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*Fumbles for change* Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Dublin Bus fares are going up again

“€3.30, please.”

DUBLIN BUS USERS will pay €3.30 in cash for full-length trips from January.

The news comes as the National Transport Authority (NTA) announced its fare determinations for 2015 this morning.

Under the new cash fares, travelling in the capital will become more expensive from New Year’s Day, with all prices up by at least 15 cent, with a 25 cent increase to the longest journeys.

In 2012, the longest journeys within the inner suburban areas cost €2.65.

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The price of getting home from a night out is also going up, from €6 to €6.50 and the special city centre rate will climb from 70 cent to 75 cent.

The number of fares will be cut from 16 to nine.

The NTA, however, is keen to point out that if customers use Leap Cards, they will pay fares cheaper than the 2012 cash prices.

Gerry Murphy, CEO of the NTA said that the Leap Card hasd

“Already, Leap Card users enjoy considerably lower fares than people paying with cash. And, with Leap daily and weekly caps staying unchanged for 2015, we are moving to a situation where paying by Leap will soon be better value in many cases for the customer than buying a pre-paid weekly ticket – and will offer additional flexibility on top.”

Passenger numbers have fallen by 20% in five years at Dublin Bus, but this has been easing since 2012.

The government subvention to the company will remain at €60 million for 2015, when the company is projecting a €3 million surplus. They had asked for a 6% fare increase.

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