What Tourists Should Know About The Leap Visitor Card


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The Leap Visitor Card is hands down the most beneficial card for anybody who’s in Dublin and is planning on using public transport. Using the Luas, Dart or Dublin Bus as much as you like for a set price; what’s not to love about that?

While Dublin is a small enough city, the last thing you want to be doing is pacing around the city when you can hop on a bus or a tram as you please.

In this post, we’re going to give you a full breakdown of the Leap Pass, from how much it costs to where you can buy one. You’ll soon have a better idea of if it’s worth purchasing or not.

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What Is The Leap Visitor Card?

The Leap Visitor Card is a travel pass that gives anybody who’s visiting Dublin unlimited access to the city’s public transport system for a set period of time.


What Forms Of Public Transport Can The Leap Visitor Card Be Used On?

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Once you’ve purchased a Leap rambler pass, it can be used on Dublin Bus, the Luas, Irish Rail and commuter routes as much as you like.


How Much Does A Leap Card Cost?

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Prices for a Leap Card vary depending on how many days you’d like it for. The prices are below.

  • 24-hour pass (one-day travel card) – 8 euros €
  • 72-hour pass (three-day travel card) – 16 euros €
  • 168-hour pass (seven-day travel card) – 32 euros €

After purchasing a Leap Visitor Card, you won’t have to worry about individual fare prices. Your ticket covers you for the duration you bought it for.


Where Can You Buy A Leap Card?

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There are a number of ways you can purchase a Leap Card. They include:

  • In-person at selected locations, including 1. Dublin Airport arrivals T1 (WH Smith) + T2 (Spar) 2. Dublin City Centre, O’Connell Street, Dublin Bus Centre.
  • Online through the Leap Card’s website. It’s a physical card and may take some time for it to be delivered, so order it well in advance.

How Do Leap Cards Work?

Using a Leap Card is simple. All you have to do is walk onto one of the selected forms of transport and scan the card on the scanning system. You should eventually hear a beep; that means your card has been scanned. Then you’re good to go.


How Do You Activate A Leap Card?

Leap Visitor Cards are activated as soon as you use them for the first time.


What About Topping Up A Leap Card?

Say, for example, you plan to stay in Dublin longer and are thinking about topping up your Leap Visitor Card. This can be easily done at one of the 650 outlets around the country. All you have to do is walk into a place where top-ups are available and give them your card details and they’ll sort you out.


Is There Different Passes For Different Age Groups?

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Regardless of your age when you visit Dublin, the Leap Visitor Pass costs the same for people of all ages. Students, adults, and kids; all cards are the same price.


Should You Be Worried About Zones?

There’s no need to worry about Leap Card Zones as long as you stay in Dublin. If you’re planning on leaving Dublin and heading into another zone, you should top your pass up with how much you’ll need. For more information, see here.


Is There A Way To Contact Leap Card If You Run Into Trouble?

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If you’d like to contact Leap Card about any issues or concerns you may have, here are their details.

  • Email – customer.care@leapcard.ie
  • Phone Number (In Ireland) – 0818 824 824
  • Phone Number (Calling From Abroad) – +353 (1) 517 1528

Frequently Asked Questions


If You Arrive At Dublin Airport, Can You Use A Leap Visitor Card To Get To The City Centre?

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Absolutely! The Leap Visitor Card can be used as soon as you purchase it. There are a number of buses that leave from Dublin Airport to the city centre every day. You can find out more information here.


Can You Use The Leap Visitor Card On A Hop On Hop Off Bus?

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Unfortunately, the Leap Visitor Card cannot be used on any of Dublin’s hop-on hop-off tourist buses. There are a number of separate passes where you can avail of a hop-on hop-off bus. They are as follows: 1. Dublin City Pass 2. The DoDublin Freedom Ticket.


Is It Possible to Purchase an E-TICKET?

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The Irish Leap travel pass cannot be purchased as an e-ticket.

When you purchase the ticket, you’ll be given a physical card that you have to use to scan on the form of public transport you choose to use in Dublin city.


Do You Have To Make An Account On The Leap Card Website To Buy The Visitor Pass?

No, once you visit the purchase section of Leap Card Ireland’s website, you don’t have to sign up or log in to get the ticket.


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