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Absorb the spectacular scenery of Northern Ireland's magical landscapes on a full-day rail tour from Dublin. Enjoy the romance of travelling by train as you marvel at panoramic vistas of the Northern Irish countryside and relish a light breakfast onboard. On arrival in Belfast, ride a comfortable coach to the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway, famed for its mystifying basalt columns, and capture photographs outside Dunluce Castle. Summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge before returning to your Dublin hotel by coach and train.

Highlights

  • Full-day train and coach trip from Dublin to Northern Ireland
  • Summon your courage to cross the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge
  • Marvel at the mystifying basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway
  • Relish the romance of travelling through Ireland's beautiful countryside by train

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You can enjoy the romance of a train trip to Belfast before boarding a coach to Giant's Causeway, where you'll get to walk around the volcanic formations. It's a full-day journey with some once-in-a-lifetime views so have your camera ready!

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What You Can Expect

Northern Ireland including Giant's Causeway Rail Tour from Dublin

Rope Bridge, Ireland

Departing from Dublin Connolly Station you'll travel by train to Belfast (light breakfast available onboard). Upon arrival in Belfast, your coach tour will head to the famous Antrim Coast Road, crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. From here, you can glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. Note that the bridge is open from March to October only and there's a small local charge if you cross the bridge.

Next, you'll continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway, renowned for its polygonal basalt columns. It's fun to walk around, so be sure to wear good walking shoes!

After making a photo stop at historic Dunluce Castle, it's time to return to Belfast to catch your train to Dublin Connolly Station (snacks available)

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Customer Reviews

Susann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Long day but worth it. Excellent way to see Northern Ireland. Travelled with our 5 year old son and the whole family had a great day. Our tour guide was great. We enjoyed every minute.

Helen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I love train trips and this one is a gem. So happy I chose to ride the rails from Dublin to Belfast return and continue the rest of the tour by motor coach. Ray, the driver/tour guy extraordinaire was phenomenal! He kept a bus full of travelers on time no one got left behind and entertained for the duration of the trip. He's a marvelous storyteller and his lovely Irish accent was an added bonus!

Roger C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Another satisfying tour from Viator. The early morning start from Dublin was on a spectacular cloudless day. Our guide Paddy ensured that everyone knew what the day would be like and we all relaxed for the pleasant ride to Belfast. The views of the countryside from the train were beautiful. In Belfast our coach driver Ian got us off to a good start by telling one of his Irish jokes. The weather began to turn a bit but the comments and colorful descriptions by Ian kept everything on a high-note. Along the way to Carrick - A - Rede we got to see some of the rugged but beautiful coastline of the Irish Sea and some of the spectacular glens. When you get to the rope bridge, you have to challenge yourself to cross the bridge. It's a view you shouldn't miss. Lunch at Bushmill's Distillery could have been smoother. Either Paddy or Ian should have advised the travelers that the restaurant is more like a cafeteria and that we should form along the left side of the dining room when we get there. Most of us ended up going against traffic..... On to the Giant's Causeway after lunch. When you get there, don't take the tram down to the Causeway. The view as you are walking is amazing. At the Causeway, you'll be asking yourself how did these formations end up looking like they do? Back at the coach meeting point, don't pass up the opportunity for a really great ice cream cone from the little gift shop next to the hotel. Pleasant ride back to Belfast via a more direct route. Paddy was extremely helpful to some of the travelers on the train back to Dublin by telephoning and arranging for a taxi from the train station to their hotel. That's service.

CHAN P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was worth to visit there to walk through the Giant's Causeway and rope bridge.

Michelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The train ride was a better way to get to Northern Ireland, more leg room, small group, not as crowded as a bus. The bus from Belfast up the coast to the bridge then the Causeway was fantastic!! The driver was knowledgeable, funny and could give a brief political/religious overview without being political or biased, he promoted Belfast and Northern Ireland for more tourism. The scenery was incredible and weather was not horrible lol. The bridge, while pretty cool, was not a big as I expected, but the Giants Causeway was what I was really going to see.

STEVEN P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is a fantastic tour-starts with a train ride from Dublin to Belfast where a bus tour starts. Sean our guide was great and Patrick our bus driver was fantastic. He gave us so much history about the country up in the North of Ireland. Yes, the trip is long but so worthwhile-you see and learn so much. Our days were sunny so we explored the Giant's Causeway--this tour is well organized and it gives you plenty of time at the stops to enjoy the countryside. Highly recommended.

madhatterswife

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved it. Fairly organized; not too packed to have time to enjoy. Train and bus clean, guide very accommodating when possible. Felt like very good value for money spent! I have recommended this to literally anyone who will listen!!

Claudia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A long day but a wonderful trip. Our tour guide was wonderful and everything went off without a hitch.

Franklin-5

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A really good trip! The guides were really helpful and accompanied the train from Dublin to Belfast, and was knowledgeable on board the bus. We covered a lot of ground, but it was nicely paced to see taste of the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge and the Giants Causeway.

... small criticism was that the wifi on the bus was not working, which would of been helpful during the rides in between the attractions.

Bill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was our first trip booking with this company and we were very pleased with it.

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