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Train Information to Dublin from Belfast

distanceDistance87 miles (140 km)
frequencyTrain frequency6 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day

Trains from Belfast to Dublin cover the 87 miles (140 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 11 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there are 6 trains operating per day, including direct services available.

Trains from Belfast to Dublin

Regular train services depart Belfast Central railway station daily, with direct journeys to Connolly Rail Station in central Dublin. The first direct service departs Belfast Central at 6.45 a.m. each day, with the last service departing 8.05 p.m. each evening. Trains depart on average every 90 minutes, with more regular services scheduled in the early morning. Journey times from Belfast to Dublin take on average 2 hours 20 minutes, although some train journeys might take a little longer. Peak fares apply to services departing in the morning and late afternoon/early evening, with off-peak fares available outside of these hours and during weekends.

Belfast and Dublin Rail Stations


All direct train services from Belfast to Dublin depart Belfast Central rail station located in the heart of Belfast city. The train station is one of four scattered around the city, with readily available connections by local train and bus services. Those travelling to Belfast Central rail station late at night or early morning may prefer to use taxis to make their connections, although night buses are available on Saturdays.


Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and one of the most culturally important and historic cities in Europe. It's famed for its nightlife, museums and exhibitions, with plenty of popular attractions for visitors of all ages. Most travellers arriving into Dublin by rail connection will arrive into Dublin Connolly railway station, one of the most important transport hubs in the country.Regular bus and tram connections link the station to the wider city, with dedicated bus and shuttle services for connections to ferry ports for those looking to travel further afield.

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Trains from Belfast to Dublin
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Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for international travel by train between Belfast and Dublin?

Travel between Belfast, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter Ireland from United Kingdom?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Ireland from Belfast?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Dublin, Ireland?

All travellers in Ireland must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 29/11/2021. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Dublin from Belfast as this information can change.

Do I need to quarantine when I return to United Kingdom from Dublin, Ireland?

The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Dublin to Belfast is: Fully open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to United Kingdom from Ireland?

Reentry to United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Dublin?

What are the entry requirements?

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the safety rules to follow in Belfast, United Kingdom?

The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

Last verified on 30/11/2021. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your Dublin to Belfast train here.

What is the distance to Dublin from Belfast by train?
The distance to Dublin from Belfast by train is approximately 87 miles (140 km).
How long does it take from Belfast to Dublin by train?
On average the train from Belfast to Dublin duration is 2 h 11 min  for the 87 miles (140 km) long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
How many train services are there to Dublin from Belfast a day?
The average number of trains departing Belfast for Dublin is 6 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Belfast is Belfast Central. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Belfast Central for your trip to Dublin from Belfast.