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North of Ireland Bicycle Tours - Travel to the Region

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 (Antrim, Moira or Belfast) 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. Should you be starting in Antrim and flying into Belfast International Airport, you may wish to make your own way directly to your accommodation, which isn’t far from the airport.

Trailhead - Antrim

From Belfast International Airport it would make sense to arrange a taxi directly from the airport to your first accommodation, as it isn’t far. This may be something we can help you with.

From Belfast City Centre take a NIR train from Belfast Great Victoria Street Station (beside the Europa Bus Centre) to Antrim (every 45 mins). Take a taxi from Antrim station to your accommodation.

Trailhead- Moira

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.

Trailhead- 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.  This larger airport is where most international flights arrive.

From Belfast City Airport, Ulsterbus operates a frequent service to Belfast Europa Bus Station (15 minutes). Again, a very short taxi ride is the alternative.  This airport, very close to the city centre, typically serves domestic flights, although an increasing number of European routes are being added.

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.


Booking

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.

Bikes

For Translink’s policy for the carriage of bike on trains and buses in Northern Ireland see the link below.

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