Northern Ireland by Train

Trains - Tickets - Routes

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Northern Ireland.

Here you will find information for Northern Ireland about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.


Useful Information

Population: 1.88 million

Currency: Pound Sterling

Language: English, Irish

Capital: Belfast

Country Code: +44

Time Zone: Western European Time

Train Companies

All of the country’s trains are operated by Northern Ireland Railways (NI Railways); however, in Ireland rail services are operated by Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail).

Ireland rail map


Train Tickets

Buy your tickets for Northern Ireland at the train station; however, if you are buying tickets for Dublin – Belfast routes, use the official Irish Rail page.


Buy your train tickets online at OMIO and compare trains, buses & flights.

Rail Passes

Interrail / Eurail Pass

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Regional Trains

The major rail network in Northern Ireland is composed of the following trains:

InterCity trains connect Belfast to Derry/Londonderry.

  • 2nd Class (Standard): Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservation required, buy a ticket at the station, ticket purchase unavailable online.

Enterprise is co-run by Northern Ireland Railways and Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail).

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1)
  • 2nd Class (Standard): Rows of four seats (2+2)
  • No reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with WiFi, electrical plug-ins, and air conditioning. Trains are also equipped with a buffet car offering a range of food and drinks.

There are no night trains in Northern Ireland.

Belmond Grand Hiberian


Frequently Travelled Routes In Northern Ireland


From > To
Duration Changes Transport

Belfast to Derry/Londonderry

2:02 Direct Train
Belfast to Portrush 1:37 Direct Train
Belfast to Bangor 0:33 Direct Train



From > To
Duration Changes Transport
Belfast to Dublin, Ireland 2:10 Direct Train
Belfast to Isle of Man, England 2:45 Direct Ferry
Belfast to Liverpool, England 6:30 1 Ferry via Isle of Man, England
Belfast to Cairnryan, Scotland 2:22 Direct Ferry


Northern ireland travel routes

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Main Train Stations

  • Belfast Lanyon Place Station
  • Londonderry

Good to know

Best Time To Travel To Northern Ireland

We recommend traveling to Northern Ireland anytime from May to September. The Emerald Isle’s climate is rainy but less so in the spring, summer, and fall. Be prepared for cooler temperatures, at all times of the year, and don’t forget your umbrella! Visit the extensive Titanic museum in Belfast or walk around on the impressive Giant’s Causeway. Northern Ireland has plenty to do and see, rain or shine.

  • High Season: June – August
  • Low Season: September – May


Accommodation In Northern Ireland


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