Touring the stunning Causeway Coastal Route by car

It's easy to get around Northern Ireland.

Good roads, public transport and a range of discount passes will help you get to many of our most popular attractions and picturesque landscapes with minimal hassle.

Vehicle hire

Making your way around Northern Ireland by road couldn’t be easier. You can bring your own car on the ferries, or hire one from your point of entry. Find the right vehicle hire service here

If you are hiring a car in Northern Ireland, you will find some helpful advice here.

Tours & itineraries

Northern Ireland has a wide range of guided tours to suit all interests. Whether you’re looking for a literary, political or pub tour, or want to get around by bus, taxi, boat or on foot there is a tour for you. Self-guided tours and itineraries are available. Browse them all here.

Taxi Tours

The taxi tour is an attraction synonymous with Northern Ireland, offering a more intimate type of tour and often focusing on the recent history and politics of the region.   

Taxi tours are available from a range of companies in both Belfast and Londonderry/Derry, and regularly involve London-style black cabs - find a taxi tour here

Taking a Taxi

Taxis are often the first point of contact for visitors and provide a vital role in providing a warm welcome and sharing their local knowledge of the area.  They can be an economical option for short journeys. In Northern Ireland all legal taxis should display taxi licence plates. Taxis and their services generally provide meter-reading fares; if a taxi does not have a meter ask the fare to your destination before setting off. In Belfast, taxi ranks are also available; these are generally in the city centre or at some points of entry. Additional information is available for visitors travelling with Guide Dogs.

Using Electric Bikes (electrically-assisted pedal cycles) in Northern Ireland

Currently in Northern Ireland to use an EAPC on public roads, the vehicle has to be licensed and the user must wear a safety helmet.  They must also hold a valid provisional or full Driving Licence (Category Q).  Full details are provided on the NI Direct website.

Using Electric Cars (ecars) in Northern Ireland

Electric cars are being seen as a step towards a more sustainable future and the switch may become even more appealing in the coming years. Here in Northern Ireland ecarNI has introduced an extensive electric vehicle-charging infrastructure with over 300 charging points across many towns and cities.  To map your sustainable travel route find out more on the ecarNI link here.

Public transport

Translink is Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider. Translink offer a range of great value tickets, Smartcards and mobile tickets to help you travel around Northern Ireland by bus and rail. Download the free mLink App from Google Play or App Store to buy your mobile tickets.

Translink offer a range of concession and Senior Citizen passes available for travel across Northern Ireland.  Additionally, all senior citizens resident in Northern Ireland and the Republic can now avail of free internal travel throughout both jurisdictions with a valid 60+, Senior SmartPass or RoI Senior SmartPass.

There are also services with a particular appeal to visitors. The Rambler Bus Services are designed to make our scenic rural areas more accessible to sightseers, walkers and cyclists. For timetable information call the Translink Contact Centre on (028) 90 66 66 30.

Ulsterbus Day Tours offer a selection of guided tours of the main attractions of Northern Ireland and across the border, departing daily during summer months (with a limited programme at other times of the year) from the Europa Buscentre. Destinations include National Trust properties, seaside resorts, shopping destinations, sporting and entertainment events plus special seasonal trips. Prices start from £22.50.

For more information on Translink timetables and fares please visit or call the Contact Centre on (028) 90 66 66 30.

With a Metro dayLink card you can make the most of Belfast, with unlimited travel on the Metro network from just £3.50 (fares subject to change). 

You can load your dayLink card with 1, 5 or 10 days and use your travel whenever you want. 

The Belfast Visitor Pass is an integrated Translink smartcard providing unlimited bus and rail travel for 1, 2 or 3 consecutive days within the Belfast Visitor Pass Zone.  It also provides a range of attractive discounts at visitor attractions, tours of the city, leisure and retail outlets, coffee shops and restaurants.  It is available for adults and children and is ideal for visitors wishing to travel by bus and train and take advantage of the range of offers throughout the city.

Translink have an information desk at Visit Belfast, Donegall Square North. You can purchase tickets, Smartcards and find out more information about bus and train travel.

Top Northern Ireland experiences with Translink

Causeway Coast and Glens

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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).


Goldline Coach Service 221

Direct to the Giant's Causeway from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

NI Railways

Train journey Coleraine to Derry~Londonderry

This journey is described by Michael Palin as one of the most beautiful train journeys of the world.  Enjoy breathtaking scenery as you pass through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Travel Connections from Belfast Great Victoria Street - Coleraine - Derry~Londonderry.


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.



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Goldline Coach Services 212

Regular and direct services from Belfast Europa Buscentre.

NI Railways

Train service available

Services every 2 hours from Belfast Great Victoria Street.


Fermanagh Lakelands

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Goldline Coach Service 261

Regular services from Belfast Europa Buscentre. 


Tyrone and the Sperrins

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Goldline Coach Service 273

Regular services to Omagh from Belfast Europa Buscentre.


Sperrin Rambler 403

Operates from Omagh Buscentre around this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Also key attractions include Ulster American Folk Park and Gortin Glen Forest Park.


Armagh City and Ring of Gullion

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Goldline Coach Service 251

Enjoy a day of culture and learning in Armagh.  Regular services to Armagh from Belfast Europa Buscentre.


Mourne Mountains, Newcastle

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Goldline Coach Service 237

Regular services to Newcastle from Belfast Europa Buscentre.


Mourne Rambler 405

Operates from Newcastle Buscentre and takes in key highlights including:
- Silent Valley Mountain Park
- Spelga Dam 
- The great Mourne Wall
- Tollymore Forest Park where many of the woodland action scenes were filmed for Games of Thrones.


Cross-border services

There are also good cross-border bus and rail links from the Irish Republic. 

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