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Eurolines has launched a new direct coach service between Blackpool and Belfast

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Blackpool summer holidays is hard to beat with the sandy beaches, amusements and live entertainment. Blackpool still attracts more visitors than any other English resort. This is why Eurolines has launched a direct coach link to Blackpool for the inhabitants from Belfast and Northern Ireland.

The Journey

On this route Eurolines Plus coaches are used, which offer passengers DVDs and extra legroom. One other advantage of travelling by coach is the luggage allowance; each passenger is allowed two medium sized suitcases, a much greater free allowance than is offered by budget airlines.
Passengers must check in at least 30 minutes before the coach is due to depart. You will need to show your passport or travel documentation before being issued with a boarding card. If you are travelling with luggage, make sure it is labelled as it will be stored under the coach.
This route involves a sea crossing. When you get to the port terminal, you will have to get off the coach and go through border control.

A little bit about the Belfast - Santander ferry crossing by Stena. The ferry crossing is served by Stena ferries; HSS Voyager and Stena Caledonia. The trip with the HSS Voyager takes only 1 hour and 45 minutes! It is the fastest ferry connection between Scotland and Belfast. Coach ticket covers the cost of ferry crossing.


Eurolines leaves the Europa Buscentre in Belfast at 10:30am, to catch the afternoon ferry Stena to Stranraer and drive south to Blackpool. The coach arrives Blackpool Coach Sation at 06:30pm (Thursday to Sunday only)

Eurolines leaves Blackpool at 10:00am arriving back in Belfast around 6:20pm (Friday to Monday only)

Belfast to Blackpool

Departing Coach times valid from 1/04/2012 to 31/10/2012 Returning
981 Eurolines service number 981
Th to Su (1)
Days of operation Fr to M (2)
Eurolines coach stops
10:30 Dep. BELFAST, Bus Centre Arr. 18:20
18:30 Arr. BLACKPOOL, Coach Station
Dep. 10:00

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
1 = Service operates from 29/6 to 4/11, 2 = 30/6 to 5/11.


Amendable and refundable

Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return
Belfast to Blackpool
£40 £65 £35 £55 £30 £45 UK to Ireland
Blackpool to Belfast £40 £65 £35 £55 £30 £45

Ireland to UK

Price categories – Child: 0-12 years, Youth: 13-25 years, Senior: 60+ years

Book your ticket now

To purchase tickets online you can do it using the journey planner providedon on our home page. You can also do it on the Eurolines UK or National Express websites. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Early booking is highly recommended, because the Eurolines route between Britain and N. Ireland is very popular and the coaches might be fully booked on some days. 
Passengers with open date return tickets, must confirm/reserve their return journey with a local Eurolines office at least 4 days before the date they wish to travel. Simply phone Eurolines office in London: 08717 818178 or in Belfast for Northern Ireland: (028) 90337002 / 3

There are several simple ways:

  • For most of the connections offered by Eurolines UK you can make a purchase through our journey planner, located on the front page. Just fill in all fields and follow the instructions.
  • To purchase tickets online, you can also do it directly on the Eurolines UK or National Express website. On the websites you'll find all the names of larger and smaller towns, cities and airports.

Types of ways in which the ticket is obtained:

  1. e-ticket: a ticket you must print yourself at home,
  2. by collection: in one of the National Express office,
  3. by post: allow 7 working days.

Note: In some cases e-tickets may be not available for the journey, this happens when the connections are made with companies other than National Express. You can still buy a ticket online, but it will be delivered by post or it will be ready to collect in the offices of National Express.

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