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Translink announces transport plan for 150th Balmoral Show

MAY 10, 2018

RANSLINK and RUAS are encouraging visitors to the Balmoral Show, May 16-19, to plan their journeys and make smart moves using special bus, coach and train travel arrangements. Announcing this year’s public transport plans for Ireland’s largest agricultural event, Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway said: “We’re pleased to support the Show once again during this milestone 150th year and have worked closely with organisers to help deliver another successful event.”

“We’re encouraging visitors to plan their journey online at balmoralshow2018/ and visit our Team Translink Stand at the show to find out more about exciting public transport developments like Bus + Train Week and Glider,” said Chris. Rhonda Geary, Operations Director, RUAS commented: “With just weeks to go to this year’s Balmoral Show, preparations are well underway.

“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Balmoral Park over the course of the four days, with the Show adding in a Saturday date again following on from the success of last year.

MAKE SMART MOO’VES: Pictured from left to right are Matthew, Ellie and Jamesfrom Ballymacash PS joining Rhonda Geary from RUAS, Philip James from Translink Ulsterbus, Pat Hunt from Translink NI Railways and some farmyard friends to announce Translink’s special bus, coach and train transport plans for this year’s Balmoral Show, May 16 – 19. Photo by Aaron McCracken

As always with so much to see and do at the Show it’s important to get there in good time and relaxed. We have once again teamed up with Translink to provide coach day tours from a range of regional towns; this offers a convenient and economical way to visit the Show.

“Our complimentary shuttle bus service from Lisburn train station to the Show will also be in operation again.

“This service has operated very successfully with shuttle bus passengers enjoying quick access to the showgrounds. Bus passengers who purchase early bird tickets on the Balmoral Show website will also be able to enjoy priority entrances to the Show.’’

Special coach day tours are available to purchase online and from selected Ulsterbus stations offering a return journey to Balmoral Park and Show admission for just £34 (adult) & £12 (child)**.

Service departure points include Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Dungannon, Antrim, Magherafelt, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine with other locations also served along these main routes.

The Show starts at 9.30am each day and Translink is providing a free and frequent Translink shuttle bus service running between Lisburn Train Station and the showgrounds from 9am–6.20pm (Wed & Sat)/8.20pm (Thurs)/7.20pm (Fri).

Exhibitors can also use a special shuttle service available from 8.30am. Anyone using either the free shuttle bus or special coach package deal can also enjoy priority Show entry. For additional convenience, there will be enhanced train capacity on local services and selected morning trains coming from the North will run through to Lisburn so passengers will not need to change trains in Belfast. For Enterprise customers travelling between Dublin and Belfast, Translink has increased the number of services that will be stopping at Lisburn on each day of the Show.

We have once again teamed up with Translink to provide coach day tours from a range of regional towns; this offers a convenient and economical way to visit the Show.

Rhonda Geary, Operations
Director, RUAS

TRAVEL TOGETHER: Ellie, James and Matthew from Ballymacash PS join some farmyard friends from The Ark Open Farm. Photo by Aaron McCracken

A range of discount travel tickets are also available including a Family & Friends day ticket and a third-off day return tickets on NI Railways, Goldline coach and Ulsterbus services after 9.30am ***. For passenger comfort, visitors are being encouraged to avoid peak travel time and make their journey to the Show after 9.30am. Shuttle bus passengers are also encouraged to pre-book their Show ticket and senior smartpass customers can take advantage of their free travel on scheduled services to get to the event.

For further travel information including ticket purchase click or call 0289066 6630. For the latest travel updates follow @Translink_NI#smartmovers on Twitter. For Balmoral Show information click

Free Shuttle Bus

    • The estimated outward shuttle bus journey time is around 20-30 minutes and passengers are advised to allow 30 – 45 minutes transfer time to return from the Show back to Lisburn for onward train connections – especially anyone using cross-border or North West services.
    • The shuttle bus service will have limited space for prams and wheelchairs so all buggies should be folded before getting onto any Translink services.

**Special Goldline Coach Day

Tours –Ticket prices

  • Return Travel & Priority Show Entry:Adult £34; Senior 65+ £27; Youth 12-17yrs old £19; 5 11 yrs old £12; Under 5s £10 (note – free show entry).
  • Return Travel Only: Adult £19; Senior 65+ £19; Youth 12- 17yrs old £10; Child 5 – 11 yrs old £10; Under 5s £10 (note –free show entry).
  • Online ticket sales will close at 3pm on the day before departure.
  • Tickets are also available to buy in person at selected Ulsterbus Stations.

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