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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 5°C
Julien Behal Ross and Graham at the announcement today, with Irish Youth Dance Festival performers
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Children with Leap cards to get free access to public transport for two weeks

The promotion will cover a range of Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Dart and Luas services.

CHILDREN WILL HAVE free access to all public transport covered by the Leap card from Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July.

The announcement was made today by Transport Minister Shane Ross and Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority.

Free travel will automatically apply to any holder of a Child Leap Card when the card is presented.

The promotion covers the vast majority of public transport journeys in the country:

  • All Dublin Bus scheduled services (excluding Airlink)
  • All Luas services
  • All Dart services
  • All commuter rail services in Dublin’s ‘Short Hop Zone’
  • Bus Éireann services where Leap card validators are available: This includes all services in Dublin and surrounding counties (excluding Expressway) and services in Cork city, Limerick city, Galway city and Waterford city
  • Ashbourne Connect

Speaking today, Ross said: “This is a fantastic initiative from the National Transport Authority which I hope will encourage lots of families to avail of public transport this summer.”

Graham added: “Of course, this promotion doesn’t just apply to Dublin. The historic cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are also included.

At a time when a lot of people still find themselves under financial pressure, we want to do everything we can to make it easier for families to get out and enjoy all there is on offer throughout the network of public transport services covered by Leap.

“One way we can do this is by making sure that the cost of transport for families is not prohibitive and our Kids Go Free promotion does precisely that.

“It also gives that extra bit of freedom to the teenagers who can now meet up with their friends in town without breaking the bank and, just as important, gets them into the habit of using public transport,” Graham said.

This offer is valid for Child Leap Card 4-15 and Child Leap Card 16-18, (which is valid up to the holder’s 19th birthday), as long as the card has at least one cent credit.

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