Tourists flock to Northern Ireland every year to see the Giant’s Causeway. It’s the No1 tourist attraction in Northern Ireland, so as you can imagine, there are many tours and tour guides competing to show you around this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Did you know that the Giant’s Causeway is a world heritage site and is protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)?
If you have some free time and don’t want to pay ‘tourist prices’ to see the Giant’s Causeway, you can make your own way there from Belfast City Centre by train and bus.
Mark Smith has created this video showing you how he went from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway on a budget!
You may also be able to board the train at Belfast Central Station.
The journey from Belfast to Coleraine takes around 90 minutes.
At Coleraine take the bus to the Giant’s Causeway.
The journey from Coleraine to the Giant’s Causeway takes around 30 minutes.
For the best views of the coastal scenery, sit on the left hand side of the bus.
Look out for Dunluce Castle along the route.
The bus drops you off at the entrance to the Giant’s Causeway.
Now that you are at the Giant’s Causeway, you have a few options. Entry to the causeway and cliff path walk is FREE. You don’t have to pay for this. You can make your own way down.
If you want to use the visitor’s centre facilities, listen to an audio tour or have a tour guide, then you need to pay the current rates for these services set by the National Trust at the visitor’s centre.
Also there is a separate paid bus service running from outside the visitor’s centre to the causeway stones. This is also optional and at a price.
Insider Tip: Use the toilets in the Causeway Hotel beside the visitor’s centre. As long as you buy a drink or meal in the hotel, this is perfectly acceptable. (PS. The food is pretty good!)