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Ulsterbus is a public transport operator in Northern Ireland and operates bus services outside Belfast It is part of Translink the brand name for the subsidiary operating companies of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company – NITHCo, which also includes Northern Ireland Railways, Metro Belfast and Flexibus

A bus pass for student who live three miles away from their school This bus pass is for student in Royal School Dungannon A Volvo B7TL with Alexander ALX400 in Dungannon


  • 1 Services
    • 11 Goldline
    • 12 Ulsterbus Foyle
    • 13 UniLink
    • 14 Private/Contract hire
    • 15 Day tours
  • 2 References
  • 3 External links


Ulsterbus is responsible for most of the province-wide bus services in Northern Ireland It operates twenty-two bus stations several of which, such as those at Belfast Europa and Bangor, form integrated transport interchanges with Northern Ireland Railways stations and 1,100 buses Ulsterbus is charged with transporting over 65,000 children per day to school Every July and August, around 250 vehicles are usually de-taxed This is because not as many are needed for service due to schools finishing for summer holidays

Ulsterbus is now in the process of modernising its fleet for better accessibility for disabled people On 26 June 2006, Translink announced that the Leyland Leopard, synonymous with Ulsterbus, will be phased out of service These are being replaced by the Optare Solo bus, amongst others


Goldline is the name given to the inter-city bus services operated by Ulsterbus Until the 1990s it Goldline was called Ulsterbus Express and operated many of the same inter-city services as today The Belfast-Derry service was relaunched as the Maiden City Flyer with eight new coaches in 1990, and has seen major expansion over the years: Belfast-Derry went from a thrice daily service in 1990 to half-hourly now, and many services have been expanded and introduced Goldline services are operated from Belfast to major destinations in Northern Ireland, plus the Goldline Express Services X1/X2 previously Service 200 to Dublin via Dublin Airport This service is worked jointly with Bus Éireann service X1 previously Service 001

There are also a number of cross-channel North Channel services to Britain, operated in partnership with National Express under the Eurolines banner

Ulsterbus Foyle

Main article: Ulsterbus Foyle

For many years, Derry's internal bus network was operated as Ulsterbus's Derry City Services It was reorganised in September 2006 into Ulsterbus Foyle In the same way that Translink Metro was used to modernise routes in Belfast the Ulsterbus Foyle network now offers 13 set routes across the city into the popular suburban areas of the city It is hoped that the new service will make transportation in Northern Ireland's second city a lot easier and will encourage people to make use of Derry's public transport system; meantime, regional services between Derry and other towns and villages were rebranded as Londonderry County services, sharing a district manager with Ulsterbus Foyle


Ulsterbus operate the "University Link" service between the two main campuses of Northern Ireland's largest universities, Queens University of Belfast, and University of Ulster at the Jordanstown campus

Private/Contract hire

Ulsterbus offer a private and contract hire service, with virtually any type of bus in the current fleet available for hire On a local basis, depots will allocate buses accordingly, but in the Belfast area dedicated 'Ulsterbus Tours' buses operate Duties include Eurolines duties 920 Belfast – Manchester, Birmingham, London, 921 Belfast – Preston, Manchester, Birmingham, & 923 Belfast – Glasgow, Edinburgh The 921 is currently operated by three dedicated Irizar Centurys purchased in 2010 130–132; however, these are being replaced in August 2013, by three tri-axle Scania/Irizar i6s numbered 136–138 These are based in Stranraer Ulsterbus lost the 920 Belfast/ Stranraer to London service to Bruce of salburgh in September this year

Overall the tour pool operates about 30 buses for use on Day Tours, Eurolines work and private hire The vast majority of these are based in Glengall St, operating out of Great Victoria Street depot

Day tours

Ulsterbus operate "day tours" to other parts of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland; mainly shopping and to some tourist attractions They also have a private hire service which is in regular use by fans of the Scottish Premier League sides Rangers FC and Celtic FC going from Northern Ireland to Scotland

An Ulsterbus calling at a bus shelter in Downpatrick


  1. ^ About Ulsterbus Ulsterbuscouk – Retrieved on 3 March 2009
  2. ^ "End of era as leopard becomes extinct" BBC News 28 June 2006 Retrieved 26 May 2010 
  3. ^ Buses in Ulster Volume 6: Ulsterbus and Citybus 1988–2003
  4. ^ http://wwwnationalexpresscom/eurolines/destinations/irelandcfm
  5. ^ The launch of Ulsterbus Foyle Link to press release for the launch of Ulsterbus Foyle Retrieved 22 September 2006
  6. ^ List of Eurolines routes

External links

  • Translink Ulsterbus
  • NI Bus
  • Irish Transport Trust
  • Ulsterbus Photos
  • Ulsterbus Tours

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