Government follow through on Plan to Reduce Cost of Living

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Bus fares on all subsidised Public Transport services provided by Bus Éireann and TFI Local Link outside the greater Dublin area were reduced by an average of 20% since Monday 11 April. 

The plan to cut public transport fares was announced by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan in February and was among the measures included in the Government’s package to reduce the cost of living. The fare reductions will benefit Bus Éireann customers on city services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, as well as town services in Athlone, Balbriggan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan and Sligo.

Fares on Bus Éireann’s inter-urban and commuter services will also fall, although fares on the company’s commercial Expressway services are not included. Passengers on TFI Local Link rural services operated by our 15 Transport Co-ordination Units around the country will also see their fares drop by 20%. The fare reductions also apply to TFI network services including Kilkenny City Bus Service KK1 and KK2, and TFI commuter services in the Kildare area operated by Go-Ahead Ireland.

Both TFI Leap fares and cash fares are to be reduced: • Thanks to these changes, a journey from Westport to Castlebar that currently costs €4.20 with a TFILeapCard will fall to just €3.36. • A journey from Ashbourne to Dublin that currently costs €4.20 will also fall to €3.36. • For town services, the TFI Leap fare will go from €1.40 down to €1.10, a reduction of over 20%. • On city services in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, the €1.68 TFI Leap fare will drop by 20% to €1.35. • While all fares are being reduced by about 20%, customers currently paying their fare by cash can make even greater savings by switching to TFI Leap.

This is the first of two sets of fare reductions. Fare cuts in the Greater Dublin Area won’t be introduced until May as they are more complex to implement. Bus Éireann customers using a Student Leap Card will see an additional reduction of 50% on their fares from Monday.

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail‘s online fares at are also reducing by an average of 20%, from Monday, meaning that customers availing of the company’s best value Intercity fares will benefit from further savings. A reduction in public transport fares will be introduced in the Dublin area and on all other subsidised public transport services across the country next month. To stay up-to-date with the fares reductions, please visit:

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