Using TFI Leap Card on Dublin Bus

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

The TFI 90 Minute fare now applies journeys made on Dublin Bus, Luas and most DART, commuter rail (zones 1 to 4 in the Short Hop Zone) and Go-Ahead Ireland services in the Dublin City Bus Network when using a TFI Leap Card.

TFI 90 is just €2.00 for adults, €1.00 for young adults (19-23) and students and 65 cent for children up to and including 18 years. There is also a short fare for short single trips.

TFI Leap Card Fares

TFI Leap Card Fares Adult Young Adult 19-23 Child (5-15) and (16-18)
Short €1.30 €0.65 €0.65
TFI 90 Minute €2.00 €1.00 €0.65
X Services €2.40 €1.20 €1.00


For short single journeys tell the driver your destination and hold your TFI Leap Card to the target on the driver’s ticket machine. The correct fare will be deducted for your journey.
For longer journeys and/or those involving transfer / Nitelink use the Validator on the right hand side as you enter the bus. The appropriate fare will be deducted from your Travel Credit
You will hear a tone when you have successfully touched on. Do not touch off when using the bus.

Rambler Tickets

You can also load any of the following Bus Rambler tickets onto your TFI Leap Card at any TFI Leap Card outlet (prices valid as at 11/04/22).

  • Rambler 5 Day Adult €26
  • Rambler 30 Day Adult €132
  • Rambler 5 Day Student €19
  • Rambler 30 Day Student €96
  • Rambler 1 Day Family €12

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

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 and Go-Ahead Ireland at rates less than the 5 day Rambler. The choice is yours!

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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 for more details about using your TFI Leap Card on Dublin Bus services.

The short fares applies to a journey on any single route up to approx. 2km to 3km in length, so some variances will exist in relation to distances people can travel on the short fare. This is for a variety of reasons including the location of individual stops on the public transport network relative to fare boundaries and to the need to maintain fares consistency when routes use different streets depending on direction of travel.