Leap Card Dublin

Bus Éireann/Leap Card

Leap Card is available to use on Bus Éireann’s services in the Greater Dublin Area offering customers a cheaper, flexible and more convenient way to travel on these services and other Leap enabled public transport services. Leap cards can be used on Bus Éireann commuter services in the Greater Dublin Area. Simply buy your Leap Card, top it up with travel credit or purchase a 1 day or 7 day ticket and away you go!

Where do I buy and how do I top up my Leap Card?

You may purchase and top-up a Leap Card at any of the over 400 Leap Card Payzone agents in the Greater Dublin Area. See www.payzone.ie for the full list.

If you have an NFC enabled Android phone, you may download the Leap Top-Up App, which allows you to instantly top-up your Leap Card, check your balance and collect tickets.

You may purchase a Leap Card and Top-Up online at www.leapcard.ie. Please note that if you top-up online you will still have to collect you travel credit at either a Leap Card Payzone outlet or at the nominated load location.

A €5 refundable deposit is charged for Leap cards. You must also top up with a minimum of €5 Travel Credit at the time of the first purchase.

Are there different leap card types?

Adult Leap Card
The Adult Leap Card can be used by a person of any age, although adult fares will be applied, so it is advised that children get a Child Leap Card. A €5 fully refundable deposit is charged for Adult Leap Cards. When buying your Leap Card you must also top it up with a minimum of €5 Travel Credit.

Adult Personalised Leap Card
Adult personalised Leap Cards have your name and photograph printed on the face of the card. They work in the same way as regular adult Leap Cards. There is no extra charge for a personalised card. It works in the same way as a regular adult Leap Card i.e. a €5 fully refundable deposit is charged for Adult Personalised Leap Cards. When buying your Adult Personalised Leap Card you must also top it up with a minimum of €5 Travel Credit. Monthly and Annual Zonal Taxsaver tickets for the Greater Dublin Area are uploaded onto Adult Leap Personalised Cards

Child Leap Card
Children under sixteen years of age may apply for a non-personalised Child Leap Card 5-15 Years and children under nineteen years of age may apply for a Personalised Child Leap Card 16 – 18 Years. Children in possession of either of these cards may avail of Leap child fares where available on designated Leap-enabled services.

Student Leap Card
Full-time second or third level students may apply for a Student Leap Card. Student Leap Cards need to be personalised. Visit www.studentleapcard.ie for full details on how to get the card. Students with a Student Leap Card travelling on services in the GDA may avail of Leap discount on the cash Student Single fares.
Students aged under nineteen years however, who are in possession of a Personalised Child Leap card 16-18 Years, may avail of the discounted Child Leap town service fare.

Registering your Leap Card

You must register your Leap Card to request a refund or replacement card at www.leapcard.ie so, register now to protect your card.

Registering your Leap Card protects your travel credit or tickets if the card is lost or stolen. Once you register, you may also see your transaction history and register for Auto Top-up. You may also manage additional Leap Cards through your account (e.g. your child’s Leap Card).

What is Travel Credit?

This works just like phone credit. You top it up and then the cost of the fare or tickets is deducted from your balance every time you travel. You can use Travel Credit to get a 30% discount on the standard single fares.

What routes in the Greater Dublin Area are covered by Leap Card?


Bus Éireann Greater Dublin Area Map

Timetable No.Route
NX Dublin - Navan Express
100X Wilton Terrace - City Centre - Airport - Drogheda - Dundalk
101N Dublin - Balbriggan - Drogheda: Nightrider
101X Wilton Terrace - Drogheda - Termon Abbey
101 Dublin - Airport - Balbriggan - Drogheda
103 Dublin - Ashbourne - Ratoath
103X Navan/Duleek - Ashbourne - Ratoath - Dublin
105 Drogheda - Ashbourne - Ratoath - Blanchardstown
105X Duleek - Ashbourne - Ratoath - Dublin
107 Navan - Kingscourt - Kells
108 Dublin - Kells - Bailieboro
109 Dublin - Dunshaughlin - Navan - Kells - Virginia - Cavan
109A D.C.U. - Airport - Ratoath - Dunshaughlin - Navan - Kells
109B Trim - Kilmessan – Dunshaughlin – Dublin
109X Dubin - Cavan
111 Delvin – Athboy – Trim – Batterstown – Dublin
111A Cavan - Granard - Delvin
111X Dublin - Athboy - Delvin - Clonmellon
115 Dublin – Kilcock - Enfield – Mullingar
120 Dublin - Clane - Prosperous - Edenderry - Tullamore
123 Dublin - Clane - Prosperous - Robertstown/Newbridge
124 Dublin - Portlaoise
126 Dublin - Kill - Naas - Newbridge - Kildare
126N Dublin - Naas - Newbridge - Clane Nightrider
130 Dublin - Kilcullen - Athy
132 Dublin - Tullow - Bunclody
132 Dublin - Tullow - Bunclody (Thursday Only)
133 Dublin Airport - Dublin - Ashford - Wicklow
163 Dublin - Drogheda - Donore, timetable valid until 2 December 2017
163 Dublin - Drogheda - Donore, revised timetable effective 3 December 2017

What are the period ticket options?

If you are a more frequent traveller you may also purchase the following zonal tickets.

 24 Hours 7 Day
Zone Adult Student Child Adult Student Child
Red €9 €7.20 €5 €39.50 €31.50 €22.40
Green €11 €8.80 €6.30 €49 €39 €28.20
Blue €18.20 €14.50 €9.10 €64 €51 €32
Yellow €20.70 €16 €12 €72.50 €55 €42
Orange €21.50 N/A N/A €76 €55.80 N/A

How do I use my Leap Card on board Bus Éireann services?

Travel Credit

  1. Go to the driver and ask for a single ticket to your destination and inform them you are buying your ticket using Leap Card Travel Credit.
  2. Hold your Leap Card to the target on the driver’s ticket machine and the correct fare will be deducted from your Travel Credit.

1 day or 7 day tickets

  1. Go to the driver and tell them which of the above tickets you want to purchase e.g. 7 day Red.
  2. Hold your Leap Card to the target on the driver’s ticket machine. The cost of the ticket will then be deducted from the balance on your Leap Card and the ticket will be uploaded to your Leap Card.
  3. To use the ticket there and then, put your Leap Card back on the target on the driver’s ticket machine.
  4. When you take your next journey, simply place your leap card on the target on the driver’s ticket machine. If you purchase a ticket through a Payzone agent before you board the bus, then only steps 3 & 4 apply.

Monthly Tickets
Monthly tickets are not available for purchase on board bus. They may be purchased at any listed Payzone outlet in the Cork area, at www.leapcard.ie or through the Leap Top-Up App

Monthly and Annual Taxsaver tickets are available through www.taxsaver.ie

How do I view my Travel Credit balance?

You may view your balance on the ticket machine on board the bus or ask the driver. If your card has been registered, you may view your travel credit balance in your online account as well as previous transactions on your card.
(Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for transactions to appear on your online account)

If you have an NFC enabled Android phone, you may check your balance on the Leap Top-up App. Just hold your Leap Card to the back of your phone.

You may also view your balance by asking for a balance enquiry at any Leap Card Payzone agent or by placing your card in the card ‘pocket’ at any Luas/DART/Commuter Rail ticket machine and follow instructions on the ticket vending machine screen.