Londonderry (Derry) is just 70 miles from Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast. You can easily visit both cities on the same trip thanks to the extensive network of highways, trains, and buses. The A6 highway connects the two, so the fastest way to reach Londonderry is by car (rental or private transfer) in about 1.5 hours.
Buses and trains are a great alternative to driving. Northern Ireland’s public transportation network, Translink, is extensive and offers numerous departures throughout the day. Whether you prefer the bus or train, you’ll reach Londonderry in about two hours.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
The fastest and most convenient way to reach Londonderry (Derry) from Belfast is by rental car or private transport. The route is straightforward, as it follows the A6 highway the entire time. The lakeside city of Antrim is home to Antrim Castle Gardens, a picturesque stopping point for tea or lunch.
If you have a bit more time, you can opt for a more scenic route which takes about two hours to reach Londonderry. After passing by Antrim, head north on highway A26 and connect with highway A44. From here, you’ll meet the coastline of the North Atlantic Ocean at the town of Ballycastle. On the way, you’ll pass near the famous site, the Dark Hedges—a dramatic row of 18th-century beech trees—along Bregagh Road.
Slightly to the east of Ballycastle, you’ll find stunning views at Torr Head; and to the west, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. This route also takes you by the popular tourist sites the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle before arriving in Londonderry.
By Train or Bus
Duration: 2 hours
Northern Ireland has a comprehensive public transportation network called Translink. It’s very user-friendly and reliable. Buses and trains leave about every 20-30 minutes from Belfast’s Lanyon Place train station. Both modes (train or bus) take about two hours to make the journey.
Just as with driving, the bus follows the A6 highway. If you want a more scenic route, you can opt for the train. The train heads north towards Coleraine and meets with the coastline at Castlerock. You’ll pass long, scenic beaches to the right and dramatic cliff sides to the left.