Your daily public transport commute is set to get more expensive from December onward, as the National Transport authority have announced a bump up in some fares.
Changes in fares, as detailed in a lengthy report on the NTA website, are as a result of impending BusConnects changes.
The report says that “it is necessary to adjust a number of fares for Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Eireann, Go Ahead Dublin and Luas” to move toward a ‘simpler fare structure’ when BusConnects is introduced.
On both GoAhead and Dublin Bus services, for those paying in cash there will be an increase of 5 cent on stages 1-3, and 10 cent for those going from 4-13 stages. There will be a reduction of 10 cent for anyone going over 13+ stages, with the NTA saying cheaper fares can be availed of by using Leap.
On the Luas, there will be a 13% increase of off-peak adult fares on Leap, with rates going up from €1.77 to €2, with the cash fare going up from €2.50 to €2.80. Adult Leap and Cash fares will increase between 2.4% and 3.4%, except for a fare over 13 stages, which will decrease by 3.8%.
Monthly Dublin Bus and Luas Leap cards will increase from €162 to €170, and Dublin Bus and Luas annual tickets will rise by 4.9%, from €1,620 to €1,700.
In the report, the NTA say that the reasoning behind the fare changes is to reflect distance travelled, the level of service and the cost of operating the service.
“The authority has been working over many years now to simplify the fares across bus, rail and light rail services to introduce a fairer distance-based structure. There is still more work to do, and this year’s fare determination takes another step to achieve these objectives,” the report says.