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Day of arrival

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Day of arrival

Arriving Dublin early am on a Sunday, jet lagged! Plan to pick up a car then head to Belfast.

Any suggestions on a place to eat breakfast convenient to the motorway once we are out of Dublin traffic - or would it be better to have breakfast at the airport?

Also are there any parks or rest areas where we might grab a quick nap in the car to rejuvenate for the rest of the day? How long is the drive to Belfast on a Sunday morning?

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1. Re: Day of arrival

You could try getting the bus to Belfast - Aircoach now operate very regular and good value coaches direct from outside the terminal door to Belfast. You could then hire a car in Belfast as you need it. Also Bus Eireann go via the airport to Belfast. Both companies have good web sites.

If you drive, it's motorway all the way to Belfast. AAroadtwach indicates a journey time of 2 hours exactly. The airport sounds like a good spot for airport. Sunday mornings could be a bit hit and miss for food. My suggestions would be around Dundalk - the Ballymascanlon hotel which is directly en-route, or for a break it's nice around Carlingford which is a very short detour between Dundalk and Newry. Also Ravensdale Park is nearby - don't know much about it.

There are no real 'motorway' stops south of the border, so you'll have to go into the towns along the route.

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2. Re: Day of arrival

Slight correction: Motorway (via Toll Bridge at Drogheda) to Dundalk, Dual/Single carriage highway from Dundalk to Newry, and then back onto motorway 1/2 way between Newry and Belfast. Ironically, I think on this route the motorway is better south of the border - it was the complete opposite a few years ago.