19/06/2014

Minister Launches New Leap Visitor Card

Foreign visitors to Dublin can now avail of a new Leap Card product specially designed for them.

Launched today by Minister Alan Kelly, and only available from Dublin Airport Leap Card outlets, the Leap Visitor Card offers tourists 72 hours of unlimited travel on Luas, DART, Iarnród Éireann's short-hop zone and Dublin Bus – including the return trip between the airport and the city centre on the Airlink Bus, all for €19.50.

The product will be marketed and promoted to intending visitors to Dublin online and at the airport arrivals area.

Minister Alan Kelly said: "The Leap smart card opens up opportunities to create innovative and attractive fare products. For those coming to the Dublin region from abroad, whether to visit or to study, we need to make public transport easier to use and more appealing in its pricing. Tourism is a key sector of our economy and I am pleased that the Authority has moved into this area with its Leap card."

Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the National Transport Authority, said: "We are delighted to launch this new Leap Visitor Card today. The Leap scheme is already a huge success with Dubliners – 550,000 cards have been bought to date and over one million trips a week are taken using Leap Card – accounting for well over 1/3 of all public transport trips taken in the region.

"The clear next step for us was to develop a product specifically designed with the needs of the short-stay visitor in mind. The Leap Visitor Card will make people's holiday in our capital region easier and more enjoyable, by putting one simple-to-use public transport card in their hands, just as they enter the country."

(CD/JP)

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