Young Adult and Student Card

You can get 50% off adult public transport fares with the Young Adult (19-25) or Student Leap Card, and you can also travel around Dublin for just €1 with the TFI 90 minute fare.

  • The Young Adult (19-25) Leap Card is currently for all 19-25 year olds.
  • The Student Leap Card is for full time third level students who are either 16-18 or 26 years old and above. Eligibility criteria are set out in more detail below.

You must apply online

  • If you are a Young Adult (19-25) you need to upload a photo of your passport or driving licence to prove your age. Your card will be posted to your nominated home address.
  • If you already have a Young Adult card that was purchased before January 11, it will continue to be valid until your 24th birthday. You can apply for a new card before you turn 26, which will then be valid until your 26th birthday.
  • If you are a third level Student (16-18 or 26+) you will need to show your Student ID and a valid proof of age ID at the nearest Student Leap Card agent to collect your card, after you have applied online.

*Once you receive your card, you must register it online here

Click here to apply for the Young Adult Card and/or the Student Card

If you’ve already applied for your card you can check on the order status, here

What services accept Young Adult and Student Leap Cards?

Half price fares apply to single journeys on the TFI network, including:

  • Bus Éireann
  • Dublin Bus
  • Iarnród Éireann (including DART)
  • Go-Ahead Ireland
  • Luas
  • TFI Local Link services
  • Kilkenny City bus
  • Route 139 (JJ Kavanagh and Sons)
  • Route 197 (Go-Ahead Ireland)
  • Route 817 (Bernard Kavanagh & Sons)
  • A range of commercial bus operators – Click here for participating commercial bus operators

How much does a Young Adult or Student Leap Card cost?

You must pay a €5 refundable deposit and add a minimum of €5 travel credit when purchasing the card.

What do I need to apply for a Young Adult Leap Card?

Before applying for a Young Adult (19-25) Leap Card make sure you have:

  • A valid Passport, Drivers Licence or Learner Permit, other non-standard documents may be accepted, view the full list here
  • The ability to enable your camera permissions
  • The card applicant is present
  • You have payment card details ready

A live selfie is required during the application process to validate the applicant’s likeness against the ID document. This will be the photo used on the card. Once the application is verified we’ll send your card by post, usually within 5 working days.

Who is eligible for a Student Leap Card?

Students must be able to verify that they meet these criteria:

  • Students must have a minimum of 16 hours of lectures/class time per week, and be enrolled in the course for a minimum of 6 months
  • Full time foreign students who meet the above criteria are also entitled to apply for the SLC whilst in Ireland
  • Students enrolled as trainee Accountants (ACCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland), trainee Solicitors registered with the Law Society, full time SOLAS trainees/students and full time PLC students are also considered eligible
  • Students of on-line courses are not eligible to apply for the SLC, unless they meet the criteria set out here
  • Students may be required to produce further evidence of eligibility (i.e. letter from college/institution)

I’m a 16-18 year old. Should I get a Student Leap Card or a Child (16-18) card?

If you are aged 16-18 and in full-time third level education, you now have a choice of TFI Leap Card types. Usually, can get the cheapest fares with the Child 16-18 Leap Card. However, if you use commercial bus operators you may be better off using a Student Leap Card on their services, as participating operators are giving cheaper student fares.

Child Card 16-18yr old

  • Available to all 16-18 year olds
  • This card gives the Child fare on eligible public transport services, including: Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland, Luas, Bus Éireann, TFI Local Link, DART and Commuter Rail
  • Card expires on your 19th birthday
  • Card is posted to your address following online application

Student Card

  • Available to 16-18 year olds (and 26+) in full-time third level education, including further education and training
  • This card gives the Young Adult/Student fare on public transport services, including: Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland, Luas, Bus Éireann, TFI Local Link, DART and Commuter Rail
  • This card also gives 50% off fares on participating commercial bus operators
  • Card expires at the start of the following academic year (September)
  • Card must be collected at a participating Student Leap Card agent within 14 days of online application, however if you have completed the remote verification process with Trinity SU and have paid the postage fee, you do not need to attend the agent again, your Student Leap Card will be posted to you.
  • When collecting your Student Card, you must provide your Student ID as well as a valid proof of age ID.
  • If you are within the age of 19-25 after your student card expires, you can apply for a young adult card.

Most people will only choose to get one card but you may apply for both cards depending on your travel needs.

Where to collect your Student Leap Card?

Student Leap Cards must be ordered online. You must then go to one of the following Student Leap Agents to verify you are an eligible student and collect your card. If you cannot locate a Student Leap Card agent near you, please click here for further options.

TFI Leap Student- agents-V5 Map

ATU (Donegal) Students’ Union

ATU Donegal SU, Letterkenny,

Co. Donegal, F92 FC93

Service available to ATU Donegal students only

ATU (Galway) Students’ Union

ATU Galway City, Old Dublin Road,

Co. Galway, H91 T8NW

DCU (Glasnevin) Students’ Union

The Hub, Glasnevin,

Dublin 9, D09 PH2K

DCU (St.Patrick’s) Students’ Union

Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 Y0A3

Dublin Bus

59 Upper O’Connell street,

Dublin 1, D01 RX04

Dundalk IT Students’ Union

Dublin Road, Marshes Upper,

Dundalk, Co. Louth, A91 K584

Griffith College Dublin Students’ Union

South Circular Road,

Dublin 8, D08V04N

Insync Naas

Canal Stores, Basin Street, Naas,

Co. Kildare, W91 F668

Maynooth University Students’ Union

North Campus, Maynooth University,

Co. Kildare, W23 W6R7

MTU (Cork) Students’ Union

Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown,

Cork, T12 P928

Service available to MTU students only

MTU (Tralee) Students’ Union

Clash, Tralee,

Co. Kerry, V92 CX88

SETU (Carlow) Students’ Union

Barrow Building, SETU Carlow campus,

Kilkenny Road, Carlow, R93 V960

SETU (Waterford) Students’ Union

Cork Road, Co. Waterford, X91 VY9N

TMB Galway

2 Commerce House, New Dock Street,

Galway, H91 H998

Trinity College Students’ Union

House 6, Trinity College Student Union,

Dublin 2, D02 FD37

TUD Grangegorman Students’ Union

TUD Grangegorman, Dublin 7, D07 N6R2

TUS (Athlone) Students’ Union

TUS Student Union, Athlone,

Co. Westmeath, N37 HD68

TUS (Limerick) Students’ Union

TUS Student Union, Moylish Campus,

Co.Limerick, V94 PNY7

UCC (Cork) Students’ Union

Student Union, 54 College Road,

Cork, T12 K8AF

UCD Campus Bookshop

Belfield, Dublin 4, D04 R7R0

UL (Limerick) Students’ Union

Student Union, Castletroy,

Co. Limerick, V94 T9PX

University of Galway Students’ Union

Áras Na Macléinn, University Road,

Galway, H91 RTR6

ATU Sligo Student Union

Atlantic Technological University Sligo, Ash Lane,

Sligo, F91 YW50

DFEI (Dun Laoghaire)

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute, Cumberland Street,

Co Dublin, A96 EP44