As Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast is a major transport hub. There is a large selection of travel options for those planning a visit to the Belfast Children’s Festival. You'll find comfortable bus services, rail and air connections and ferry services from Europe and UK to nearby ports.

By Bus

Ulsterbus  operates over 300 services to towns and villages across Northern Ireland as well as services to and from Belfast. 70 % of Ulsterbus services are fully accessible with low floor vehicles and all buses display their route number and destination information.

Ulsterbus timetables are split into 19 local areas and are available free of charge from your local main bus station.

Goldline offers great value, fast and frequent services, in comfortable coaches on key routes around Northern Ireland, to Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre.

Goldline delivers safe, reliable and punctual services, providing passengers with attractive and affordable journeys across the network.

Goldline Express cross-border services operate into the Republic of Ireland linking with the Bus Éireann network.

See www.translink.co.uk for more information.

By Train

NI Railways has 17 staffed stations and 5 staffed halts throughout the network; all lines offer a combination of express services and trains that stop at each halt and station, with up to 6 and 7 trains operating per hour at peak times on key commuter lines.

The Enterprise cross-border rail service offers both 1st Plus and Enterprise Class accommodation with a catering bar and trolley service in operation on most scheduled services. Individual seats may be reserved free of charge if you are travelling 1st Plus.

Passengers in possession of a valid Enterprise ticket can also:

  • Travel free of charge on the DART between Connolly Station and Tara Street/Pearse Stations;
  • Travel free of charge into Belfast City Centre on Metro bus services from the bus-stop at the front of Central Station
  • Travel free of charge on onward rail travel to Titanic Quarter Station and also return to Central Station using their Enterprise ticket. Passengers must present an Enterprise ticket valid for the date of travel to avail of the free onward travel. The Enterprise ticket is not valid for travel any further than Titanic Quarter or on any other local service.

See www.translink.co.uk for more information.

By Car

Start your festival early with a road trip to Belfast! Belfast is a pretty straightforward drive from anywhere in Ireland. Driving from Dublin or Derry/ Londonderry will take about 2 hours.  For more information check out ROUTE PLANNER to plot your course to Belfast.

By Ferry

Belfast is easily accessed by sea with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by state of the art superfast ferries with journey times from just 2 hours 15 minutes.

Operators and travel times vary. Please check out Stena Line, P&O Irish Sea and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for travel options.

By Plane

George Best Belfast City Airport

The airport is situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Please check www.belfastcityairport.com for flight information.

For connections from Britain and Europe EasyJet, Aer Lingus and FlyBE offer direct routes to many major airports.

The Airport Express 600 bus service runs from the airport terminal to the city centre every 20 minutes (05.30 - 22.05) Monday to Friday. Please check www.translink.co.uk for services on Saturdays and Sundays.

Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes drive via the M2 Motorway. Please check www.belfastairport.com for flight information.