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Overview: Coach from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast

distanceDistance174 miles
durationAverage coach duration13 h
priceAverage coach ticket price£53 (€60)
changesDirect coachNo
carriersCoach companiesNational Express

Coaches from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast cover the 174 miles long trip taking on average 13 h with our travel partners like National Express. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £53, you can find the cheapest coach ticket for as low as £53. Travellers depart most frequently from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Ord Street and arrive in Belfast, Europa Buscentre.

Coach companies: National Express Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast

You can travel by coach to Belfast from Newcastle upon Tyne with National Express for as low as £53. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

National Express is the leading coach operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 coaches a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveller in mind. All National Express coaches are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most coaches are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Newcastle upon Tyne - Belfast coach: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

Coach information from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast with National Express:

  • Average Duration: 13 h
  • Cheapest Price: £53

Buses from Newcastle to Belfast

When catching a bus from Newcastle to Belfast you’ll always be combining it with a ferry trip across the Irish Sea. The trip is one of around 300 miles (490 km), and will take an average of about 11h on a bus-only and ferry combination route. All other overland trips involve catching a train as well. The buses depart once a day and once a night. You’ll be able to see exact bus times in our daily and weekly schedules.

Newcastle to Belfast Bus Time: Daily Departures

With effectively two buses a day from Newcastle to Belfast you’re looking at just over a dozen options each week, split equally between the day bus and the night bus. The former leaves very early, at around 05:30 every day, while the night buses leave at around 23:15. They will all take you to the closet ferry station in western Scotland to Belfast, and the ferries leave once every 4h.

How long is the journey by bus from Newcastle to Belfast?

The day and night bus services from Newcastle to Belfast are two distinct options. As mentioned, the day bus takes about 11h, while the night bus service takes around 13h and 40min. Changes are unavoidable on this route, given the need to catch a ferry on the way, with the additional associated connections that need to be made. On the day trips you’ll make three changes in total, while the night bus requires four changes and transfers. These include boarding and alighting the ferry.

What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Newcastle to Belfast?

Departure bus station: The day buses depart directly from Newcastle’s St. James Boulevard station, which is about a 7min bus ride from the centre of the city, using the city’s public transport service. These buses run from Newcastle Newgate Street bus stop. Night buses leave from Monument Market Street stop in the city centre, then travel to Central Station Neville Street for a long stopover before leaving Newcastle via St. James Boulevard station. It’s a modern station with accessibility services, convenience stores for travellers and places to eat and drink.

Arrival bus station: Both daytime and night-time buses arrive at Belfast Albert Clock Queens Square station, after an 11min bus ride from Belfast Heron Road station where is where you’ll head after alighting the ferry. The station is smack-dab in the centre of the city. Or about a 7min walk from the epicentre, to be pedantic. From here you can easily catch public transport to whichever part of Belfast you’re headed, if it’s not the city centre itself. The station is one of the main in the city, offering limited mobility access assistance, fast-food, newsagents and café-type shops.

Bus Belfast. Source: Shutterstock

Which bus companies travel from Newcastle to Belfast?

Two main bus companies service the route out of Newcastle to Belfast. These are National Express, which provides the daytime buses, and FlixBus, the night-time bus carrier. The National Express buses offer the shortest travel time, taking about 2h and 40min less time to make the journey. FlixBus requires that you make a stopover of about 6h and 15min before it leaves for the first cross-country leg of the trip to Glasgow and then westwards towards the coast and the ferry crossing. National Express follows the identical route, but takes less time because it doesn’t make lengthy stopovers. Both of them require a few changes on the way, where you’ll transfer to different buses and on and off the ferry at Ayr. On the Northern Ireland side it’s just under a 10min hop to the centre of Belfast on a Translink UK public transport bus.

National Express buses from Newcastle to Belfast

National Express is the largest and most busiest bus carrier in the UK. It doesn’t offer any direct bus services between England and Northern Ireland, once again due to the intermediate ferry trip. The buses run at the standard UK motorway speed limit, the total duration of the journey to Belfast is about 11h. The buses leave once a day in the very early morning and you’ll arrive in central Belfast in the late afternoon, travelling non-stop to Glasgow via Edinburgh and then switching buses at Buchanan Bus Station for the ride to Stena Terminal in Cairnryan, where you’ll catch the ferry to Belfast.

FlixBus buses from Newcastle to Belfast

FlixBus is the carrier that operates the night bus journeys between the cities. These are also indirect routes, following the same route as the National Express buses, but make an extra stop at Ayr, between Glasgow and Cairnryan. They leave from outside the Theatre Royal in Monument Market Street and make a quick trip to Newcastle Central Station in Neville Street, where you’ll stop over for about 6h, before embarking on the trip through Edinburgh to Glasgow and onwards to Stena Ferry Terminal. The trips take just under 13h and 45min, leaving Monument Market Street Station just after 23:00 every night.

