Commuters to be hit by fare hikes from today onwards

Commuters to be hit by fare hikes from today onwards
Commuters to be hit by fare hikes from today onwards

The festive spirit has hit a speed bump as commuters feel the pinch with a range of price hikes coming into effect across our national transport system.

From today onwards, some annual ticket holders on the Luas will face a €60 increase in their fares, while Dublin Bus has introduced fare increases by as much as 15c for some adult passengers.

School children who use a Leap card on Dublin Bus, will pay 2c extra for journeys, while minors paying by cash, must pay an additional 5c.

In recent years, Leap cards have become more popular.

Luas passengers with a three-zone annual ticket currently pay €850. They will now have to switch to an all-zone ticket, which will cost them €910.

Dublin Bus is blaming increasing annual costs of €6.8 million for their fare hikes.

Pre-paid rambler tickets are up by 3.7pc, in an attempt to encourage more people to switch to the cheaper Leap card.

In terms of cash fares, the 4-7 stage and 8-13 stage bands have been merged into one 4-13 band, and commuters travelling across the city by bus on this band will now pay a maximum fare of €2.70.

This is an increase of 15c for the 4-7 stage, and a reduction of 10c for the previous 8-13 stage.

On Irish Rail services, increases are being kept to a "minimum" to protect passenger numbers with the biggest hike compromising of a 4pc rise in the cost of a three-day or seven day travel ticket.

Read: Public transport prices are changing: What you need to know.

Eimear Rabbitt