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Travel safety advice

People use various forms of transport every day in Northern Ireland. Even though the chances of something happening are quite slim, some people still feel nervous about using buses or taxis.

Follow our advice so that you can confidently use any type of public transport or taxi.

Taxi Safety

Taxis are a great, safe way to get home after a night out. However, you should always check that your taxi is genuine or only ever order it from a company you trust. If you are alone, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside your home.

  • If you have any doubts then do not get in the taxi.
  • Taxi drivers must carry identification - check it before you get in.
  • Legal taxis must display a special number plate.
  • If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out in a well-lit area where there are plenty of people.

Public Transport Safety

People usually feel safest when they are in groups and brightly lit places. However, when you travel by public transport, you need to be extra cautious especially if alone. It is always good to carry a mobile phone in case you need to call for help and do not forget that the driver is there to help too.

  • Avoid isolated bus stops at night.
  • Plan your route and, if possible, tell your friends.
  • Move away if someone makes you feel uncomfortable.

Further Information

Visit NI Direct's website for more information on public transport, air travel, parking, bus lanes and how to report problems with a road or street.

Translink also offers further on the Go Safe area of their website about how to ensure you have a safe journey when travelling by bus or coach at night or when you are on your own.