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

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Train

  1. Take the train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Drogheda

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Bus via Dublin Airport

  1. Take the bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
  2. Take the bus from Zone 15, stop 7348 to Skerries, stop 3798

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
  2. Take the bus from Zone 15, stop 7348 to Skerries, stop 3798

Drive

  1. Drive from Belfast to Skerries
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International entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: All visitors with the below exceptions

Restricted for: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa

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Conditions of entry into Ireland from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland)
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland)

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Rules to follow in Ireland

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

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

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

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Leinster is 1850 24 1850.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Leinster is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Leinster is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1850 24 1850.

No, returning to United Kingdom from Ireland is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 29 Nov 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Leinster is to bus via Dublin Airport which costs £10 - £13 and takes 3h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Belfast to Leinster is to drive which costs £15 - £22 and takes 1h 31m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Belfast to Leinster. However, there are services departing from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre and arriving at Skerries, stop 3798 via Zone 15, stop 7348. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Belfast to Leinster. However, there are services departing from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place and arriving at Skerries via Drogheda. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 20m.

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The distance between Belfast and Leinster is 174 km. The road distance is 146.5 km.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Leinster without a car is to train which takes 2h 20m and costs £17 - £23.

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It takes approximately 2h 20m to get from Belfast to Leinster, including transfers.

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Belfast to Leinster bus services, operated by Aircoach, depart from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre station.

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Belfast to Leinster train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place station.

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The best way to get from Belfast to Leinster is to train which takes 2h 20m and costs £17 - £23. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £14 - £18 and takes 3h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Belfast to Leinster.
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  • Distance: 174.5 km
  • Duration: 2h 20m

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

Irish Rail operates a train from Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place to Drogheda every 4 hours. Tickets cost €13 - €18 and the journey takes 1h 32m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Belfast to Skerries via Dublin Airport and Zone 15, stop 7348 in around 3h 40m.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Bus operators
Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from Belfast, Europa Bus Centre to Dublin Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €17
Website
Aircoach
Go-Ahead
Phone
1850 80 40 71
Email
customercomment@goaheadireland.ie
Website
goaheadireland.ie
Bus from Zone 15, stop 7348 to Skerries, stop 3798
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€3 - €4
Website
Go-Ahead
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Belfast to Leinster bus services, operated by Go-Ahead, arrive at Skerries, stop 3798 station.

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Belfast to Leinster train services, operated by Irish Rail, arrive at Drogheda station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Belfast to Leinster is 147 km. It takes approximately 1h 31m to drive from Belfast to Leinster.

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