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Train/bus from Belfast to Dublin

Old Sep 24, 19, 9:04 pm
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Train/bus from Belfast to Dublin

Hello,

Part of our upcoming trip involves a one-way trip from Belfast to Dublin, and I was wondering if anyone has advice on the best train or bus service for it. Which of them allow you to reserve specific seats? Plus, we'll be lugging a 29-inch suitcase and I'd like to know which service would make that easier.

Thanks in advance!
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Old Sep 25, 19, 2:22 am
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Don't know it from personal experience but I'd just go for the train - check out seat61's Ireland page, it's got details of the Belfast-Dublin services, it seems reasonably enough priced if you know when you're going
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Old Sep 25, 19, 3:06 am
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Both will get you there, the issue may be where you are starting and finishing from as you have luggage to cart to/from the respective bus and train stations at each end. The buses have reserved seats, but not specific seats I think, if that completes your decision.
https://secure.translink.co.uk/Buy-O...Ticket/Step-1/

I am not sure you can reserve specific seats on the trains either. Just tried a dummy booking and could not get a seat reservation at all.
https://www.translink.co.uk/

As I said, it depends where you are going. If Dublin city I prefer train, if DUB airport, bus every time.
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Old Sep 25, 19, 6:46 am
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We're headed into the city itself not the airport. I read that Aircoach's buses are good and can guarantee you a seat, but it may be a hassle in terms of luggage.

I emailed Translink and they said the following:

You may reserve seats by booking Enterprise Plus, generally there is generous space on the Enterprise for luggage (on busier services a fair use policy might apply).
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Old Sep 25, 19, 8:19 am
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The train, city centre to city centre is my preferred way to go when using public transport, seat reservations are not something to be too concerned about as the trains are rarely at capacity unless there is a major sporting event on such as International Rugby or a GAA final.
Space on board is reasonable for your case and the Enterpise Plus fare that you are referring to is their version of First, slightly bigger seat with in seat dining options to purchase.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by Nayef View Post
Hello,

Part of our upcoming trip involves a one-way trip from Belfast to Dublin, and I was wondering if anyone has advice on the best train or bus service for it. Which of them allow you to reserve specific seats? Plus, we'll be lugging a 29-inch suitcase and I'd like to know which service would make that easier.

Thanks in advance!

Hello
Are you travelling from Dublin City centre or from the airport?
If the airport your best choice is aircoach. they leave every hour. and drops you off in the city centre. I dont think you can reserve seats but you can book tickets.
If from dublin city centre the train is much more enjoyable and takes in a fantastic coastal route. It does drop you off in central station which isnt actually that central.
Where are you staying in belfast and I can let you know the best option.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 9:50 am
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MickV,

You have the journey the wrong way round!
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Old Sep 26, 19, 10:28 am
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Originally Posted by antichef View Post
MickV,

You have the journey the wrong way round!
... and the OP has also said that he is headed towards the City rather than the airport. I think noniron's earlier post reflects the predominant consensus that, if traveling to/from Dublin City Centre rather than Dublin airport. the train is a nicer ride than the bus.
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Old Sep 27, 19, 11:26 pm
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We took Air Coach route 705X from Glenfell Street in Belfast to O'Connell Street, Dublin because we figured bus would be somewhat more scenic. It was a very attractive ride. Modern coach bus, big windows. It was also easier to access the bus - just walked around the corner from the Europa Hotel. Drop off in Dublin is central, and was 1 min walk from the Best Western Academy, so it was very easy at both points to deal with bags.
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Old Sep 28, 19, 12:32 am
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I took the train last summer, and because my journey was Dublin-Belfast-Dublin I had to book via Irish Rail, paying substantially more than booking Belfast-Dublin-Belfast through Translink NI, even at the cheapest advance booking price.

I know that in the northbound direction I wanted to reserve a seat on the right hand side, both to see the sea, and to not have the afternoon sun shining in my face. I also dislike sitting backwards.

There was a seat map to choose a specific seat, but I cannot remember if it specified the direction of the train or I had to guess. Anyway, if it did specify it it was wrong, and I got a backward seat facing inland and the afternoon sun. Furthermore, the seat was occupied by someone else and they showed me their ticket with that seat number! As I didn't want that seat in any case I didn't take this any further. On the return I just sat where I liked. My tickets were not checked in either direction.

I did have a valid Leap Visitor card to pass through the barriers at Connolly.
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