Public transport prices are changing: What you need to know
Fares on public transport are changing from the beginning of December, the National Transport Authority has announced
The NTA said the new fares are to encourage people to switch to the increasingly popular Leap Card.
The aim is to "simplify fares structures and to encourage more people to use Leap card to pay for their journeys by delivering a wide differential between Leap and cash fares."
"Very modest" increases in Dublin Bus fares were announced:
- No change for City Centre, Xpresso , Stages 13+ fares(Leap and cash)
- No change for Leap adult singles
- No change for Dublin Bus only monthly and annual tickets
- No change for Leap card daily and weekly caps
- No change for child fares (Leap and cash)
- Schoolchild cash fare up 5c and Leap up 2c
- Multi-operator monthly and annual tickets increase 2.6% - 2.9%
- Pre-paid rambler tickets up 3.7% – with the objective of encouraging more people to opt for Leap card to pay for these journeys
- Merging the 4-7 and the 8-13 stage bands for cash-paying customers into one 4-13 band at a €2.70 fare means fares for the previous 4-7 stage go up 15c from 2.55 and fares for the previous 8-13 stage go down 10c from 2.80. This change follows the same stage-fare adjustment for Leap card fares a year ago.
The Authority has approved some moderate fares increases for 2016 rail services.
- No change for Economy 1 Intercity routes (Dublin/Galway, Dublin/Westport/Ballina, Dublin/Sligo, Limerick/Galway)
- No change for Intercity student return fares on all routes
- Short Hop Zone fares increases approved of 1.4% to 4.2%
- Monthly and annual fare increases capped below 3%
- Transfer to Leap card encouraged by increasing price of 3-day and 7-day tickets by up to 4%
- Web fares on intercity services also continue to offer good value for customers who book online in advance of travel
A detailed explanation of the changes can be found here.
For Luas users there will be little change from December:
- No increase on Child Cash and Leap Fares
- No increase in daily and weekly Luas Cap
- No increase in all zones monthly and annual tickets
- Off-peak Leap card travel encouraged through modest increases in Adult Cash and Leap Peak Fares, and Adult Cash Off-peak Fares but maintaining Off-Peak Leap fares at current levels
- Transfer to Leap further encouraged by increasing 1-day, 7-day and 30-day tickets by up to 4% – where Leap offers better value
- Three zone monthly and annual tickets to be withdrawn
Some annual ticket holders on the Luas will have a €60 increase in their fares. Those passengers with a three zone annual ticket currently pay €850. They will now have to switch to an all-zone ticket costing €910.
Bus Eireann has been given an overall fare increase of 1.5pc, but individual fares will increase by no more than 5pc. In some cases, they will fall by a corresponding amount.