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Young Adult/Student fare and ticket options
What is a Young Adult Card?
A Young Adult card is a TFI Leap Card that can be used to pay for travel by anyone who is 19 to 25 years old, up to their 26th birthday. The user’s name and photograph is printed on it
Applications can only be completed online at leapcard.ie. You will need to upload proof of your age and take a live selfie when ordering the card online. A valid passport, EU National ID, Driver's Licence or Learner Permit is the only documentation accepted for proof of age.
If you are over 25 and enrolled in full time education (16 hours a week or more), including further education and training, you can apply for the student card.
What is Travel Credit?
Travel Credit works in a similar way to mobile phone credit. It is a cash value which you load onto your card and every time you use the card to travel, the cost of the journey is deducted. You can top-up your card online, at a postpoint outlet and at Luas and Irish Rail ticket machines or on the official Leap Top-Up App for iPhone and Android.
What is Leap Card Fare Capping?
Fare Capping is really easy. The Leap Card system caps the use of travel credit, so once you have taken trips using your travel credit that add up to the equivalent to the daily or weekly cap value, you can continue to travel as normal, but no further travel credit will be taken from your card.
The weekly cap is measured on a calendar week, starting on Monday and finishing on Sunday. The daily cap is €2.80 and the weekly cap is €11.00.
Please note the weekly capping period starts at 4:30am on Monday to 4:29am the following Monday, the amount spent is reset and cannot be carried over. A new daily capping period starts at 4:30am each day and the amount spent is reset and cannot be carried over.
There is also a multi-operator cap if you are travelling on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail.
The daily cap is €4.00 and the weekly Cap is €16.00. When the cap is reached you should continue to touch on as normal to have a valid ticket.
Fares paid on Tours do not count towards the cap. Any fares paid for a travelling companion do not count towards the cap.
Dublin Bus only Bus / Luas / Dart Commuter Rail Daily Weekly Daily Weekly Young Adult/Student Cap €2.80 €11.00 €4.00 €16.00
A Rambler ticket will suit you if you take at least 2 buses a day on the days you use the bus.
5 day Young Adult/Student Rambler €19.00 30 day Young Adult/Student Rambler €96.00
- Valid for 5 or 30 days of unlimited travel for consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel.
- Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Nitelink and Xpresso (excluding Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services).
- Rambler tickets can be bought and loaded on to a Leap Card or at any Postpoint Outlet
- Register your Leap Card to protect against loss or theft.
- If you are using your rambler ticket for the first time after 8pm the ticket machine will deduct travel credit from your card as you would not be getting the value of a full day on your rambler ticket. However, if you wish to activate one day on your rambler ticket after 8pm please go to the driver and ask them to take a day from your rambler ticket.
Working late or starting the day early? We offer reliable, low-cost alternatives that take the hassle out of late night travel.
Dublin Bus operates Nitelink routes departing from Westmoreland Street and D’Olier Street. All routes operate Friday and Saturday services only.
Fare Information Leap Card €1.20 Cash €3.00
Our Nitelink service complements our 24-hour services which are in operation seven days a week across ten routes.
Fare Information Zone Leap Short Fare €0.65 Long Fare €1.00 Xpresso €1.20 Nitelink €1.20