Translink announces discounted fares in lead-up to Christmas

This Christmas will see Translink, Northern Irelands Public Transport Provider, introduce more discounted fares than ever to ensure shoppers and commuters can make their all-important journeys over the festive period.
This Christmas will see Translink, Northern Irelands Public Transport Provider, introduce more discounted fares than ever to ensure shoppers and commuters can make their all-important journeys over the festive period.

Translink has announced it is introducing ‘more discounted fares than ever’ to ensure shoppers and commuters can make their all-important journeys over the festive period.

The Northern Irish Public Transport Provider is offering a host of network-wide fare reductions in Ballymena and across Northern Ireland, so that people can enjoy the prospect of seeing family, friends and work colleagues without having to drive or worry about parking their car.

Karen Hoey and Kieran Lawless, Translink are pictured with The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, as they launch Translinks latest festive travel offers.

Karen Hoey and Kieran Lawless, Translink are pictured with The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, as they launch Translinks latest festive travel offers.

Generous discounts all-day-long will be rolled out across all services, including free returns on Goldline and Ulsterbus services available from November. In addition to this, Translink has committed to introducing an enhanced timetable with extended hours.

Talking about the exciting range of fare promotions and additional services, John Morgan, Service Delivery Manager at Translink said:

“We are working closely with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and partners to support the local retail and hospitality sector, in Ballymena and surrounding areas. We have a range of fare promotions to encourage shoppers, commuters and families to ditch the car and enjoy a festive day out in the area.

“For anyone planning to Christmas shop or visit friends, we’re offering a day return for the same price as a single across Northern Ireland on our Goldline and Ulsterbus services after 9.30am from now until December 31, 2016.

“And for families looking for a fun day out, our Family and Friends ticket offers one day’s unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children across all services on weekdays after 9.30am and no time restriction on Saturdays and Sundays(for £22) and from December 17, 2016 – January 2, 2017 for the reduced fare of £15.

“For commuters who travel to Belfast, we’re offering a £9 day return from Ballymena after 6am on our Goldline service (Services 218/219).

“NIR are also offering 25% off monthly tickets purchased between 21st November and 9th December (paper and mLink).

“Additionally, there is 1/3 off returns onboard local services after 9.30am which is helpful for shoppers. Also helpful for shoppers is the £2.50 unlimited day travel after 9.30am on Ballymartin Park & Ride services and also use your ticket for unlimited Metro travel after 9.30am. Valid throughout December.

“These are just some of the offers this Christmas, so we encourage everyone to visit our website for more details. It is our goal to help passengers across Ballymena and Northern Ireland enjoy a wonderful holiday season on-board our buses, trains and coaches. With our range of fares this Christmas, we know our passengers will enjoy a bit more cash in their pockets for the important shopping!”

To learn more about Translink’s Christmas offers and bumper timetable visit www.translink.co.uk/christmas.