The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, enjoys excellent rail links with the rest of Northern Ireland and from the Irish capital, Dublin. Regular services arrive in Belfast from Londonderry, Larne, Bangor and Dublin at two major city centre railway stations. Rail services within Northern Ireland are operated by NI Railways.
Belfast is home to two major train stations, Great Victoria Street Railway Station and Lanyon Place Railway Station, as well as two smaller ones, Botanic and City Hospital. Trains from Dublin and Londonderry arrive at Lanyon Place which is located to the east of the city centre, a 12 minute walk from City Hall. Trains from the Northern Ireland cities of Larne, Londonderry, Bangor and Newry terminate at Great Victoria Street which is located in the very heart of the city centre.
Suburban and regional trains from other towns and cities in Northern Ireland are operated by NI Railways. Trains from Dublin are operated by both Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) and NI Railways.
With a number of centrally located railway stations, train travel is a convenient way to get exactly where you need to be in the city of Belfast. Those arriving from Dublin will find that rail travel is not only far quicker than road travel, but the journey also takes in some beautiful sites as the train traverses over two major viaducts. The service from Dublin takes around 2-2.5 hours with around 8 services running per day. Those arriving in the city at Great Victoria Street Station will find onward travel is easy, thanks to excellent suburban rail links and close proximity to the Europa Bus Station.
Belfast is rich in heritage and tradition, combining Irish and British culture with its own unique characteristics. A great way to find out more is to visit the Duke of York pub where you can view large murals depicting the story of the city. There are plenty more political and non-political murals found all over the city. Football fans should take a self-guided George Best tour which takes in his childhood home, early training ground, favourite drinking haunts and final place of rest.