Translink’s Christmas and New Year travel arrangements are revealed

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.”

Translink is offering a range of Special festive fares offers:

NI Railways

1/3rd off day return tickets on all local services after 9.30am (Mon-Fri) and all day Saturday and Sunday (from November 16th to December 29th).
Sunday Day Tracker fare £8 for all day rail travel across Northern Ireland.
25% discount on all local rail monthly tickets purchased between November 25th and December 6th (paper tickets, mLink and buy online).
Rail passengers should note some NI Railways timetable adjustments came into effect from 8th December 2019.

Rail Night Movers

Late night departures from Belfast to Portadown (first stop Lisburn), Bangor, Coleraine and Larne on Friday and Saturday nights from 29th November – 21st December inclusive – check www.translink.co.uk for details.

Metro and Glider

Enjoy £3 unlimited day travel after 9.30am (£1.50 child) or £2.50 evening ticket after 6.30pm (£1.25 child) across the entire Metro and Glider network from 16th November 2019 to 1st January 2020 inclusive.

Metro Night Movers

Additional Metro midnight and 1am services each Friday and Saturday night on selected services from 16th November – 21st December inclusive. Standard tickets accepted or special £2.50 single cash fare – check webpage for details.

Park & Ride

Free-parking, extended opening hours with late night and Saturday services during December across selected sites.

Ulsterbus/Goldline

One third off day returns after 9.30am (adult and child) across Northern Ireland until further notice.

Bus Rambler Ticket

Unlimited day travel on all Ulsterbus, Goldline and Metro services within Northern Ireland after 9.15am for only £9.50 (children half price) from December 21st to January 1st.

Friends and Family Tickets*

Buses and Trains- £18 for one day’s unlimited travel for up to 2 adults and 4 children across Northern Ireland from 16th November 2019 to 1st January 2020 inclusive – no time or day restrictions.
Metro and Glider- £6 for one day’s unlimited travel for up to 2 adults and 4 children across the Metro and Glider networks from 16th November 2019 to 1st January 2020 with no time or day restrictions.

[*Must have at least one adult and one child in the group]

Enterprise

£50 for 2 adults and 4 children after 9.30am (exclusion dates apply)
Web Saver Fare- Adult single from: £10.99, return: £15
60+ Smart Pass- Day Return from £10 (Enterprise Class) and from £25 (Enterprise Plus).

iLink

Enjoy unlimited travel on all Metro, NI Railways, Ulsterbus and Goldline services with iLink – the integrated smartcard that provides day, weekly and monthly travel across Northern Ireland. Available for adults and children, save money and enjoy the flexibility to top up your card when you need it. Experience the freedom of Belfast in Zone 1 for just £5 a day, or the freedom of Northern Ireland in Zone 4 for only £16.50 a day!

Smart Pass

Gives anyone over the age of 60 in possession of a Smart Pass, free travel across Northern Ireland with no date or time restrictions.

Offers for parents and guardians of young children

Up to two children under 5 years of age can travel free of charge, on bus and rail services within Northern Ireland, when accompanied by an adult (16 years of age and older)

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