Planning a trip to Ireland in June and I am planning to include Belfast. Looking to stay outside of the city to avoid driving and parking issues that could occur, any suggestions for locations outside of the city to stay and take a train in/out of the city?
There's a very nice (and reasonably priced) Premier Inn over in the Titanic Quarter - a short cab ride from the Central Train Station and only about a 5 minute walk from the Titanic Museum. There's a HoHo bus stop right next to it, though it's only about a 10 minute level walk from the hotel to City Hall in the center of the city.
I’d like to give another vote for the Premier Inn Titanic Quarter. Parking at hotel. Easy walk to just about anywhere, and a bus stop outside the door if you want a ride. We stayed here. Our room was clean, a good value, and it took just 5 minutes to walk to the Titanic Experience which I can recommend.
That would still be within the city, I was really looking for a town or area outside of the city that we could come and go via train into Belfast.
We've had good luck using booking.com as our search engine. Their map feature will overlay available properties with the Translink bus and train stations. You can then use their filters to narrow things down to a particular property depending upon your particular priorities ... ie distance to the city center, free parking, etc.
why not stay in Holywood (and get a air bnb) Holywood is on Northern Irelands "Gold coast" as locals call it (meaning its very wealthy area with lots of shiny Range rovers !, holywood has a train station with regular services into Belfast city centre (minutes away) but at the same time its away from the noise of the city and it has a nice high street with lots of coffee shops and restaurants translink operate all trains and buses in Northern ireland (www.translink.co.uk) remember youll need pounds for NI not euro