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50 Years of Ulsterbus

Ulsterbus celebrates an incredible 50 years on Easter Monday 2017. The company has had a long, successful history with many achievements worthy of celebration.
Ulsterbus started on 17th April 1967 after the Ulster Transport Authority ceased. At this time the familiar Ulsterbus blue livery was introduced and has evolved over the last 50 years.
Since then there has been a revolution in terms of service, people and technology developments and enhancements.

In the mid 1990s Ulsterbus, Northern Ireland Railways and Citybus came together when 'Translink' was launched offering customers more integrated bus and rail services for everyone. The merger was a huge success and continues to allow for integration between the buses, coaches and trains as well as operating cross border and internationally.


Vintage Bus Tour
As part of the Ulsterbus Serving the Community Celebrations we will be touring some heritage vehicles to be available for passengers to board and allow them to experience the types of vehicles that Ulsterbus operated for many years.
Bus Station Date Time
Belfast Europa Buscentre
Wed 19 April
09:00 - 10:00
Antrim Wed 19 April 10:45 - 11:45
Ballymena Wed 19 April 12:15 - 13:15
Coleraine Wed 19 April 14:15 - 15:15
Derry-Londonderry Wed 19 April 16:15 - 17:15
Omagh Thur 20 April 10:30 - 11:30
Dungannon Thur 20 April 12:30 - 13:30
Craigavon Thur 20 April 14:15 - 15:00
Newry Thur 20 April 16:15 - 17:15
Newcastle Fri 21 April 10:00 - 10:30
Downpatrick Fri 21 April 11:00 - 11:30
Lisburn Fri 21 April 12:30 - 13:30
Bangor Fri 21 April 14:30 - 15:15
Newtownards Fri 21 April 15:45 - 16:30

The Fleet
The Fleet
The Ulster Transport Authority ceased operations on 16th April 1967 and Ulsterbus came into existence the next day. Some vehicles were immediately withdrawn, but many vehicles were simply transferred and repainted to become the first Ulsterbus vehicles.
The Facilities
The Facilities
In 1967 as well as inheriting a fleet of aging vehicles, Ulsterbus also inherited a varied portfolio of premises in need of improvement. Initially the decision was made to move the head office from Belfast’s Glengall Street to Milewater Road in the North of the City.
The People
The People
The heart of Ulsterbus has always been its people - committed to serving local people and visitors providing a network of services in every community across Northern Ireland.
The Tickets
The Tickets
In the earliest days tickets were issued by an onboard conductor using a setright machine, these machines were reliable but slow.

In the Future
A new era in Translink tickets is coming. It will provide customers with better integration, flexibility and convenience when buying and using tickets.

Translink are also planning 'Transport Hub' in Belfast, which will be Northern Ireland’s main transport connection and planning has also started for a 'Multimodal Transport Hub' for the North West on the site of the old Waterside Bus Station.

With all this along with a new Rapid Transport System in Belfast... Public Transport in Northern Ireland has a very bright future.
Pictured is a 3D model of the Purposed 'Belfast Transport Hub'

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