TFI Local Link is a local public transport bus service that provides better links between rural transport and national bus and rail services throughout Ireland. TFI Local Link bus services are low cost and available for anyone wishing to travel to or from their local town, village or parish.
TFI Local Link services are managed by 15 transport coordination units, or TCUs, nationwide operating as TFI Local Link, on behalf of the National Transport Authority. Each office manages the day to day requests and delivery of bus services in their area. These offices open from 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday to Friday and operate all year round except for Public Holidays.
The two types of local bus services that TFI Local Link delivers are Door-to-Door and Regular Rural Services. Door-to-Door Routes are a rural bus service with the added benefit of collecting and dropping off passengers at their homes. These services are demand responsive which means they require pre-booking with your TFI Local Link office, ideally the day before travelling, to be collected at your home. Regular Rural Services operate a daily bus service on a fixed route and timetable like a standard Bus Éireann service.
The Free Travel Pass and cash fares are accepted on all services. More details on TFI Local Link fares can be found on the Fares page.
Contact your nearest TFI Local Link office today for more information.
Regular Rural Services operate a daily bus service on a fixed route and timetable with reduced timetables on weekends. These local bus services connect towns, villages and parishes and are available for anyone wishing to travel. The timetables are designed to ensure connectivity with Bus Éireann and Iarnrod Éireann networks to facilitate passengers who wish to make onward journeys whether for education, employment, health or recreational reasons.
For Regular Rural services operating in your area please see the drop down menu
Door-to-Door Routes are a rural bus service with the added benefit of collecting and dropping off passengers at their homes. These services are demand responsive which means you have to pre-book with your TFI Local Link office, ideally the day before travelling, to ensure collection at the your home.
Door-to-Door routes operate a timetable that is subject to change and vary from a daily to once a week or once a fortnight.
TFI Local Link evening services offer an extended timetable on some Door to Door Services until 11pm at night. For timetables in your area that include these additional evening services please see the drop down menu below.
It is advisable to contact Your TFI Local Link office to pre-book the service you wish to use.
Booking your Journey:
Select the service you wish to use by searching the drop down menu below
Call your Local Link office directly
Please call at least one hour before you want to travel or ideally the day before
You can book your journey up to one week in advance
Please tell your Local Link if you require a return journey
Advise if you use a wheelchair or child buggy when booking.
For Door-to-Door routes operating in your area please see the drop down menu below.
TFI Local Link is a development of the Rural Transport Programme (RTP) and was launched in 2007 to build on the success of its predecessor the Rural Transport Initiative (RTI).
The Rural Transport Initiative was established as a pilot project in 2002 to address issues of unmet transport in rural areas. The RTI specifically focused on responding to rural isolation and enhancing the mobility, accessibility and community participation of local people, particularly those at risk of social exclusion. Such was the success of the RTI and its successor the RTP that by 2013 1.74million passenger journeys were taken.
The RTP was selected for review under the ‘Value for Money and Policy Review Initiative’, the Governments evaluation of public expenditure programmes, in line with a commitment given at the launch of the Rural Transport Programme in 2007.
The Review was carried out by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and the report was published early 2012. Until April 2013, the RTP was managed by Pobal however this responsibility was then transferred to the National Transport Authority (NTA) and the NTA has been tasked with overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of this review.
The placing of the responsibility of the RTP and all integrated local and rural transport with the NTA, allows for better oversight of all state funded local and rural transport services. It enables the development of better links between local and rural transport services and national bus and rail services. It also enables the NTA to identify gaps in service provision and to fill those gaps in the most effective way.
Recommendations of the Value for Money and Policy Review Initiative detailed a plan for an organisational restructuring of the RTP. This plan concentrated on the establishment of 15 Local Link Areas of operation to local and rural transport services in these areas.
To find out more about TFI Local Link operating in your area visit Your TFI Local Link.