How to Get to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

How to Get to the Giant’s Causeway – We are headed out on our family vacation next week to Irelands, England and France and one of our first stops is the Giant’s Causeway near Portrush in Northern Ireland.  SO we put the directions here so WE can get there!!!   There are several ways to get to the Giant’s Causeway including by car, bicycle, train, bus and guided bus tours.  Read on…..

Travelling by Public Transport

By Train (Translink : Northern Ireland Railways)

Travel by train (Translink: Northern Ireland Railways) to Coleraine (10 miles from the Giant’s Causeway) or to Portrush (8 miles from the Giant’s Causeway).
Coleraine or Portrush train stations are the closest train stops from the Giant’s Causeway.  From Coleraine or Portrush you will need to take a bus (please see the ‘by bus’ section below).

Trains can be taken on the following train routes below:giants causeway

  • Newry, Portadown, Lisburn, Belfast
  • Bangor to Belfast
  • Larne, Whitehead, Carrickfergus, Belfast
  • Belfast, Antrim, Ballymena, Coleraine
  • Londonderry to Coleraine
  • Coleraine to Portrush
  • Dublin Connolly to Belfast Central

A connecting train can be taken from Belfast on the Londonderry/Portrush line.
For more information and train timetables visit www.translink.co.uk (visit the NI Railways section).

 

By Train (The Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Railway)

The Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Railway runs from Bushmills to the Giant’s Causeway (200 yards from the main entrance to the Giant’s Causeway).  Please click here for more details.

 

By Bus

Goldline – Service 218
Departs Belfast to Coleraine.  For more details and to view the timetable, please click here.

Ulsterbus – Service  177
Departing from Coleraine to the Giant’s Causeway calling at Portstewart, Portrush and Portballintrae (operates during the summer months only).  For more details and to view the timetable, please click here.

Ulsterbus – Service 172
Departing from Portrush to Ballycastle calling at Coleraine, Bushmills and the Giant’s Causeway.  For more details and to view the timetable, please click here.

Antrim Coaster (Ulsterbus service 252)
Departs from Belfast Europa Buscentre to Coleraine calling at the Giant’s Causeway.  For more details and to view the timetable, please click here.

Causeway Rambler (Ulsterbus service 402)
Departs from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge to Coleraine Buscentre calling at the Giant’s Causeway (operates during the summer months only).  For more details and to view the timetable, please click here.

Ulsterbus – 221 Service 
Departs from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway (calling at Ballymena and Bushmills) (operates during the summer months only).  For more details and to view the timetable, please click here.

 

Travelling by Bicycle

Visitors can arrive at the Giant’s Causeway by cycling the Route 93.  Bicycle parking/stands are available beside the Causeway Hotel.  It is recommended that you bring your own bicycle lock.
For more details visit www.sustrans.org.uk

 

Travelling by Car

Located off the Causeway Coastal Route (A2 Coast Road) on B146 Causeway Road (2 miles from Bushmills).

From Belfast (inland option)

  • Allow 1 hour 30 minutes (the journey will take longer if you are travelling from Belfast during peak travel times) / 61 miles
  • Follow the M3 North bound from Belfast onto the M2 in the direction of Antrim and Ballymena.
  • At Junction 1, take the A26 exit for Antrim, Ballymena and Coleraine.
  • Continue north bound towards Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine.
  • On the A26 (Ballymoney bypass) take the third exit at the Portrush Road Roundabout onto the B62/Ballybogy Road (follow the signs for the Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills and Portrush).
  • Approximately 7 miles from Ballymoney turn right onto the Priestland Road towards Bushmills.
  • Arriving in Bushmills continue to the end of the Priestland Road.  Turn right onto the A2 (Causeway Coastal Route).  At the roundabout take the 1st left (follow the Giant’s Causeway signs).  At the Smugglers Inn take left onto the Causeway Road.  Continue along the Causeway Road and the Giant’s Causeway entrance is outside The Nook at the Giant’s Causeway restaurant.

From Belfast (Causeway Coastal Route)

  • Take the Causeway Coastal Route, described as One of the World’s Great Road Journeys, from Belfast.  The route will immerse you in outstanding landscapes and take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Giant’s Causeway.
  • The Giant’s Causeway is 79 miles from Belfast.

> Download your Causeway Coastal Route Itinerary.

From Londonderry (Causeway Coastal Route)

  • Take the Causeway Coastal Route, described as One of the World’s Great Road Journeys, from Londonderry.  The route will immerse you in outstanding landscapes and take in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Giant’s Causeway.
  • The Giant’s Causeway is 50 miles from Londonderry.

> Download your Causeway Coastal Route Itinerary.

 

Map and Sat Nav locations:

Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre –  C944439; postcode BT57 8SU
Park and Ride Service in Bushmills –  C94104 41034; postcode BT57 8SE

 

Guided Bus Tours

A number of operators offer trips from Belfast and Dublin to the Giant’s Causeway.  For more information, please visit our Tours & Tour Guides section.

 

Park and Ride Service from Bushmills (March to October)

A park and ride service from Bushmills is available which offers a reduced charge to the visitor experience at the Giant’s Causeway charge (the park and ride facility is signposted on arrival to Bushmills).  This facility offers 92 car parking spaces, 4 disabled spaces and 8 coach spaces.  There is a reduced visitor experience charge for those using this service – adult £7, child £3.25 (under 17), family £18 (two adult and three children), under 5’s free and National Trust members free.

This service operates approximately every 20 minutes during March to October.
The park and ride charge covers your return journey to and from the Visitors Centre and use of the Visitors Centre facilities which includes a handheld audio guide with a choice of nine languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Polish, Japanese and Mandarin) and a guided walk led by a member of the team.

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