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Plan a cracking day at Balmoral Show with Translink

Balmoral Show organiser, Rhonda Geary and Trasnlink's Jan McKinley, join farming fan, Lucas to remind everyone of the bus and rail services to get show-goers to the grounds. 

Balmoral Show organiser, Rhonda Geary and Trasnlink's Jan McKinley, join farming fan, Lucas to remind everyone of the bus and rail services to get show-goers to the grounds. 


Northern Ireland’s biggest food and agri event, the Balmoral Show, is getting ready to welcome thousands of people to its Lisburn venue and Translink is encouraging visitors to travel by bus or train to enjoy a great day out with easy, hassle-free travel.

The four-day show will run from 15-18 May at the Eikon Exhibition Centre and visitors will be able to take advantage of a schedule of rail services with and a free shuttle bus from Lisburn Train Station taking them directly to the show. Selected Enterprise services between Dublin and Lanyon Place Station will also stop at Lisburn station to help get people to the event.

The shuttle service will provide a quick and easy way for showgoers to gain access to the event. Operating approximately every 15 minutes throughout the day, and more frequently at peak times, the service will start half an hour before opening time, with a final shuttle 30 minutes after closing.

With work on the new Belfast Grand Central Station progressing at pace, passengers are reminded that Belfast’s Great Victoria Street Train Station will be closed from Saturday 11 May to facilitate these works. However, passengers can still make easy connections to Lisburn Station with a range of alternatives.

Rail passengers should change at Lanyon Place station for services to Lisburn, while bus passengers travelling into Europa Bus Centre can walk or use local metro bus services to make their way to Lanyon Place, City Hospital or Botanic Station to take the train to Lisburn.

Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey. Help in planning journeys, fare information and advice on connecting services passengers are available using the journey planner app or Translink website.

Rail customers can avail of local Metro, and Glider services between Lanyon Place or the new York Street Station and the City Centre on presentation of a valid rail ticket.  

Commenting on the popular event, Mark Glover, Rail Line Supervisor at Translink, said:

“The Balmoral Show is a calendar highlight for so many families each year, welcoming thousands of visitors of all ages, from across Northern Ireland, with many travelling by bus or rail. With a choice of travel options, regular shuttle buses and great value fares, Translink can help visitors get to and from the show in comfort and convenience to help you enjoy even more of your day out.”  

Families travelling to Balmoral Show can take advantage of Translink’s Family and Friends ticket for £23, which offers unlimited day travel on all Translink services within Northern Ireland for up to two adults and four children.

Meanwhile all Goldliner day returns and NI Railway day returns after 9.30am benefit from 25% off and yLink users can avail of half price travel.

Or if you’re a 60+ SmartPass or a Senior SmartPass holder, you can take advantage of free travel anywhere in Northern Ireland on any Translink bus or train service completely free of charge.

Shuttle buses will have limited space for prams and wheelchairs. Those travelling with prams should ensure they are folded to allow space for other passengers.

For more information or help planning your journey, visit

Free Shuttle Bus

A free shuttle bus service will operate from Lisburn Train Station, operating approximately every 5 - 10 minutes at peak and approximately 15 - 20 minutes off peak. Shuttle services will operate from 09:00 each morning up to the last shuttle leaving the showgrounds at 18:20 on Wednesday & Saturday, until 20:20 on Thursday, and 19:20 on Friday.


•  Wednesday 15th May - show closing time 18:00, last shuttle 18:20

• Thursday 16th May - show closing time 20:00, last shuttle 20:20

• Friday 17th May - show closing time 19:00, last shuttle 19:20

• Saturday 18th May - show closing time 18:00, last shuttle 18:20


Estimated journey time is approximately 20 - 30 minutes. Due to anticipated heavy congestion around the site, passengers are advised to allow 30 - 45 minutes transfer time for returning from the show (Balmoral Park) to make onward bus and train connections. Particularly if travelling on Enterprise services or North West services.

Rail Information

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May – Selected Enterprise services from and to Dublin Connolly will stop at Lisburn Railway Station

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