Traffic advice, parking and transport information

Please find below information to help you plan ahead with your travel for Sunday 3rd October 2021.  Together with our partners Belfast City Council, Department of Infrastructure, PSNI and Translink, we are providing the following free parking and transport options. 



On Sunday 3rd October 2021 at 9am the Marathon will commence, followed by the Team Relay, 8 Mile Walk and Fun Run events, from Stormont Estate (Prince of Wales Avenue) in a bid to complete the 39th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.  All events will finish in Ormeau Park with the exception of the Fun Run which starts and finishes at Stormont Estate.  

The marathon route encompasses North, East, South and West of the city.

In line with road closure legislation, a road closure order has been applied for and motorists should expect some disruption.  Where possible stewards will facilitate traffic and ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.  Motorists are asked to follow diversion signs and take direction from stewards on the route.

Roads will start to close wholly or partially from around 6am until 4.30pm approximately.

Once all runners have passed points on the route, reopening of the roads will be managed.  Times for this are available on the Belfast City Council road closure website and by clicking HERE.

For details on projected times for participants passing through the marathon route and road closures, please click HERE. 



Parking in Stormont – FREE parking spaces will be available within the Stormont Complex.  If you intend to park in or around the Stormont area, please use this facility and enter via Stoney Road – follow signage and the directions of the stewards. DO NOT block or park in the residential areas nearby.  Please note the Upper Newtownards Road from the Stormont Entrance will close from around 08.00am to facilitate traffic management solutions for the start of the event. Access will be from the Dundonald side ONLY.   Please note also, if parking at Stormont, vehicular access out of the estate will be from approximately 010.30am at the earliest.  Car parks at Stormont will close at 05.00pm.

Parking around Ormeau Park/Finish Area – FREE parking will be available in the following carparks;

  • Belfast City Council Car Park, Raphael Street 
  • Belfast City Council Car Park, Ormeau Avenue 


Belfast City Council Car Parks in the City Centre

Most of the following car parks will be open 24/7.  Some will be free and some will have normal parking charges applicable.  A full list of Belfast City Council car parks can be found HERE.  For any general queries, please call 028 9027 0428. 

Belfast City Centre Car Parks (non Belfast City Council car parks)

There is also the option of the following car parks in Belfast City Centre as provided by Belfast City Centre Management.  Please click HERE to download. 






  • Getting to the start line:
    • A shuttle bus will be available opposite Belfast City Hall (on Chichester Street outside SS Moore’s) to the Stormont Start Line between 07.00am and 08.00am
  • Fun Runners returning to city centre (if not using the free car parking facility) - Fun Run participants can return to the city centre via the Glider Service on the Upper Newtownards Road for free, provided they show their medal or race number.
  • Please be mindful of circumstances this year surrounding the ongoing pandemic.  NO spectators are permitted at the Start Line. 
  • Please be advised of COVID-19 measures in place at the event this year.  Face masks must be worn at all times on public transport.


  • Getting back to Belfast City Centre:
    • A shuttle bus will pick up participants from Ormeau Embankment (a short walk from the Ormeau Park finish line) from 11.45am and transport to Belfast City Centre. This service will run until 04.00pm
  • Getting back to Stormont:
    • For any participants needing to return to the car parks at Stormont, there will be a Glider service (complimentary) available from SS Moore’s (Chichester Street) or Wellington Street to Stormont. This service will run until 04.30pm **please note that Stormont car parks will close from 05.00pm**
  • Shuttle services run approximately every 15 minutes




Leg A – Stormont Estate (Start) to Montgomery Road

  • A shuttle bus will be available from Belfast City Hall (outside SS Moore’s) to the Start Line from 07.00am to 08.00am.

Leg B – Montgomery Road to Boucher Road

  • Transport will leave Annadale Embankment from 08.00am and drop off at the Cregagh Road.

Leg C – Boucher Road to Falls Road

  • Transport will leave Annadale Embankment from 08.00am and drop off at the Shane Retail Park

Leg D – Falls Road to North Queen Street

  • Transport will leave Annadale Embankment from 08.00am and drop off at Park Centre Retail Park

Leg E – North Queen Street to Ormeau Park (Finish)

  • Transport will leave Annadale Embankment from 08.00am and drop off at Cityside Retail Park

Buses will be in operation as a “loop service” between 08.00AM – 10.00AM.  Participants are advised to make their way to Annadale Embankment as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  Buses will be filled on a first come first served basis and will only leave once full. 

Return transport for Relay runners to Ormeau Embankment will be available from all relay changeover points. 


On Race Day, if you intend on travelling by public transport, with our Official Transport Partner Translink, please plan your travel requirements in advance as bus and rail times and services are susceptible to change. For more information visit