Translink Journey Planner
Help reduce traffic congestion on our hospital sites by travelling on public transport. The Translink Journey Planner can help you plan your rail and bus travel.
The G1 Glider stops at the Falls Road entrance to the Royal Hospitals site. You can walk from there down to the main entrance of the Maternity Hospital in 5 to 10 minutes.
The G1 service runs frequently from McKinstry Road (West Belfast) to Dundonald (East Belfast) and vice versa through the city centre. Glider stops in the city centre are located at:
- May Street (St George’s Market and City Hall)
- College Square East
Glider City Centre
Glider G1 West
- There are regular Metro services from Queen’s Street in Belfast city centre.
- Metro service 10 A, H and M from Donegal Square East
- From Europa Bus centre Ulster bus 532a and 532 to Lisburn stops at Lisburn Road entrance
- A special Royal Hospitals bus (route 95) leaves from Donegall Square East at the side of City Hall at 7.10am, 7.30am and every half hour after that. It stops at Howard Street and the Europa Bus Centre on Glengall Street. This service does not run on Saturdays or Sundays.
- Park and Ride services from Blacks Road and Sprucefield stop at the Roden Street footbridge. This is near the Mulhouse Road entrance to the Royal Hospitals site.
- Click here for all route timetables.
By shuttle bus
A shuttle bus runs regularly between the Royal Hospitals and Belfast City Hospital sites from 7.40am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday.
Translink Park and Ride
Belfast Trust Park and Ride service
Belfast Trust is introducing a free direct bus service, operating from Blacks Road Park and Ride to the Royal Hospitals site.
The new service will operate from Monday to Friday, starting at 7am each morning and finishing at 6.30pm.
Parking at Blacks Road Park and Ride is free. This service is also free to anyone going to the Royal Hospitals site for an appointment or visiting.
The journey time is around 10 minutes, with pick-up and drop-off points at Translink bus stops at the Children’s Hospital and Maternity Hospital, a short distance from the main entrance to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Depart from Blacks Road Park and Ride Depart from Royal Hospitals site 07:00 07:15 07:30 07:45 08:00 08:15 08:30 08:45 09:00 09:15 09:30 09:45 10:00 10:15 10:30 10:45 11:00 11:15 11:30 11:45 12:00 12:15 12:30 12:45 13:00 13:15 13:30 13:45 14:00 14:15 14:30 14:45 15:00 15:15 15:30 15:45 16:00 16:15 16:30 16:45 17:00 17:15 17:30 17:45 18:00 18:30
A bicycle path runs along the Westlink to the Mulhouse Road and Broadway entrances to the Royal Hospitals site.
There is also a bicycle path along Durham Street and the Grosvenor Road. This takes you from the city centre to the Grosvenor Road entrance to the Royal Hospitals site.
Belfast Bike docking stations are also available at the Broadway entrance to the Royal Hospitals site and at Servia Street on the Grosvenor Road.
The Maternity Hospital is approximately a 20 to 25 minute walk from Great Victoria Street railway station and the Europa Bus Centre. The quickest route to walk is along the Grosvenor Road.
There is no train station near the Maternity Hospital. However, you can catch a connecting route 95 Metro bus at the Europa Bus Centre, which is beside Great Victoria Street railway station.
The Maternity Hospital can be accessed by either the Broadway or Grosvenor Road entrances. Both entrances are close to the M1, Westlink and Falls Road.
If arriving by car, please use the main visitors’ car park marked on this Royal Hospitals site map.
Royal Hospitals site congestion
Belfast Trust would like to apologise if you find yourself in a queue to access the car parks. We fully understand that you may be concerned that you could be late or possibly miss your appointment.
In these circumstances, you should proceed to your appointment location as normal. We will try to ensure that your appointment can go ahead after you arrive.
If your appointment needs to be rearranged, we will organise another date as soon as possible. We will ensure that our records do not show this as a missed appointment.
Belfast City Airport has regular domestic flights and is five miles from the Maternity Hospital via the Westlink and M3 motorway. This takes about 15 to 20 minutes by car, but may take longer at peak times. Bus route 600 operates a regular service between the City Airport and Europa Bus Centre. Download the timetable here.
Belfast International Airport has regular flights around Ireland, the UK, Europe and other international destinations. The airport is 20 miles from the Maternity Hospital via the Westlink and M2 motorway. This takes about 35 minutes by car, but may take longer at peak times. Bus route 300 operates a regular service between the International Airport and Europa Bus Centre. Download the timetable here.
Disability Action Transport Scheme (DATS)
This scheme helps older people or people with disabilities to access local services. You must first join the scheme, but you will then be eligible to access the transport. There is a small charge for this service.
For further information, please contact Disability Action:
- Telephone: 028 9029 7870
- Website: www.disabilityaction.org
Hospital Travel Costs Scheme
The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) was set up in 1988 as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme. This scheme provides financial assistance to patients who do not need an ambulance, but require assistance with their travel costs.
Under HTCS, patients on low incomes or specific qualifying benefits may be refunded for fares to attend NHS services under the care of a consultant. The journey will need to meet certain criteria.
Shopmobility helps patients and visitors with limited mobility by providing electric scooters and wheelchairs to help them get around the Royal Hospitals site.
The Shopmobility service is located near the parking spaces for blue badge holders on the ground level of the main visitors’ car park. It is a free service and available from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Public transport and travel information
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