Traffic & Travel
Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding The 148th Open, including how to get there and information for residents.
The 148th Open takes place at Royal Portrush, County Antrim from 14 - 21 July 2019.
Every day from Sunday 14 July until Sunday 21 July.
There are still a limited number of tickets for the championship days available through Authorised Ticketing Providers. For details visit our Tickets & Hospitality page. Children under the age of 16 (as of 13th July 2019) will be admitted FREE as long as they are accompanied by an adult (up to four children are allowed with one paying adult). Both the responsible adult and accompanying children require tickets for entry, despite there being no charge for children's tickets.
For up-to-date accommodation availability, contact Coleraine Visitor Information Centre (+44 (0)28 7034 4723). For the Belfast area, contact Visit Belfast (+44 (0)28 9024 6609) and for Derry~Londonderry area contact Visit Derry on (+44 (0)28 7126 7284).
For information about accessibility at The Open we recommend visiting this official Accessibility Guide.
A wide range of bus, coach and train services along with good value travel tickets are available here for spectators. Follow @Translink_NI #OpenTravel for the latest public transport updates.
Customers are advised that Portrush services are extremely busy during The 148th Open championship week. Every available train, coach and bus is in operation to accommodate thousands of additional passengers.
Following high demand, there is limited availability left for online train tickets for travel to Portrush from Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st July. Check www.translink.co.uk/the148thopen for full details.
If possible, anyone not attending the golf should travel by train to Portrush after the 10.10am service from Belfast or 10.38am service from Derry~Londonderry.
Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis with additional standing room also available. Customers are advised to arrive at the station 30 minutes before their departure time.
Return afternoon & evening services from Portrush and Coleraine to Belfast or Derry~Londonderry will also be busy with a queuing system in operation and passengers should leave plenty of time for their journey home.
Translink passengers are advised to plan their travel in advance, leave extra time for journeys and reminded there is limited space on board services for any bulky items.
Translink is working hard to maintain normal services across the network in addition to delivering The 148th Open transport plan and thanks customers for their patience during this busy week.
Spectators are reminded there will be no car parking permitted in the vicinity of Royal Portrush Golf Club so consider public transport and Park & Ride options.
From July 14 - 21, there will be enhanced capacity on normal timetabled rail services and additional early morning trains from Belfast with ticket pre-booking available online on selected services, along with additional evening services from Portrush and Coleraine.
On Sunday 21 July, a weekday timetable will operate from Belfast – Portrush to offer more frequency & service options for spectators.
Passengers boarding trains in Belfast will be able to travel direct to Portrush without changing.
From July 14 – 20, an hourly service and enhanced capacity will operate to/from Derry~Londonderry terminating at Coleraine, where a bus service will be available to transport passengers to Portrush.
A rail shuttle bus service will operate from Portrush to Coleraine Station, where passengers will be able to board trains back to Derry-Londonderry. The bus will connect with the arrival of trains from Derry~Londonderry from Mon 15 – Sun 21 July.
Rail timetables, ticket options and online pre-booking are now available on the Translink website.
Train seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Trains to/from Portrush will not stop at Coleraine University or Dhu Varren during the week of The Open.
Spectators can use the regular 218 Goldline coach service from Belfast or 234 Goldline from Derry~Londonderry – Coleraine with easy transfer to the local 140 bus service to Portrush. Goldline will also operate a weekday timetable on the Sat & Sun.
Additional special day return coaches will operate between Europa Buscentre in Belfast to Portrush with pre-booking available online.
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 also connect with onward journeys to Belfast and Derry-Londonderry. It will also stop at major caravan sites along the route to/from Portrush. The set down and pick up stops in Dunluce Ave will be suspended with temporary stops signposted.
The coastal bus service from Ballycastle to Portrush (402 service) will operate at a 30 minute frequency during the week of the Championship and the service will be extended to operate earlier in the morning and later in the evening. Due to road closures, this service will not operate via Portrush or Dunluce Castle. All passengers for Portrush can use the 140 triangle service from Coleraine Bus + Rail Centre.
This service between Coleraine and Limavady will operate an additional morning and evening service during the championship.
Bus/Coach timetables, ticket options and online pre-booking for selected services are now available on the Translink website.
Please note that there is no public parking available at the course. All spectator parking will be located at Park & Ride facilities.
Spectators choosing to travel to the event by car or motorbike will be directed to managed Park & Ride sites by Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) and event specific signs provided by The AA. Spectators are advised to turn off their satellite navigation systems and follow the appropriate signage on approach to Coleraine/Portrush.
Follow the M2 towards Antrim. Take the A26 to Ballymena and follow the M2/A26 towards Coleraine/Portrush. On approach to Coleraine, follow signs for Public Parking.
