Leap Card Athlone

Bus Éireann/Leap Card

Leap Card offers customers a cheaper, flexible and more convenient way to travel on Bus Éireann services and other Leap enabled public transport services. Leap cards may now be used on Bus Éireann town services in Athlone. Simply buy your Leap Card, top it up with travel credit 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 Leap Card Payzone agents in Athlone, 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 (where applicable).

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 may 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. 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.

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. Leap Single, 24 Hour Rolling and 7 Day Rolling products are issued at discounted student Leap fares where available on Leap-enabled services, to students aged nineteen years and above who are in possession of a valid Leap Student Leap Card.
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 fares and products.

Registering your Leap 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 fares is deducted from your balance every time you travel. Travel Credit may be used to get a 30% discount on the town services standard single fares. E.g.

Athlone Town Services
Single Fares
(30% Discount)
Adult Town Single Fare €1.90 €1.33
Child Town Single Fare €1.10 €0.77

What routes in Athlone are covered by Leap Card?

Timetable No.Route
A1 Monksland - Bus/Rail Stn - Golden Island - Retreat Rd - AIT - Creggan Court
A2 Monksland - Bus/Rail Stn - Golden Island - Ballymahon Rd - AIT - Creggan Court

How do I use my Leap Card on board Bus Éireann Town 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.

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 you register your card at online, you may also view your balance on your online account.