The city of Belfast enjoys excellent rail links with the rest of Northern Ireland and also with Dublin. Trains to Belfast from Londonderry run hourly and take approximately two and a half hours. Trains from Dublin are operated jointly by NI Railways and Irish Rail and take just over two hours, with around seven or eight services per day.
As the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a major transport hub for the region and is home to four main train stations: Great Victoria Street, Lanyon Place, City Hospital and Botanic, the first two being the busiest stations. Great Victoria Street is located in the city center and is served by trains coming from Londonderry and suburban towns, whilst Lanyon Place is served by trains arriving from Dublin, Londonderry, Larne, and Bangor. Lanyon Place is located to the east of the city center, a 15-minute walk from City Hall.
All trains to Belfast from other Northern Irish locations are operated by NI Railways. Trains from Dublin are operated by both NI Railways and Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail).
Belfast enjoys excellent train links with all of Northern Ireland and also with the capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin. Passengers arriving at Great Victoria Street can easily find onward travel in the form of suburban rail services, as well as bus and coach travel as it is next to the Europa Bus Station. The journey from Dublin to Belfast is not only fast and frequent, but it allows passengers to take in beautiful panoramic sights as the train travels over two major viaduct bridges.
Belfast is famous for much more than visitors may think and is rich in history, culture, and traditions. Obviously, tourists can find out more about the city at the many museums, or they can head to the outdoor gallery at the Duke of York pub where Belfast's story is depicted in large murals. Football fans can take a self-guided George Best tour that takes in his childhood home, his playing fields, favorite pubs, and final resting place. Belfast also has a rich musical tradition: find out more on a musical bus tour from the Oh Yeah Centre.
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