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There are 7 ways to get from Edinburgh to Northern Ireland 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, car ferry  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal 923
  2. Take the car ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast

Cheapest option

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast City  •  2h 45m

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

£23 - £122

5 alternative options

Train, bus, car ferry  •  8h 16m

  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

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 44m

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

Fly Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove), line 1 train  •  4h 21m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) EDI - BFS
  2. Take the line 1 train from Belfast Great Victoria Street to Hilden

£40 - £149

Train to Glasgow, fly to Belfast City  •  3h 58m

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

£43 - £204

Train, train to Glasgow, fly to Belfast (Aldergrove), line 1 train  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
  3. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) GLA - BFS
  4. Take the line 1 train from Belfast Great Victoria Street to Hilden

£50 - £181

Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast City (BHD) flights

The flight time between Edinburgh (EDI) and Belfast City (BHD) is around 55 min and covers a distance of around 136 miles. The fastest flight normally takes 55 min. Services are operated by Aer Lingus. Typically seven flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
55 min
Fastest flight journey time:
55 min
Flight distance:
136 miles
Flights per week:
7
Cheapest price:
£61
Carbon emissions:
71 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
11:10
Last flight departs at:
11:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Edinburgh (EDI) to Belfast City (BHD) flight schedules

Edinburgh → Northern Ireland
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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Northern Ireland is to fly which costs £22 - £130 and takes 2h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Northern Ireland is to fly which costs £22 - £130 and takes 2h 45m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Northern Ireland is 177 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Northern Ireland without a car is to bus and car ferry which takes 7h 38m and costs .

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It takes approximately 7h 38m to get from Edinburgh to Northern Ireland, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Belfast City Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Aer Lingus offers flights from Edinburgh Airport to Belfast City Airport.

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There are 24+ hotels available in Northern Ireland. Prices start at £75 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 Northern Ireland.
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  • Distance: 176.6 miles
  • Duration: 7h 38m

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

Aer Lingus flies from Edinburgh to Belfast once daily.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £170
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £170
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £300
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£150 - £1,400
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Belfast City
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £360
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
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 Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street
Ave. Duration
14 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 Great Victoria Street to Hilden
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
Scottish Citylink
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
Ferry operators
Stena Line

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