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There are 4 ways to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station) by train, bus or car

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Train  •  6h 11m

  1. Take the train from Athlone to Heuston Westport Service / ...
  2. Take the train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Commuter Service

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Bus  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Arcadia Retail Centre, Arcadia to Dublin Airport 706 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast Europa Bus Centre X1 / ...

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Bus via Dundalk  •  7h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Athlone Bus Station, stop 555101 to The Long Walk, stop 105091 70
  2. Take the bus from Newry to Belfast Europa Bus Centre 238 / ...

Drive  •  2h 59m

  1. Drive from Athlone to Belfast (Station) 161.9 miles
Ireland → United Kingdom
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International entry into United Kingdom from Ireland

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Conditions of entry into United Kingdom from Ireland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Ireland
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
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  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Ethiopia, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey
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Rules to follow in United Kingdom

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Considerations leaving from Ireland

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering United Kingdom from Ireland.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Belfast (Station) is 111.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Belfast (Station) is subject to regional advice.

The social distance requirement in Belfast (Station) is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 111.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Ireland from United Kingdom.

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Last updated: 28 Nov 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station) is to bus which costs €24 - €40 and takes 6h 13m.

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The fastest way to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station) is to drive which takes 2h 59m and costs €30 - €45.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athlone to Belfast (Station). However, there are services departing from Arcadia Retail Centre, Arcadia and arriving at Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport (BFS) via Dublin Airport and Belfast Europa Bus Centre. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 13m.

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The distance between Athlone and Belfast (Station) is 111 miles. The road distance is 161.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station) without a car is to train which takes 6h 11m and costs €35 - €60.

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It takes approximately 6h 11m to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station), including transfers.

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Athlone to Belfast (Station) bus services, operated by Aircoach, depart from Arcadia Retail Centre, Arcadia station.

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The best way to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station) is to train which takes 6h 11m and costs €35 - €60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €24 - €40 and takes 6h 13m.

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Athlone to Belfast (Station) bus services, operated by Translink UK, arrive at Belfast Europa Bus Centre station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Athlone to Belfast (Station) is 162 miles. It takes approximately 2h 59m to drive from Athlone to Belfast (Station).

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Map of how to get from Athlone to Belfast (Station).
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  • Distance: 111.1 miles
  • Duration: 6h 11m

What companies run services between Athlone, Ireland and Belfast (Station), Northern Ireland?

You can take a train from Athlone to Belfast (Station) via Heuston, Heuston, Busáras, Connolly, Belfast Lanyon Place, Belfast Great Victoria Street, and Belfast Europa Bus Centre in around 6h 11m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athlone to Belfast (Station) via Dublin Airport and Belfast Europa Bus Centre in around 6h 13m.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Athlone to Heuston
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £15
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
£11 - £13
Flexible
£13 - £15
Train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
Irish Rail
Semi Flexible
£13 - £16
Flexible
£16 - £19
Bus operators
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Arcadia Retail Centre, Arcadia to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£11 - £14
Website
Aircoach
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Athlone, Athlone B&Q to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£8 - £14
Website
Citylink
Standard
£10 - £14
Web Fare
£8 - £12
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Bus from Dublin Airport to Belfast Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £10
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus from Newry to Belfast Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus Eireann

Bus and coach operator Bus Éireann operates local bus services throughout Ireland, including city bus services in Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford, as well as commuter and intercity bus services throughout the country. Fares vary by region and distance; purchase tickets with cash on the bus or use a Leap Card.

Contact Details
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Athlone Bus Station, stop 555101 to The Long Walk, stop 105091
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
Bus Eireann

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