Buses along the Antrim coast September to November and March to April

Buses along the Antrim coast September to November and March to April

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Hello. I've been wanting to visit the Giant's Causeway and other sites of geological interest on the Antrim coast for decades and I decided not to wait any longer! I always make sure I visit everywhere, not just particularly popular sites, during school term times for the quietest and least crowded experience but the Translink buses seem to only offer a July & August timetable and when I emailed them I was told they hope to run buses in September but they're not sure. There was no reply about months beyond September. October is obliterated by staggered UK school holidays so I was thinking November or March might be my best bet, but from what I've read online, there may not be buses. I don't drive and I need several days in the area, probably a week. Can anyone enlighten me?
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Ruth

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Hello Ruth,

We are delighted to hear that you are planning to explore the Antrim coast! What a great idea to aim for the off season outside school holidays. ☀️

If you find that there are no buses running directly to the Giant's causeway, you could catch a bus to Bushmills and then either get a taxi or walk along the Causeway Coast Way. If the weather permits, this might be a great adventure for you! Buses between Belfast and Bushmills run all year round. 🚌

If you would like further inspiration on exploring the Causeway Coastal Route, you might find this trip idea on our website useful. We also have further information on getting around in Ireland for you here.

We hope this helps and that you'll have a great time! ☘️

Best wishes,
Rebecca
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All public transport: National and Private operators: see: www.getthere.ie
You can also ask a ride (as Taxistop service in Belgium)

Greetings from the Flanders Fields County, Belgium. Suc6!
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Hi Jan,

Thanks for your tips! 
Have you travelled along the Causeway Coast or elsewhere on our Island? We'd love to hear it if you have any more recommendations to share! 😊

Best,
Rebecca ☘️
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Oh my god!
Between 25-30 times i was in Ireland:
- Seabridge from Roscoff: 10 day's tour: Cork-Kerry-Tipperary-Wexford
                                                          (mix Camping/B&B/IHH Hostels)   
- Fly + Trains + Busses (From Charleroi - Brussels South Nights @ IHH Hostels + B&B's)
                                    < 5-8 holidays/Shortbreaks >
- Fly & Drive                  (From Brussels National Airport, nights @ IHH Hostels + B&B's + Hotels)
                                    < 5-12days Holidays/shortbreaks >
- St; Patrick's festival trips @ Cork/Belfast/Galway/Kilkenny
- Rail 'n Sail trips (just overnights on the Iris Sea & my shortest Ireland calls > 12-14hrs.calls): 
                                   > Tielt - Brussels  -London - Swansea - Fischguard - Rosslare -
                                      Limerick Junction - Dublin/Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead -
                                      Londen-Brussels-Tielt  
                                   > Tielt-Lille-London-Crewe-Holyhead & return
                                   > From Roeselare to Rosslare
                                     (Roeselare in Flemisch dialect = same spoken as Rosslare):         
                                      Roeselare - Kortrijk - Lille  -London - Swansea  -Fischguard -
                                      (Gorey-Wexford) & Back
In plan: Halloween festival trip Galway & a 8 days Fly & drive...
(It feels as born on the wrong side of The Channel)

Greetings from the Flanders Fields County, Belgium
Jan(tje)



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Back 2 the Antrim Coast (3 visits):

2004: a 6 day's Rail 'n Sail: Tielt - Kortrijk - Lille - London - Crewe - Holyhead - Belfast - Hillsborough
                                         (Belfast - Hillsborough by Translink Bus):
                                         Overnights @ Friends of a friend
                                         (every morning set down on the Lisburn Railway station /  Pick up
                                         @ the evening)
                                       -  Daytrip Lisburn-Portadown (NIR train)-Armagh (Translink bus) & return
                                       -  Daytrip Lisburn-Belfast-Coleraine-Portrush (NIR trein) -
                                          Bushmills-Gaint's Causeway - Carrick a Rede by Causeway Rambler & return
                                       -  Daytrip tour by our friend of a friend: Anahillt - Mourne Mtns - Downpatrick -
                                          Holywood Ulster Folk+Transport museum    
                                       -  Back 2 Belgium: Lisburn - Belfast - Dublin-....

2008 Fly&Drive + Rail'n Sail:
                                       - Brussels National Airport - London Heathrow - Belfast City Airport
                                        (George Best Airport) - Green Island
                                       - Green Island - Carrickfergus - RPSI Whithaed - Glenarm -
                                         Cushendun - Torr Head - Bushmills
                                       - Bushmills - Dunluce Castle - Portrush -
                                         Downhill/Castlrerock Beach - Derry - Letterkenny
                                       - Letterkenny - Sperrin Mountains (via Strabane-Plumbridge) -
                                         Beaghmore Stone Circles - Armagh via (Cookstown) - Kilkeel via (Newry)
                                       - Kilkeel - Silent Valley reservoir / Mourne Wall - Spelga Dam - Downpatrick -
                                         Belfast City Airport (set down car)
                                       - Sydenham Railway station (Belfast City Airport) - Belfast - Dublin Port (Ferry)
                                       - Holyhead - Chester - Crewe - London - Brussels - Tielt
2016 Fly & drive Northern county's (with Parents 80+):
                                       - Brussels National Airport - Belfast City (George Best) - Carrickfergus
                                       - Carrickfergus - Whitehead - Larne - Glenarm - Glenariff - Cushendun -
                                         Cushen Dall - via Glendun river & forest to Armoy (Dark Hedges) -
                                         Ballynatoy - Bushmills                   
                                       - Bushmills - Dunluce Castle - Downhill/Castlerock -
                                         Bishop's Rd (Gortmore Statue Vieuwpoint) - Limavady - Derry -
                                         Grianan of Aileagh - Letterkenny 
                                       - Letterkenny - Inishhowen Isle - Letterkenny
                                       - Letterkenny - Glenveagh - Poison Valley - Glenghes Valley - Slieve League -
                                         Killybegs - Letterkenny
                                       - Letterkenny - Strabane - Plumbridge - Beaghmore Stone Circles - Pomeroy -
                                         St. Dhympna Shrine, Tydavned (Twinned with Belgium town Geel) - Monaghan
                                       - Monaghan - Armagh - Newry - Spelgam Dam - Silent Valley - Attical
                                       - Attical - Downpatrick - Ulster Transport Museum - Belfast City Airport -
                                         Brussels Airport             

Pic's on FB (friends only > Allias 'JJT Gealforce')

Gr,
Jan(tje)

   
                     

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Hoi Jan, 

It's amazing to see you've been here so many times! You're basically a local. ;) 

It's also great to see that you've been all over the island, and thank you for sharing your itineraries with us. 

Are there any places you haven't visited yet that are still on your wishlist? 

Thanks again for sharing! :) 

Groetjes, 

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(An another in planning last regions 2 explorer):
A trip from Belmullet - Ceide Fields - Sligo (last visit 2002) - Lakelands
Plan 4 holiday 2022:
No planning: Go as we please (feel en follow the waves.... > Oh, why worry...  just booking the flight & carrental....)



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Hi Jan!

How nice to hear about your upcoming trips! It sounds like no plans is the best plan in your case.

I hope you'll have a wonderful time in the North West, all the way to Fermanagh Lakelands!

Cheers,
Antoine


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