TFI Leap Card

Transport for Ireland (TFI) Leap Card is a convenient way to pay for public transport across Dublin and surrounding counties, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, Athlone, Kilkenny and Wexford. It can also be used on numerous commuter and rural bus services within the TFI public transport network.

It saves you carrying change and TFI Leap Card fares are up to 31% cheaper than cash single tickets. TFI Leap Card users in the Dublin area also benefit from smart discount features such as fare capping and the Leap 90 Discount.

Leap Top-Up App

Leap Top-Up is a free app for NFC enabled Android or iOS phones, available from the Google Play and Apple App stores. Download and open the app on your NFC-enabled device, hold your TFI Leap Card to the back of to instantly check your balance and your last 5 transactions, collect a pre-paid ticket, or top-up your TFI Leap Card.

Student Leap Card

The Student Leap Card is the national student travel card. It provides full-time students with discounts on fares for Go-Ahead Ireland, Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Éireann, DART and Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) services, as well as some other privately-operated local services in the Republic of Ireland.


Introduced in 1999, Taxsaver offers significant savings to incentivise people to use public transport to and from work.

Employers can simply Register online, receive log in details and start purchasing monthly or annual tickets for their employees, which are then applied to Personalised Leap Cards.

The cost of the Taxsaver ticket is deducted directly from the employee’s salary, and savings of between 28.5% and 52% can be made off regular fare pricing, depending on ticket type and your tax  band.

Currently, the Taxsaver system is undergoing a redesign to create a single entry point for Taxsaver customers making the service more readily accessible to employers and employees.

 Mobile ticketing (m-Ticketing)

The recently launched pilot of mTicketing (or mobile ticketing), ‘TFI Go’, is the first stage of the NGT Programme, which consists of multiple projects aiming to provide customers with new payment methods for public transport services.

TFI Go is intended to be a multi-supplier, multi-platform solution which allows passengers to purchase their ticket via a mobile app and activate the ticket prior to boarding public transport. If the pilot is successful, this modern, flexible and frictionless ticketing system will eventually be rolled out across all transport operators, serving both urban and rural Ireland, and will enhance travellers experience and provide an additional way of paying for travel, in particular longer distance travel.

TFI Go has initially been piloted on Bus Éireann’s longer distance services. The pilot phase began in mid-2020 on the Dublin to Wicklow service, with a number of commuter routes to be added over the coming period.

The demand and requirement for contactless account based ticketing options is expected to increase substantially in the near future and TFI Go is the first element of an integrated programme which will deliver an expanded and innovative “mobile first” service.

Next Generation Ticketing (NGT)

The Authority is currently seeking to implement new and more flexible ticketing systems through its next-generation ticketing project.

The project plans to improve the overall customer experience by enabling customers to use a debit or credit card or smartphone to pay for travel. In addition, the payment methods will be smarter, offering a greater choice of payment options (not just auto top-up) and the ability for the best fare for customers to be automatically charged.