Revised X1 Expressway service between Dublin and Belfast effective 23 March 2020

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From Monday, 23 March, we will be introducing a temporary, revised timetable on the Dublin – Belfast service which is provided jointly by Expressway and our travel partner, Translink.

The new revised timetable ensures that customers can continue to avail of frequent services between the two cities. The last departures on Sunday are the 2115 from Dublin (Busáras) and the 0100 from Belfast (Europa).

X2a and X5 services will be suspended during this time.

The revised timetable is temporary and is in response to the current changed customer demand. We will keep it under active review as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.


Services and Stops

X5 – Dedicated Newry to Dublin Airport and City Service

Our dedicated Newry to Dublin Airport and Dublin City service with 12 services departing Dublin and 12 services departing Newry daily. With journey times from Newry of just 1 hour and 10 minutes to Dublin Airport and 1 hour and 30 minutes to Dublin City, Newry has never felt closer.

X2a – Belfast to Dublin Airport and City, bypassing Newry

The X2a is a more direct service from Belfast to Dublin Airport and Dublin City with 12 services departing Dublin and 11 services departing Belfast daily. Stopping in Belfast, Sprucefield, Banbridge, Dublin Airport and concluding in Dublin City, the X2a is one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to travel the North.

X1 – Belfast to Dublin Airport and City

Our full-service Belfast to Dublin route, the X1 begins in Belfast with stops in Sprucefield, Banbridge, Newry, Dublin Airport and ends in Dublin City. Whether you’re travelling from Belfast for a break to Dublin, or heading north on holiday, Route X1 is the perfect choice.

Buying Your Ticket

Expressway Route X1, X2a and X5 services are operated in partnership with Translink, Ulsterbus Cross Border Services.

Sterling fares are not offered on Expressway services and change will be provided in Euro

Sterling and Euro fares are offered on Ulsterbus Cross Border Services. Change is given in the currency offered.

Tickets can be purchase in Euro on Expressway coaches; however, we encourage passengers to purchase tickets online in advance as seats are limited on this route.

When travelling between Ireland and Northern Ireland, no passport controls are enforced.

Belfast and Newry Corridor

With 32 services a day in each direction, the X1 corridor connects Dublin to Belfast, linking these two European cities and providing direct access to Dublin Airport when travelling from Northern Ireland.

Departing from Busáras Bus Station in Store Street, Dublin, Expressway Routes X1, X2a and X5 travel via the M1 / A1 motorway to Newry, Belfast and back, stopping at the Newry Bus Centre in Newry City Centre, and the Europa Bus Centre in Belfast City Centre.

Services in Northern Ireland are operated in tandem with Translink (Northern Ireland’s public transport authority) Ulsterbus. Ulsterbus have a network of services across Northern Ireland and runs a regular airport service between the Europa Bus Centre and Belfast City Airport.

For your convenience and comfort, X1, X2a and X5 customers may reserve a seat on a specific bus at a specific time. Seat reservation passengers should arrive 15 minutes before departure to be guaranteed to get onboard before the crowds to choose their seat on the bus. Also, with seat reservation, passengers can now change their booking online up to one hour before departure time.

Notable stops:

Dublin Airport

Departures from Belfast start at 01:00 am, and end at 24:00 am, bringing passengers from Belfast to Dublin Airport and City throughout the entire day. For your return trip to Belfast, we depart from Dublin Airport starting at 01:35 am through to 23:35 pm.

The X1, X2a and X5 conveniently operate out of Atrium Road, Zone 11, Stop 1 in Dublin Airport.

For more information on our airport services, click here.

For more information on Dublin Airport, click here.


Departures from Newry start at 05:15 am and end at 23:45 pm for passengers travelling to Belfast.

Departures start at 00:55 am and end at 22:55 am the following day for passengers travelling to Dublin.

Dublin to Newry Journey Time

Departing from Busáras, the journey time from Dublin to Newry with Expressway is approximately 1 hours and 35 minutes on Route X5, making it one of the fastest ways to travel between Dublin and Newry.

Onboard services include extra-comfortable seats, Wi-Fi access and charging points. Book in advance as seats are limited on this route.

Arriving in Newry

With a convenient pick-up and drop-off point in Newry City centre, situated along The Mall, you’ll waste no time getting into the city.


Departures from Belfast Europa Bus Station start at 01:00 am and end at 24:00 pm.

Dublin to Belfast Journey Time

The journey time from Dublin to Belfast with Expressway is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, making it one of the fastest ways to travel between Dublin and Belfast.

Onboard services include extra-comfortable seats, Wi-Fi access and charging points. Book in advance as seats are limited on this route.

Dublin to Belfast coaches

Expressway coaches are a byword for comfort - reclining leather seats, air conditioning, sockets for charging any phones and laptops you might have, free Wi-Fi onboard, and plenty of room for any luggage you may have. Our fleet of brand new coaches will ensure your journey is Way Better.

Arriving in Belfast

The Europa Bus Centre is the city’s most centrally located transport facility with modern facilities including ATMs, shops and an information point.

Services in Northern Ireland are operated in tandem with Translink (Northern Ireland’s public transport authority) Ulsterbus. Ulsterbus have a network of services across Northern Ireland and runs a regular airport service between the Europa Bus Centre and Belfast City Airport.

