TFI Leap Card users can bring a +1 for free this February Holiday weekend

Published on Friday, January 27, 2023

Offer applies to travel on Transport for Ireland services when using your TFI Leap Card on Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 February.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is delighted to launch a unique promotion for Transport for Ireland (TFI) Leap Card users.

This “Leap +1” offer will entitle a TFI Leap Card user to bring someone on-board eligible TFI train, tram and bus services for free across the February Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 4 to Monday 6 of February inclusive.

As part of the Leap +1 promotion, any passenger paying their fare using a TFI Leap Card can bring one person to travel with them for the duration of their journey, free of charge, on participating services.

Customers will simply present their TFI Leap Card to pay for their journey or validate a pre-loaded ticket as normal, and bring someone along for free for the duration of their journey.

The TFI Leap Card scheme has been a huge success with over six million cards sold and over one billion passenger journeys recorded.

Commenting at today’s launch, Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD said: “The TFI Leap Card has gone from strength to strength and it continues to expand with the roll out of the young adult Leap Card.  Over 80,000 young adult cards were purchased from July last year to the end of the year.

“Public Transport customers across Ireland are responding positively to our improved and expanded services on the network with passenger numbers, now back to pre-Covid levels.  Ireland is one of the few European countries where public transport has bounced back in such a strong way.  This Leap +1 means that even more people can experience what our public transport system has to offer.  It’s an initiative that’s good for friends and family and that’s good for our environment, as we enjoy this first February Bank Holiday.”

Anne Graham, NTA CEO, said: “This February Bank Holiday weekend I invite people to experience how their TFI network of trains, trams and buses has improved and expanded, while offering a greener, more connected public transport system.

“The NTA has set an ambitious target to increase public transport services across Ireland to help connect the nation, while also placing a strong emphasis on reducing public transport emissions.

“The Leap +1 initiative provides the opportunity for people to come together this Bank Holiday weekend to meet up with friends and family while using public transport which is a more sustainable choice.”

On average 450,000 journeys are taken across the country each day using a TFI Leap Card with the majority of Leap Card passengers using Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann, Luas and Bus Éireann services.

The TFI Leap Card is a prepaid travel card that is the easiest way to pay your fare on public transport around Ireland.  It is valid on DART, Commuter Rail, Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland, Luas, Bus Éireann and most TFI Local Link services - as well as a range of other TFI bus services throughout Ireland.

For more information see: for details, terms, conditions and participating operators.  

Leap +1 FAQs below:

What is Leap +1?
Leap +1 is a promotion that allows a paying TFI Leap Card customer to bring one person with them on their trip free of charge on participating services during the first weekend in February 2023.

When is the Leap +1 promotion applicable?
The Leap +1 promotion will be applicable on Ireland’s newest public holiday weekend – Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 February 2023.

The promotion commences at 00:01 on Saturday 4 and ends at 23:59 on Monday 6 February 2023.

Which public transport services does it apply on?
Leap +1 applies on subsidised public transport services where a Leap Card can be used to pay. This includes services operated by:

  • Dublin Bus;
  • Go-Ahead Ireland;
  • TFI Local Link
  • Bus Éireann Services (Excluding Expressway);
  • Luas; and
  • DART and Commuter Services on the Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail network (Excluding Intercity unless a customer has a valid Monthly/Annual ticket on a Leap Card)

As well as these other subsidised routes:

  • Kilkenny City, Routes KK1 / KK2  operated by City Direct;
  • Naas – Blanchardstown Route 139 operated by JJ Kavanagh;
  • Limerick City – Castletroy Route 310 operated by Dublin Coach.

What does a Leap Card customer have to do to avail of the promotion?
Simply use a Leap Card to pay for your journey as normal and bring someone along with you for free.

  • When boarding a bus, tell the driver the person with you is your +1 and they’ll let them get on-board for free.

Do the two customers need to travel together?
Yes, +1s will need to travel together with the Leap Card customer that they boarded with for the full duration of the journey to ensure they can tell the ticket inspector that they’re together with a paying Leap Card customer.

Does the offer apply to all Leap Card users?
Yes, any Leap Card can be used provided the customer is eligible to use it. For example, a child Leap Card user can bring an adult as their +1. Or a Leap Card user who has a valid ticket on their card other than travel credit can also use their Leap Card to bring a +1 with them.

Why are TFI doing Leap +1?
Leap +1 aims to bring new people onto public transport to sample it as well as rewarding existing public transport users by giving a promotional saving. By bringing new users onboard to sample public transport TFI are trying to convert of them to make the more sustainable transport choice for more of their journeys in the future.

Customers can also get updates on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @dublinbusnews or call our customer service line on (01) 8734222, lines open from 07:00 - 19:00hrs Monday to Friday and 08:00 – 18:00hrs Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

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