Derry (Doire or Londonderry) is situated in the North of Ireland and is the fourth largest city on the island of Ireland after Dublin, Belfast and Cork with a population of roughly 100,000. The city has a photogenic location on the River Foyle in, close to County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and its ancient defensive walls are the most complete in Ireland.
Northern Ireland Railways have a number of services each day between Belfast and Derry. Trains arrive in Derry's Waterside, with a shuttle bus linking the train station to the central bus station.
The journey between Belfast and Derry takes just over 2 hours and between Coleraine and Derry affords great views along the shores of Lough Foyle, which was described by Michael Palin as "one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world."
City of Derry Airport serves Derry, Tyrone, and Donegal and is located 11km north-east of the city centre. It is serviced by BMI Regional (London Stansted) Ryanair (Glasgow, Edinburgh (October 2018) & Liverpool) and Loganair (Glasgow Oct 2018).
Taxis are available from the airport, with the typical fares to the city centre around £12, with the journey taking roughly 15 minutes.
Belfast has two airports, both serving international destinations. Belfast International Airport is situated 100km from Derry, whilst Belfast City Airport is located 115km from Derry. Both Belfast airports are served by a good bus connection to Derry city centre with Airporter. From Belfast city centre bus station, there is a bus service every 30 mins which takes just under 2 hours.
It is also possible to get to Derry from Dublin Airport, 225km to the south-east. Dublin Airport is Ireland's international air hub, served by Ryanair, Aer Arann, Aer Lingus and many other international carriers, with destinations in Ireland, Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Buses link Dublin Airport and the Derry, running throughout the night.
Translink operates a regular bus service between Belfast and Derry (212) with a late night 11pm Derry to Belfast service from Monday to Saturday, and 9pm on Sunday. The Translink X3/X4 route also operates between Dublin and Derry. Visit www.translink.com full details.
From Dublin to Derry takes approx 3 hours via N2 and A5. Belfast to Derry takes approx 1 hour 30 mins via A6.
Regular, scheduled ferry services operate between Northern Ireland and Great Britain (Stranraer & Cairnryan in Scotland and Liverpool in England) bringing both foot passengers, cars and other vehicles into the area through two ferry ports, Belfast and Larne. There is also ferry service available from Wales via Dublin's two ports, Dublin Port and Dun Laoghaire. Irish Ferries operate from Dublin Port to Holyhead, Wales and Stena Line's HSS (High Speed Sea Service) operates from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire.
Recommended airport transfer service:
Airporter, 028 7126 9996 www.airporter.co.uk
Recommended taxi service:
City Cabs, 028 7126 4466