Getting started with Leap

A Leap Card is a reloadable smartcard that can be used to pay for individual journeys using travel credit and more regular commuters can load Rambler, Monthly or Annual tickets onto their Leap Card.

Where can I buy it?

You can buy a Leap Card here or at any Payzone outlet.

Where can I use it?

You can use your Leap Card when travelling on all Dublin Bus services, including Airlink, Xpresso and Nitelink, as well as Luas, Dart and Commuter Rail services.

How much does it cost?

A fully refundable deposit of €5.00 (Child €3.00) is charged for your card and you must also top-up with a minimum of €5.00 Travel Credit.

What if I lose my Leap Card?

You can register your Leap Card here to protect against loss or theft.  Once you report your stolen card within 5 days, you can order a replacement card which will be sent out to you in 5 working days.

Fares

Adult Fares 
Stages 1- 3 €1.50
Stages 4 – 13 €2.15
Over 13 Stages €2.60
Xpresso €2.90
Route 90 €1.50
City Centre Fare €0.60
  
Child Fares (U19 yrs) 
Schoolchild (All Stages)(School Hours*) €0.80
Stages 1 – 7 €0.95
Over 7 Stages €1.05
Xpresso €1.22
Route 90 Flat Fare €0.95
City Centre Fare €0.60
  
Airlink Fares 
Adult €6.00
Return €10.00
Child €3.00
Return €5.00
  
Nitelink Fare 
Adult €5.29

Customers 16 to 18 years of age (inclusive) must use a Personalised Child Leap Card to avail of child fares. There is no cash alternative.

*School Hours fare is valid Monday to Friday until 19.00 and Saturday until 13.30. 
Please pay at the driver's ticket machine.
To avail of this fare, simply present your Leap Card to the smart card reader on the right hand side as you enter the bus.

Customers 16 to 18 years of age must use a personalised Child Leap Card to avail of child fares. 

Auto Top-up

Auto Top-up allows you to automatically top-up your Leap Card with Travel Credit directly from your bank account. It’s simple. Just go online at www.leapcard.ie, activate your card with this function, select the Auto Top-up amount you require and the next time your card reaches a €10 balance, Auto Top-up will kick in and you will never run out of travel credit again. And the even greater thing is you will upload the Travel Credit when you board the bus.

Leap Card Fare Capping

Do you travel regularly and use a Leap Card? If so, Leap Card Fare Capping is for you. 

Fare capping is really easy. The Leap Card system caps your use of travel credit, so once you have taken trips using your travel credit that add up to the equivalent of the daily or weekly cap value, you can continue to travel as normal, but no further travel credit will be taken from your card.

When travelling on Dublin Bus, the daily cap for an adult is €7.00 and the weekly cap is €27.50. So for example, if you are taking two journeys a day to get to and from work of €2.60 each, you would hit the weekly cap on Dublin Bus on your 11th trip (11 x €2.60 = €28.60) and all other journeys after that would be free. 

The cap is measured on a calendar week, starting on Monday and finishing on Sunday. 

There is also a multi-operator cap if you are travelling on Dublin Bus, Luas, Dart and Commuter Rail. The daily cap is €10.00 and the weekly cap is €40.00.
When the cap is reached you should continue to touch on as normal to have a valid ticket. For further details on Leap Card Fare Capping, please see www.leapcard.ie

What is Leap 90 Discount?

If you take two or more buses to get to your destination, Leap 90 Discount will automatically refund you up to €1.00 when you board a second bus within 90 minutes of the previous trip.  The maximum discount is €1.00 (€0.95 child fare), if the fare is cheaper than €1.00  the fare will be refunded in full to your Leap Card.

The discount applies when you board any bus within 90 minutes of the previous bus, so if you are making a third or subsequent transfer, you will also get a discount on that fare.

Leap 90 Discount also applies to journeys taken within 90 minutes, to or from Luas, DART and Commuter Rail journeys.

It is important to note that the Leap card will ALWAYS select the best value fare option from the travel credit. No action is necessary as the system does it for you.

Adult Leap Card

5 Day and 30 Day Rambler tickets are available on Leap Card.  You can buy a Rambler ticket on either an anonymous or personalised Leap Card. Rambler tickets can be used for either consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel.

Dublin Bus monthly and annual tickets can be bought and loaded on to a personalised Leap Card. You can receive a Personalised Leap Card by downloading the application form here.

Adult Anonymous Leap Card Personalised Leap Card
Anonymous Leap Card Personalised Leap Card

 
To buy 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.

 RamblerPrice 
5 Day Rambler €32.10  
30 Day Rambler €160.50  
1 Day Family Rambler €14.70  
Monthly bus only €134.00  
Annual bus only €1340.00  
3 Day Freedom €33.00  

Student Leap Card

Student Leap Card image

A Student Leap Card is best if you use the bus occasionally, with no regular travel pattern.
5 Day and 30 Day Student Rambler tickets are available on Leap Card.  To buy a Student Rambler ticket you must have a Student Leap Card. Rambler tickets can be used for either consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel.

You can receive more information on purchasing a Student Leap Card here.

To buy a Student Rambler ticket using a Student 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.

 Ticket TypePrice 
5 Day Rambler Student €23.30  
30 Day Rambler Student €116.50  

Child Leap Card

There are two versions of the Child Leap Card.

Children 5 - 15 years of age (inclusive) can use an anonymous Child Leap Card. You can buy an anonymous Leap Card at any Payzone outlet.

For children between 16 and 18 years of age, an application must be completed to obtain a personalised Leap Card. To avail of the child fares you must use a personalised Leap Card and there is no cash alternative. Download an application form here.

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

The travel credit can then be used to pay for individual journeys. When the cap below is reached, no further charges will apply. A maximum of €1.15 will apply to capping when using Xpresso services.

  Dublin Bus Only  Bus / Luas / Dart and Commuter Rail 
  Daily Weekly Daily Weekly
Child €2.50 €8.20 €3.50 €14.00

You can register your 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 the travel credit balance from the lost card.

Visitor Leap Card

The Visitor Leap Card allows for unlimited use on all Dublin Bus services, including Airlink, Nitelink, Xpresso DART and Commuter Rail and Luas services for 72 hours. The card is not valid on Dublin Bus Tours.

The card is validated by touching on at the smart card reader on the right hand side as you enter the bus.

The card can be purchased at the Travel Information Desk, Spar Terminal 1.  

 Leap Visitor CardPrice 
1 day (24 hours) €10.00  
3 days (72 hours) €19.50  
7 days (168 hours) €40.00  
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