Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 2-Day Northern Ireland Tour from Dublin by Train: Belfast and Giant's Causeway. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
The guys who accompanied us on the train were so nice. We were the only ones in our group so we got a lot of insights on Ireland and it's cultural norms. Belfast was great loved the hotel! and the drive along the coast was stunning. The hanging bridge and Giant's Causeway were just incredible.... so glad we made that trip to Northern Ireland - we saw a LOT in a short time.
Beautiful tour along the coast! Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable and made the bus ride a great sightseeing experience. Giant's Causeway itself was beautiful beyond words. The Carrick-a-rede rope bridge was also a great site to walk around and explore the landscape. My only complaint about the whole tour is the lack of time to do things around Belfast. I had a great dinner at Crown Liquor Saloon, but I wish the tour had gotten in town early enough to take a Black Taxi tour or see the Titanic museum!
This tour was unbelievable. As promised, Brendan, our rail tour guide was there with his yellow jacket on to identify himself as our guide at the train station.
He gave us our itinerary and tickets and guided us to a car on the train. On the ride over, he sat with each of us in our group and gave us the rundown of what to expect in Belfast, as well as the Causeway tour.
The only thing I will add is that you will definitely need some British Pounds in order to transact any business while in Northern Ireland. That information was a little incorrect. So, ask the hotel desk about the nearest ATM to draw out some pounds.
The next morning, they corralled us all onto the coach. We had very nice seats reserved for the "railtour" people, and the bus accommodated our overnight bags--underneath.
Our tour guide for the day was Patrick, and I have to say that he was truly a one-man tourism guide of Northern Ireland. He even explained the "troubles" that occurred in Ireland years ago. It was an informative history lesson that I wasn't expecting, but gladly soaked it up.
Patrick was very kind and knowledgeable of all the surrounding scenery, villages, and historical markers.
This trip was especially wonderful for me as I got to ride in the front, beside the driver. As I was traveling alone, I enjoyed being up front and seeing the countryside change as we barreled along.
The Giant's Causeway was breathtaking. I can't even put into words how tremendous the site was to behold. The hike to the Carrick-a-Rede bridge and the crossing was also a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that I'm glad I didn't miss.
We stopped in Bushmills and had lunch at the distillery after the bridge hike. You can purchase a nice bottle to bring home there.
I'd definitely do this tour again--hopefully with Patrick as my guide!
Make sure you bring good hiking/ climbing shoes and a good windbreaker/ rain coat. The weather can be quite fickle and it's blustery on the cliffs and causeway.
This was a great trip. Our hotel was lovely and central and our knowledgeable guide helped us to decide what to do with our afternoon (we chose the new Titanic Museum). The next day we were picked up promptly from the foyer and joined the coach. We had reserved seats, undoubtably giving us the best view of the coastal sights on our journey. Our driver was knowledgeable and funny and kept us very entertained as we drove to each of the stopping points. The giants causeway is well worth a visit as is the rope bridge if you have the nerve! We would highly recommend this trip.
Thoroughly enjoyed the train ride up with our guide who made arrangements for us to do the 'Black Taxi Tour' which was amazing! Beautiful hotel and excellent breakfast. Loved the trip to the Giants Causeway and to the Rope Bridge. Excellent guides!!
Loved the Giants Causeway and driving through the small towns of Northern Ireland. Great guide. Just hoped that I could have arrived in Belfast earlier in the day.
Very comprehensive visit. The driver guide is very funny and maintain good atmosphere for the group.
THEIR LACK OF ORGANIZATION RUINED OUR TRIP!AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF MONEY.PLAN THIS TRIP YOURSELF. First, on the train from Dublin to Belfast, the tour guide kept falling asleep for a rail tour, we thought it would be informative, but it was a commuter train with no commentary. Nice scenery, but we didn't know what we were seeing out the windows. Second, when we got to Belfast, the museums and such were already closed, so yes, you get time to yourself in Belfast, but there's really nothing to do. On a related note, in the morning, we picked up the rest of our tour from the train station! We had no idea that was an option! Would have preferred to do that than stay overnight.
Our biggest problem was the lack of organization. We booked through a tour company so we wouldn't be stressed over the little things. That was not the case. The morning of, we called the office because the Viator site says 2 different things: 1 the trip returns you to the original departure point and 2 the trip returns to Dublin Heuston Station. The office confirmed it returns to original departure point. When we boarded the train in Dublin, the guide told us the train back no longer runs, so we'd have to take a later train and get back after 1am or pay to take a bus back ourselves. When we asked if we'd get reiumbursed our train fare if we opted to pay for bus tickets out of pocket, he called the office. They told him we would stay on the tour bus and they'd drive us back to Dublin, directly to our hotel. Would have been nice to have been told that in the AM when we spoke to the office who confirmed the train!. In the AM in Belfast, we asked the bus driver about that, and he knew nothing about driving us back. When the tour guide got on the bus with the rest of the group, we asked him, and he said we'd take the train back as originally planned. Stressful. Disastrous.
Bus driver was knowledgeable. The train ride back was fine. Again, no commentary, but after the 1stday, we expected that.