The Leap Visitor Card makes getting around Dublin very convenient.
In a nutshell, the Leap Visitor Card is a convenient public transport ticket for tourists visiting Dublin.
It offers unlimited travel on Dublin City Bus, Luas, DART, and Commuter Rail for 1, 3, or 7 days for a fixed price.
If you’re exploring the various things to do in Dublin, it’ll save you time, money and hassle.
Some quick need-to-knows about the Leap Visitor Card
Although buying a Leap Visitor Card is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make the process more straightforward:
1. Why buying one makes sense
The Leap Visitor Card makes using public transport easier and cheaper. You buy a card for either 1, 3 or 7 days and you get unlimited travel. If you’re visiting Ireland on a budget, it’s both a time and money saver (as is the excellent Dublin Pass).
2. Where you can get one
You can buy a Leap Visitor Card online, in Dublin Airport or in the city centre. Full list of places to get it can be found below.
3. How much it costs
There are three different options for the Leap Visitor Card:
- 1 day (24 hours): €8.00
- 3 days (72 hours): €16.00
- 7 days (168 hours): €32.00
4. Where you can use it
5. How it works
To use your Leap Visitor Card, simply tap it off the validator when you’re getting on the bus or when you’re passing through the gates at the train station. More info on using it on each type of public transport below.
6. Where it isn’t valid
Leap Visitor is not valid on the Hop on/Hop off tour or other special tour services and cannot be used on Bus Éireann services.
Where you can buy a Leap Visitor Card
You can buy a Leap Visitor Card online or offline. Now, the online purchases come with a warning – the card gets delivered to your postal address.
So… make sure to order it well in advance to ensure that it arrives before you visit Dublin. You can also buy the card in person from a number of other places in Dublin:
You can buy the card from Wrights Airport Convenience Store (T1 Arrivals)
- Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’Connell St., Dublin 1
- Spar, 63 Upper O’Connell St., Dublin 1
- Mullins Newsagent, Unit 1B Heuston Station, Dublin 8
- Spar, Talbot Street, Dublin 1
- Easons, Unit 2, Connolly Station, Dublin 1
How the Leap Visitor Card works
The beauties of the Leap Visitor Card is that you don’t have to worry about having cash for your fare.
You simply touch the card off a validator and, once you’ve heard the ‘beep’, you know it has worked.
Here’s how to use the Leap Visitor Card on the bus, train and tram:
On Dublin Bus
Touch the card against the Leap Card Validator on the right-hand side as you enter the bus.
On the Luas (tram)
Touch the card off the Validator on the platform before you get on the tram and Touch Off when you get off the tram.
On DART and Commuter Rail
Touch the card off the Validator at the platform entry gate before your journey and Touch it off the platform exit gate or Validator after your journey.
FAQs about the Leap Visitor Card
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where do you buy one?’ to ‘How long does it last?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Is the Leap Visitor card worth it?
The Leap Visitor Card provides you with unlimited travel on Dublin Bus, the Luas an the DART for a set fee. If you’re exploring the city, it’ll save you time and money if you use public transport to get around.
What is a Leap Visitor card?
The Leap Visitor card is a convenient public transport ticket that provides unlimited travel in Dublin for a selected time period on DART, Dublin City Bus services, the Luas and Commuter Rail.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.