Staying in Belfast

Named by TripAdvisor in the UKs best city break destinations, Belfast is packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Steeped in history of both new and old, Belfast offers something for everybody, from the renowned Titanic Exhibition Centre and Game of Thrones tours to Crumlin Road Gaol and the Giants Causeway National Heritage site - Belfast simply delivers.

Belfast - Top Picks for visitors

While the list is too long for us to include everything, some of the most celebrated landmarks and destinations in this beautiful city include;

St. George's Market

The present St. George's Market, built 1890-1896, is one of Belfast's oldest attractions. The market is home to some of the finest fresh produce, with customers travelling near and far to sample the delights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets.

The Giant’s Causeway

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant's Causeway is a magnificent, mysterious geological formation on the North East coast of County Antrim. It's steeped in myths and legend. The setting is a spectacular, dynamic coastal landscape of Atlantic waves, rugged cliffs, fascinating geographical antiquity, secluded bays and magnificent views.

The Causeway forms a jagged headland of neatly packed columns which point towards Scotland. Visitors can walk along the basalt columns which are at the edge of the sea, just over 1km from the entrance to the site.

Ulster Museum

As Northern Ireland's treasure house of the past and the present, the Ulster Museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and is free to all visitors. The revitalised museum tells the story of the people of the north of Ireland from earliest times to the present day. Impressive galleries and interactive discovery zones bring history, science and art collections to life for visitors of all ages.

The Ulster Museum is part of National Museums Northern Ireland, which also includes the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Ulster American Folk Park, the W5 Science Centre and Armagh County Museum.


Only in Belfast can you trace the Titanic story to its source, discover the passion and pride of those who designed and built her and relive the excitement of the Titanic era when the city was at the height of its powers.

Now you can relive the Titanic story as never before, at the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, Titanic Belfast.

For more information and inspiration,


Belfast is home to a number of leading hospitals such as Belfast City Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital and the Belfast Children’s Hospital - all of which are within east reach of Belfast Europa Bus Station.

Arriving in Dublin

Stepping off in our city’s capital opens up the entire island of Ireland for any prospective passengers travelling on, with our extensive services from Dublin giving you unparalleled access to the island of Ireland. See our list of related routes for details.

Shopping in Dublin

If you’re heading to Dublin for a day out, you’re absolutely spoilt for choice. From high street shopping in Grafton Street, to some of Ireland’s best bars and restaurants, Dublin dwellers are spoilt for choice.

Dublin Tourist Attractions

If you’re looking for a good day out, you could do worse than to spoil yourself with the historic delights of the Capital.

From the Book of Kells in the glorious surroundings of Trinity College, to the National Museum and Gallery, some of Ireland’s most storied sculptures and artefacts are just a 5 minute walk from Busáras.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head North to Glasnevin, and learn about the heroes of Ireland’s revolutionary past in Glasnevin Cemetery.

A trip to the northside is never complete without a visit to the GAA’s home of Croke Park – in the museum you can learn all about the heritage and history of our national sports.

Dublin Transport Links

When you’re in Dublin, the best way to get around is either with:

Dublin Bus

Dublin (Busáras) DEP. 07.15 09.15 11.15 13.15 15.15 16.15 18.15 20.15
Dublin Airport (Atrium Road, Zone 14 Stop 14) 07.35 09.35 11.35 13.35 15.35 16.35 18.35 20.35
Newry (Bus Centre) 08.45 10.45 12.45 14.45 16.45 17.45 19.45 21.45
Banbridge (Kenlis Street) 09.05 11.05 13.05 15.05 17.05 18.05 20.05 22.05
Sprucefield (Shopping Centre) 09.20 11.20 13.20 15.20 17.20 18.20 20.20 22.20
Belfast (Europa Bus Station) ARR. 09.35 11.35 13.35 15.35 17.35 18.35 20.35 22.35
Belfast (Europa Bus Station) DEP. 06.45 08.45 10.45 12.45 14.45 16.45 18.45 20.45
Sprucefield (Shopping Centre) 07.00 09.00 11.00 13.00 15.00 17.00 19.00 21.00
Banbridge (Kenlis Street) 07.20 09.20 11.20 13.20 15.20 17.20 19.20 21.20
Newry (Bus Centre) 07.40 09.40 11.40 13.40 15.40 17.40 19.40 21.40
Dublin Airport (Terminal 2 - Departures Road) 08.45 10.45 12.45 14.45 16.45 18.45 20.45 22.45
Dublin (Busáras) ARR. 09.05 11.05 13.05 15.05 17.05 19.05 21.05 23.05


P = Pick-up stop only.

D = Drop-off stop only.

SX = Does not operate on Saturdays.

SO = Operates Saturday only.

= Operated by Bus Éireann

Please Note:

No services on Christmas Day. Enquire about St.Stephen's Day services.

we advise passengers travelling to dublin Airport to allow ample time for check-in.

Customers travelling to Dublin Airport are advised to plan their coach journey so as to arrive at the airport at least one hour before the recommended check-in time shown on their airline tickets.

From Dublin to Belfast

  • BUSARAS (DUBLIN) Dur: 2h 25m

    From Belfast to Dublin