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Public transportation to Belfast, Derry, Galway then Dublin

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Public transportation to Belfast, Derry, Galway then Dublin

I am in the early planning stages of a trip to Ireland and N. Ireland for Sept 24 - Oct 14 2014. I will be spending a week in Belfast before a friend meets up with me for the rest of the journey. We can either meet in Dublin or in Belfast.

We were also thinking of making bases in Galway and Derry. Is it possible to take the train or bus from Belfast, to Derry to Galway then back to Dublin? Suggestions for routes and approximate prices?

We were thinking of spending a few days in each city and doing some day trips by tour bus. How many days do you suggest in each location?


Edited: 12:03 pm, June 07, 2014
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1. Re: Public transportation to Belfast, Derry, Galway then Dublin

For Belfast - Derry by bus or train see www.translink.co.uk

For Derry - Galway by bus see www.buseireannexpressway.com - service 64.

For Galway - Dublin by bus see www.buseireannexpressway.com - service 20 and 20X.

Direct services between Belfast and Dublin, by bus or by train (the Enterprise), are run jointly - see www.translink.co.uk and/or www.buseireannexpressway.com for more information.

Edited: 12:40 pm, June 07, 2014
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2. Re: Public transportation to Belfast, Derry, Galway then Dublin

How many days in total do you and your friend have? Is it 14? If so, that's a lovely manageable itinerary for a time of year when nights are drawing in.

It looks like you've just missed the Causeway rambler being in operation (it finishes on 26th September by the looks of it) as I would actually have suggested you stay a few nights in Belfast, then go by train to Portrush, spend a couple of nights there and then take the scenic train to Derry. Instead you'll probably want to factor in a day trip from Belfast to cover the Causeway & rope bridge.

Assuming you've 14 days you might want to do

3 days Belfast (including one day trip to the Causeway)

2 days Derry (maybe including one day trip (you can do this by public transport but is an hour each way to the Ulster-American folk park in Omagh if either of you have any Irish roots?. Just check opening hours (days). You could possibly include a trip to Donegal but not sure if it would need to be private so more expensive. Don't miss Martin McCrossan's famous walking tour - a snip at £4 per person.

3 days Galway (maybe including day tour to Connemara and day tour to Inis Mor if ferries are still on?)

4 days Dublin (maybe including a day tour to Glendalough/Wicklow and one to Newgrange? and 2 to explore the city)

That allows you 2 days to factor in travel time so you can tailor it to suit you best and add in where to add your extra nights.

That is only a suggestion - have a look at the official tour sites for the different cities to see what appeals most to you but that hopefully will give you a few ideas to get started:)

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