Holders of these cards will gain access to free transport via Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus, DART and the Luas throughout Dublin.
Counties such as Limerick, Galway, Cork and Waterford are also taking part in the iniative.
The scheme is called “Kids Go Free”
The aim of this is to encourage families to use public transport.
Private operators have decided to provide free travel in Ashbourne and Wexford.
It also serves to put emphasis on the cheaper prices being offered by Leap. Typically, it can be up 20% cheaper to use a Leap card than by using cash.
Paschal Donohoe, the Transport Minister has stated that one million Leap cards have been sold.
The CEO of the National Transport Authority said that the scheme is in its second year and expects demand to be much higher this year.
She stated “We are particularly keen that those in the senior cycle of secondary school apply for
their personalised so that they can enjoy the cheapest fares for getting to and from school, and for their
A card can be purchased as follows:
Adult Leap cards can be bought for a €5 refundable deposit
Child Leap Cards are on offer for €3.
Student Travelcards can be bought for €12 which is not refundable.
When buying a leap card you must top it up with a minimum of €5 of Travel Credit.
Details on obtaining a Child Leapr card can be found at www.childleapcard.ie