Guide to Glide

the effortless and smooth way to travel

Glider is the effortless and smooth way to travel. It’s easy to use, frequent, accessible and excellent value, running approximately every 7 to 8 minutes throughout most of the day.

The Glider G1 service operates a direct cross-city service between east and west Belfast and the Glider G2 service operates between Belfast City Centre and Titanic Quarter. Glider is fully integrated with Metro with the same great value fares and tickets which you can use on both Glider and Metro.

Where do I get Glider in the City Centre?

G1 Services eastbound pick up at Wellington Place, Chichester Street and Custom House Square. G1 Services westbound pick up at May Street (St George’s Market), May Street (City Hall) and College Square East.

G2 Services to Titanic Quarter pick up at May Street (St George’s Market), May Street (City Hall), Wellington Place, Chichester Street and Custom House Square.

Using Tickets and Smartcards

Before you board Glider you must always buy your ticket or tap your Smartcard. Glider has the same great value fares and tickets as Metro.

Choose from our great range of value Smartcards and then simply tap and Glide. Glider has the same great value fares and tickets as Metro.

Ticket to Glide

Our new ticketing has a keen focus on integration, flexibility and convenience.

  • Tap - your Smartcard or Concessionary SmartPass at a validator.
  • Buy - a paper ticket for your journey. Cash, Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards are accepted, including Contactless payment.
  • mLink App - buy one day, weekly and monthly tickets for unlimited travel on the Metro and Glider networks. These tickets automatically activate upon purchase.

Concessionary SmartPass Travel on Glider

 Tap your Concessionary SmartPass on a validator at the Glider halt which will make a beep and display a green tick. 

You can then board Glider and travel free. Half Fare SmartPass holders are entitled to free travel on Glider. Half Fare SmartPass holders travelling on Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus will continue to pay 50% of the single ticket fare.

Metro Feeder Service Tickets

You can choose to buy a single paper ticket on the Metro Feeder service to anywhere on the Glider network or a paper day ticket for travel anywhere on the Glider and Metro networks. If you tap your SmartPass or Smartcard on-board the Metro Feeder bus service, you should also always tap your card at a validator at the Glider halt before boarding Glider. No additional journey or travel will be deducted except if using an Inner Zone Smartlink card.

Available Smartcards

Choose from our great range of value Smartcards and then simply tap and Glide. Glider has the same great value fares and tickets as Metro.

  • dayLink
    • Unlimited day travel on Glider and Metro. Buy travel for one day, 5 or 10 days and use whenever you want.
  • Smartlink Weekly / Monthly Travel
    • Unlimited travel on Glider and Metro for one week or one month.
  • Multi Journey Smartlink Card
    • Ideal if you travel in and out of the City Centre by Glider or Metro. Available for Inner, City and Extended zones. Not valid for Glider journeys across the City Centre. Your limit of travel is displayed on the validator after successful validation. You can check your journey balance by obtaining a mini statement from any Glider ticket vending machine.

If a Metro bus comes along and you wish to board, but you have already validated your Smartcard for Glider, just tap your Smartcard on the ticket machine beside the driver when you board Metro. No additional journey will be deducted if you are travelling in the same direction and within 90 minutes of validation at the Glider halt.

yLink Smartcard holders should use a ticket vending machine to buy their discounted ticket before boarding Glider.

Places to Buy and Topup

Glider tickets and Smartcards can be purchased and/or topped up in a number of different ways.

Outlet Buy Top-up
Metro Kiosk
Visit Belfast (Donegal Sq North)
Main Bus Stations
Metro Smartlink Agents
PayPoint Agents  
Ticket Vending Machines  
Online Plan and Buy Now  
Getting a Feeder Service

Dedicated Metro Feeder services will operate from Ballybeen (4A) and Coopers Mill (4B) to connect with Glider G1 services at Dundonald Park and Ride, where they will terminate.

Dedicated Metro Feeder services will operate from Poleglass (10C), Lagmore (Mount Eagles 10D) and Twinbrook (10E) to connect with Glider G1 services at the Colin Connect stop on the Stewartstown Road, where the Metro Feeder services will terminate.

Facilities Onboard

The new Glider vehicles are modern, high capacity (carrying up to 105 passengers) and feature:

  • free Wi-Fi and USB charging points in seated areas;
  • audio visual passenger information and CCTV;
  • double glazing with air conditioning; and
  • a mixture of accommodation including standard seating, priority seating, wheelchair space, space for prams, buggies and standing room.
Introducing Glider

Glider is an innovative mode of travel for Belfast, enhancing the image of the city and inspiring even more people to choose public transport.

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