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Travelling to Belfast from Dublin Airport

From some places, it is much easier to get a cheap flight to Dublin than directly in to Belfast. This is definitely worth considering as travel between Dublin Airport and Belfast city centre couldn’t be easier, so long as you are happy to travel by bus/coach rather than train (there is no direct train).

You have two options:

Translink is the Northern Irish company. Roughly speaking, they run a bus every hour from Terminal 2. Some are the express service (Goldline X2) and some make 3 stops en route (Goldline X1). Ticket prices vary depending on whether you buy online or at the bus station but are in the region of £20 for a return ticket. This link will take you to the timetable and online ticket purchase:

http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/Other-Translink-Services/Airport-Services/Goldline-Express-Service-X1-X2-Belfast-to-Dublin-Airport-and-Dublin/

Aircoach is a southern company which also runs an express service (Route 705 X) between Dublin Airport (Terminals 1 and 2) and Belfast city centre (also more or less one an hour) and at much the same cost:

http://www.aircoach.ie/timetables/route-705-x-belfast-dublin-airport-dublin-city-express


Visa information

Delegates arriving in Dublin (Ireland) before going on to Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK)  may be able to arrange a single visa under the British-Irish Visa Scheme, but this has to be arranged at the time of applying, and it is currently only available through embassies in India and China.

Under the British-Irish visa scheme, some Irish short stay visas will allow onward travel to the UK and some UK visitor visas will allow onward travel to Ireland. The visa holder must first travel to the country that issued the visa. In other words, if you have an Irish short stay visa and want to also visit the UK you must travel to Ireland first; if you have a British visitor visa and want to also visit Ireland, you must travel to the UK first.

For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/british-irish-visa-scheme/british-irish-visa-scheme

A detailed list of countries which need visas for Ireland: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/

T
o check if you need a visa for the UK (including Northern Ireland): https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa