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All you need to know about travelling to The Open at Royal Portrush as Translink release more tickets

Royal Portrush is all set for this month's Open Championship.
Royal Portrush is all set for this month's Open Championship.
PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 2: The Claret Jug is pictured at Royal Portrush Golf Club during a media event on April 2, 2019 in Portrush, Northern Ireland. The Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951 this summer between 18-21 of July. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Claret Jug is pictured at Royal Portrush Golf Club. The Open Championship returns to Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951 this summer between 18-21 of July. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

The countdown is well and truly on the The 148th Open Championship and spectators are being urged to plan their journeys to Royal Portrush as soon as possible.

Translink have released a fresh batch of tickets for their special Open services while details are also available about travelling to the course via road.

All of the Translink services detailed below are specialised services that may only be booked online here.

Here's all you need to know about travelling to the course:

Travelling from Belfast by coach

Beginning on Monday, July 15 and continuing throughout the Open week, special morning coaches will leave the Europa Bus centre in Belfast at 5.50am and 9.30am. On Sunday, there will also be a coach leaving Belfast at 8.15am.

Return: The special return coaches for spectators arriving on the 5.50am service will leave Portrush at 5pm on each day. The return coaches for spectators arriving on the 9.30am service will depart Portrush at 7pm, while the return coach for those arriving on Sunday's 8.15am service will leave at 8.30pm.

Price: Coach tickets will be £19.50 for adults (£9.75 for children) return from the Belfast Europa centre.

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Non-specialised service: The 218 Goldline service will also run with a weekday service from Monday, July 15 through to the conclusion of The Open. Details can be found on the Translink website.

Travelling from Belfast by train

As The Open week hots up, so does the train travel.

If you're heading to Royal Portrush for the very first practice day on Sunday, June 14, the first special train will leave Belfast at 9.10am, arriving in Portrush at 10.57am.

For the Monday and Tuesday practice days, there are more options with special trains departing the Great Victoria Street station at 6.05am, 7.10am, 8.10am and 9.10am.

It's from the final practice day on Wednesday, July 17 that additional trains are operating. Spectators can leave Great Victoria Street as early as 4.25am, with trains also running at 5.05am, 5.33am, 6.05am, 7.10am, 8.10am and 9.10am.

All trains from Great Victoria Street will also call at Belfast Central, Mossley West, Antrim, Ballymena, Cullybackey and Ballymoney.

Return: Supporters will purchase an open return ticket. On Sunday July 14, trains will depart Portrush every other hour from 09.05 until 21.05. On the Monday and Tuesday practice days, trains will depart at 15.03, 18.03, 18.30, 19.03, 20.03, 21.03 and 22.03. From Wednesday, July 17, trains will depart Portrush at five minutes past the hour every hour until 23.05 with additional trains at 18.34 and 20.34.

Price: Train tickets will be £19.50 for adults (£9.75 for children) return from Great Victoria Street.

Travelling from Derry / Londonderry

Trains will run from Londonderry to Coleraine with a coach transfer onwards to Portrush Rail Station.

On Sunday, July 14th, special trains will leave at 7.35am and 9.35am. From Monday, July 15th to Friday, July 19th, trains will leave Derry at 6.12am and 7.38am.

On Saturday, July 20th, trains will depart at 6.38am and 7.38am. On the closing day, Sunday, July 21st, trains will run at 7.17am, 8.38am and 9.38am.

All trains will also call at Bellarena and Castlerock.

Return: Supporters will purchase an open return ticket. On Monday and Tuesday, trains will leave Portrush every hour at four minutes past the hour until 22.04. From Wednesday to Saturday, trains will leave Portrush every hour until 22.05 and on the final day, trains will leave at 18.05, 19.05 and 20.05, while the 243 bus will depart Dunluce Avenue at 18.00.

Price: Tickets will be priced at £19.50 for adults (£9.75 for children) return from Derry.

Non-specialised service: The 234 Goldline service will also run with a weekday service from Monday, July 15 through to the conclusion of The Open. Details can be found on the Translink website.

Travelling by local bus

During the Championship week, the local bus service between Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart (140 service) will operate at a 10-minute frequency to facilitate passenger flows to/from The Open. This service will stop at major caravan sites along the route to/from Portrush and will also connect with onward journeys to Belfast and Derry-Londonderry. The set down and pick up stops in Dunluce Ave will be suspended with a temporary stop being put in place on Sandhill Drive. An additional morning and evening service will also operate on both Ulsterbus 402 between Coleraine and Ballycastle and Ulsterbus 134 between Coleraine and Limavady.

Travelling by car

Spectators choosing to travel to the event by car or motorcycle will be directed to The Open Park & Ride sites. Three separate P&R facilities will be in operation for spectators travelling up the A26 from the direction of Belfast, the A29 from the direction of Armagh and the A37 from the direction of Derry.

There will be no public car parking at Royal Portrush or in the immediate area.

A limited number of weekly car park passes are available at a cost of £60. Weekly passes are only available in advance by clicking here. Individual day passes are also available via that link, priced at £15 for Championship days and £10 for practice days.

Motorbike parking is available at a cost of £5 per day.

Minibus parking is available at a cost of £25 per day for vehicles measuring between 5 metres and 7.99 metres in length and/or with a seat capacity between 10 and 22 seats. Drivers should follow signs to the Coach Park.

Coach parking is available at a cost of £40 per day for vehicles exceeding 8 metres in length and/or a seat capacity greater than 22 seats. Drivers should follow signs to the Coach Park.

All minibus and coach parking is located within walking distance of the course.

Travelling by bicycle

A cycle path will be available close to Royal Portrush Golf Club. This will be signposted from the existing cycle paths on the way to Portrush.

Can I still get tickets for The Open?

While Championship days (Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21) were sold out long ago, spectators can still get tickets to the Open to sample the action on the practice days. Tickets are available here, although the final two practice days on Tuesday and Wednesday are close to selling out.

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