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Commuters see price increases on buses, trains and trams

The cost of one-off bus and train trips increased on Saturday.

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USERS OF PUBLIC transport will see the price of their one-off tickets increase today as new fares came into effect on Saturday.

The National Transport Authority approved the price rise last month but many daily commuters will only be hit from today.

Dublin Bus fares have jumped by up to 17.9 per cent and short trips now cost €1.65 (up from €1.40). Longer journeys will increase from €2.65 to €2.80.

Express services will be charged at a rate of €3.25 for one zone and €4.40 for two zones.

The changes are less steep for holders of Leap cards, with single-journey fares increasing by a maximum of 12 per cent – with the shortest journey going from €1.25 to €1.40.

Train users in Dublin have seen ticket prices increase by between 9.1 and 14 per cent, with inter-city fares adjusted by between 0.9 and 3.9 per cent.

Irish Rail have said the highest increase on commuter fares will be on short journeys, where the fares will go from €1.50 to €1.70, with the increase lower as fares become higher.

Bus Éireann fares have increased by an average of about 6 per cent across all ticket types. The only exception is for Leap card holders, who will not see any changes until next year.

From 7 January 2013, some Luas fares will increase by up to 5.7 per cent. The average fare will see a 2 per cent increase; a full chart of the new fares can be accessed at the Luas website.

For those travelling over three zones on the red line, the new fare will be €2.40 (up from €2.20), while those on the green line will pay €2.50. Monthly tickets will also increase, depending on the number of zones travelled. The most expensive will be a €90 30-day pass for the green line for those travelling further than five zones each day.

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