Bus and coach services

Find out about which bus or coach service to use and the various options for tickets.


Ulsterbus operates across Northern Ireland, serving all main towns and villages. 

The Metro Network has 12 high-frequency corridors along main arterial roads into Belfast city centre and additional services operating throughout Greater Belfast.

Glider is a new service that connects west Belfast, east Belfast and the Titanic Quarter through the city centre.

Goldline is an inter-urban express coach service which gives a greater choice and frequency on services and links together the main towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

Local ticket schemes

You can buy a variety of different types of tickets from Translink. You can buy your ticket at a bus station or on board. Some tickets can be bought online and topped up at any Smartlink or PayPoint agent.

Tickets for airport services can be bought at tourist information desks at both airports during opening hours. Online tickets:

Finding your local bus or coach service

Journey planner can help you plan your journey up to 28 days beforehand. Translink does not operate connecting services.

Private bus and coach companies

The following bus and coach service operators provide a scheduled service dropping off and collecting passengers along a fixed route (a stage carriage service):

Hiring a coach

Translink is the only coaching company in Northern Ireland to be accredited with the 'Coach Marque' award and has nearly 40 years experience of private coach hire and group travel planning.

Translink covers the whole of the British Isles and much of mainland Europe.

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