Free public transport for all children for two weeks during summer

It was confirmed at an official launch yesterday that children aged between four and eighteen can enjoy FREE travel for a fortnight FREE starting on Monday 25th July.

We reported earlier that holders of child Leap cards will be entitled to free travel on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART, short-hop commuter rail in Dublin.This applies to Bus Eireann city services in Dublin and surrounding counties, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. 

This is the third year of the ‘Kids Go Free’ promotion and Minister Shane Ross described the free travel promotion as a 'fantastic initiative'. 

Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, said: “Over the summer, we hope as many families as possible go to town to experience all that our fantastic cities have to offer during the holiday season.

"This promotion doesn’t just apply to Dublin – the historic cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are also included in the fortnight’s free travel for children with Leap Cards," she added

Available Services

  • All Dublin Bus scheduled services (excluding Airlink)
  • Ashbourne Connect
  • All Luas services
  • All DART services
  • All Commuter Rail services in Dublin’s “Short Hop Zone” and on the Cork to Cobh/Midleton train lines
  • Bus Éireann services where Leap Card Validators are available.

This includes:

  • Bus Éireann services in Dublin and surrounding counties (Excluding Expressway)
  • Bus Éireann Services in Cork city, Limerick city, Galway city, and Waterford city

Any Child Leap Card can be used to avail of this free travel promotion, but for those who don’t yet have one, a limited stock of free 4-15 Child Leap Cards is now available at the following locations:

  • Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 O’Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1
  • Connolly, Heuston and Pearse Train Stations
  • Bus Station, Parnell Place, Cork
  • Bus Station, Ceannt Station, Eyre Square, Galway
  • Bus Station, Parnell St, Limerick
  • Bus Station, The Quay, Waterford

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