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
*Evening Services available
*Evening Services available
*Evening Services available
*Evening services available Newcastle West, Glin, Shanagolden, Ballorgan, Doneraile.
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.
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For Door-to-Door routes operating in your area please see the drop down menu below.
*Evening services available Woodford to Portumna & surrounding areas, Headford to Galway.
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.
TFI Local Link services are available to everyone with a significant focus on providing accessible transport options for passengers. Free Travel Passes are accepted on all TFI Local link services and cash fares are payable by anyone who doesn’t have a Free Travel Pass. The Door-to- Door services are a particular feature of TFI Local Link. Collecting and dropping off passengers to their homes offers great peace of mind to passengers living in rural areas who might otherwise have no way to access public transport.
An additional feature of TFI Local Link, which is helpful for many customers, is the willingness of drivers or other staff to assist. Small gestures can make a real difference to a person living in an isolated area when they are making the decision to venture out into their community.
Being able to get out and about is a vital way to stay part of the local community and to access local amenities. Local bus travel is a lifeline for many people who do not drive and very often this isn’t an option for those who live rurally or have no local bus service available to them. For others, declining mobility may be preventing them from using public transport due to needing extra assistance.
The Rural Transport Programme mission statement is “to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to Local needs,” says Margaret Malone, Rural Transport Programme Manager. “The key priorities of the Rural Transport Programme continue to include addressing rural social exclusion and the integration of rural transport services with other public transport services,” says Malone, “The NTA in conjunction with Local Link offices will continue to identify improvements in existing services and develop appropriate new routes based on the availability of resource. Greater integration with existing public transport services between towns/ villages will also continue to be a key focus of the Programme”.
“My husband passed away and my sister told me of the service, in a past lifetime I worked in Newcastle West and I always loved the shops there. I have connected with old friends in Newcastle West and Charleville and it has so changed my life”.
Mary Sheehan from Dromcollogher uses Local Link Limerick.
TFI Local Link provides safe, secure and reliable local public transport services in rural areas of Ireland. There are 15 TFI Local Link offices. Contact your nearest TFI Local Link office for timetables and route information.
TFI Local Link offices operate Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and can be contacted by phone, email or drop in service within office hours. For details on your nearest office visit the contact page for TFI Local Link.
There are 3 ways in which to find out about TFI Local Link services in your area.
Yes – the Free Travel Pass is accepted on all TFI Local Link Services.
Seats can be reserved on Door-to-Door services only. To reserve a seat please contact your TFI Local Link office directly. Seats can be reserved up to one month in advance.
There is currently no online booking system for TFI Local Link services. To reserve a seat email or call your TFI Local Link office.
80% of TFI Local Link services are wheelchair accessible. Ideally services with wheelchair requests should be pre-booked by contacting your nearest TFI Local Link so a suitable vehicle is available.