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How to get from Kerry Airport to Tralee

Tralee is a quaint town located in Kerry County, Ireland. The town draws travellers from around the world every August to see the famous Rose of Tralee International Festival. Walk the sandy beaches along Tralee Bay or take in the breathtaking views overlooking scenic cliffs as you drive the coast. While in Tralee, stop in to the fascinating Kerry County Museum and the National Folk Theatre of Ireland to listen to Irish music and watch local Irish dancing. Finish off the day with some hearty, authentic Irish food at one of the many local eateries.

When it comes to travelling from Kerry Airport to Tralee, you have two options: taking a taxi or the bus. If you choose to take a taxi from Kerry Airport, you can expect a journey time of around 20 minutes and an average cost of €40. The Bus Eireann number 40 or 271 will take closer to 30 minutes to reach Tralee but will cost just €4 per ticket.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €40 20min 24/7
Bus €8 30min 10:00–11:55

How to get from Kerry Airport to Tralee by taxi

If you’re looking for a quick, direct, and easy way to get from Kerry Airport to Tralee, then taking a taxi is your best bet. The journey to your destination in Tralee from Kerry Airport will be just 20 minutes and your driver will drop you off directly at the door of your accommodation.

What's the Kerry Airport to Tralee taxi fare?

There’s no fixed price for taking a taxi from Kerry Airport to Tralee. The local drivers will use taximeters to calculate your fare. Having said this, the average taxi fare for this journey will be €40 for up to 4 passengers.

To secure a fixed fare that will give you complete peace of mind, you can pre-book your Kerry transfers with Welcome Pickups and avoid the uncertainty in your budget.



Trip Duration

20 Min.

*Prices may vary unless you pre-book your ride.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Kerry Farranfore Airport (KIR).

Where do I find a taxi at Kerry Airport?

The official taxi rank can be found just outside of the Arrivals Hall at Kerry Airport. Exit the main terminal building and you’ll see the line of taxis waiting.


No matter what time you land at Kerry Airport, you’ll find a taxi ready to whisk you off to your hotel. This means there are no long waits for your transport, and your driver will drop you off right at the door of your destination in Tralee.

Editor’s Note

There are two different tariffs used by Kerry taxi drivers. The first is a standard fare used during the day, the second is a premium fare, used at night and on Sundays. The premium fare is slightly higher than the standard fare.

Useful Tips

Ensure the taximeter is reset to the correct tariff before you leave the airport.
Taxi drivers from Kerry Airport accept cash payments in the local currency of euros.
Tipping your driver isn't mandatory in Ireland, but it's always appreciated for good service.

How to get from Kerry Airport to Tralee by bus

The company Bus Eireann runs two different lines from Kerry Airport to Tralee, lines 40 and 271. The total journey time on the bus into Tralee is around 30 minutes, depending on the line you use.

How much is the bus from Kerry Airport to Tralee?

The cost of a one-way ticket on either the 40 or 271 bus from Kerry Airport to Tralee will be €4. This is payable to the driver on the bus in euros. Alternatively, you can purchase your tickets online in advance.



Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Bus Eireann buses departs from the airport three times a day at 10:00, 11:15, and 11:55.

Value for Money

Bus Eireann buses run from 10:00 to 11:55 daily.

Where do I find the bus at Kerry Airport?

All buses leave from outside of the main terminal building at Kerry Airport. Be sure to look carefully at the bus numbers as only buses 40 and 271 make the journey to Tralee.


If you land at the correct time, taking the bus from Kerry Airport to Tralee is a convenient transfer option. However, if you land after 11:30, there will be no bus service until the following day. Keep in mind that once you reach Tralee, you’ll also need to use alternate transport to reach your hotel, which will add time and cost to your journey.

Editor’s Note

It's important to note that the buses only leave three times a day from Kerry Airport to Tralee. Be sure to check the schedule to see if one of the departures lines up with your landing time.

Useful Tips

To book your preferred seat on the bus, you can purchase tickets online in advance.
The buses fill quickly, so be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the bus departs to ensure you get a seat.
The journey time into Tralee will vary depending on the route of the bus line you choose to take.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Kerry Airport to Tralee? 

To get from Kerry Airport to Tralee, you have two options, taking a taxi or the bus. A taxi from the airport will cost around €40 and will take about 20 minutes to reach your destination Tralee, while the Bus Eireann service will take closer to 30 minutes, excluding wait time, and will cost €4 per ticket. For the most personalised option with a professional driver and a flexible cancellation policy, you can pre-book your ride with Welcome Pickups and benefit from a range of travel extras. 

What’s the cost of a taxi from Kerry Airport to Tralee?

Since taxis in Kerry use a taximeter to calculate their fares, there’s no set Kerry Airport to Tralee taxi fare. You can expect an average price of €40. If you’d prefer a fixed fare you can count on, we suggest pre-booking your transfer.

How far is Tralee from Kerry Airport?

The distance from Kerry Airport to Tralee is around 17 km. It will take 20 minutes to reach Tralee by taxi and around 30 minutes if you take the line 40 or 271 bus.

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