New zonal fares and rolling tickets on Bus Éireann on Leap

Bus Eireann customers on the 103 (Dublin – Duleek) and 105 (Dublin – Ratoath) services can today (28 May 2013) begin to enjoy the advantages of Leap Card travel – paying 10% less per trip with Leap than if they paid cash for an adult standard single fare. They can then go on to use their Leap Cards for hassle-free transfers to onward public transport services to complete their journey. These are the first Bus Éireann routes to accept Leap Cards.

The National Transport Authority also announced today that it will gradually introduce the Leap Card across all Bus Éireann services in the Eastern part of the country, as part of a new Zonal fare system

As well as paying for single tickets with Leap, customers will be able to avail of rolling tickets on Leap Card, where unlimited travel for 1 or 7 days is available on Bus Éireann services from the time of activation. Routes 103 and 105 are the first routes to have such zonal fares available. They are within travel zones 1 and 2, which will stretch as far as 40km from the city.

When zonal fares have been introduced on all routes in these two zones , the next set of zones will be launched which will stretch as far as 120km from the city. A customer information programme will support the gradual roll-out of zonal fares.

The National Transport Authority launched the Leap Card 18 months ago, and over 260,000 cards are already in use on Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Luas, Matthews (Bettystown) and Wexford Bus services.  The Authority expects these numbers to grow further when Bus Éireann customers in the Eastern region can avail of the convenience and discounted travel offered by Leap.

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Tuesday, 28th May, 2013