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 satellite centre 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:

  • Are an Irish citizen or live permanently in Ireland

  • Have a genuine financial need

  • Have to travel over 50km to a designated cancer centre,approved satellite centre 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 Care to Drive.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

How to apply for Travel2Care

There are two types of application forms for Travel2Care:

Travel2Care Form A is for investigations and assessments

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 travel (chemotherapy and radiotherapy only) 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 regards assistance for travel for chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section or contact our Travel2Care team at (01) 231 6643 / (01) 2316619 or travel2care@irishcancer.ie.

Date Last Revised: 
Monday, July 20, 2015