester from £36, Birmingham from £43, Leeds from £38!

Stena Line have launched combined train & ferry SailRail tickets between Belfast and any rail station in Britain via their Liverpool-Belfast ferry.  The time-effective overnight sleeper service makes eco-friendly business trips or weekends away feasible without the pain of the plane, see the photos below & watch the video guide here.  There's also a leisurely daytime service.

London - Belfast train & ferry timetable...

 London & Liverpool ► Belfast

 

Day boat

Night boat

 By train...

Tues-Sat 

Sunday

Monday

Tues-Sat

Sunday

 London Euston depart

05:39

-

17:33

18:33

17:23

 Birkenhead Hamilton Square arrive

09:05

-

20:10

21:10

21:02

 By ferry...

Tues-Sun 

 

Daily

   

 Birkenhead Twelve Quays depart

10:30

10:30

22:00

22:30

22:30

 Belfast Stena Line VT2 terminal arrive

18:30

18:30

06:30

06:30

06:30

 Belfast ► Liverpool & London

 

Day boat

Night boat

 By ferry...

Tues-Sat 

Sunday 

Monday

Tues-Fri

Saturday

Sunday

 Belfast Stena VT2 terminal depart

10:30

10:30

22:00

22:30

22:30

22:30

 Birkenhead Twelve Quays arrive

18:30

18:30

06:30

06:30

06:30

06:30

 By train...

Tues-Sat 

Sunday 

Tuesday

Wed-Sat

Sunday

Monday

 Birkenhead Hamilton Square depart

19:26

20:06

07:31

07:31

08:11

07:31

 London Euston arrive

22:09

23:54

09:56

09:56

11:37

09:56

How much does it cost?     How to buy tickets...

If you're coming from Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds or anywhere else, simply look up train times to Birkenhead Hamilton Square at www.nationalrail.co.uk, with an arrival at least 90 minutes or so before the ferry sails.

You can double-check ferry times at www.stenaline.co.uk.  Train times are guides only, even the ones shown on the Stena Line site are a guide only, always check them for your date of travel at www.virgintrains.co.uk.  You usually need to change at Liverpool Lime Street for Birkenhead Hamilton Square. 

SailRail tickets are valid on any suitable connecting train, so feel free to travel earlier than the recommended train if you like (for example, Stena Line suggests the 18:33 from London on Tuesdays-Saturdays, but feel free to take the 17:33 instead).

Hamilton Square station is being refurbished until March 2015, so take a train to Connery Park station instead for the bus to the Stena Line terminal in Birkenhead.

About the journey, travelling to Belfast...

  • You travel by train to Liverpool Lime Street Station.  From London, this is a smart Virgin Trains 125 mph pendolino taking a little over 2 hours with on-board shop selling tea, coffee, drinks and snacks.  From Manchester or Leeds it's a smart air-conditioned Trans-Pennine Express.  You can look up train times at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

  • At Liverpool Lime Street, go downstairs to the MerseyRail platforms and hop on a MerseyRail train to Birkenhead Hamilton Square.  There's a train every few minutes and it's just 3 stops.  This train is included in your SailRail ticket.

  • At Birkenhead Hamilton Square, take the lift to street level, exit the station and turn sharp left and you'll see the Stena Line bus stop on the corner (look for the sign on the wall).  Stena Line run a courtesy bus from Birkenhead Hamilton Square railway station to their 12 Quays ferry terminal with departures on Tuesday-Sunday at 07:30, 08:15, 09:15 for the daytime ferry and at 19:30, 20:15, 21:15 for the overnight ferry.  On Mondays the courtesy bus leaves at 19:30 & 20:15 for the overnight ferry.  The bus ride take just 5 minutes, and the bus is included in your SailRail ticket.  If you feel energetic, you can walk from Hamilton Square to the ferry terminal in 19 minutes, see map showing terminal and Lime Street station.

