Fares and tickets
If you’re travelling with Irish Rail (ROI) and have your journey planned in advance it’s definitely a good idea to book tickets online as you can make some great savings. Translink (NI) tickets cannot be booked online and must be bought at the station or on the train.
Both Irish Rail (ROI) and Translink (NI) feature extensive fare information on their websites. While there, you can check up on the family and tourist tickets, too, which will prove more cost-effective if you’re planning on a lot of travel on the island.
Leap Visitor Card
The Leap Visitor card is a pre-paid card that allows unlimited travel on Luas, DART and commuter rail services (and Dublin Bus, Airlink 747/757 and Go-ahead Ireland services) for up to 168 hours (7 days) from its first use. Simply touch the card on a ‘Touch-on’ validator point before you board the train, tram or bus, and touch off when your journey is finished. It's that easy.
You can buy the Leap Visitor card before you arrive, but this is not an e-ticket. It will be delivered to your address so buy it in plenty of time! You can also buy it when you arrive in Dublin from a number of different agents. If you decide to extend your trip by a few more days, you can top up your Leap card up to five times.
If you’re travelling in Northern Ireland, you can use the iLink card which gives unlimited daily, weekly or monthly travel on rail services within zones 1 – 4 and the North West Zone, as well as Metro, Ulsterbus and Glider bus services. Your card is valid from your first journey, and you simply touch your card to the target and the machine will beep if your card is read successfully. You can’t top up your card online, but you can extend your travel by a day, week, or month at a number of different venues.