Fares and Ticket Types

Leap & Cash Fares

Best if you use the bus occasionally, with no regular travel pattern. Paying your fare with a Student Leap Card is almost 20% cheaper than paying with cash.

Stages 1- 3 €1.55 €2.15
Stages 4 – 13 €2.25 €3.00
Over 13 Stages €2.50 €3.30
Xpresso €3.00 €3.80
Route 90 & 40e €1.55 €2.15

Please pay at the driver's ticket machine.
To avail of this fare, simply present your Leap Card to the smart card reader on the right hand side as you enter the bus.

Please make sure that you have the correct change to pay for your fare, drivers cannot accept Euro notes or give change.

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Leap Card

What is a Student Leap Card?
A Student Leap Card is a reusable plastic smart card that can be used instead of paying with cash when travelling on all Dublin Bus services, including Airlink, Xpresso and Nitelink, as well as Luas, DART and Commuter Rail services. Student Leap Card application forms are available from 

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 Payzone outlet and at Luas and Irish Rail ticket machines.

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 €5.00 and the weekly cap is €20.00.

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 €7.50 and the weekly Cap is €30.00. When the cap is reached you should continue to touch on as normal to have a valid ticket.

Fares paid on Airlink and 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
Adult Cap €5.00 €20.00 €7.50 €30.00

What is Leap 90 Discount?

If you take two or more buses to get to your destination, Leap 90 Discount will automatically refund up to €1.00 when you board a second bus within 90 minutes of the previous trip.  The maximum discount is €1.00 (€0.95 child fare), if the fare is cheaper than €1.00 the fare will simply be refunded in full to your Leap Card.

The discount applies when you board any bus within 90 minutes of the previous bus, so if you are making a third or subsequent transfer, you will also get a discount on that fare. Leap 90 Discount also applies to journeys taken within 90 minutes, to or from Luas, DART and Commuter Rail journeys.

It is important to note that the Leap card will ALWAYS select the best value fare option from the travel credit. No action is necessary as the system does it for you.

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Rambler Tickets 5 & 30 Days Travel

This ticket is ideal if you take two or more buses on the days you travel.

  • Valid for unlimited travel for consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel.
  • Valid on Dublin Bus scheduled services including Nitelink and Xpresso (excluding  Airlink, Tours, Special Events and Private Contract services).
  • Available on a Student Leap Card.
 Ticket TypePrice 
5 Day Rambler Student €24.00  
30 Day Rambler Student €120.00  

Rambler tickets can be bought and loaded on to a Leap Card or at any Payzone outlet.

You can get more information on buying a Student Leap Card.

Register your Leap Card to protect against loss or theft.

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Nitelink - Late Night Bus Service

This ticket is spot on if you need Friday and Saturday late night bus services.

Dublin Bus operates 18 Nitelink routes departing from Westmoreland Street and D’Olier Street. All routes operate Friday and Saturday services only.

 Fare information
Leap Card


Prepaid Ticket €6.60  
Cash €6.60  

Nitelink fares can be paid on board the bus with a Leap Card or with cash only (notes are not accepted and no change is given) or prepaid tickets are available from the following City Centre ticket agents:

  • Centra, D'Olier Street 
  • Griffins, Grafton Street*
  • Londis, College Green* 
  • Londis, Lower O' Connell Street*
  • Londis, St. Stephens Green 
  • Londis, Westmoreland Street*
  • O'Brien's Sandwich Bar, Westmoreland Street* 
  • The Happy Shop, Burgh Quay
  • Reynolds Newsagents Lwr Abbey Street 
  • Spar, Dame Street
  • Spar, Grafton Street* 
  • Spar, Nassau Street
  • The Crossing, College Green

    *Open 24hrs, Thursday - Sunday

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Airlink - Connects Dublin Airport & City Centre

This ticket is best if you need to travel between Dublin Airport and the City Centre.

Airlink 747 and 757 connects Dublin Airport with Dublin City Centre and Heuston Rail Station.

 Fare information
Leap Card €7.00  
Cash €7.00  
Prepaid Ticket €7.00  
Airlink Return €12.00  

Airlink prepaid tickets can be bought at the Travel Information Desk at Terminal 1 Dublin Airport. They can also be bought from the vending machines located at the bus departure points on the Arrivals Road.

Dublin Airport:

Terminal 1

  • Travel Information Desk, Arrivals Hall.
  • Vending machines located at the Airlink Bus Stop.
  • Spar Shop.

Terminal 2

  • Spar Shop.

City Centre

  • Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’ Connell Street. 

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