There are 9 ways to get from Edinburgh to Belfast by bus, car ferry, train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus Scottish Citylink, car ferry  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

$67 - $77

Cheapest option

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast City  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast City (BHD) EDI - BHD

$38 - $172

7 alternative options

Train, bus, car ferry  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  3. Take the bus from Ayr Railway Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal Sl
  4. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

$83 - $90

Train, car ferry  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

$80 - $92

Bus, car ferry via Dumfries, Whitesands (Opp Rural Stances)  •  9 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Fountainbridge, Bread Street (at 145-149) to Dumfries, Whitesands (Opp Rural Stances) 102 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Dumfries, Scotland to Cairnryan
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

$62 - $67

Drive, car ferry  •  4 h 46 min

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

$66 - $78

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) EDI - BFS

$52 - $146

Train to Glasgow, fly to Belfast City  •  3 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Belfast City (BHD) GLA - BHD

$57 - $163

Train to Glasgow, fly to Belfast (Aldergrove)  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) GLA - BFS

$66 - $147

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Belfast is to bus and car ferry which costs £46 - £51 and takes 9 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Belfast is to fly which costs £28 - £130 and takes 2 h 53 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Belfast is 143 miles.

It takes approximately 6 h 42 min to get from Edinburgh to Belfast, including transfers.

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

Flybe flies from Edinburgh to Belfast 4 times a day.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $180
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $160
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $130
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $17
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station (Stances 7 to 10) to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Dodds of Troon
Phone
01292 288100
Email
info@doddsoftroon.com
Website
doddsoftroon.com
Bus from Ayr Railway Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
doddsoftroon.com
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Fountainbridge, Bread Street (at 145-149) to Dumfries, Whitesands (Opp Rural Stances)
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$171

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