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There are 4 ways to get from Dublin to Belfast Central Station by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2h 10m

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

£13 - £19

Cheapest option

Bus via The Gresham Hotel  •  2h 38m

  1. Take the bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre 705-x

£11

2 alternative options

Bus  •  2h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Dublin Busaras Bus Station to Belfast Europa Bus Centre X1

£22 - £29

Drive  •  1h 47m

  1. Drive from Dublin to Belfast Central Station 106.8 miles

£16 - £24

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The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Belfast Central Station is to bus via The Gresham Hotel which costs 12€ and takes 2h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Belfast Central Station is to drive which costs 19€ - 28€ and takes 1h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from The Gresham Hotel and arriving at Belfast, Europa Bus Centre. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Connolly and arriving at Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 10m.

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The distance between Dublin and Belfast Central Station is 89 miles. The road distance is 106.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Belfast Central Station without a car is to train which takes 2h 10m and costs 15€ - 22€.

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The train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place takes 2h 10m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Dublin to Belfast Central Station bus services, operated by Aircoach, depart from The Gresham Hotel station.

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Dublin to Belfast Central Station train services, operated by Irish Rail, depart from Connolly station.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Belfast Central Station is to train which takes 2h 10m and costs 15€ - 22€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 35€ and takes 2h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Dublin to Belfast Central Station.
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  • Distance: 88.8 miles
  • Duration: 2h 10m

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Belfast Central Station, Northern Ireland?

Irish Rail operates a train from Connolly to Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place every 4 hours. Tickets cost £13 - £19 and the journey takes 2h 10m. Alternatively, Translink UK operates a bus from Dublin Busaras Bus Station to Belfast Europa Bus Centre every 4 hours. Tickets cost £18 - £23 and the journey takes 2h 20m.

Train operators
Irish Rail
Bus operators
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Bus from Dublin Busaras Bus Station to Belfast Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£18 - £23
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Aircoach
Phone
+353 1 844 7118
Website
aircoach.ie
Bus from The Gresham Hotel to Belfast, Europa Bus Centre
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£11
Website
Aircoach

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Dublin to Belfast Central Station bus services, operated by Aircoach, arrive at Belfast, Europa Bus Centre station.

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Dublin to Belfast Central Station train services, operated by Irish Rail, arrive at Belfast City Centre, Lanyon Place station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dublin to Belfast Central Station is 107 miles. It takes approximately 1h 47m to drive from Dublin to Belfast Central Station.

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