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Londonderry - Coleraine Railway
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a most scenic journey so good travelled it twice

We were staying in Portrush and got train from there to Coleraine. Very little time allocated for... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2018
cork ireland
It's one of his kind.. Londonderry - Coleraine Railway

Out hotel was in Belfast so we did a daily pass - All transports were free within NI - It costs 18... read more

Reviewed July 22, 2018
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Spent the day here shopping . It was quite busy and reminded me of being in London only with Irish accents all around me !

Was a pleasant shopping experience. I will return

Thank Rebecca G
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Reviewed November 20, 2016

This is one of the most amazing railway journeys anyone could expect to travel on whether they are boarding at Belfast, Derry or any of the stops in between.

Threatened with closure less than twenty years ago this line was completely modernised in recent years and had its rolling stock completely replaced with Spanish CAF engines.

The line is run by Translink a company wholly-owned by government but operated independently.

The staff who man the service are in a world of their own, dedicated to pleasing their passengers and ever helpful especially if there is a bicycle or a child's buggy to be moved.

The scenery is second to none - stunning, majestic and as Michael Palin said: 'One of the most beautiful railway journeys of the world'.

The service is hourly from Belfast as far as Coleraine and after that it is currently on a two hour basis but hopefully that will change shortly as a new £46m investment took place recently which allows trains to pass.

The railway is particularly suitable for children. If travelling to Derry there is a most wonderful park near the railway station which in itself needs serious investment but apart from that is close to everything.

A rail bus takes passengers into Derry City Centre in a few minutes but for those who want to walk there is the Peace Bridge which is a wonder in itself.

As soon as your off the rail bus you are within minutes of some of the most interesting attractions any city can offer and if you are a day tripper looking for food the choice is endless. For us we chose Badger's which is opposite the Foyle Shopping Centre a few minutes from the terminus. The Guildhall is close by and is a magnificent building beautifully restored after sever damage during the troubles of the past.

There are cathedrals, museums and lots of shops but for us the most exciting bit of our visit was the train journey - unbelievable, unspoiled and unique to this part of Ireland.

I would say that anyone who hasn't travelled on the Belfast-Derry railway and especially on that section between Coleraine and Derry hasn't lived or experienced the wonder of the coastline and the backdrop of Donegal.

8  Thank John D
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Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Our train home this evening from Belfast passing by our hotel - the Inn at the Coast (after we got off in Coleraine and drove back). These trains are fast smooth and on time.

1  Thank joycek522
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Reviewed August 6, 2016

Really enjoyed our trip on the train from Coleraine to Londonderry and back. The views are lovely, and you get an excellent perspective of the coastline running along the beach and through tunnels beside the cliffs near Downhill transitioning into wide fields around the estuary of the river on the way into Londonderry. We took the free bus from the railway station into the centre of Londonderry on the way in, and walked back to the train station over the Peace Bridge which took about 15 minutes for the return journey. Very friendly railway staff at both stations - it was nice to leave the car behind for a few hours

Thank Christine C
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Have to agree with another reviewer - I don't know what all the fuss is about. We have travelled extensively in the British Isles and elsewhere in Europe and the scenery is not stunning, or any of the other views that were mentioned. We waited and waited for the spectacular scenery, and it just didn't deliver for us. There are far more spectacular views on the Wild Atlantic Way in the Irish Republic, all the way up to Donegal from West Cork - unfortunately a train doesn't take you to them, but the views would take your breath away. We did enjoy the relaxation of the train trip, but we wouldn't be advising anyone to rush up and take the journey .....rather underwhelmed by the whole experience I'm afraid.

1  Thank DubTwosome
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