The cost of bus, rail and Luas tickets are to rise again

Your euro for the McDonald’s burger or those few coppers for a packet of gum may now need to be held onto and put to another use as bus, rail and Luas tickets are set to increase between November and December this year.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) confirmed the hike in ticket prices on public transport services including Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann and the Luas.

According to the NTA, in order to “protect service delivery” monthly, annual, and tax-saver tickets will increase from November 1 while cash, Leap cards and pre-paid tickets will soar in price from December 1.

The NTA added that increased fares were “required to protect transport service delivery at a time of reduced incomes for the operators”.

A reduction in Government payments to main public-transport companies known as ‘subvention’ has also added to the need for price hikes. 

Holders of monthly and annual tickets are reported to be hit the hardest.

The NTA revealed that prices on Dublin Dart will increase by more than eight per cent while Dublin Bus fares will rise by between 9.3 % and 10.3%. Bus Éireann tickets will have an additional six per cent added onto their costs.

From November 1 annual and monthly ticket prices for Dublin Bus and Dart will soar by ten per cent.

Leap fares on Irish Rail and Dublin Bus will rise by nearly three per cent from December.

The biggest blow to commuters will be the increase to Irish Rail short hop zones and Dublin Bus fares for over 13 stages which will no longer be a cash fare of €2.80 or €2.45 when using the Leap card.

The NTA is encouraging commuters to purchase Leap cards over paying cash as the cards work out considerably cheaper.

A list of the adjusted fares is available on the NTA website detailing the amendments.