We will be in Ireland for 18 days, traveling by public transit. We will be in Dublin, Belfast, Londonderry, Galway then back to dublin to fly out. I have been trying to figure all this out. I would love some help.
1. Best way from Dublin to Belfast- it looks like the bus that used to do this run quite. Would bus Eiranne or train be the best bet now?
2. While in Belfast I want to do the Giant causeway. I see that we can do a daytour from Belfast - no trouble, but would we be better off and enjoy the area more if we planned to go up and stay in a local B&B or hotel? Also if we do that would we have a way around the causeway...it looks like there is a tram service but I can't get current information to see if it is still running. We love the outdoors and I would like to really spend some time up here, but don't want to be stuck without a car and not see it.
3. From Londonderry we are having trouble getting info on the bus to Galway. I see that it is route 64 and it runs through Sligo. Have thought about stopping here for the night as we have an extra day in our plans...but can't get pricing on the bus. Would it be expensive to go 1/2 way and stop and then go the rest compared to a straight service from Derry to Galway. As for the buseirann site we are really struggling with it, to get info between the 2 countries..is that normal?
Thank you for any help/advice you can give on our planning.