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Child fare and ticket options

  • TFI Leap card fares are best if you travel to and from school by bus. And cash fares are suitable if you use the bus occasionally.

    Who qualifies for Child Fares?
    Under 5’s:

    Children under 5 years of age can travel free when accompanied by a fare paying adult provided that during busy periods, the child does not occupy a seat to the exclusion of another customer.  
    Age 5 – 15:
    If you are between the ages of 5 and 15 years, you can travel on the bus by paying a cash fare or by using your Child TFI Leap Card when paying for a child fare. You can get a Leap Card on

    If a child under 16 years of age could be mistaken as older than 16 years, an official statement confirming a child’s age may be obtained at Dublin Bus 59 Upper O'Connell Street, on production of appropriate identification.

    Age 16 – 18:
    If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 years, you can travel on the bus by using your personalised Child TFI Leap Card when paying for a child fare.

    Zone Leap (U19 yrs) Cash (U16 yrs)
    TFI 90 minute/Long Fare


    Xpresso €1.00 €1.30
    Nitelink €1.00 €1.30
    • To avail of this fare, simply present your TFI Leap Card to the smart card reader on the right hand side as you enter the bus

    Customers 16 to 18 years of age must use a personalised Child TFI Leapcard to avail of child fares.

  • What is a Child Leap Card?
    A Child 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 Xpresso and Nitelink, as well as Luas, DART and Commuter Rail services. Leap Cards for 4 to 15 year olds can be bought online at or at Postpoint outlets around the City.  If you are between the ages of 16 to 18 years, you must buy a personalised Leap Card. The personalised Child Leap Card application forms are available from the Leap Card website.

    What is Travel Credit?
    Travel Credit works in a similar way to mobile phone credit. It is a cash value which you load onto the 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.

    What is Leap Card Fare Capping?
    Fare Capping is really easy. The Leap Card system caps your use of travel credit, so once you have taken trips using your travel credit that add up to the equivalent of the daily or weekly cap value, you can continue to travel as normal, but no further Travel Credit will be taken from your card.

    When travelling on Dublin Bus, the daily cap for a Child is €2.10 and the weekly cap is €6.80. There is also a multi-operator cap if you are travelling on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail. The daily cap is €2.80 and the weekly cap is €11.20.

    The cap is measured on a calendar week, starting on Monday and finishing on Sunday. When the cap is reached you should continue to touch on as normal to have a valid ticket.

    Leap Card Capping

      Dublin Bus only Bus / Luas / Dart Commuter Rail
      Daily Weekly Daily Weekly
    Child Cap €2.10 €6.80 €2.80 €11.20

    Any fares paid for a travelling companion do not count towards the cap.

    Fares paid on Tours do not count towards the cap.