Cutting Costs for Christmas Shoppers

"enjoy a great value and hassle-free Christmas"
16 November 2012


Dear Colleagues,

As our cities and towns get ready for Christmas, we want to help spread the festive cheer with great savings for our customers. These great deals mean shoppers and day trippers can enjoy a cost-effective and hassle-free Christmas:

Expanded Park and Ride Services for Belfast, Lisburn, Newry and Londonderry. P&R services will operate on each evening when there is late night shopping and all day on Saturdays with the last service leaving the city centre 30 minutes after the shops close.  These services will operate between Monday 19th November and Saturday 22nd December.

Free Park and Ride Services after 4.30pm on weekdays and all day each Saturday. During the five weeks, all the P&R services listed above will provide free parking and bus travel for people travelling into the city after 4.30 pm on the weekdays when late night shopping is in place and all day each Saturday.  

  • Goldline 1/3 Off
    1/3 Off Day Return tickets to and from Belfast (in either direction) Monday – Sunday after 9.30am on selected Goldline services.
  • NI Railways 1/3 off
    1/3 off day return tickets after 9.30am, with free Wifi on board.
  • More capacity on trains
    From 19th November the majority of train services operating between Belfast and Coleraine will be increased from three-carriage to six-carriage services.
  • Additional late night Christmas shopping train
    From Saturday 3rd December an additional run from Great Victoria Street Station to Coleraine, departing Belfast at 22:08 (Monday to Saturday). This service will operate until Saturday 22 December.
  • Family and Friends Ticket
    Unlimited bus and rail travel available every Saturday and Sunday and available every day from Saturday 22nd December 2012 to Sunday 6th January 2013 inclusive.
  • Bus Rambler Ticket
    Available every Sunday and also available everyday from Saturday 22nd December 2012 to Sunday 6th January 2013 inclusive.  This ticket offers passengers one day of unlimited travel on all Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro services after 9.15am.
  • Metro Family Day Ticket
    Available every day from Saturday 22nd December to Sunday 6th January inclusive. A Family Day Ticket allows unlimited travel for up to 2 adults and 4 children (minimum 1 adult + 1 child) anywhere, any time on all Metro services for one day.
  • Love Metro Saturdays
    The special £2 Metro Day Ticket, which provides unlimited travel on Metro services each Saturday after 9.30am, has been extended to run until Saturday 5 January 2013 inclusive.
  • DV8 Promotion
    We have teamed up with retail chain DV8 to offer 15% off during the festive period.  The discount is currently running until Christmas Eve. 


With such a wide range of great value deals to choose from, please encourage customers, friends and family to travel with us this season. For full details visit or call our contact centre on 028 9066 6630.

Catherine Mason

Group Chief Executive