Dublin City has just unveiled a new program that makes it easier for tourists to get around the city. A tourist version of their prepaid travel pass known as the Leap Card is now available at Dublin Airport; and if you’re planning to spend a few days in the city, you’ll travel like a local when you swipe your pass in front of the card reader on buses and trains.
Here’s how it works…
You purchase a card at Dublin Airport for €19.50 (about $26.50 at the moment) for a three-day pass. Currently, the airport is the only place the pass is available; although there are promises of it being sold online and shipped to your home before you travel. Then follow the signs to the bus transport area… you will end up outdoors, but there’s a roof over your head the entire way.
For the easiest trip to city centre, find the AirLink 747 stand. Expect to find an attendant in the area to answer questions at most times; they’ll be sure to assure you of your transit choice. Also feel free to ask the bus driver for details on the nearest stop to your destination.
When you board the bus, look for the card validator on your right as you step onto the bus. Simply wave your Leap Card in front of the sensor and then make yourself comfortable. If you use the local LUAS or DART trains, you will swipe the validator on the platform before you board and swipe again on the platform when you alight.
The LUAS system takes you around city centre. Meanwhile, the DART travels to points north and south of the city. Dublin Bus provides a full network of routes around the capital. Do note that the Leap Card is only available for travel around Dublin, so don’t expect it to use it for travel elsewhere in Ireland.
An Easy Way to See More of the City
I enjoyed testing a similar three-day pass when Dublin hosted the Travel Blog Exchange Conference. It made for a handy way to get to some of the farther reaching sections of Dublin such as the Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin Cemetery, Howth, Kilmainham Gaol, Heuston Station, Phoenix Park, and even the Guinness Storehouse. It was a relief not having to find out fares and count out coins… it was a simple swipe and go.
Find more details on the Leap Card website: www.leapcard.ie (click the “Toursist Information” tab)