Situated in the far southwest of the country, Tralee could be said to fairly geographically remote town to access. However, there are decent road and public transport links available.
If approaching Tralee from the south, please use the N86 to head towards the town. Those coming from the north or east should exploit the N69 and N22 respectively.
The test centre is located in the heart of the town, and there are therefore plenty of parking options available. We’ve listed a couple of possible facilities to use below.
Market Car Park
This site operates between 8.00am-6.30pm, Monday through to Saturday (car park is closed on a Sunday). There is room for 440 vehicles here, so securing a parking space is unlikely to be an issue at any stage in the day.
Parking costs €1.50 per hour, but there is a maximum spend cap of €6 in operation. Therefore, even if parking for over four hours, you will not be expected to pay any additional charges. Please note that electronic vehicle charging is accommodated at this car park.
Onwards travel to the test venue will take around six minutes on foot. On exiting the car park, please turn left, and head westbound on Maine Street. At the end of the road, turn right onto Rock Street. Progress north for around 250m, before turning right at the roundabout. Advance along North Circular Road for approximately 125m, locating the test centre on your left-hand side.
Tralee (Casement) Train Station Car Park
The station car park is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week. Parking is not charged by the hour here, as the site only offers full day, full week, or full month prices. A twenty-four-hour ticket is €4.50, and therefore there will be ultimately little difference in cost between parking at this facility or the Market. However, please note that you can receive a discount if you opt to pay by mobile, using the APCOA connect service line. If pursuing this option, full-day parking will be priced at €3.50, and, if extending your stay in Tralee beyond your test day, one week’s parking will be discounted by €2, from €11 to €9.
To pay via APCOA Connect, please call 0861801630 and quote the Location ID (3224). Please be aware that card payments are not accepted at this site.
Disabled spaces are available here, and this car park also facilitates electronic vehicle charging.
For directions to the test centre from here, please follow the guidance given in later sections.
There are four main external transit lines that service Tralee town centre. Therefore, regardless of where you’re based, you should be able to find a bus route that takes you close to the test venue.
- 13: The number 13 operates between Limerick and Tralee, heading southwest/northeast. If using this service, please alight at the last stop, which is Tralee (Casement) Train Station. Again, onwards travel guidance from here is articulated below.
- 275: This route facilitates east/west travel between Tralee and the small harbour town of Dingle-Daingean Ui Chuis. Again, please exit the bus at Tralee’s train station.
- 300: This is a cross-country service which heads between Dublin and Tralee. Please leave the bus at its terminus bus stop, on Prince’s Street. The test centre is approximately 1km from here, so, if uncomfortable walking this distance, please consider ordering a local taxi to support your onwards journey (some cab company information is listed at the end of this section).
If you’re planning to walk to the venue, please head north up Prince’s Street. Continue on as the road merges with New Street, and then Rock Street. This route then converges with the journey from the Market Car Park, so please refer to the instructions given in the earlier car park notes.
40: The 40 service travels between Cork and Tralee (heading in northwest/southeast directions). Once again, please alight at the last stop, Tralee (Casement) station.
As mentioned, if using the 300 route and keen to avoid a lengthy walk, it might be worth using the services of a local cab firm. Several options are provided below:
- Dial-a-Taxi Tralee: Castle Street, Balloonagh, Tralee, Co. Kerry (Contact number: +353 87 981 8181)
- Oakpark Taxis: 13 Woodlands, Oakpark, Tralee, Co. Kerry B92 Y76C (Contact number +353 87 957 4099)
- Speedy Cabs: 4 Link Road, Clogherbrien, Tralee, Co. Kerry (Contact number: +353 66 712 7411)
If a resident of Tralee, it may be that you decide to take advantage of a route within the town’s local public transport network. If so, please either target Rock Street, Tralee Bus Station, or the aforementioned Tralee train station.
The walk from bus station to test venue will take roughly five minutes. Head west on John Joe Sheehy Road, continuing over the first set of crossroads and then going straight ahead at the roundabout. After navigating the roundabout, progress west on North Circular Road for around 200m. The test site will be on your right-hand side.
For more information on the routes detailed above, or to locate alternative bus stops, please visit the relevant Moovit platform page, located here.
Tralee (Casement) train station welcomes visitors from Dublin, Galway and Limerick, and also facilitates connecting services to Cork.
As the station is positioned just 350m away from Tralee Bus Station, it’s unsurprising that the two locations’ respective journeys to the test centre intertwine. When exiting the station, turn left at first possible opportunity. This will allow you to head southbound on Riverside Drive. At the crossroads, turn right onto John Joe Sheehy Road; this is where the different routes converge. Therefore, the route from train station to venue will take around seven minutes to complete.
For further information about this station, or to plan departure and arrival times, please head to the Irish Rail website.
John Joe Sheehy Road,
Tralee’s theory test site operates between the following hours:
- Monday-Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm
- Saturday: 9.00am-2.00pm.
- The test venue is closed on a Sunday.