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Translink Christmas and New Year Travel Arrangements

13 December 2019

With the festive season upon us, Translink is encouraging all passengers to familiarise themselves with the Christmas and New Year holiday timetables for bus and train services. 

Translink is also offering a wide range of great value fares over the festive season and is operating #nightmovers buses and trains on a number of routes.

Special holiday timetables will operate as follows: 

 Ulsterbus and Goldline:

  • Christmas Eve – early close
  • Christmas Day – no service
  • Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – special Holiday timetable
Metro/Glider:
  • Monday 23rd December – school holiday timetable will operate including revised frequencies on some services
  • Christmas Eve - school holiday timetable will operate including revised frequencies on some services. Early evening close with last services by 9pm
  • Christmas Day – no service
  • Boxing Day – special holiday timetable.
  • Friday 27th December to Friday 3rd January – a school holiday timetable will operate including revised frequencies on some services.
  • Sat 4th and Sunday 5th January – normal Saturday and Sunday service
Park and Ride:
  • Black’s Road; Cairnshill; Sprucefield.
  • No service Christmas Day; Boxing Day; New Year’s Day. 
(Belfast International) Airport Express 300/300a:
  • Christmas Eve – normal service with early close (last departure from Belfast 9.00pm; last departure from Belfast International Airport 9.50pm)
  • Christmas Day – no service
  • Boxing Day – holiday timetable (first service from Belfast 6.10am, from Airport 6.45am) Last Departure from Belfast 10.00pm; last departure from Airport 10.35pm) Ballymartin Park and Ride will be closed on Boxing Day.
  • 27th December – normal service resumes, first departure from Belfast 4.00am, from Airport 3.05am
  • New Year’s Day – Sunday timetable. First departure from Belfast 2.30am and from Airport, 3.05am
(George Best Belfast City Airport) 600:
  • Christmas Eve – normal service with early close (last departure from Belfast at 9pm and from Airport 9.15pm)
  • Christmas Day – no service
  • Boxing Day – no service
  • New Year’s Day – Holiday timetable 
NI Railways:
  • Christmas Eve – normal service with early close
  • Christmas Day – no service
  • Boxing Day – no service
  • 27th and 28th December – Saturday service
  • 29th December – Normal Sunday service
  • 30th December – Saturday service
  • 31st December – Saturday service with early close
  • New Year’s Day – Sunday service.
  • A limited Enterprise Service will operate on New Year’s Day 1.05pm and 4.05pm from Belfast Lanyon Place and 12.00pm and 4.00pm from Dublin Connolly 
Foyle Metro/Derry~Londonderry Ulsterbus:
  • Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January – school holiday timetable on all local Ulsterbus and Foyle Metro services
  • Christmas Eve – school holiday service with early close
  • Christmas Day, 26th December and New Year’s Day – no local Ulsterbus or Foyle Metro

 Translink’s Director of Service Operations Ian Campbell says, “We are operating significant additional services over the coming weeks, to ensure our customers enjoy hassle free, comfortable and cost-effective travel on the run up to the Christmas season, encouraging people to choose public transport as their ‘First Choice for Travel’.

"Holiday timetables will be in place over the Christmas period and we would urge our passengers to plan their journeys in advance. Timetables and details on our special festive fares are now available online at www.translink.co.uk or through our Contact Centre on (028) 90 6666 30.

"On behalf of Translink I would like to wish all our passengers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

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