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Friday, October 30, 2015

Bus and train fare increases from 1 December 2015

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Details of December 2015 public-transport fare increases for Galway have been released by the National Transport Authority.

These fares apply from 1 December 2015, for the 2016 calendar year.  
Monthly and annual ticket prices will be applied during November for tickets that will be used from December.

The Galway City Bus Fares page will be updated with this information shortly.



Bus Éireann city bus services


Tickets paid for using a Leap card:

  • Adult fare stays at €1.60, no change
  • School-child stays at 76c, no change
  • Child fare does down from  €0.92 to €0.91, a decrease of 1.1%
Note:  Leap cards were introduced in Galway in September 2014.   On average, Leap fares are 30% cheaper than cash fares.  More information about using Leap in Galway.

Single journey tickets

  • Adult from €2 to €2.10, an increase of 5%
  • School-child from €0.95 to €1.00, an increase of 5.3%
  • Child fare stays at €1.15 to €1.20, an increase of  4.3%
There is no single-journey student ticket.

Day Passes

  • Adult from €4.20 to €4.40, an increase of 4.8%.  
    If  loaded onto a Leap card (ie purchased from a Payzone shop) then they are valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase.  
    Day-passes purchased from the driver are only valid for the calendar day.
  • In Galway, there are no day-passes for children or students.

Weekly tickets

  • Adult increases from €20.20 to €20.80, an increase of 3% 
  • Student from €17.80 to €17.30, a decrease of  4.8% 
  • Child from €8.30 to €8.70, an increase of 4.8%

Monthly tickets

  • Adult from €69.50 to €72.90, ie an increase of  4.9% 
  • Student from €57.60 to €57.50, a decrease of 0.2% 
  • Child from €30.60 to €32.10, an increase of 4.9%

Annual tickets (including Tax-saver)


  • Adult: from €764.50 to €790 an increase of 3.3%
  • There are no annual student or child fares.


Bus Éireann regional and commuter buses

Fares on these "stage carriage" services are also increasing:  the amount depends on the distance travelled.
  • For adults there are increases of between 5% and 7% for monthly tickets, and 1.9% - 5% on single-journey tickets.
  • For students, there is no change on short journeys, a slight descrease on medium jouneys, and increases between 1 and 1.9% on longer journeys.
  • For children, there is a slight decrease on some jouneys, but no change for most.


Other bus companies

The private companies providing city and regional bus services in Galway do not receive any Government subsidy, so their fares are not approved by the National Transport Authority.

However some are likely to increase their fares at approximately the same time as Bus Éireann.



Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail

Intercity fares on some Galway services are increasing by up to 2%, depending on the distance travelled and ticket type - may fares are not changing.    However weekly tickets are increasing by between 2-3%

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