Rural Transport Programme

The mission statement of the Rural Transport Programme is ‘to provide a quality nationwide community based public transport system in rural Ireland which responds to local needs’.

The services are operated and managed by 15 local offices throughout the country. Each office manages the day to day requests and delivery of bus services in that area on behalf of the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The Rural Transport Programme operates under the brand name Local Link and they operate two types of bus services:

  • Door-to-Door Routes
  • Scheduled Routes

Key Features:

  • Completing 2 million passenger journeys per annum with 1 million of those journeys provided for Free Travel Passengers.
  • 63 Scheduled services and 1,350 Demand Responsive services.
  • Travelling over 11.8 million kilometres annually.
  • Over 400 Private Operators provide the services involving up to 900 drivers.
  • As well as providing regular public transport services and Demand Responsive services, the Programme also funds the provision of ‘Once Off’ trips for individuals and community/voluntary groups to help address rural social exclusion.
  • 80% of service trips are defined as either fully or partially accessible.

For more information please visit the Local Link website or drop into your nearest Local Link office.

Details of scheduled Local Link Services are also available via the TFI Journey Planner.


Rural Transport Programme: Growth in Passenger Journeys

Year Passenger Journeys (millions) Percentage Change on Previous Year
2015 1.76 No change
2016 1.79 +1.7
2017 1.89 +5.6
2018 2m +5.8