How to get from Belfast to Dublin

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from Belfast to Dublin

You can get from Belfast to Dublin by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Belfast to Dublin on 18 Aug we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from Belfast to Dublin

distanceDistance87 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£11 - £15
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £11 • 2 h 20 min

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 87 miles from Belfast to Dublin. A coach is best for those looking to save money on this trip, with tickets costing about £11. Travellers can even take a direct from Belfast to Dublin.

General Information about the journey from Belfast to Dublin

It is possible to travel between Belfast and Dublin by train and bus with a similar journey time for each method. Although the distance between the two cities is around 160 km it is not possible to make the journey by plane without involving connections in other European countries.

Buses from Belfast to Dublin

Aircoach Travel runs a direct hourly service from Belfast to Dublin Airport and on to Dublin city centre seven days a week. The 705 X route commences in the early hours of the morning and continues until around 10:30 p.m. with a journey time of approximately 2 hours into Dublin Airport and arrival in the city ten minutes later. Buses depart from the Europa Bus Centre on Glengall Street in Belfast's city centre. This new station has convenient links to Belfast's two airports and its transport network of Metro Buses and local trains. Buses stop at both airport terminals before continuing on to Dublin Bus Station, located next to Connolly Train Station. Light rail systems, the Luas and the Dart, serve the city along with bus routes that include night services. Taxi ranks are located at all stations and airport terminals.

Trains from Belfast to Dublin

Irish Rail operate eight daily services that link Belfast and Dublin. The first departure is at just before 7:00 p.m. with the last train leaving at around 10:00 p.m. The direct journey takes approximately 2 hours. Trains leave from Belfast Central Station which is linked to the city centre by local bus routes. Arrivals are at Dublin Connolly Station in the North-East of the city. Taxi ranks are located outside both stations.

Travel Tips: Travel from Belfast to Dublin

Travel to Dublin easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Belfast to Dublin.

International travel from Belfast, United Kingdom to Dublin, Ireland is: Fully open.

Can I enter Ireland if coming from United Kingdom?

Entry into Ireland is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Dublin if travelling from Belfast?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Dublin, Ireland due to the pandemic?

All travellers in Ireland must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask: Recommended

The information above was last checked on 03/08/2022; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey between Belfast and Dublin.

The current restriction level for returning to Belfast, United Kingdom from Ireland is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter Belfast, United Kingdom from Dublin, Ireland?

Reentering United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Belfast from Dublin?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in Belfast, United Kingdom regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to United Kingdom must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 08/08/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Belfast from Dublin here.

You can travel from Belfast to Dublin 4 different ways: coach, flight, ferry or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Belfast to Dublin. Tickets for a coach cost on average £11.

This is compared to other travel options to Dublin:

A coach journey is usually £3 less than a journey to Dublin by train, which costs on average £15 for the same trip.

The fastest way from Belfast to Dublin is by travel with an average journey time of min.

Other travel options to Dublin from Belfast can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by coach can take 2 h 20 min   on average.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 2 h 9 min.

The Belfast to Dublin distance is approximately 87 miles.

The average frequency per day from Belfast to Dublin is:

  • 30 coaches a day.
  • Around 7 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Belfast and Dublin as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Belfast to Dublin:

  • Coaches mostly leave from Belfast, Stena Line terminus and tend to arrive in Dublin, Dublin Airport.
Many of our customers who book a trip from Belfast to Dublin often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like London, Edinburgh or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Belfast and Dublin itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Dublin and any of these top destinations today!

When planning your trip to Dublin from Belfast, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing on average £11 one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average £15 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Belfast to Dublin online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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