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Overview: Train from Dublin to Belfast

distanceDistance87 miles (140 km)
frequencyTrain frequency6 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 6 direct trains a day

Trains from Dublin to Belfast cover the 87 miles (140 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 9 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there are 6 trains operating per day, including direct services available.

Trains from Dublin to Belfast

The Enterprise is the regular scheduled direct train service from Dublin to Belfast. The journey takes just over 2 hours from Dublin Connolly Station to Belfast Lanyon Place (formerly Belfast Central Station). Trains depart regularly, with frequent departures throughout the day.

Dublin to Belfast train times: daily departures

There are up to 13 trains per day from Dublin to Belfast, with an average of 8 per day and around 50 trains per week. On a regular schedule, the first departure from Dublin is at 07:35 a.m. and the last departure is at 08:45 p.m. During peak travel times, services depart every half hour, and hourly or at 2-hour intervals at all other times.

How long is the journey by train from Dublin to Belfast?

The journey by train from Dublin to Belfast takes around 2 hours. There is no need to change trains, even at the border crossing, as the service is direct from Dublin to Belfast, operated in partnership by the national rail providers of both Northern Ireland (NI Railways) and the Republic of Ireland (Iarnrod Eireann). The quickest service takes 2 hours and 6 minutes, while the average overall duration is 2 hours 10 minutes.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Dublin to Belfast?

Dublin Connolly Station: Dublin Connolly is located on the north side of the River Liffey, a 5-10 minute walk east of the city centre and easy to reach by public transport. It has an excellent range of facilities including luggage storage, Wi-Fi, accessible toilets and ramps, shops and eateries, and on-site car or bike parking.​

Belfast Lanyon Place Station: Lanyon Place Station is located on East Bridge Street, near the River Lagan and St. George’s Market. It has a small number of shops and services and is well connected to the city by public transport. Customers with a valid rail ticket from Dublin can travel free of charge on any bus or train services to the city centre and Titanic Quarter.​

Which train companies travel from Dublin to Belfast?

There is only one direct train service from Dublin to Belfast. However, it is jointly operated by two parent companies: NI Railways (in Northern Ireland) and Iarnrod Eireann (in the Republic of Ireland). There is no difference in service, departure times, or cabin class between the two providers.

Enterprise Dublin to Belfast

The 2-hour Enterprise service runs direct from Dublin to Belfast every day of the week. Departures are frequent, at least every 2 hours throughout the day and up to every half hour during busy periods. It is not a high-speed service, and it offers excellent countryside views along its 100-mile journey.

Dublin to Belfast trains: Services on board

The Enterprise offers a premium ticket class, First Plus, which has reclining seats, tinted windows with blinds, and more leg room than Enterprise Class, which is the standard, second-class ticket type. Carriages in both classes are fitted with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and charging sockets.

On-board catering options include a trolley service for snacks and a Cafe-Bar carriage serving hot and cold food, soft drinks, tea or coffee, and alcoholic beverages. First Plus passengers also receive in-seat dining with full three-course meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the time of travel).

There is no maximum luggage allowance, and dogs and bicycles can be taken on Enterprise services after 9:30 a.m., provided dogs are on a leash on the floor and bicycles are either folded up or stored in one of the designated bicycle storage areas (which operate on a first come, first served basis).

There is ramp access available onto and off the platform at Dublin Connolly and Belfast Lanyon Place stations, as well as accessible toilets, audio and visual aids, and dedicated areas for disabled passengers in both first and second class on board.

How can I find cheap train tickets from Dublin to Belfast?

There are a few key things to keep in mind when finding cheap tickets for the Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast. First, it always helps to book well in advance. It also helps to be flexible, not only on what date but at what time of day you want to travel, because fare prices can vary wildly even between services on the same day.

If you really like the idea of breaking up the journey and enjoying the view, you might be able to save money by finding connecting trains to or from towns and villages where the Enterprise collects passengers on the train from Dublin to Belfast, such as Clontarf, Portmarnock, or Harmonstown. It’s worth having a look around on Omio to find where you might be able to pick up a cheaper fare for the journey.

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FAQs

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions for international travel by train between Dublin and Belfast?

Travel between Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, United Kingdom by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter United Kingdom from Ireland?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Ireland

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Dublin?

Conditions of entry:

  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Belfast, United Kingdom?

All travelers in United Kingdom must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 1/21/22. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Dublin and Belfast as this information can change.

What restrictions are there on reentering Ireland from Belfast, United Kingdom?

Return travel from United Kingdom to Ireland is: Partially open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Dublin from Belfast?

Entry into Ireland is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Ireland from Belfast?

Requirements for reentering:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Dublin, Ireland?

The government of Ireland has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

Last checked on 1/20/22. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Dublin from Belfast.

How far is it from Dublin to Belfast by train?

You should expect to travel around 87 miles (140 km)  to Belfast from Dublin by train.

How long is a train between Dublin and Belfast on average?

The train time to Belfast from Dublin is on average 2 h 9 min  for the 87 miles (140 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Dublin to Belfast by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

How many trains per day are there to Belfast from Dublin?

The average number of trains departing Dublin for Belfast is 6 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Belfast
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