Bus Eireann drop Expressway link through Millstreet

Notice from Bus Eireann: “The Route 40 Bus Service will no longer serve Millstreet/Rathmore. Customers who wish to travel to/from Millstreet will be able to travel to Killarney/Macroom on the Route 257, which operates Monday to Friday only – onward connections to Cork are available from Macroom on Route 40 or Route 233.”

So this all means that there are now no weekend services through Millstreet as the following buses below have been removed:

To Tralee:  7:40pm (Monday to Saturday), 2:40pm & 7:40pm (Sunday), and

To Cork: 7:05pm (Sunday)

Cork Regional Bus Timetables (Routes 257 & 233). Intercity / Expressway Timetables (Route 40). Read the press release on the Bus Eireann website.

Bus Eireann to reduce Busses through Millstreet

Bus Eireann have announced that they are reducing the number of scheduled bus stops through Millstreet every day (Route 40 Cork-Tralee). However they will be running a shuttle bus from Macroom to Killarney via Millstreet twice in both directions every day

There will be thirteen departures a day in each direction from Cork to Tralee every day. All services will now operate on the main road via Ballyvourney only. Route 257 will provide a shuttle connection between Macroom/ Killarney and Millstreet/Rathmore. The new timetable changes come into effect from Feb 28th.

Busses passing through Millstreet will be at (Mon-Saturday only):

  • towards Killarney 12:55 & 15:55 &19:40
  • towards Macroom 09:40 & 14:40


  • towards Killarney 14:40 19:40
  • towards Macroom 19:05

The old times through Millstreet were

  • Mon – Sat to Tralee: 10:40 14:40 18:40 21:40
  • Sundays to Tralee: 09:40 14:40 18:40 21:40
  • Mon – Sat to Cork:  07:30 10:05 13:05 15:05 19:05
  • Sundays to Cork:  10:05 13:05 15:05 19:05

This means that there are less than half the buses in the day, and that there is little chance of getting to Cork  or Killarney for a day trip. There are no peak time services for students especially (Friday evening & Sunday evening). We can only hope that a private bus company picks up the pieces, or that the trains  give more attractive pricing.

note: times on this page were last updated on August 19th 2010

This is from a Bus Eireann press release today (29th Jan 2010)
The new timetables for route 40 (doesn’t include Millstreet) and also for the new Macroom-Millstreet-Killarney route are available to download from the Bus Eireann website

The old #40 timetable which went through Millstreet is still available to download from the Bus Eireann website

Bus Éireann unable to serve Millstreet on Route 40

Route 40 Cork-Tralee is unable to serve Millstreet.

“Given the snow forecast for today throughout the country, Bus Éireann will continue to monitor this situation closely and we would advise customers to contact their local travel office for information on individual services or visit www.buseireann.ie,” said a statement.

“Bus Éireann would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”