Changes to public transport fares announced

Bus Éireann is extending city bus zones in Cork, Limerick and Galway

Changes to public transport fares announced

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Many Bus Éireann services are about to get cheaper - but fares will increase slightly for some Irish Rail and Luas tickets.

Bus Éireann is extending city bus zones in Cork, Limerick and Galway from December - meaning 3 million journeys will get cheaper.

To coincide with the new Luas Cross City route in December, a €1 Dublin city centre fare will be available off peak Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Irish Rail, however, will see some fare hikes, as will mid-range journeys on Dublin Bus and the Luas. Shorter & longer journeys on buses & trams within the capital will not be impacted.

The CEO of the National Transport Authority Ann Graham says the biggest fare changes will be on Bus Eireann.

She explained: "The regional city zones have been extended to satellite towns in Cork, Limerick and Galway - resulting in savings of up to 46% on those fares.

"The commuter rail fares in Cork have also been restructured, similarly to how we've been restructuring the short hop zones in Dublin. We've removed some of the zones, simplified... and that's shown a saving for some of those fares of up to 25%."

You can read full details of the NTA's fare decisions on the authority's website.