Belfast, regarded as the beginning of the Causeway Coastal Route is easy to get to, and acts as a great starting off point. Follow our simple steps below to get to Belfast.

Travelling to the Causeway Coastal Route from the Republic of Ireland

By car

Make your way by car to Belfast. This is where one of the "Top Five Road Trips in the World", the Causeway Coastal Route begins. Just over 2 hours from Dublin or under 4 hours from Galway, your trip commences on this stunningly beautiful and exhilarating coast road journey.  

Vehicle hire

Hire a car at your point of entry. Find the right vehicle hire service here.

Cross-border public transport services

If you fancy leaving the car behind there are also good cross-border bus and rail links from the Republic of Ireland.


Ulsterbus work in co-operation with Bus Eireann and will have current bus schedules and prices.


NI Railways work in co-operation with Iarnród Éireann as part of the Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast.

For more details on all Translink's services, visit or call their contact centre on (028) 9066 6630.


Travelling to the Causeway Coastal Route from Northern Ireland

By car

From Belfast, join the M2, then the M5 and follow the signs marked Causeway Coastal Route.


Goldline Coach Service 221 takes you direct to the Giant's Causeway from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

Ulsterbus Causeway Rambler 402 - Easy access to a range of delightful coastal towns and villages including Ballintoy Harbour – now made famous by the HBO Series Games of Thrones

Take the Goldline Antrim Coaster Coach Service 252 - Travel via the Antrim Coast and Glens and enjoy spectacular scenery.  Service departs from Belfast Europa Buscentre (Seasonal, please check in advance for details).


NI Railways Travel Connections from Belfast Great Victoria Street - Coleraine - Derry~Londonderry. 

This journey is described by Michael Palin as "one of the most beautiful train journeys of the world".  Enjoy breath-taking scenery as you pass through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.