Getting there

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.

By Glider

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 Children’s 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 - City Centre
Glider G1 West
Glider - G1 West
By bus
  • There are regular Metro services from Queen’s Street in Belfast city centre.
  • Routes 10 and 82 stop at the Falls Road entrance to the Royal Hospitals site. You can walk from there down to the main entrance of the Children’s Hospital in 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Route 81 stops at the Grosvenor Road entrance to the Royal Hospitals site. You can walk from there to the main entrance of the Children’s Hospital in 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 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.

By bicycle

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.

By walking

The Children’s 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.

By train

There is no train station near the Children’s Hospital. However, you can catch a connecting route 95 Metro bus at the Europa Bus Centre, which is beside Great Victoria Street railway station.

Translink Park and Ride

Translink Park and Ride timetables

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:

By car

The Children’s 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 visitors’ car park at the Children’s Hospital marked on this Royal Hospitals site map.

As you approach the Children’s Hospital, you will see the hospital and car park are on two different levels. You can drop off passengers at the front door of the hospital before going into the car park.

Car parking

If arriving by car, please use the visitors’ car park at the Children’s Hospital. The car park is marked on this Royal Hospitals site map.

There is a small charge for parking, which you will need to pay at the kiosk or pay machines BEFORE you return to your car.

Allow yourself plenty of time (up to an hour) to park and get to your clinic or ward. The visitors’ car park can get very busy and there can be queues at peak times.

As you approach the Children’s Hospital, you will see the hospital and car park are on two different levels. You can drop off passengers at the front door of the hospital before going into the car park.

You can access the Children’s Hospital from the car park by taking a lift, the steps or a footpath. The lift operates between 8am and 5pm.

Parking for blue badge holders

The Children’s Hospital has specific parking spaces for blue badge holders. The Children’s Hospital has five parking spaces for blue badge holders in its visitors’ car park. There are 11 more parking spaces for blue badge holders next to the main Children’s Hospital building. There is a barrier in front of these spaces. These 11 spaces can be accessed by pressing the intercom and showing your blue badge to the CCTV camera at the barrier. Please note that demand for these spaces is very high.

The main visitors’ car park for the Royal Victoria Hospital has 34 parking spaces for blue badge holders – 30 at ground level and four more on the upper level. When you enter the main visitors’ car park, the parking spaces for blue badge holders are in the far right corner as you go underneath the top deck.

There is a pedestrian route to the main Royal Victoria Hospital building from the ground level of the main visitors’ car park beside the School Of Dentistry. From there, a tunnel corridor accesses the hospital. At the end of the tunnel corridor, there are stairs and a lift to the main entrance of the hospital. The Children’s Hospital entrance is 400 yards from here.

Parking spaces for blue badges holders
Beside the Children’s Hospital 11
Children’s Hospital visitors’ car park 5
Main Royal Hospitals visitors’ car park 34
Drop-off and short stay areas

The Children’s Hospital has a drop-off area in front of the main entrance. This drop-off area has space for approximately three vehicles.

There is another drop-off area on the through road beside the main Royal Victoria Hospital entrance. This drop-off area has space for approximately four vehicles. The Children’s Hospital entrance is 400 yards from here.

Shopmobility

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 Royal Victoria Hospital visitors’ car park. It is a free service and available from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Read more about Shopmobility here.

Abuse of parking spaces for blue badge holders

Any vehicle parked in a space for a blue badge holder must have a valid blue badge displayed. Your vehicle may be clamped if you fail to do so.

Free car parking

Limited free car parking is available to people who meet certain criteria. Free parking is located in car parks managed by the Trust. There is no free parking in the car park at the Children’s Hospital.

Parents or guardians of patients with specific acute conditions who are required to attend the hospital on a regular basis will be entitled to free parking on site during their period of treatment.

Eligible people will be issued with a swipe card to park, but must pay their original ticket in the visitors’ car park before leaving or moving their vehicle to a car park managed by the Trust. This swipe card can be used in the car park managed by the Trust for the duration of the patient’s stay in hospital.

When leaving or being discharged from hospital, the swipe card must be returned to a ward or department member of staff. The barrier can be lifted by using the intercom when exiting the car park.

Free car parking will be provided to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for free car parking
Patient Next of kin / partner Relative Visitor
Radiotherapy / chemotherapy Yes Yes if transporting patient Yes if transporting patient No
Renal dialysis Yes Yes if transporting patient Yes if transporting patient No
Critical care / high dependency N/A Yes Discretionary Discretionary

Trust staff will use discretion to apply the eligibility criteria in other situations where the duration and/or frequency of visits leads to significant charges, for example:

  • a patient who may have a number of outpatient appointments over an extended period
  • a patient who may benefit from lengthy or frequent visits from relatives or friends to help adjust to a new environment
  • a patient outside the prescribed treatment categories who has to make lengthy and/or frequent visits for treatment
  • relatives who are spending a lot of time with a very sick or dying relative
  • parents or guardians who are staying with their sick child or baby
  • husbands or partners who are with their wife or partner while she is in labour
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 child’s appointment.

In these circumstances, you should proceed to the appointment location as normal. We will try to ensure that your child’s appointment can go ahead after you arrive.

If your child’s 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.

By air

Belfast City Airport has regular domestic flights and is five miles from the Children’s 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 Children’s 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.

Public transport and travel information

Read more transport and travel information that may be useful for patients and visitors travelling to Trust facilities.