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How to get from Belfast International Airport to Derry

Derry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, situated 92 km from Belfast International Airport. Known for its intact 17th century City Walls, as well as its cultural and culinary wealth, Derry is packed with plenty of things to see and do.

You have three ways to reach Derry from Belfast International Airport; taxi, bus or train. Your quickest option is taking a Belfast International Airport taxi and reaching your destination in 80 minutes. If you are not tight on time, you can head to the nearby town of Antrim by bus, which takes 15 minutes, and then take the train. The train trip lasts approximately 150 minutes and costs £13.00 (€16.00) for a single ticket. Alternatively, you can opt for a bus trip from Belfast International Airport to Derry, which costs £21.00 (€25.00), involves one change and takes 3 hours and 30 minutes, excluding waiting times.

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Comparison of the options

Train €32 150min 06:42–21:47
Taxi €130 80min 24/7
Bus €52 225min 06:40–19:20

How to get from Belfast Airport to Derry by train

Trains don’t run directly from Belfast International Airport. You will need to walk to Aldergrove (6 min), take the 109a bus to Antrim bus centre (15 min) and walk to the nearby train station. The train ride lasts 105 minutes and costs £13.00 (€16.00).

How much does the train cost?

A one-way adult train ticket to Derry costs £13.00 (€16.00).


£13.00 (€16.00)

Trip Duration

150 Min.

Trains run every hour at 47 minutes past.

Value for Money

The train from Antrim Train Station is available from 06:42 to 21:47.

Where do I get the train from?

No trains are running directly from Belfast International Airport to Derry. You will need to take a bus from Belfast Airport to Antrim and then make your way to the train station.


If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, you should definitely consider the train. However, it is not the most convenient means of transport, especially if you are travelling with small children and heavy luggage. Trains run every hour and you will need to take the bus or a taxi to reach the train station.

Editor’s Note

Peak time travelling does not affect this route.

Useful Tips

Make sure you arrive at your platform a few minutes ahead to ensure getting to your seat comfortably and without stress.
You can download a ticketing app to purchase and display your ticket.
There is step-free access at the train station for wheelchair users.

How to get from Belfast Airport to Derry by taxi

The easiest and fastest way to get from Belfast International Airport to Derry is to book a Belfast Airport taxi or private transfer. Your trip will last 80 minutes in light traffic and the cost of your journey will be £110.00 (€130.00).

Taxi fare from Belfast Airport to Derry

Unfortunately, local taxi drivers at Belfast International Airport do not provide a set price for the trip into Derry. The cost of your trip will be determined by various factors such as vehicle size, the number of people travelling and the time of day you travel. You can expect an average cost of £110.00 (€130.00).


£110.00 (€130.00)

Trip Duration

80 Min.

*Prices vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Belfast International Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis can be found outside the door of the airport exit lobby, on your right-hand side.


Taking a taxi from Belfast Airport to Derry is the quickest and most comfortable mode of transportation. Your driver will take you directly to your exact destination and you do not need to worry about carrying your luggage through train or bus stations.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi is the most expensive option, if you're travelling with a group of people and you split the cost of the fare, it works out much cheaper. Not to mention the convenience of a driver helping you with your luggage.

Useful Tips

Taxi drivers in Ireland don't expect a tip. It is completely at your discretion if you want to tip a small amount for outstanding service.
When you book larger vehicles, it increases the cost of your trip.
Card payments are available in most taxis, however, we recommend checking with your driver before starting your ride.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Belfast. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Belfast Airport to Derry by bus

Unfortunately, there is no direct bus from Belfast Airport to Derry. You will need to walk to Aldergrove (a 6-minute walk) and take the 300a bus to Belfast, Europa Buscentre. The bus ride lasts 45 minutes and costs £8.00 (€10.00). From Europa Buscentre you will then take the 273 bus to Londonderry, which costs an additional £13.00 (€16.00) and the ride lasts just under 3 hours. Using a bus from Belfast International Airport to Derry is admittedly your least convenient transfer option.

How much is the bus from Belfast Airport to Derry?

Taking the bus from Belfast International Airport to Derry is the longest and least convenient transfer option. You would need to take two buses, with a total cost of £21.00 (€26.00). You can expect your total travel and waiting time to exceed 4 hours.


£21.00 (€26.00)

Trip Duration

3Hr 45Min

Buses to Europa Buscentre run every hour.

Value for money

Allow for about a 45 minute wait when changing buses.

Where do I get the bus from?

There are no direct buses from Belfast Airport to Derry, so you would need to get to Belfast and catch your bus from Europa Buscentre.


Using just a bus from Belfast International Airport to Derry would cost you extra time and money, so it is not advisable. The bus and train combination trip would make more sense.

Editor’s Note

Using a combination of bus and train is faster and more budget-friendly.

Useful Tips

There is some walking and waiting involved, so be aware in case you are carrying heavy luggage items.
A seat is not guaranteed.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Belfast International Airport to Derry?

Taxi fares vary depending on multiple factors. A taxi from Belfast International Airport to Derry can cost around £110.00 (€130.00) but if you book a Belfast Airport taxi or private transfer in advance you can get a better deal and a no-hidden-fees guarantee.

Is there a bus from Belfast International Airport to Derry?

There is no direct bus from Belfast airport to Derry. You would need to go to Belfast if you wish to travel exclusively by bus, however, it is not advisable, as it requires more effort, time and money.

How far is Belfast airport from Derry?

Belfast International Airport is situated 92 kilometres from Derry, which is approximately an 80-minute drive by car.

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