Translink UK buses from Newcastle to Belfast

Translink UK is the last-leg provider on these routes, taking you from Belfast Heron Road station after a short walk from the ferry terminal. It’s a smallish Northern Irish bus provider that primarily focuses on dedicated school bus services in the region, while operating scheduled bus services all across Northern Ireland.

Bus Street Belfast. Source: Shutterstock

Bus Newcastle to Belfast: Services on board

National Express is a comfortable but nonetheless quite utilitarian bus service that focuses on optimal efficiency and cost-effectiveness. You’ll be allowed to either bring to medium-sized suitcases that go in the storage hold of the bus, or a single item in the hold and one piece of soft hand luggage. You won’t be able to bring any pets along with you, but service dogs are allowed on trips. You can take a foldable bicycle as one of your hold luggage items, provided it doesn’t exceed the specified dimensions. You can avail yourself of the free Wi-Fi service. FlixBus is a budget operator that still offers plenty of modern conveniences. It too provides free Wi-Fi and power outlets, and you can buy snacks and drinks on board. On the Belfast side, Translink UK operates Glider branded buses that have USB charging ports, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

How to find cheap bus tickets from Newcastle to Belfast?

On this particular route you’ll find the longer trip operated by FlixBus to be the best way of saving money. Not only is this a budget bus operator, you’ll also pay less to compensate for the extra time you spend before you leave Newcastle itself. When travelling by bus in general in Northern Ireland, Scotland or the north of England, look for buses that operate at night, as in this case, or outside the most popular peak times. The other way to save money is to be flexible with your travel times, so that you can take advantage of any last-minute deals if there have been cancellations. And again like the Newcastle-Belfast route, you can sometimes save on the cost of the trip if you choose an operator or route that has more intermediate stops.

To Belfast by bus—travel tips

Belfast is full of experiences unique to Northern Ireland. It was once the centre of Britain’s ship-building industry, and it’s where the Titanic was built – the Titanic Quarter is thus a must-see. To taste traditional Irish fare head to Donegal Square or Victoria Square, where you’ll find a high density of the city’s most popular restaurants. Head for the smaller bistro-type establishments for more local delicacies on the menus. Since you’ll arrive at the bus station adjacent to it, take a stroll to one of the architectural landmarks of the city, the Albert Memorial Clock located in Queen’s Square. For live entertainment, from pop to classical music, Waterfront Hall is one of the city’s prime concert venues – don’t miss the chance to eat at The Arc Brasserie on the premises with views out over the River Lagan. The Ulster Museum is where you can explore Northern Ireland’s history, from olden times to the 20th century.

Taking the Bus from Newcastle

National Express buses from Newcastle to Belfast depart from Newcastle coach station, which is a 15-minute walk from the city centre. The station is situated on Churchill Street, off St James' Boulevard and is a short 5-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station, and Tyne and Wear Metro. While the coach station itself doesn't provide car parking spaces, there are stopping-off points outside - making the station easy to get to by taxi. The coach station is operated by National Express; however, local buses operated by Go North East, and StageCoach, provide services within a short walking distance from the coach station, such as Bus 21 from the city centre to Newgate Street. Megabus services do not depart from here, leaving instead from Newcastle City Library.

Getting into Belfast by Bus

Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is a vibrant city with a mix of historic buildings and modern clubs, shops and restaurants.

Buses from Newcastle to Belfast will arrive at Belfast Europa Bus Centre, travellers are within easy reach of the City Hall with its memorial to the Titanic victims, Ormeau Baths Gallery, and Saint Anne's Cathedral. Europa Bus Centre, situated in the city centre, shares its site with Great Victoria Street train station, making it easy to continue a journey by rail. The Translink bus company, which provides services for all of Belfast, operates from Belfast Europa Bus Centre. Taxi ranks are also easily accessible at the bus station. There are no night bus or train services, so taxis are needed at night.

FAQs: Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast coach

FAQs: Take the bus from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast with ease. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have the information you need to know so you can find the best option from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast.
Cheap coach tickets from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast can start from as little as £53 when you book in advance. The average coach ticket price for Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast is £53; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The coach time to Belfast from Newcastle upon Tyne is on average 13 h   for the 174 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast by coach can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
Take the Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast coach with National Express. However, it's always good to check out all possible coach companies for the route from Newcastle upon Tyne to Belfast as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

When departing from Newcastle upon Tyne, you have various coach station options to start your trip from including Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Ord Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, John Dobson Street and Newcastle upon Tyne, Coach Station. When arriving in Belfast, you can end your route in coach stations like Belfast, Europa Buscentre, Belfast, International Airport (Airport Express Stop) and Belfast, Donegall Square West.

Passengers board the coach most frequently from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Ord Street, which is located around 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the coach at Belfast, Europa Buscentre, located 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre.

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