Belfast is the hub for Northern Ireland Railways (also known as Translink) with two principal rail stations: Great Victoria Street Station, on Great Victoria Street, and Belfast Central Station, on East Bridge Street. Most trains depart from Belfast Central. The three main routes in the North’s rail system are north and west from Belfast to Derry via Ballymena; east to Bangor, tracing the shores of Belfast Lough; and south to Dublin via Newry. For example, the Irish Rover pass is for use both in the Republic of Ireland and in the North.
Ulsterbus runs daily scheduled service from Belfast to major cities and towns throughout Northern Ireland. From the Laganside Bus Center, Donegall Quay, Belfast, buses leave for destinations in the North, including Belfast International Airport and the Larne ferries, as well as the Republic. Bus service in the North is thorough and will get you to the most remote destinations. Citybus, Donegall Square West, Belfast (www.citybus.co.uk ), provides local bus service within the city. Departures are from Donegall Square East, West, and North, plus Upper Queen Street, Wellington Place, Chichester Street, and Castle Street. There is an information kiosk on Donegall Square West. Fares are determined by the number of zones traversed. The maximum fare for city-center travel is £1.10 ($2.10). Multiple-trip tickets, day tickets, and 7-day passes offer significant savings.
Taxis are available at all main rail stations, ports, and airports, and in front of City Hall. Most metered taxis are London-type black cabs with a yellow disc on the window. Other taxis may not have meters, so you should ask the fare to your destination in advance. Except for reasonably inexpensive service down the Shankill Road and the Falls Road, Belfast taxi fares are on the high side, with a £2 ($3.80) minimum and an additional £1 ($1.90) per mile.
Belfast is a good city for walking. To guide visitors on the best and safest areas for a stroll, the Belfast City Council offers five self-guided walking-tour leaflets. They are city center south to Shaftesbury Square, city center north to the Irish News office, Shaftesbury Square south to the university area, city center northeast to the port area, and Donegall Square south to Donegall Pass. Each walk is about a mile and lasts an hour. Ask for a leaflet for the walk that interests you at the Belfast Welcome Center.
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