September 22nd, 2007 – by: mr_brenden
View from the bus.
The bus from Dublin to Belfast
was right outside the airport terminal.Â It leaves on the hour every hour.Â It cost me â‚¬ 12.50 for a one way ticket.Â Â The ride was comfy and only a hand full of people on board. There were a couple of short stops to pick up and drop off along the way.Â I enjoyed the Irish countryside as I watched the rolling green pastures, a lot of sheep and old stone structures go past. Â
I made it in to Belfast just before 10:30.Â I got of one bus and onto another.Â Knowing that I was not going to be in the city long, I took the sight seeing tour bus.Â It was a good choice.Â The tour was about 50 minutes long and hit most of the great sights.Â I saw the shipping yard where the Titanic was made, the City Centre, Parliament Buildings.
Albert Clock. It has a slight lean to it.
Â The bus also took me through the British Protestant and the Irish Catholic neighborhoods.Â The guide gave a phenomenal tour and history of the city.Â Â Belfast has had a violent past, but it seemed to be on its way to being a peaceful city.Â The main changes that were pointed out and seen on the tour were the amount of foreign investment that was being poured into the city.Â There were a lot of new constructions projects everywhere.Â Â Still, segregation between the Catholics and the Protestants could still be blatantly seen.Â However, it was assured that Belfast is one of the safest cities for tourist to travel to and I did not feel otherwise. Â After the tour I did a lot of walking by foot.Â I stopped in a few pubs, shopped for a few gifts to bring back and had some chatty conversations with some of the locals.
The biggest dry ship yard in the world. Home of where the Titanic was made.
Â The time I spent if Belfast was a wonderful experience.Â I found the city to be very interesting and I would love to come back again to discover more.Â Â Â
I wanted to make it back to Dublin at a decent hour and decided to take the 4:10 train back.Â I would recommend taking the train back because the bus back to Dublin was packed.Â Also the sights on the train were a lot better.Â If you do take the train either way, sit on the East side so you can see the Irish Coast as you get close to Dublin.Â That was a good tip I read from anotherâ€™s blog.Â The train cost me about Â£24.50, twice as much as the bus, but it was worth it to do something new.Â The 2 hour train ride put me into the heart of Dublin at just past 6 oâ€™clock pm.Â Plenty of time to have lots of funâ€¦