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It is possible to travel between Belfast and Dublin by train and bus with a similar journey time for each method. Although the distance between the two cities is around 160 km it is not possible to make the journey by plane without involving connections in other European countries.
Aircoach Travel runs a direct hourly service from Belfast to Dublin Airport and on to Dublin city centre seven days a week. The 705 X route commences in the early hours of the morning and continues until around 10:30 p.m. with a journey time of approximately 2 hours into Dublin Airport and arrival in the city ten minutes later. Buses depart from the Europa Bus Centre on Glengall Street in Belfast's city centre. This new station has convenient links to Belfast's two airports and its transport network of Metro Buses and local trains. Buses stop at both airport terminals before continuing on to Dublin Bus Station, located next to Connolly Train Station. Light rail systems, the Luas and the Dart, serve the city along with bus routes that include night services. Taxi ranks are located at all stations and airport terminals.
Irish Rail operate eight daily services that link Belfast and Dublin. The first departure is at just before 7:00 p.m. with the last train leaving at around 10:00 p.m. The direct journey takes approximately 2 hours. Trains leave from Belfast Central Station which is linked to the city centre by local bus routes. Arrivals are at Dublin Connolly Station in the North-East of the city. Taxi ranks are located outside both stations.