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Using TFI Leap Card on Dublin Bus

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

On Sunday November 28th, TFI Leap Card fares changed across Transport for Ireland services in the Dublin Area.

A new TFI 90 Minute fare (TFI 90) now applies to most journeys. This fare includes the option to transfer between Dublin Bus, Luas and most DART, commuter rail (zones 1 to 4 in the Short Hop Zone) and Go-Ahead Ireland services in Dublin. To avail customers simply need to touch on their last journey within 90 minutes of the first.

The TFI 90 fare combines the previous 4-13 and 13+ stage fare structure for Dublin City bus services. TFI 90 is just €2.30 for adults and students when using their TFI Leap Card during a promotional period and only 80 cent for children up to and including 18 years.

There is also a short fare for single trips up to 3km. The new short adult fare of €1.60, replaces the previous 1-3 stage fare structure.

Adult Leap Child Leap
Short Fare €1.60 €0.80
TFI 90 Minutes Fare €2.30* €0.80
Xpresso €3.00 €1.26
*This fare will apply during a promotional period to the end of March 2022 after which the fare will change to €2.50.

 

New Fare structure introduced 28th November 2021

* This fare will apply during a promotional period to the end of March 2022 after which it will be €2.50.

For short single journeys up to 3km 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 journeys over 3km / 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 (fares valid as at 28/11/21)

  • Xpresso – €3.00 adult and €1.26 child
  • Nitelink – €4.50
You will hear a tone when you have successfully touched on. Do not touch off when using the bus.

 

Leap 90 discount discontinued on 28th November. TFI Leap Card Capping amounts remain unchanged.

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 01/12/18).

  • Rambler 5 Day Adult €33
  • Rambler 30 Day Adult €165
  • Rambler 5 Day Student €24
  • Rambler 30 Day Student €120
  • Rambler 1 Day Family €15

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 www.dublinbus.ie 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.