Travelling around Ireland on public transport is now truly cost effective after a substantial price reduction on fares.

Fares on Dublin Bus, the Luas tram system in Dublin, bus operator Go-Ahead Ireland and DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) rail services have been cut by a fifth for the remainder of 2022.

All Irish Rail intercity and commuter fares across the country have also dropped, while fares on Bus Éireann and Local Link services have also been reduced.

The overall price reduction is accompanied by targeted provisions for young travellers, with those aged 19 – 23 receiving a 50% reduction on fares on all subsidised public transport.

The move by the Irish government aims to encourage the eco-friendly use of public transportation systems and follows similar actions across Europe. It’s part of a plan for Ireland to reduce the cost of living and encourage sustainable transport.

The fare cuts have been described as “unprecedented and quite radical”; it’s the first time public transports costs have been cut in Ireland for nearly 75 years.

Public transport in Ireland now provides a more affordable, more sustainable and more value-for-money option than ever before. Travellers in Ireland can further benefit from buying a TFI Leap Card. This is a prepaid travel card that is valid on buses, trains, DARTs and Luas trams and offers substantial savings on both long-distance journeys and short urban hops.

Whether you want to visit a big city, get lost in nature or head to the country’s pristine beaches and mountains, there is a multitude of ways to have a brilliant holiday on the island of Ireland using public transport alone.

Hopping on board a bus, tram, coach, train or a ferry will help keep your carbon footprint to a minimum in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful countries.

All of the island’s transport systems run overground, so while benefitting from the discounted fares all you have to do is peer out the windows to appreciate the vibes of the cities, towns, villages and all the stunning landscapes in between.

Once you reach your destination, you can stay in sustainable accommodation, eat food sourced from just down the road and indulge in a host of environmentally friendly activities, including walking, hiking, cycling, surfing, sea swimming, sailing and so much more.

Travelling on public transport will also give you the time to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going, and what you want to do when you get there.

And as you’re travelling with the locals, be prepared for some amazing conversations and a bit of craic along the way.