Planning your trip

Plan your journey by bus through our TFI Journey Planner. Have a look at route maps through our website and for more information on fares you can visit our fare information page. The TFI Leap Card is a quick and easy way to pay for bus services on applicable routes across the TFI public transport network. The TFI Leap Card is up to 30% cheaper than paying single cash fares and you can benefit from fare capping and the Leap 90 discount.

Through our website you can also find a timetable for a bus service, look at live service updates and find out when the next bus will arrive at your bus stop.

The larger bus service operators in Ireland include Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland and Local Link. You can check out details of other operators by visiting their websites.

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann operates Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford city bus services and town services. It also operates commuter and intercity bus services throughout Ireland. Bus Éireann commenced operations in 1987 with a focus on the customer and a cost effective service. A new fleet and improved services have recently been introduced for Waterford City. 17 new buses were introduced with benefits including increased service frequency and extended hours of operation.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus is the biggest public transport provider in the Greater Dublin Area operating over 136 routes. Normal services run from 5.00am until midnight. The Nitelink service operates from midnight until 4.00am on Friday and Saturday nights. The Dublin Bus range of services include Cross City, Radial, Orbital, DART Feeder, Airlink, express limited stop commuter services, Nitelink and Sightseeing tours. The focus of Dublin Bus is to provide a safe service and promote a sustainable community life in Dublin.

Go-Ahead Ireland

Go-Ahead Ireland operate various bus routes in Dublin on behalf of Transport for Ireland.

In 2017, the National Transport Authority (NTA) awarded Go-Ahead Ireland the tender to operate approximately 10% of the current bus network in Dublin consisting of the ODMA (Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area) Public Service Obligation (PSO) bus routes.

All bus fares are set and approved by the NTA/Transport for Ireland.

Local Link

Local Link provides rural bus services across towns, villages and remote locations nationwide.

Where possible, Local Link combines services with Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail to address rural social exclusion. The services are operated and managed by 15 local offices throughout the country. These local offices are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm and operate all year round except for Public Holidays. Each office manages customer requests and delivery of bus services in the area.

The two types of bus services that Local Link delivers are Door-to-Door Routes and Scheduled Routes.

Door-to-Door Routes

The majority of Local Link bus services are Door-to-Door Routes which operate a pick up and drop off at the door service. They operate on a Demand Responsive element and respond to requests for services by intending passengers. Pre booking with the Local Link is required.

Scheduled Routes

Scheduled Routes are fixed timetabled bus services that operate on a daily or weekly basis. Door-to-Door pick up is not available on these services.