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TFI Local Link: Travel 1000 Miles and More Around Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful country with a rich history, culture, and nature. Whether you want to visit the ancient castles, the scenic coastlines, or the lively cities, there is something for everyone in this green island. 🍀

But how do you get around this country without breaking the bank? How do you find the best routes, fares, and schedules for your travel needs? How do you enjoy the convenience and comfort of public transport while supporting the local communities and businesses?

The answer is simple: use the TFI Local Link Services!

What are the TFI Local Link Services?

The TFI Local Link Services are a network of low-cost, reliable, and accessible bus services that connect rural areas and smaller towns with larger urban centres across the Republic of Ireland. They are operated by the National Transport Authority (NTA), under the Transport for Ireland (TFI) brand, in partnership with local operators and drivers.

The TFI Local Link Services aim to provide social inclusion, economic development, and environmental sustainability for the rural communities and regions of Ireland. They offer a range of services, such as:

  • Regular Rural Services: These are fixed-routes and fixed-schedule services that operate daily or weekly, depending on the demand and the area. They are ideal for commuters, students, shoppers, and tourists who want to travel between towns and villages on a regular basis. Regular services have a scheduled timetable, just like any other public transport bus service. They are also designed to maximise connectivity with Bus Éireann, commercial bus services and Iarnród Éireann networks to facilitate passengers who may need to connect to the national Transport For Ireland network.

  • Demand responsive services (Door-to-Door): These are flexible and door-to-door services that operate on request, usually by phone or online booking. They are designed to cater for the specific needs of the passengers. They are also useful for occasional or one-off trips, such as social events, or leisure activities. Demand responsive services are route based services with the added benefit, where possible, of collecting and dropping off passengers at their homes. These services require pre-booking with your Local Link office, ideally at least the day before travelling. Demand responsive services operate a timetable that is subject to change. Timetables frequency for demand responsive services can vary from daily to once a week, or fortnightly.

Why use the TFI Local Link Services?

There are many benefits and advantages of using the TFI Local Link Services, such as:

  • Cost-effectiveness: The TFI Local Link Services offer some of the lowest fares in the country, starting from as little as €2 for a single journey. You can also save more money by using the Leap Card option, which gives you discounts and rewards for using public transport. You can also use the Free Travel Pass, if you are eligible, to travel for free on all the TFI Local Link Services.

  • Convenience: The TFI Local Link Services are easy to use and access. You can find the nearest stop, route, and timetable for your destination on the TFI website or the TFI Journey Planner app. You can also call or email the TFI Local Link office for any queries or assistance. You can find the contact details of the local office for your area on the TFI Local Link Network website.

  • Comfort: The TFI Local Link Services are modern, safe, and comfortable. They are equipped with air conditioning, and CCTV. They are also wheelchair accessible. The drivers and staff are friendly, helpful, and professional. They will make sure you have a pleasant and enjoyable journey.

  • Community: The TFI Local Link Services are more than just transport services. They are also community services that connect people and places, foster social interaction and inclusion, and support local economy and environment. By using the TFI Local Link Services, you are not only travelling, but also contributing to the well-being and development of the rural Ireland.

How to explore Ireland with the TFI Local Link Services?

With the TFI Local Link Services, you can explore Ireland in a fun, affordable, and sustainable way. You can discover the hidden gems and the local attractions of the country, while meeting new people and learning new things along the way.

You can travel 1000 miles and more through Ireland with the TFI Local Link Services. You can visit the four provinces of Ireland: Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster. You can see the five cities of Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford. You can experience the diverse landscapes of Ireland: the mountains, the lakes, the rivers.

You can also create your own customised itinerary based on your interests, preferences, and budget. You can choose from a variety of themes and activities, such as:

  • History and heritage: Learn about the ancient and modern history of Ireland, from the prehistoric monuments to the medieval castles, from the famine memorials to the independence museums, from the literary legends to the musical icons.

  • Culture and arts: Enjoy the rich and vibrant culture and arts of Ireland, from the traditional music and dance to the contemporary theatre and cinema, from the folk festivals and parades to the art galleries and museums, from the local crafts and cuisine to the global fashion and design.

  • Nature and wildlife: Appreciate the stunning and diverse nature and wildlife of Ireland, from the rare and endangered species to the abundant and colourful flora and fauna, from the national parks and reserves to the gardens and farms, from the eco-tours and trails to the adventure sports and activities.

  • Health and wellness: Relax and rejuvenate your body and mind in Ireland, from the natural and holistic therapies to the modern and luxurious spas, from the yoga and meditation retreats to the hiking and cycling tours, from the organic and vegan food to the craft and herbal drinks.

The possibilities are endless with the TFI Local Link Services. You can explore Ireland at your own pace and style, while enjoying the benefits and advantages of the public transport system.

How to get started with the TFI Local Link Services?

If you are interested in exploring Ireland with the TFI Local Link Services, here are some steps and tips to get you started:

  • Step 1: Plan your trip. Decide where you want to go, what you want to see, and how long you want to stay. You can use the TFI website or the TFI Journey Planner app to find the best routes, timetables, and fares for your destination.

  • Step 2: Depending on the service you choose, you may have to book your seat in advance. Our Door-to-Door services require a booking at least one day prior to your trip. If you are a wheelchair user, it is mandatory to notify us 2 to 3 days before your trip. You can do this by phone, or by email. You can find the contact details of the local office for your area on the TFI website.

  • Step 3: Enjoy your journey. On the day of your trip, make sure you arrive at the stop or the pick-up point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Have your ticket, Leap Card, Free Travel Pass, or cash ready. Board the bus and greet the driver. Find a seat and relax. You can read a book, listen to music, or chat with other passengers. You can also admire the scenery and the landmarks along the way. When you reach your destination, thank the driver and exit the bus. Have fun exploring the place and meeting the locals.

We hope this blog post has given you some useful information and inspiration for your next trip to Ireland with the TFI Local Link Services. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below. Thank you for reading and happy travelling! 🚍



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