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Galway to Belfast - using public transport

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Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Hi,

My husband and I will be reaching Belfast from Galway on 14th May. We are using public transport the entire trip. So would like to know from the experts here, what is the best option (in terms of route, time and effort) of the following:

Option 1: Galway - Dublin - Belfast via train (is this the most viable?)

Option 2: Galway - Derry - Belfast (via bus Eirean though this will take longer time)

Is there any other option? Is there a direct bus from Galway to Belfast? I could not find any in their website (translink).

Your advice is much appreciated!

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1. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

This is the link you need. There is a bus (Bus Éireann) which goes from Galway-Sligo-Enniskillen-Belfast. Not easy to find on the website but here it is:

www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1315579739-65.pdf

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2. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

With the new motorways the quickest way is the 2 bus or train option, Galway to Dublin and then on to Belfast.There is a direct bus service via Athlone and Monaghan but its about 90 min's longer.

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3. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

The timetable for the 'direct' bus from Galway to Belfast is here:

translink.co.uk/Timetables/…

Although it's not really direct, since there's a change required in Cavan.

As Bobby says, the option via Dublin is probably the easiest, although be aware that if you're taking the train, you'll need to take the Luas tram (or the bus) between Heuston and Connolly stations in Dublin.

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4. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Thanks ponaire and Bobby W.

@Ponaire - is this route longer than the Galway - Dublin - Belfast route? And also, there doesnt seem to be too much gap between bus change in Sligo (middle route).. but thanks we may consider this.

@Bobby - would u know the bus number for direct service (via Athlone and Monaghan)?

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5. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

The direct route is service 78.

http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=246

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6. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Pedantic point, but it's not direct, since it involves a change of bus in either Athlone, Monaghan or Cavan.

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7. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Ok Darren, take it up with Buseireann, I have taken this route in the past and it's the drivers who change not the bus!

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8. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Not my fault that neither public transport company on this island can do timetables that make sense. :-)

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9. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Darren, the more I look, the more I am coming round to your way of thinking - really somebody needs to test these websites out for user-friendliness.

Anyway, for the OP, it shows that there are several options and the bottom line is whatever is best for him/her. E.g. personally I hate changing stations in a town/city I don't know (had fun with this once in Italy!!) so changing at Dublin wouldn't be for me BUT if it saves time, it would be other people's preference. It also will depend on what times suit best - and if you do need to change stations etc, make sure that you aren't trying to make the last bus/train back to Belfast!!

Trains do tend to be more comfortable than the bus (also a bit more expensive though) but for a longish journey, that might be key.

Edited: 25 April 2012, 18:11
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10. Re: Galway to Belfast - using public transport

Looking to do this 'sept 26 and I could not find that bus routing-

what I did find was a total 6 hour bus ,departing Galway 730-arr Belfast 125, or a 930 bus, with various stops and change at Dublin airport:

Intermed. stop Galway Dairies (G.M.I.T)

07:35 dep

08:00 arr Intermed. stop Loughrea (Moylan's)

08:00 dep

08:25 arr Intermed. stop Portiuncula Hospital

08:25 dep

08:30 arr Intermed. stop Ballinasloe (Dunlo St)

08:30 dep

09:00 arr Intermed. stop Athlone (Bus Station)

09:00 dep

10:20 arr Change Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 12)

Walk 1 min., ca. 0 m

Change Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 10)

11:20 dep

1 1 Direction Belfast (Europa Bus Centre)

Hide intermediate stops Service operated by Ulsterbus.

12:30 arr Intermed. stop Newry (Bus Station)

12:50 arr Intermed. stop Banbridge (Downshire Arms Hotel)

13:10 arr Intermed. stop Sprucefield (Shopping Centre)

13:25 arr Belfast (Europa Bus Centre)

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