What is TFI Leap Card?

TFI Leap Card is a convenient way to pay for public transport across the TFI public transport network. It is a re-usable, pre-paid travel card that can save you up to 31% versus cash single fares. Just top-up, touch on and travel.

TFI Leap Card can be used on the following services:

  • Bus Éireann
  • Dublin Bus
  • Go-Ahead Ireland
  • DART and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail commuter rail services in the Short Hop Zone and on the
  • Cork to Cobh/Midleton train lines in Cork
  • Luas
  • Private operators such as Ashbourne Connect, City Direct, Matthews Coaches and Wexford Bus

For a full list of operators, please see the TFI Leap Card website.


There are several different types of TFI Leap Card.

  • Adult
  • Adult Personalised
  • Child 5 – 15
  • Child 16 – 18
  • Young Adult 19-23
  • Student
  • Visitor

There are differences in fares, usage and entitlement depending on which card you are eligible to purchase.

Where to buy

Adult anonymous and child 5 – 15 cards can be purchased at any TFI Leap agent, on the TFI Leap Card website or at selected DART ticket machines in Dublin.

Adult personalised, Child 16-18, Young Adult 19-23 and Student Leap cards can be only ordered online on the TFI Leap Card website.

TFI Leap Visitor Cards can be purchased on the TFI Leap Card website or at selected agents in Dublin City Centre.

How to top-up

You can top-up your TFI Leap Card in a number of ways:

  1. If you have a NFC-enabled Android phone or an iPhone 7 or above, the easiest way to top-up is by downloading the Leap Top-up App. With the app you can top-up your card instantly from your phone.
  2. By setting up Auto Top-up on your TFI Leap Card, you will never run out of travel credit. Once your credit falls below €10 it will automatically top-up by your chosen amount (€30, €40 or €50).
  3. At TFI Leap Card outlets. Find your closest agent on the TFI Leap website.
  4. At Luas, DART & Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail commuter rail ticket machines.
  5. On board selected bus operators including Wexford Bus, Matthews Coaches and Swords Express.
  6. Online; but please note, if you Top-Up online, you still have to collect your Travel Credit or ticket at either a TFI Leap Card agent or another nominated load location.


Depending on the operator, you can save up to 31% as opposed to paying for your journey in cash. TFI Leap Card can be used on different operators including Dublin Bus, Luas, DART & Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail commuter rail, Go-Ahead Ireland and Bus Éireann, along with other bus operators such as Swords Express, Ashbourne Connect, Wexford Bus, Matthews Coaches (certain services) and Collins Coaches.

Check out TFI Leap Card fares for details on each operator.

TFI Leap Card caps your travel credit spend, so once you hit an applicable cap on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail commuter rail and Go-Ahead Ireland services in Dublin you can travel for free on those services for the rest of the day or week (Mon-Sun).

Find out more about TFI Leap Card Capping here.

From November 28th, TFI Leap Card fares changed on Transport for Ireland services in the Dublin Area.

A new TFI 90 Minute fare applies to most journeys. This TFI 90 Minute fare includes the option to transfer between Dublin Bus, Luas and most DART, commuter rail (zones 1 to 4 in the Short Hop Zone) and Go-Ahead Ireland services in Dublin – just touch on your last journey within 90 minutes of the first.

  • If you have a compatible smartphone, you can check your balance with the Leap Top-Up App. Just hold your TFI Leap Card to the back of your phone.
  • You can also view your travel credit balance online as well as previous transactions on your card. (It can take up to 24 hours for transactions to appear on your online account).
  • You can also view your balance by asking for a balance enquiry at any TFI Leap Card payzone agent or by placing your card in the card pocket at any Luas/DART/Commuter Rail ticket machine and following instructions on the ticket vending machine screen.

Once you register your TFI Leap Card, you can apply for a replacement card or a refund, depending on your card type:

  • Adult, child  and student cards can be replaced or refunded. If you are replacing a personalised card you may need to resubmit your photo.
  • Tax Saver TFI Leap Card can also be replaced through the TFI Leap website.
  • Simply log-in to your online account, select the ‘Refund or Replace’ option and follow the process.

If your card is lost or stolen and has not been registered, you cannot apply for a replacement/refund. We recommend you register your card as soon as you receive it to protect your balance if your card is lost or stolen.