Using Leap Card on Dublin Bus

Leap Card can be used on all Dublin Bus scheduled services, including Airlink, Xpresso and Nitelink. Leap Card fares are at least 20% cheaper (Exc. Airlink) than cash single tickets. For details on fares, check out our fares section.

You can also benefit from Leap Card Capping and Leap 90 Discounts when using Travel Credit to pay for your trips. These discounts are applied automatically, so all you need to do is Touch On when entering the bus as usual.

Using Travel Credit on Dublin Bus

Leap Driver Icon For journeys 13 stages or less tell the driver your destination and hold your Leap Card to the target on the driver’s ticket machine. The correct fare will be deducted for your journey.
Touch On For journeys over 13 stages / Airlink / Nitelink use the Validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus. The appropriate flat fare will be deducted from your Travel Credit (fares valid as at 01/12/16):

  • Over 13 stages – €2.60 adult; €1.10 child (over 7 stages)
  • Xpresso – €2.85 adult and €1.20 child
  • Airlink – €6.00 adult and €3.00 child
  • Nitelink – €5.20
Sound Icon You will hear a tone when you have successfully touched on. Do not touch off when using the bus.

 

Dublin Bus Rambler Tickets

You can also load any of the following Dublin Bus Rambler tickets onto your Leap Card at any Leap Card outlet (prices valid as at 01/12/16).

  • Rambler 5 Day Adult €31.50
  • Rambler 30 Day Adult €157.50
  • Rambler 5 Day Student €22.90
  • Rambler 30 Day Student €114.50
  • Rambler 1 Day Family €14.40

Rambler tickets are valid for consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel. They are valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Airlink and Xpresso (excluding Nitelink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services).

A Rambler Ticket may suit you if you take more than 2 buses in a day and if you travel infrequently e.g. 3 days during one week and then 2 days during the next week. If you travel 5 days or more in a week, you may be better off using Travel Credit instead of Ramblers; as fare capping will cap your weekly spend on Dublin Bus at rates less than the 5 day Rambler. The choice is yours!

If you have purchased a Rambler ticket for your Leap card, you validate on the right hand side when you get on the bus.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ramblers

How do I get a Rambler ticket on my Leap Card?

Present your Leap Card to a sales assistant in a Leap Card outlet and they will load the ticket electronically to your card.

How do I use a Rambler ticket on Leap Card?

There is no change to the way you validate your ticket. Simply hold your card on the Validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus. Check the screen on the Validator to see how many days you have left to use.

What happens if I want to use Travel Credit instead?

If you have Travel Credit on your card, you can approach the driver and ask for a single fare instead of using your Rambler.

What happens if I use Dublin Bus after 8 PM - is Rambler accepted?

After 8PM, if you have not already used a Rambler ticket during the day, the validator on the right hand side will validate using the Travel Credit instead of the Rambler ticket on your card (if you have Travel Credit). If you’d rather use your Rambler for the first time after 8 PM, ask the driver to select to validate your Rambler instead of your Travel Credit for you.

Visit www.dublinbus.ie for more details about using your Leap Card on Dublin Bus services.

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