Travelling to work and car parking

Belfast, like most cities, has problems with pollution, congestion and parking. We encourage staff to choose sustainable transport to and from work where possible. We hope to reduce the number of single car occupancy trips and increase the use of car sharing, cycling, public transport and walking.

Public transport

Bus and train

Regular, convenient transport links are available for each Belfast Trust site. The Translink Journey Planner allows you to plan your journey to and from each location. Belfast Trust staff can also save 20 per cent on travel costs through the Bus and Train Saver Scheme.

The scheme allows Belfast Trust to purchase an aLink Annual Smartcard on behalf of staff. The Trust then deducts the value of the card from your monthly or weekly salary in equal instalments over 12 months. This Smartcard covers the journeys you have chosen on bus or train services within Northern Ireland. As an extra benefit, you also get unlimited travel at weekends on the Translink bus and train network within Northern Ireland.

When you apply for the aLink Annual Smartcard, email your quotation to the Trust Finance Department along with this form for authority to deduct payment from your salary


The new Glider service links East Belfast to West Belfast including the Titanic Quarter. They are high frequency services and include free on-board wifi and USB charging. Further details can be found on the Glider section of the Translink website.

Park and Ride to work

Routes and timetables for Park and Ride services can be found on the Park and Ride section of the Translink website.

Cycle to Work

The Trust operates a Cycle to Work scheme with Halfords that offers savings of up to 42 per cent. This enables staff to sacrifice part of their salary in return for a new bike and safety accessories to be used for cycling to work. The scheme currently has around 4,000 members and is continually growing.

Benefits of the scheme include:

  • Partnerships with around 31 local suppliers across Northern Ireland. This ensures you can select a bike from a store convenient to you and purchase brands that Halfords may not stock
  • Tax savings on a new bike and accessories
  • First six-week service
  • One year bike care plan
  • Various other discounts
  • You can claim mileage expenses for cycling. This is set at 20p per mile. You can apply through HRPTS Travel Claims

Car share

The Trust participates in a Car Share Scheme. Every member of staff can join and the scheme finds you a ‘match’ for free. See the Liftshare website for more details.

  • Save money as drivers and passengers split the travel costs
  • Cut your CO2 emissions and local congestion
  • Enjoy some friendly company to reduce the stress of driving alone
  • Great alternative if you don't have easy access to pubic transport


Car parking

Cark park passes

Car parking on our acute sites is extremely limited for both staff and visitors so please use alternative transport if possible.

When you start working for the Trust, you will be able to apply for a staff car park pass. However, due to limited availability, you will likely join a waiting list.

For services outside the acute sites, you should make contact with the facility manager about access to car parks.

You will find more information on travel options on the staff intranet.