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Getting from Glasgow to Belfast

Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and offers the best shopping outside of United Kingdom’s capital, London. Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the city is an important economic enter outside of London ad in the past years has become one of the most visited cities in the British Isles.

Belfast is the capital and the largest city in Northern Ireland. Located on the banks of the River Lagan, Belfast is surrounded by hills and is one of the loveliest places to explore on the island. It is still relatively undiscovered, compared to its neighbor Dublin. Don’t miss having a pint in an Irish pub while visiting Belfast.

Quick summary

The easiest way to travel between Glasgow and Belfast is by bus. The bus ticket also includes the ferry crossing. If you are in a hurry , you could also book a flight but do take into account the additional fees (such as booking fee, baggage fee, check in fee, etc) as well as the cost of traveling from the airport to the city center; in which case traveling by plan will be at least twice as expensive as taking the bus.

Flights from Glasgow (airport code: GLA) to Belfast

Glasgow is served by two airports , but only Glasgow International Airport (GLA) handles flights to/from Belfast. The airport is located 8 miles outside the city center and is the second busiest in Scotland. It is base for BMI Regional, EasyJet, Flybe, Loganair, Jet2, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways. Flights to Belfast International Airport are operated by EasyJet , while Flybe flies on Belfast City Airport.

Belfast is also served by two airports:

  • George Best Belfast City Airport (BHD) , which is located 3 miles from the city center and is a major base for Flybe.
  • Belfast International Airport (BFS) , which is located 13 miles from the city center and is the busiest airport in Northern Ireland. It is hub for Aer Lingus.

It’s cheaper to fly on EasyJet from Glasgow International to Belfast International. In late spring 2012, single fares start at £28 and the flight time is 40 min. By early summer (June), the single fares start at £32. Generally speaking, it’s not the best idea to book the ticket very far in advance (4 to 8 weeks is the best time frame).

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Buses from Glasgow to Belfast

Under the Eurolines banner, Ulster bus operates bus services between Glasgow and Belfast. The bus includes the fast ferry Stranraer ticket. There are two departures from Glasgow, at 8:30 a.m. and at 4:20 p.m. The single fare is £26 and the travel time is about 6 hours.

On the way back, catch the buses from Belfast at 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The same fares apply.

Trains and ferries from Glasgow to Belfast

It is possible to travel by train and ferry between Glasgow and Belfast, following the steps:

1. Glasgow to Troon by First Scot Rail : there are departures every 30 minutes from Glasgow and the travel time is about 40 min. The anytime day singe fare is £6.90.

2. Troon to Larne by P&O Ferries : the route opens up in late March. There are two sailings per day: 10:05 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. The travel time is 2 hours and the single fare starts at £26.00 (foot passenger).

3. Larne to Belfast by Translink train : the service runs every half hour from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, there is the same service frequency but trains terminate at Great Victoria Street in Belfast. On Sundays, the service runs every 90 minutes. Another option is to travel by bus from Larne to Belfast.

Driving from Glasgow to Belfast

You can also rent a car and drive from Glasgow to Belfast. Please remember that driving is on the left (so the opposite of what you are used in the United States). The total travel distance is 136 miles on A77 and includes the Belfast to Cairnryan ferry crossing. The total travel time is about 5 hours. Do remember that aside from the price you pay for renting the car, you’ll also pay for using taking the car on the ferry.

Stena Line is one of the companies operating on this route. The economy fare for an adult and an economy car is £104.00 one way.

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