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Guide to Leap Cards for Young People

Save 50% on Adult Leap Fares by using Young Adult or Student Leap Card on Public Transport

If you are a young person or a student, you can avail of cheaper fares across all public transport services, like Dublin Bus and Irish Rail. If you have an android phone, you can top up your card with credit using the leap card app – all you need to do is tag your card off a tagging station either on the bus or on a luas or Irish rail platform. Easy!

There are three leap cards aimed specifically at young people and students – make sure you get the right card for you!

Child Leap Card (16-18yrs) – to avail of child fares!

If you are under 19 years of age you are eligible for a Child Leap Card (16-18) which offers child fares on public transport. Your name and photograph is printed on it. These cards can only be purchased online.  Once an order is submitted, you will receive a reference number via email. Please bring this reference number along with your ID (Passport/ Driving Licence/Garda Age Card) to a validation centre so they can validate your age. Then, they will send your card by post, usually within 5 working days.

Young Adult (19-23) Leap Card

The Young Adult (19-23) Leap Card  is available to all 19 to 23 year olds right up to their 24th birthday. The Student Leap Card remains available to students in full-time education who are 24 years old and above. If you already have a Student Leap Card you’ll get the 50% reduction straight away without having to apply for a new Young Adult Leap Card (19-23). Just use your Student Leap Card as normal. You can get your Young Adult Leap Card (19-23) online here

Student Leap Card

The Student Leap Card is the national student travel and discount card where full-time students can get discount on fares for Go-Ahead Ireland, Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Éireann, DART and Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) as well as other local private services in the Republic of Ireland. Student Leap Card discounts are also available from the SLC brand partners. If you have an android phone, you can top up your card with credit using the leap card app and your phones NFC technology, if it has it, and all you need to do is tag your card off a tagging station either on the bus or on a luas or Irish rail platform. Easy!

Eligibility: Click here to see if you are eligible to apply for a Student Leap Card.

How to get a student leap card:

You can apply for your new Student Leap Card online; Here is a step by step guide to help you

  • You will receive a code;
  • Bring this code to an agent to get your card printed – you can generally get it done in Universities, the Dublin Bus office on O’Connell Street or online via Trinity College Student Union who are offering an online verification process https://www.tcdsu.org/student-leap-card-remote-verification-process .
  • Our Youth Information Services in Dun Laoghaire and Bray are hoping to provide this service soon!!

Student Rambler Ticket

If you use public transport on a regular basis, you should consider the Student Rambler Ticket – there is a 5 Day and 30 Day Student Rambler tickets available on Leap Card.  To buy a Student Rambler ticket you must have a Student Leap Card. Rambler tickets can be used for either consecutive or non-consecutive days of travel.

To buy a Student Rambler ticket using a Student Leap Card, simply present your card in one of 1,000 outlets throughout the country, that has the Leap Card sign. The Rambler product will then be loaded electronically on to your Leap Card.

Tips when using Public Transport

  • Avoid Cash – Whatever form of transport you use, paying a cash fare is likely the most costly way to go. By paying online, using a Leap Card or using a multi-use ticket, you could save tens or even hundreds of euro a year.
  • The Real Time Ireland App integrates all real time arrival information services from Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Dart, Irish Rail and Luas. It  allows you to set alerts to tell you when your bus is 10, 20 or 30 minutes away from your stop.  It can tell you when you’re coming to a particular stop (GPS dependent).

Commute to College for Less provide more cheap transport ideas.

Click here to chat online with a trained Youth Information Officer or you can contact us.

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