Travel2Care: Financial assistance for travel to cancer test and treatment appointments

Travel2Care is a limited transportation assistance fund which has been made available by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) to patients travelling to  a designated cancer centre, approved centres or approved children’s hospital and is administered by the Irish Cancer Society. 

The purpose of this nationwide transportation assistance fund is to support people who have a genuine financial difficulty in meeting some of the costs of travelling to current appointments.

Eligibility for Travel2Care

You can apply for Travel2Care if you:

  • Live permanently in Ireland

  • Have a genuine financial need

  • Have to travel over 50km to a designated cancer centre, approved centres or approved children’s hospital

  • Are travelling for assessment, diagnosis, surgery or active treatment at a designated cancer centre, approved satellite centre or approved children’s hospital

  • Do not qualify for other schemes, such as transport funded by the HSE or voluntary transport initiatives such as the Volunteer Driver Servie. Please note that we cannot provide financial assistance towards retrospective appointments. 

Hospitals covered by Travel2Care

  • Beaumont Hospital
  • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
  • St James’s Hospital
  • St Vincent’s University Hospital
  • Cork University Hospital
  • University Hospital Waterford
  • Galway University Hospital
  • University Hospital Limerick
  • Letterkenny General Hospital (approved satellite centre)
  • Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
  • St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar, Dublin 6
  • Whitfield Clinic (if you are a public patient travelling over 50kms for radiotherapy treatment).
  • Altnagelvin Area Hospital

How to apply for Travel2Care

There are two types of application forms for Travel2Care:

Travel2Care Form A is for cancer tests

You can get Travel2Care Form A by:

Once completed, post your application to Travel2Care, Irish Cancer Society, 43-45 Northumberland Rd, Dublin 4.

Travel2Care Form B is for ongoing treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or palliative care) and is available only from a healthcare professional such as a medical social worker or your cancer nurse

A healthcare professional is not obliged to make an application and must be satisfied that there is a genuine financial need.

Please speak to a medical social worker, cancer nurse or other healthcare professional, such as your G.P., regards financial support towards your travel expenses.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section or contact our Travel2Care team at (01) 231 6643 / (01) 2310522 or