Follow the A2 towards Limavady.Take the A37 then continue on the A29 towards Coleraine/Portrush. On approach to Coleraine, follow signs for Public Parking.
Follow the A29 towards Coleraine/Portrush. On approach to Coleraine, follow signs for Public Parking.
Follow the A2 from Ballycastle to Bushmills. Continue on the A2 and on approach to Portrush follow signs for Public Parking.
Visitors travelling from the south are advised to travel first to Belfast or Derry before making onward travel arrangements.
Spectators choosing to travel to the event by car or motorbike will be directed to Park & Ride sites by Variable Messaging Signs (VMS) and event specific signs.
Spectators are advised to turn off their satellite navigation systems and follow the appropriate signage.
There will be no car parking available at Royal Portrush Golf Club or in the immediate area.
Park & Ride facilities are established to cater for spectators travelling by road with pick up/drop off locations close to the entrance to the event. This should significantly reduce the amount of vehicle movement through the town and minimise congestion in busy areas, although traffic volumes will be higher across the area.
Charges for use of the Park and Ride will apply. Park and Ride tickets can be pre-booked on The Open website.
Use of the Park & Ride car parks is not restricted to spectators travelling to The Open, and anyone wishing to take advantage of these facilities to speed up their journey to and from Portrush during the week of the Championship is welcome to do so. These locations will be clearly signposted by black and yellow AA signs on approach to Coleraine and Portrush from all directions. Further details on Park & Ride operating times and prices are available at TheOpen.com/getting-there. Car park tickets may be purchased online in advance or on arrival.
To assist with traffic management and reduce congestion in the immediate vicinity of Royal Portrush and the surrounding area, temporary traffic regulations and parking restrictions will be introduced. These will be enforced by traffic attendants and the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses, assist traffic flow and increase safety and security for all road users. It is advisable to allow extra time for journeys during The Open and business owners may wish to consider making their customers aware of the changes.
In accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, access to the following roads will be restricted between the hours of 6.00am and 10.00pm from Sunday 14 July to Monday 22 July 2019 (inclusive):
No through traffic will be permitted along Bushmills Road and Dunluce Road to or from Portrush town.
Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council will issue access passes to residents and businesses affected by road access restrictions in June. Access for customers will be maintained. Golflinks Holiday Homes and The Skerries Holiday Park will distribute passes directly to their residents.
In addition, parking restrictions (no waiting/no stopping) will be in place on a number of roads in Portrush. Alternative parking will be provided for residents affected by the parking restrictions who do not have access to off-street parking. A map outlining the temporary restrictions can be found online.
The following car parks will not be available for public use during the dates specified:
Lansdowne Road Car Park will be available for public use as normal throughout the Championship, and additional public parking will be provided on Lansdowne Green.
On-street parking locations in Portrush Town Centre will be available as normal during The Open.
A dedicated car park for business owners and staff will be provided at the Lansdowne Recreation Grounds. Details of how to apply to permits will be circulated by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.
Beach access for pedestrians will not be inhibited or obstructed during the event at any of the beaches.
However, car access and parking will not be available at East Strand and West Bay during the following dates:
The above carparks will be subject to vehicular access restrictions in order to facilitate the operational requirements of The Open. Consequently vehicle access and parking at these sites will not be available to the general public. Pedestrian access to the beaches will remain available at all times and arrangements will be in place to facilitate those who live and work in the area.
The Causeway Coast and Glens is home to a wealth of beautiful beaches including Benone, Portstewart Strand, Whitepark Bay and Ballycastle, along with hidden gems like Portballintrae and Cushendun and we would encourage people to explore these areas and enjoy our expansive coastline which stretches across the Borough.
Spectators are able to bring mobile devices to The Open, however there is a strict policy in place to ensure that play is not disrupted, with designated areas for calls located throughout the course.
Spectators must bring entrance tickets on the day they are attending, either by downloading them onto your mobile phone, or printing them prior to arriving. Physical tickets may be posted out in advance if this option was selected at time of purchase.
The Open has a no re-admission policy on Championship Days, meaning you must bring everything you require for the day at the time of arrival. There will be no ability to leave and re-enter Royal Portrush throughout the day.
There is no dress code in public areas, only hospitality areas. Clothing suitable for the weather conditions should be worn, remembering that spectators will spend the majority of the day on their feet and walking around the course. Sun cream, hats and sunglasses are recommended in warm weather, however Irish weather is changeable so appropriate clothing is recommended. A refillable water bottle should be brought, as single-use plastic bottles of water are no longer for sale at The Open.
Small bags/rucksacks will be accepted into the event, but may be subject to security searches. Oversized bags deemed inappropriate may be required to be stored at the left luggage facility located by the main entrance gate.