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

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Bus Bus Eireann  •  4h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras X2a / ...
  2. Take the bus from Busáras to Athlone, Athlone Bus Station X20

$48 - $57

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Bus Aircoach  •  5h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to The Gresham Hotel 705-x
  2. Take the bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Athlone, Athlone B&Q 763

$27 - $40

2 alternative options

Train  •  5h

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

$65 - $94

Drive  •  2h 48m

  1. Drive from Belfast to Athlone 159.1 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Athlone is to bus which costs £20 - £35 and takes 5h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Belfast to Athlone is to drive which costs £26 - £40 and takes 2h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Belfast to Athlone station. However, there are services departing from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre and arriving at Athlone, Athlone Bus Station via Busáras. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 55m.

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The distance between Belfast and Athlone is 116 miles. The road distance is 159.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Athlone without a car is to bus which takes 4h 55m and costs £35 - £45.

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It takes approximately 4h 55m to get from Belfast to Athlone, including transfers.

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Belfast to Athlone bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, depart from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre station.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Athlone is to bus which takes 4h 55m and costs £35 - £45. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £50 - £75 and takes 5h.

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Belfast to Athlone bus services, operated by Bus Eireann, arrive at Athlone, Athlone Bus Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Belfast to Athlone is 159 miles. It takes approximately 2h 48m to drive from Belfast to Athlone.

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Map of how to get from Belfast to Athlone.
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  • Distance: 115.6 miles
  • Duration: 4h 55m

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

You can take a bus from Belfast to Athlone via Busáras in around 4h 55m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Belfast to Athlone via Connolly, Busáras, Heuston, and Heuston in around 5h.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Phone
+353 1 836 6222
Email
digital@irishrail.ie
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place Train Station to Connolly
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
irishrail.ie
Train from Heuston to Athlone
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
irishrail.ie
Bus operators
Bus Eireann
Phone
1850 836 611
Website
buseireann.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Busáras
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Website
Bus Eireann
Bus from Busáras to Athlone, Athlone Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $22
Website
Bus Eireann
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to The Gresham Hotel
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Website
Aircoach
Citylink
Phone
+353 91 564 164
Email
info@citylink.ie
Website
citylink.ie
Bus from Temple Bar, Crampton Quay to Athlone, Athlone B&Q
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
Citylink
Standard
$13 - $19
Web Fare
$11 - $16

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There are 49+ hotels available in Athlone. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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