  • Alternatively, you can take Taxi from Liverpool Lime Street rail station direct to the Stena Line 12 Quays ferry terminal in Birkenhead, journey time around 15 minutes, taxi fare around £13.

  • At the ferry terminal you check in at the Stena Line desk and are given your boarding card and cabin key.  The terminal building has vending machines toilets and free WiFi.  When the ship is ready for boarding, a minibus shuttles you from the terminal building right onto the car-deck of the ferry from where an escalator takes you up into the passenger accommodation.  If you have a cabin and want to keep your bags with you, that's fine, but if you'd prefer to check your bags in you can place them on a luggage trolley at the terminal building and pick them up again on the other side, leaving you free to use the ferry's restaurants, bars and cinema un-encumbered.

  • You'll get great views of the Liver Building from the deck of the ferry as she sails from the Mersey.  On arrival into Belfast, you'll see the famous Harland & Wolff cranes 'Samson' and 'Goliath' on the skyline as you sail up Belfast Lough.

  • You disembark at the stern of the ship, taking the escalator from the passenger deck to the car deck, where you step on board a minibus which transfers you to the ferry terminal.  If you have checked in your bags, you collect them here.

  • A taxi from Belfast Stena Line terminal to any hotel in central Belfast costs around £8, and takes less than 10 minutes.  There may be taxis waiting, if not there's a taxi freephone at the terminal.

  • How much does it cost?     How to buy tickets...

About the journey, travelling from Belfast...

The journey in pictures...

Bay of 4 seats on a Virgin Trains pendolino from London to Liverpool   A Virgin Trains 'pendolino' between London and Liverpool or Lancaster

Take a 125mph Virgin Trains Pendolino from London to Liverpool...

Stena Line transfer bus at the ferry terminal in Birkenhead   Comfort Class cabin on the Stena Line ferry from Liverpool to Belfast

The courtesy bus from Birkenhead Hamilton Square arrived at the Stena Line terminal...

 

...Comfort Class cabin with shower & toilet, satellite TV, free WiFi, tea/coffee facilities.

Lounge and bar on the ferry Stena Mersey   Stena Line ferry from Liverpool to Belfast

The lounge and bar on the Stena Mersey...

 

The Stena Line ferry from Liverpool to Belfast...

Watch the video guide:  Belfast to London overnight...

How much does it cost?

SailRail fares cover train travel to Liverpool Lime Street, onward MerseyRail local train to Birkenhead Hamilton Square, the courtesy bus to the ferry terminal and the Stena Line ferry to Belfast, all on one ticket for one inclusive price.  See www.stenaline.co.uk and select Rail & Sail for full details of fares including a map showing the UK zones.

 SailRail fares

 One-way adult fare...

Day boat

Night Boat

Advance

Standard

Advance

Standard

 London Belfast

£57

£62

£67

£72

 UK zone A (e.g. Manchester) Belfast  

£36

£41

£46

£51

 UK zone B (e.g. Leeds, Sheffield) Belfast

£38

£43

£48

£53

 UK zone C (e.g. Birmingham, Derby) Belfast

£43

£48

£53

£58

 UK zone D (e.g. York, Hull, Cardiff) Belfast

£47

£52

£57

£62

 UK zone E (e.g. London, E Anglia, South Coast) Belfast

£57

£62

£67

£72

How to buy tickets...

By phone with Stena Line on 08445 762 762 (recommended, cabins can be booked)

...Or buy online at www.thetrainline.com  (booking of cabins not possible this way)...


Belfast to Londonderry & the Giant's Causeway

Belfast to Londonderry (Derry)...

Belfast to the Giant's Causeway...

The famous Giant's Causeway is a natural rock formation on the windswept North Antrim coast, well worth a visit, see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway/ for visitor information.  Entrance is free for National Trust members.  It's really easy to reach by public transport:

The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.  Travel there by train & ferry, no flight required!  

