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The most convenient international airports are Belfast International Airport and Dublin Airport. Belfast City Airport is a domestic airport that mainly offers flights to and from the UK.
Getting to the trailheads (Ballymena or Moira) for the North of Ireland region usually entails getting to the centre of Belfast and then taking a train (or bus) to the trailhead from there. The exception is to Ballymena from Belfast International Airport when it is not necessary to go via Belfast.
From Belfast International Airport, Ulsterbus operates a frequent service to Belfast Europa Bus Station (45 minutes). A taxi is the other (less economical) alternative.
From Belfast City Airport, Ulsterbus operates a frequent service to Belfast Europa Bus Station (15 minutes). Again, a taxi is the alternative.
From Dublin Airport, both Bus Eireann and Aircoach operate a frequent service to Belfast Europa Bus Station. Alternatively take a Dublin Bus Airlink Service to Dublin Connolly Station and a NIR or Irish Rail Enterprise train service to Belfast Central Station.
From Belfast International Airport Ulsterbus buses run hourly to Antrim Station. Take a NIR train form Antrim to Ballymena. Take a taxi from Ballymena station to your accommodation.
From Belfast City Centre take a NIR train from Belfast Great Victoria Street Station (beside the Europa Bus Centre) to Ballymena (every 90 mins, 45 mins). Take a taxi from Ballymena station to your accommodation.
From Belfast City Centre take a NIR train from Belfast Great Victoria Street to Moira (every hour, 30 mins). Take a taxi from Moira station to your accommodation.
It is generally not necessary to book in advance during the week on buses or trains – if you turn up 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time you can buy your ticket on the spot. However, it is generally less expensive to buy your tickets online in advance for both buses and trains.
For Translink’s policy for the carriage of bike on trains and buses in Northern Ireland see the link below.