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Getting to Bushmills/Giants Causeway from Belfast

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Getting to Bushmills/Giants Causeway from Belfast


My brother and I are staying in belfast and would like to visit the Bushmills Distillery and Giants Causeway (as well as a few other things along the coast, but these two are top on our list). We are having a hard time finding how to get out there. We would prefer not to be stuck on a bus tour. Any advice?

We would prefer to keep this low cost if possible, and maintain as much mobility as possible.

We are not renting a car, last case scenario we might

I had the Idea to get to Portrush via rail (or other) and rent bikes, is this a plausable idea? ride to the distillary and back? is the terrain hard to navigate on bikes?

Thank you

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1. Re: Getting to Bushmills/Giants Causeway from Belfast

You could go by bike from Portrush but do wear a hi vis vest. The best way to have freedom would be to hire a car, Stop were you want when you want. You could also include some of the following Carickfergus Castle,Carnlough, Glenarrif, Cushendall, Cushendun, Ballypatrick or Torr Head ,Ballycastle,Carrick-a-rede,Ballintoy Habour, Portbradden.and Dunservick Castle all before the Causeway on the way up the coast rd from Belfast

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2. Re: Getting to Bushmills/Giants Causeway from Belfast

Hi Skyler

As Bobby suggests renting a car would definitely be a great way to get around the area but if you fancy something else then there are still options.

Translink (Northern Ireland's public transport provider) have a train and bus timetable specifically for the Causeway Coast and Glens and you can find a PDF here - translink.co.uk/Documents/…202014b.pdf

If you're interested in the cycling options we have some information on tour providers here - causewaycoastandglens.com/Cycling.T260.aspx

Hopefully this helps! If you need anything else you can contact us directly on 028 7032 7720.

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3. Re: Getting to Bushmills/Giants Causeway from Belfast

Translink has lots of options for you and some great fare prices too.

Over the summer period we have a £9 bus fare (purchased after 9:15am) which covers you for unlimited travel for the day on all our Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro buses. This ticket allows you to 'hop on hop off' bus services all day.

We have recently produced a Causeway Coast & Glens booklet which details timetable information for all buses in the area. I have attached a link here, but it might be easier if you could pick up a copy from the bus station when you arrive in belfast.


We have a great bus - 221 which leaves Belfast Europa at 9:30am and travels to Bushmills and then on to the Giants Causeway.

Once you are in the area as will see from the booklet, we have lots of bus services to get you around and view the spectacular North Coast.

Regarding the cycling option, you could opt to take the train to Portrush and cycle from there around the coast and sights. Bikes can travel on the trains after 9:30am and fares are reduced after this time too - a day return from Belfast to Portrush will be £11.70.

There is too much information to cover here, but you can phone our Contact Centre for more detail at 02890666630. Our staff are also based at the Visit Belfast Centre across from City Hall. They can provide you with Timetables and help you to plan your journey.

You will love this stunning coast. We hope you have a great visit.

Kind regards



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