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

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Train, bus, car ferry  •  8h 39m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

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Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)  •  3h 31m

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

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Bus, car ferry  •  8h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station 900 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  3. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

Train, bus, car ferry via Ayr  •  9h 49m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow, West Regent Lane to Ayr, Bus Station X77
  3. Take the bus from Ayr, Wellington Square to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 358 / ...
  4. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

Train, car ferry  •  10h 23m

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

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 44m

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

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast City  •  3h 3m

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

Train to Glasgow, fly to Belfast (Aldergrove)  •  4h 20m

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

Train to Glasgow, fly to Belfast City  •  3h 47m

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

Edinburgh to Belfast by train, walk, bus and car ferry

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8h 39m Average Duration
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Belfast is to fly which costs £30 - £95 and takes 3h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Belfast is to fly which costs £30 - £140 and takes 3h 3m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Belfast is 143 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Belfast without a car is to train and bus and car ferry which takes 8h 39m and costs .

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It takes approximately 8h 39m to get from Edinburgh to Belfast, including transfers.

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

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Ryanair UK and easyJet offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport.

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There are 118+ hotels available in Belfast. Prices start at £87 per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £1 - £6.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Belfast.
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  • Distance: 143.3 miles
  • Duration: 8h 39m

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

easyJet and Ryanair UK fly from Edinburgh to Belfast 4 times a day.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£28 - £90
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£25 - £120
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
£65 - £300
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Ryanair UK
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£9 - £180
Train operators
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10 - £30
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£23 - £30
Train from Glasgow Central to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£8 - £26
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£8 - £12
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£20 - £26
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
£6 - £80
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £50
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£55 - £80
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£16 - £23
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10 - £14
Website
Scottish Citylink
Stagecoach West Scotland
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Glasgow, West Regent Lane to Ayr, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Bus from Ayr, Wellington Square to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£5 - £9
Website
Stagecoach West Scotland
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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