Bus and train fares to be reduced by 20% 7 months ago

Bus and train fares to be reduced by 20%

The new prices are set to be implemented from Monday onwards.

Bus and train fares are set to be reduced by an average of 20% as part of a Government package to reduce the cost of living.

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The new prices are set to be implemented on Monday (11 April).

Bus fares on all subsidised public transport services provided by Bus Éireann and Local Link outside of Dublin are set to be reduced by an average of 20%.

Fares on Bus Éireann’s inter-urban and commuter services will also fall, although fares on Expressway services are not included.

Passengers on TFI Local Link rural services operated by the 15 Transport Co-ordination Units around the country will also see their fares drop by 20%.

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The fare reductions also apply to other TFI services including Kilkenny City Bus Service KK1 and KK2, and TFI commuter services in Kildare operated by Go-Ahead Ireland.

Both cash fares and Leap Card fares are being reduced.

For example, a journey from Westport to Castlebar that currently costs €4.20 with a Leap Card will fall to €3.36.

For town services, the Leap fare will go from €1.40 down to €1.10.

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On city services such as in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, the €1.68 Leap fare will drop by 20% to €1.35.

Bus Éireann customers using a Student Leap Card will see an additional reduction of 50% on their fares from Monday.

Online fares for Iarnród Éireann are also being reduced by an average of 20%.

Bus fare cuts in the Greater Dublin Area and on all other subsidised public transport services are set to be introduced in May.

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“We want to make it easier for people to be able to choose public transport throughout the country and I am delighted that this saving of 20% off public transport costs is now being implemented for commuters across regional cities and towns particularly,” said Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan.

“People are coming under more and more pressure as the price of essentials continues to increase.

"As one element of a suite of measures being introduced by the government, this fare reduction will go some way to easing some of the financial strain that households are experiencing.

“Choosing public transport over the private car, even for one trip a week, can begin to help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

"It will also help improve the air quality and cut down on congestion in our cities and towns throughout the country.

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“And at a time when fuel security is a greater concern than it has been in decades, leaving the car behind, if at all possible, is one of the best things we can all do to help reduce our energy use.”

CEO of Bus Éireann Stephen Kent said that the new reductions bring city fares back to the same level they were in 2007.