Travel Credit works in a similar way to mobile phone credit. Every time you use the card to travel the cost of the journey is deducted. If there is insufficient no credit on the card it cannot be used for any further journeys until it is 'Topped Up' at a ticket machine or online at www.leapcard.ie.
A Leap Card is a reusable plastic smart card that can be used instead of paper tickets to pay-as-you-go for transport in Dublin. This card is used to store travel credit that is deducted as and when you use it when travelling on public transport.
Customers pay less with a Leap Card than when paying for single fares with cash on DART and Commuter rail services, Dublin Bus and Luas services.
Customers can register their Leap Card online, so if it's lost or stolen, no one else can use it.
Any person aged 16 years or older who purchases a child ticket will be issued with a Fixed Payment Notice. Child tickets are only valid for persons aged 3-15 years. Persons aged 16-18 years can avail of reduced rate child fares in the Dublin Short Hop Zone and on the Cork commuter services between Cork and Cobh and Cork and Midleton if they obtain a personalised Leap card for 16 - 18 year-olds with the card holders name and photograph. See Leapcard.ie