TFI Local Link Kerry connecting Waterville and Killarney

TFI Local Link Kerry is launching a new bus route, which will improve connectivity between Waterville and Killarney, from Monday 17th of July 2023.

This new route is part of the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan which is a major national public transport initiative developed and funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of the Transport for Ireland (TFI) Network.

Route 280

Route 280 will operate seven daily return services Monday to Sunday between Waterville and Killorglin, which includes three daily return trips between Waterville and Killarney. The new route will provide a peak-time service for commuters as well as improved connectivity to rail services in Killarney and regional bus services in Kilorglin.

The route from Waterville to Killarney will offer enhanced connectivity to villages and areas such as Cahersiveen, Kells, Glenbeigh, Kilorglin and Beaufort.

Route 280, is part of a planned phased roll out this summer of new and enhanced TFI Local Link bus services in Co. Kerry, which when used together, will allow passengers to connect in Waterville to travel around the Iveragh Peninsula, all year round.

Speaking ahead of the launch, TFI Local Link Kerry, General Manager, Alan O’Connell said: “We are delighted to launch our service expansion along the Iveragh Peninsula.  We are confident this will be transformative for locals living along the route. This route replaces the existing Route 285 service that has operated in the area.

“The new timetable has been designed to allow passengers to travel from Waterville, Cahersiveen & Glenbeigh and to arrive into Killorglin by 8am facilitating transfer to Route 279 for onward travel to Tralee or Killarney. There will also be a bus from Killarney arriving in Killorglin before 9am with timed connections in Waterville with the recently launched Route 281 from Waterville to Kenmare.

“This new service will provide new opportunities for communities across the Iveragh Peninsula and will enable greater connectivity for employment, recreation, education and health purposes.”

For more route and timetable information, visit

Learn more here about the five year Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan