Paper tickets will soon be history

Over the coming months, Dublin Bus is simplifying its range of ticket options.  Some prepaid tickets will be withdrawn from sale completely to be replaced by Leap Card while others will still exist in name but be sold through Leap.  The result will be increased flexibility and convenience for you.  It’s a great Leap forward.

 


Getting started with Dublin Bus & Leap Card

Leap Card can be used on all Dublin Bus services, including Airlink, Xpresso and Nitelink.

1. Purchase a Leap Card here or at any Payzone outlet.

2. A fully refundable deposit of €5 is charged for your card and you must also top-up with a minimum of €5 Travel Credit.

3. Register your Leap Card here to protect against loss or theft. It is important to report any lost or stolen cards as soon as possible to ensure you can be fully refunded. A replacement Leap Card will be posted to you within 5 working days with any days of travel and/or Travel Credit left on your card.

4. You can use both Travel Credit and ticket products on your Leap Card and use either to pay for your bus journey.

5. Topping up your Travel Credit on your Leap Card is easy.  You top up and then the cost of your fare is deducted from your balance every time you travel.  You can top up at any Payzone agent  or purchase online.  Topups purchased online must be collected at your local Payzone agent.

Using a Leap Card
Leap Card is almost 20% cheaper than paying with cash.  You can pay either the Flat Fare (over 13 stages marked in blue below) by touching your Leap Card against the validator for at least a second or until you hear the beep.

Validator
    
Ticket being validated on a smartcard reader• Touch on by holding Leap Card against the validator for at least a second.



 

 

 

Otherwise fares (marked in red below) can be paid by placing the Leap Card onto the Drivers Ticket Machine and stating your destination.  If you are unsure which fare applies to your journey, ask the driver.

Adult Fares Leap Fare Cash Fare
Stages 1- 3 €1.45 €1.80
Stages 4 - 7 €1.95 €2.35
Stages 8- 13 €2.15 €2.60
Over 13 Stages €2.50 €3.05
Outer Suburban 1 €2.50 €3.05
Outer Suburban 2 €3.50 €4.20
Xpresso (Travel within 1 zone) €2.50 €3.05
Xpresso (Travel within 2 Zones) €3.50 €4.20
Route 90 Flat Fare €1.45 €1.80
City Centre Fare €0.55 €0.70
Child Fares (U19yrs) Leap Fare (U19yrs) Cash Fare (U16yrs)
Schoolchild (All Stages) (School Hours*) €0.70 €0.90
Stages 1 - 7 €0.95 €1.10
Over 7 Stages €1.15●** €1.30
Outer Suburban 1 €1.15●** €1.30
Outer Suburban 2 €2.00 €2.30
Xpresso (Travel within 1 zone) €1.15 €1.30
Xpresso (Travel within 2 Zones) €2.00 €2.30
Route 90 Flat Fare €0.95●** €1.10
Route 236 Flat Fare €0.95●** €1.10
City Centre Fare €0.55 €0.70
Airlink Fares
Adult €6.00 €6.00
Child €3.00 €3.00
Nitelink Fare
Adult €5.00 €6.00

Please note customers 16 to 18 years of age must use a Personalised Child Leap Card to avail of child fares.  There is no cash alternative.


* School Hours Fare apply up to 19:00hrs, Monday to Friday and 13:30hrs on Saturday. Please validate your Leap Card once at the remote validator to avail of the Schoolchild Flat Fare of 70 cent per journey.

** Flat fare applies outside of school times.

Please pay at the Drivers Ticket Machine

● To avail of the flat fare, simply present your Leap Card to the Validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus.
  

When using the Leap Card to travel on Xpressos
Travel within one zone

Please pay at the Drivers Ticket Machine as follows:
1. Hold your Leap Card to the target on the driver’s ticket
    Machine.
2. Tell the driver your destination.
3. The correct fare will be deducted from your Travel Credit.
4. If you pay using the Validator you will be charged the higher value flat fare of €3.50
Travel within two zones
1. Please use the Leap Card Validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus.
2. The flat fare of €3.50 will be deducted from your Travel Credit.

When using your Leap Card to pay for an Adult Outer Suburban 1 Fare:
1. Please use the Leap Card Validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus.
2. The flat fare of €2.50 will be deducted from your Travel Credit.

When using your Leap Card to pay for an Outer Suburban 2 Fare:
Please pay at the Drivers Ticket Machine as follows:
1. Hold your Leap Card to the target on the driver’s ticket machine.
2. Tell the driver your destination.
3. The correct fare will be deducted from your Travel Credit.
4. If you pay using the Validator you will underpay and not have a valid ticket for travel and inspection.

Capping
Dublin Bus only and Multi Operator Daily and Weekly capping are now available on the Leap Card.
● Weekly capping runs from Monday to Sunday.
● Multi Operator capping operates on Dublin Bus, DART / Commuter Rail services and Luas.

The cap ensures that you will not spend more than the cap level applicable to your Leap Card. You can either pay at the Drivers ticket machine or Touch On at the remote Smartcard reader. When the cap is reached you should continue to Touch On at the remote Smartcard reader on your right hand side as you enter the bus.

Any fares paid for a travelling companion do not count towards the cap. Fares paid for Xpresso 2 Zones, Nitelink and Outer Suburban 2 contribute €2.50 (Child €1.15) towards the cap.  Also, fares paid on Airlink and Tours do not count towards the cap.

