Bus Ticket Information

All Bus Éireann tickets are issued subject to the conditions of the company. If you have not purchased your ticket in advance of travel, please try to have exact fare ready for the driver when boarding the bus. This will speed up journey times for you and for other customers.

If you already have a ticket or pass, please have it ready for inspection when you board the bus.

Tickets must be retained for the duration of your journey and produced for inspection on request.

Ticket Types

Single tickets

Single tickets are valid for one single journey on the date of issue as shown on the ticket.

Return tickets

Return tickets are valid for one outward and one inward journey only. They are not valid for two journeys in the same direction, and must be used within the date range stated. There are two types of return ticket:

  • Standard return: Standard return tickets are valid for one outward journey on the day of issue, and one inward journey that must be taken within 30 days of initial travel.
  • Day return: Day return tickets are valid for one outward journey on the day of issue, and for an inward journey on the same date only. Passengers wishing to use the return leg of the journey on another date will not be able to do so and will not be issued with an excess fare ticket.

Family return tickets

Family return tickets are subject to the same conditions of validity as standard return tickets and are issued to family groups of one or two adults and up to three children under 16 years of age.

Family return tickets are not valid on cross border services.

Weekly (10-journey) tickets

Weekly (10-journey) tickets are valid for ten journeys as specified and as shown on the ticket.

They are valid for seven consecutive days inclusive of date of issue. For example, a weekly ticket issued on a Tuesday is valid up to and including the following Monday. When a public holiday falls within the period of validity of a 10-journey ticket, the expiry date is automatically extended by one day.

10-journey tickets are also available for children.

Students

Bus Éireann offers concession tickets to students aged 19 years or older who are in possession of a valid form of ID. Accepted forms of identification include International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) and student identification cards issued by recognised third level institutions in the Republic of Ireland. The following tickets are available for students:

  • Student single tickets
  • Student return tickets
  • Student 10-journey tickets

Student tickets are subject to the same validity conditions as standard tickets.

Children

Children under the age of 16 are entitled to reduced cash fares on eligible routes. Reduced Leap Card fares are also available on eligible routes for children under the age of 19 who are in possession of either a Child Leap Card 5-15 or Child Leap Card 16-18.

Under 5s

Children under the age of five travel free of charge on Bus Éireann’s PSO services (City, Commuter, and Stage Carriage services) when they are accompanied by a person or persons over the age of 16 with responsibility for their welfare.

One child under the age of five may travel free of charge on Bus Éireann’s Expressway services when they are accompanied by a person or persons over the age of 16 with responsibility for their welfare. Additional children under the age of five will be charged the standard child fare.

Schoolchildren

Special schoolchild single fares are available on Provincial City Services in Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford only. This fare applies during the school term only and is valid for travel to and from school Monday to Friday until 7pm, and on Saturdays until 1.30pm.

Schoolchildren under the age of 16 may avail of the schoolchild single cash fare on eligible service at the times specified. Children under the age of 19 who are in possession of either a Child Leap Card 5-15 or Child Leap Card 16-18 may avail of the schoolchild Leap Card single fare on eligible services at the times specified.

Unaccompanied children

Unaccompanied children under the age of 12 will be carried on any service for journeys of less than 30km that take place before 7pm.

On any journey longer than 30km, or that starts after 7pm, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a person or persons over the age of 16 with responsibility for their welfare. Children under the age of five must be accompanied by a person or persons over the age of 16 with responsibility for their welfare at all times.

Parents or guardians may be asked to provide proof of age for any child travelling unaccompanied if that child appears to be under the age of five. This is for the safety of all children travelling on our services.

Concession tickets

Where a passenger is travelling on a concession rate ticket issued on the production of a card or document showing entitlement to the concession (e.g. student card, Free Travel Card, etc.), that card or document must be produced for inspection when requested by a Bus Éireann official, and each time the ticket is tendered for travel.

Expired documents, documents transferred to another person, or documents used fraudulently in any other manner to acquire concession rate tickets will be seized and handed to An Garda Síochána.

In such cases, or in cases where the documentation used to acquire a concession rate ticket is otherwise invalid, the appropriate full fare must be paid for the journey undertaken.

Mobile ticketing

As part of our ongoing commitment to improve our customer experience, Bus Éireann customers who have purchased tickets online are not required to print their tickets but may display them on a mobile device.

Please note, your booking details must be clearly displayed with your name, journey information, and MAC number on the screen. Your driver will not be able to issue your ticket if this information is not clearly visible. Please note that you may be required to produce photo ID when receiving your ticket.