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Getting Around

There are various methods of transport around Belfast that are cheap and easily accessed.

Travel by Bus

Metro is the main bus service for all of Belfast. The Metro Network has 12 high-frequency corridors along the main arterial roads into the city centre and additional services operating throughout the greater Belfast area.

Ulsterbus provides all bus services across Northern Ireland (except for Belfast city services which are operated by Metro) with 25 passenger facilities operating day to day services at a local level.

Goldline is a high quality inter-urban coach service, linking main towns and cities across Northern Ireland and across the border.

Travel by Train

NI Railways is the main train service in Northern Ireland. With 17 staffed stations and five staffed halts throughout the network, all lines offer a combination of express services and trains that stop at fully accessible halts and stations.

Enterprise is the flagship train service that links Belfast and Dublin. Jointly operated by NI Railways and Iarnród Éireann. The service provides eight journeys in each direction, Monday to Saturday, and five journeys in each direction on Sundays.

Travel by Bike

The Coca Cola Belfast Bikes are available 365 days a year from 6am - midnight from 40 docking stations dotted around Belfast, providing a low cost, convenient way to travel about. Pick up a Belfast Bike form around Queen's at the McClay Library, outside the Students Union and near the Medical Biology Centre on the Belfast City Hospital Site. 

If you are cycling be sure to keep safe. Some tips can be found at NHS Cycling Tips

Belfast Bikes

Travel by Taxi

Value Cabs are the approved taxi provider of the University. For more information or to book a taxi, (028) 90 809080 or visit the Value Cabs website. Other taxi providers are available.

Value Cabs

Driving

Driving rules and regulations vary from country to country therefore it important to take some time to read the Northern Ireland regulations on driving licences, car tax and registration and insurance responsibilities.

You must be familiar with the Highway Code, available at book shops. This explains UK road signs, the driving laws, etc. It is supplied if you apply for a provisional licence. Information about this can be found on the web at Highway code.

It is compulsory for all occupants of a car to wear seat belts. 

Driving Licence

A licence is required to drive in Northern Ireland. Depending on the country you come from there are different driving licence requirements, full details are available from the NI Direct website.

Registration and Car Tax 

If you bring your vehicle with you from your home country, then you may do so for up to six months in any 12-month period provided that it is fully registered and tax paid in the country of registration. If you wish to keep your vehicle in the UK for over six months, you will need to register your vehicle in the UK by contacting the DVLNI

Insurance

You must have at least Third Party Insurance if you wish to drive in the UK. 

MOT

Vehicles must meet specific technical and safety requirements, and you will have to pay for UK registration. If the vehicle is more than four years old, you will need an M.O.T. certificate showing that the vehicle is roadworthy.