The famous Giant's Causeway on the Northern Irish coast.

 

New trains are revolutionising travel Northern Ireland Railways, with 60% more passengers.

Inside one of Northern Ireland Railways' new C3K trains   Belfast to Londonderry by train

New train interior:  Inside one of the smart new Northern Ireland Railways C3K trains now linking Belfast with Londonderry, Coleraine & Portrush for the Giant's Causeway.

 

The scenic route...  One of the new C3K trains running alongside the estuary on the approaches to Londonderry, a very enjoyable ride.  Photo courtesy of NIR.

Watch the video guide:  How to reach the Giant's Causeway...


Train & bus travel in Northern Ireland

For train & bus information in Northern Ireland:  www.translink.co.uk

Buses and trains in Northern Ireland are operated by Translink, which includes Ulsterbus & Northern Ireland Railways (NIR).  To check both train and bus times in Northern Ireland, use the journey planner at www.translink.co.uk.


Belfast to Dublin by train

Belfast to Dublin on the Enterprise...

Fast, modern Enterprise trains link Belfast and Dublin in about 2 hours, with departures about every 2 hours.  The service is jointly run by NIR and Irish Railways.  You can buy cheap tickets from around €14.99 each way if you book online in advance, you should buy one-way or return tickets starting in Dublin at www.irishrail.ie and one-way or return tickets starting in Belfast at www.translink.co.uk/Services/NI-Railways.

Travel tip 1:  Belfast's Great Victoria Street station is often more convenient than Belfast Central, as it's next to the main bus station and the excellent Europa Hotel, and just across the road from the equally excellent National Trust-owned Crown Bar.  If you hold a ticket for the Enterprise train between Belfast Central & Dublin, you are entitled to a free transfer by regular local train between Belfast Central and Belfast Great Victoria Street as no extra charge.

Travel tip 2:  On board the Enterprise, I recommend a seat on the left hand side going south to Dublin, right hand side going north to Belfast, for the sea views north of Dublin.

Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast   Standard cass seats on the Dublin to Belfast train

The Enterprise from Dublin to Belfast...

 

Standard class seating on the Enterprise...

First class seats on the Dublin to Belfast train   Buffet car

First class on the Enterprise...

 

Buffet car on the Enterprise...

Watch the video guide:  Dublin to Belfast on the Enterprise...


Hotels & accommodation in Belfast

Find hotels in Belfast, Londonderry or anywhere else in the UK...

You can book hotels almost anywhere in Britain through www.hotelscombined.com, just use the search box below.

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

The Europa Hotel, Belfast...   Click here to book

For comfort and location, stay at the Europa in Belfast.  Opened in 1971, Belfast's famous Europa Hotel has more history than many hotels three times its age.  It was the hotel used by journalists such as Trevor MacDonald, Kate Adie, John Simpson during the Troubles in the 1970s and 80s, when it earned the title of Most Bombed Hotel in Europe.  Indeed, it suffered so many bomb attacks and had so many windows boarded it up, it was also known as the Hardboard Hotel.  Yet it stayed open in spite of everything, a true survivor.  And today it's a fabulous place to stay, ideally located next to Great Victoria Street Station and across the road from the famous Crown Bar.  You'll find a book about the history of the hotel in your room for you to read, and a display case on the first floor near the piano with some hotel memorabilia.  There's also a railway connection, as it was built on the site of the Great Northern Railway terminus, the ancestor of today's Great Victoria Street station.

 

The Europa Hotel, Belfast...

 

The Moselle Suite, room 911.

Superior room at the Europa Hotel, Belfast   Glass cabinet on first floor of Europa Hotel   Europa Hotel, Belfast

Superior room, 915...

 

The history cabinet, first floor.

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Backpacker hostels...

If you're on a tight budget, don't forget the hostels.  For a dorm bed or an ultra-cheap private room in backpacker hostels in Belfast and most European cities use www.hostelbookers.com.


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