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 enter the main hospital from the Falls Road.

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.
  • Metro service 10 A, H and M from Donegal Square East
  • From Europa Bus centre Ulster bus 532a and 532 to Lisburn stops at Falls Road entrance
  • 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.

Park and ride service

Belfast Trust is introducing a free direct bus service, operating from Blacks Road Park & Ride to the Royal Hospitals site.

The new service will operate Monday to Friday starting at 7am each morning, finishing at 6.30pm.

Parking at the Park & Ride is free to use so you will avoid car-parking charges and you will be able to avoid potential queues for car parks on the hospital site. The service is free to anyone going to the Royal Hospitals site for an appointment or visiting.

The journey time is around 10 minutes with pick up and drop off points at Translink bus stops at the Children’s Hospital and Maternity Hospital, a short distance from the main entrance to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Depart from Blacks Rd Park & Ride Depart from Royal Hospitals Site
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12:00 12:15
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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.

Bicycle parking for visitors and patients is located at the front entrance to the main Royal Victoria Hospital building (opposite the School of Dentistry).

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 Royal Victoria Hospital is approximately a 15 to 20 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 Royal Hospitals. 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 Royal Hospitals 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 main visitors’ car park marked on this Royal Hospitals site map.

Car parking

If arriving by car, please use the main visitors’ car park 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.

There is a pedestrian route to the main hospital 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.

Parking for blue badge holders

The main visitors’ car park has 41 parking spaces for blue badge holders – 37 disabled spaces on the lower level and 4 disabled bays 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 hospital 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.

There are also four parking spaces for blue badge holders at the main hospital entrance. There is a barrier in front of these spaces. These spaces can be accessed by pressing the intercom at the barrier.

 Parking spaces for blue badge holders
Main Royal Hospitals visitors’ car park34
Front of main Royal Victoria Hospital 4
Drop-off and short stay areas

Disabled drivers and patients can use the four parking spaces for blue badge holders at the main hospital entrance as a drop-off or short stay area. These spaces can be accessed by pressing the intercom at the barrier.

There is also a drop-off area on the through road beside the main hospital entrance. This drop-off area has space for approximately four vehicles.

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 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. If you fail to do so you may be fined or your vehicle may be clamped.

Free car parking

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.

If you believe you are eligible, you should speak to the ward sister / nurse in charge.

Patients will be issued with a swipe card to park in an assigned car park, but must pay their original ticket in the visitors’ car park before leaving or moving their vehicle. This swipe card can be used in the car park 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:

 PatientNext of kin / partnerRelativeVisitor
Radiotherapy / chemotherapyYesYes if transporting patientYes if transporting patientNo
Renal dialysisYesYes if transporting patientYes if transporting patientNo
Critical care / high dependencyN/AYesDiscretionaryDiscretionary

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
Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

The Hospital Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) was set up in 1988 as part of the NHS Low Income Scheme. This scheme provides financial assistance to patients who do not need an ambulance, but require assistance with their travel costs.

Under HTCS, patients on low incomes or specific qualifying benefits may be refunded for fares to attend NHS services under the care of a consultant. The journey will need to meet certain criteria.

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 appointment.

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

If your 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 Royal Hospitals site 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 Royal Hospitals site 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.