 

Dublin Bus only

Bus / Luas / DART Commuter Rail

 

Daily

Weekly

Daily

Weekly

Adult

€6.90

€27.50

€10.00

€40.00

Student

€5.00

€20.00

€7.50

€30.00

Child

€2.50

€8.20

€3.50

€14.00


Auto Top-up
Auto Top-Up makes sure you never run out of Travel Credit by automatically topping up your Leap Card on the bus. The Top-up amount will be debited from your bank account.  You can activate this online at www.leapcard.ie.
Adult Leap Card

Dublin Bus’ 5 Day and 30 Day Rambler tickets are now available on Leap Card.  You can purchase an adult Rambler ticket on either an Anonymous or Personalised Leap Card.

Anonymous Leap Card

Personalised Leap Card

To purchase a Rambler ticket using a Leap Card, simply present your card to the sales assistant in any shop with the Leap Card sign. The Rambler product will then be loaded electronically on to your Leap Card.

To ensure customers retain the value for money of tickets which have been withdrawn including 1 and 3 day Rambler, 1, 3 and 7 day Bus / Rail and 1, 7 and 30 day Bus / Luas the introduction of capping means no matter how many journeys are made, the amount charged will never exceed daily and weekly limits. Fares paid for Xpresso 2 Zones, Nitelink and Outer Suburban 2 contribute €2.50 (Child €1.15) towards the cap.  Also, fares paid on Airlink and Tours do not count towards the cap. Any fares paid for a travelling companion do not count towards the cap.

 

Dublin Bus only

Bus / Luas / DART Commuter Rail

 

Daily

Weekly

Daily

Weekly

Adult

€6.90

€27.50

€10.00

€40.00

 

Child Leap Card

To ensure customers retain the value for money of tickets which have been withdrawn including 5 day Child Rambler , 10 Journey Child Travel 90 and 1 and 7 day Bus / Luas the introduction of capping means no matter how many journeys are made, the amount charged will never exceed daily and weekly limits. Fares paid for Xpresso 2 Zones, Nitelink and Outer Suburban 2 contribute €2.50 (Child €1.15) towards the cap.  Also, fares paid on Airlink and Tours do not count towards the cap.

 

Dublin Bus only

Bus / Luas / DART Commuter Rail

 

Daily

Weekly

Daily

Weekly

Child

€2.50

€8.20

€3.50

€14.00


Key Information for former Child Ticket Customers

1. Children 4 - 15 years of age must purchase a Child Leap Card

2. A €3 fully refundable deposit is charged for the card and you must also top-up with a minimum of €5 Travel Credit.

3. To avail of the weekly child cap of €8.20, it is recommended to load a minimum of €8.20 Travel Credit on to your Leap Card. The weekly child cap allows unlimited bus travel from Monday to Sunday.

4. For children between 16 and 18 years of age inclusive, an application must be completed to obtain a personalised Leap Card which will include their name and photograph on it. To avail of the child fares a customer, 16 to 18 years inclusive must use a personalised Leap Card and their is no cash alternative. 

 

How to apply for a personalised Child Leap Card:

  • Please click here to download the application form.
  • Fill in the application form, include a passport photograph and send it to: Leap Card Customer Care, PO BOX 12119, Dublin 24
  • If your application is fully completed and payment is successfully processed you will receive your personalised Child Leap Card at the postal address you provided within 10 working days.

5. It is recommended that you register your Child Leap Card here to protect against loss or theft. It is important to report your lost or stolen card as soon as possible to ensure you can be fully refunded as refunds can only be processed from midnight on the day of the report. A replacement Leap Card will be posted to you within 5 working days with any days of travel and/or Travel Credit left on your card.

6. When using your Leap Card up to 19:00hrs, Monday to Friday and 13:30hrs on Saturday please validate your Leap Card once at the remote validator (pictured below) to avail of the Schoolchild Flat Fare of 70 cent per journey.

Validator
    
Ticket being validated on a smartcard reader• Touch on by holding Leap Card against the validator for at least a second.



 

 

 

 

Student Travelcard

To ensure customers retain the value for money of tickets which have been withdrawn including 7 and 30 day Bus / Luas, the introduction of capping means no matter how many journeys are made, the amount charged will never exceed daily and weekly limits. Fares paid for Xpresso 2 Zones, Nitelink and Outer Suburban 2 contribute €2.50 (Child €1.15) towards the cap.  Also, fares paid on Airlink and Tours do not count towards the cap. 

 

Dublin Bus only

Bus / Luas / DART Commuter Rail

 

Daily

Weekly

Daily

Weekly

Student

€5.00

€20.00

€7.50

€30.00

The student Rambler tickets must be purchased on a student Leap Card (Student Travelcard).

 

 

Dublin Bus Rambler Tickets are now available on your Student Travel Leap Card. Both 5 Day Rambler Student tickets €20.00 and 30 Day Rambler Student tickets €100.00 are now available on your Leap Card.

If you have purchased a Student Rambler Leap Card, you validate on the right hand side when you get on the bus, the same way you validate a paper Rambler ticket.

How do I get the ticket?
To avail of the ticket, all you have to do is present your Student Travelcard to a sales assistant and they will load the ticket electronically to your card.

How do I use the Rambler ticket on my Leap card?
You use the electronic card the exact same way you use the paper ticket. Simply hold your card on the validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus.  You can check how many days you have left to use by checking the screen on the validator.

What if I loaded a Rambler ticket onto my Student Leap Card, but I want to use pay-as-you-go fares instead?
If you have travel credit on your card, you can ask the bus driver for a single fare instead of using  your rambler ticket.

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