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There are 8 ways to get from Belfast to East Lothian by car ferry, bus, train, ferry, car or plane

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Car ferry, bus, train

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh

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Fly Belfast City to Edinburgh, bus

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Edinburgh (EDI)
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Waterloo Place to Haddington, Artillery Park

Car ferry, bus

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station

Train, ferry

  1. Take the train from Belfast Lanyon Place to Larne Harbour
  2. Take the ferry from Larne Port to Cairnryan Port
  3. Take the train from Stranraer to Glasgow Central
  4. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh

Car ferry, drive

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Drive from Cairnryan to East Lothian

Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Edinburgh, bus

  1. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Edinburgh (EDI)
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Waterloo Place to Haddington, Artillery Park

Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Glasgow, train, bus

  1. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Glasgow (GLA)
  2. Take the train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
  4. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Artillery Park

Fly Belfast City to Glasgow, train, bus

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Glasgow (GLA)
  2. Take the train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
  4. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Artillery Park
Belfast → East Lothian
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in East Lothian is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Belfast to East Lothian is to fly and bus which costs £35 - £110 and takes 4h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Belfast to East Lothian is to fly and bus which costs £35 - £130 and takes 3h 56m.

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The distance between Belfast and East Lothian is 156 miles.

The best way to get from Belfast to East Lothian without a car is to car ferry and bus and train which takes 9h 5m and costs .

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It takes approximately 9h 5m to get from Belfast to East Lothian, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport to Edinburgh Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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easyJet offers flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport to Edinburgh Airport.

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There are 100+ hotels available in East Lothian. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport is to bus which takes 40 min and costs £4 - £6.

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Map of how to get from Belfast to East Lothian.
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  • Distance: 155.6 miles
  • Duration: 9h 5m

What companies run services between Belfast, Northern Ireland and East Lothian, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Belfast to East Lothian. However, you can take the line 94 bus to Belfast Heron Road, take the walk to Belfast, take the car ferry to Cairnryan, take the walk to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the bus to Buchanan Bus Station, take the walk to Glasgow Queen Street, take the train to Edinburgh, take the walk to Edinburgh, Princes Street, then take the bus to Haddington, Artillery Park. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Belfast to East Lothian via Belfast Heron Road, Belfast, Cairnryan, Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, Edinburgh, Bus Station, and Edinburgh, Waterloo Place in around 9h 17m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £130
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£30 - £280
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Belfast City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £460
Flights from Belfast City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£29 - £200
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Belfast City to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £460
Flights from Belfast City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£29 - £200
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Stranraer to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£20 - £65
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£20 - £30
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£45 - £65
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£9 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£9 - £14
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£2 - £5
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£2 - £4
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£3 - £5
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Belfast Lanyon Place to Larne Harbour
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£6 - £45
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£18 - £26
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£29 - £45
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £23
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Edinburgh, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
East Coast Buses
Email
hello@eastcoastbuses.co.uk
Website
eastcoastbuses.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Waterloo Place to Haddington, Artillery Park
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £4
Website
East Coast Buses
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Haddington, Artillery Park
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£3 - £4
Website
East Coast Buses
Ferry operators

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