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International Travel

As of 4th December 2011, the international carriage of passengers by coach and bus is governed by Regulation (EC) No 1073/2009.

This is conditional on the possession of a Community licence. Any road passenger transport operator possessing a valid Community licence, issued by the Member State of establishment, has free access to the whole international EU road transport market.

In the Republic of Ireland these are issued by the Department of Transport, please see www.rtol.ie for further information.

Carriers are required to carry a certified true copy of the Community licence on board each of their vehicles. This is in order to facilitate effective controls by enforcement authorities, especially those outside the Member State in which the carrier is established.

The Regulation defines the different types of coach and bus service, and the specific requirements they must fulfill to access the market.


Regular Services

  • These require a national authorisation, issued by a competent authority.
  • Authorisations are issued by the National Transport Authority. If your service crosses a border as part of a scheduled service, you may require International Authorisation.
  • If you are unsure if the service that you provide requires International Authorisation, please contact the Authority.
  • Please see below for further details on how to complete an application for an International Authorisation.

Special Regular Services

  • Example: the transport of workers or schoolchildren.
  • Shall not require a national authorisation, if covered by a contract between the organiser and the transport operator.
  • These services only require a Journey Form (formerly known as Way Bills).
  • Journey forms are available from the National Transport Authority.
  • Please see What is a Journey Form for further details.

Occasional Services

  • Example: the transport of a group of young people to a concert in another Member State, or a one-off tourist trip.
  • Only require a Journey Form.
  • Journey Forms are available from the National Transport Authority.
  • Please see What is a Journey Form for further details.

Own-account Transport and Related Authorisations and Rules

  • These are exempt from the authorisation system.
  • They require a certificate issued by the Member State, in which the vehicle is registered.
  • In the Republic of Ireland these certificates are issued by the Department of Transport.

Apply for an International Authorisation

Please note that all applications for an Authorisation must be forwarded to all other jurisdictions for approval.

To make a complete and valid application for an Authorisation you must supply the following:

  • completed application form, signed and dated
  • The appropriate fees
  • Timetable
  • Drivers rota
  • Fare structure, please note that fares must be given in Euros and the currency for all other countries
  • Copy of Valid Community Licence
  • Copy of Valid Tax Clearance Certificate
  • A complete map of the proposed route, and maps clearly showing each individual stop

If the proposed Authorisation includes pick-up and set down of passengers solely within the Republic of Ireland, a National Licence may be required in addition to the Authorisation.


Fees for new application:

  • €35.55 (to be submitted with new application)

Outstanding fees required for issue of Authorisation (i.e. not at application stage):

  • €10.16 – grant of Authorisation
  • €16.51 per year of validity (maximum five years = €82.55)
  • €2.54 per Certified True Copy required. A Certified True Copy must be carried on board each vehicle

Please note that all applications for an Authorisation must be forwarded to all other jurisdictions for approval.

Apply for a Variation to an International Authorisation

To make a complete and valid application for an Authorisation you must supply the following:

  • completed application form, signed and dated.
  • The appropriate fees (please see fee structure below).
  • Drivers rota.
  • Fare structure – fares must be given in Euros and currency for all other countries.
  • Copy of Valid Community Licence.
  • Copy of Valid Tax Clearance Certificate.
  • Timetable.
  • A complete map of the proposed route (if a change is proposed).
  • Maps clearly showing each individual stop (if a change is proposed).

If your proposed Authorisation includes pick-up and set down of passengers solely within the Republic of Ireland, a National Licence may be required in addition to the Authorisation.


Fees for Authorisation Variation Application (Authorisation amendment):

  • €16.51 application fee – to be submitted with variation application.
  • €2.54 per Certified True Copy required – a Certified True Copy must be carried on board each vehicle (only to be paid once the variation has been approved, i.e. not at application stage).