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Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

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Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Start with 5 days in Dublin next February and then another 11 days travelling around Ireland most likely by train. The places we want to visit also seem to use this Leap card eg Limerick, Cork, Galway and Waterford. Seems there is a Leap Card locals top up as they go or a visitor can buy a Leap Visitor Card for set periods ? As a visitor can I just buy a Leap Card in Dublin Airport when arrive and then top it up and use it in all the towns we visit like a local would or are they specific for a given town ?

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1. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

I don't know if this will help.

At the very least it will push your query to the top of the pile again, where someone else can be of more direct assistance to you, than I can:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18660…

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3. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Yes you can buy a regular leap card and add travel credit. It can then be used for pay as you go travel on transport services within the cities you mention. There are daily and weekly caps in place in Dublin but I'm not sure about elsewhere. Depending on where you are going in the other cities or what you are doing you might not need to take a city bus as walking might be fine

You can't use the leap card for intercity train and bus travel, just within the extents of the city transport services. You would have to book your train tickets between cities separately on www.irishrail.ie

Www.leapcard.ie

Www.transportforireland.ie

The above links have some useful information

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4. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Thanks for feedback. Sounds like a plan. Originally going to drive - it is February:( - but also looking at mix of train and bus as seeing about 4 towns over 11 days and at worst about 2-3 hr train/BUS ride which may not be too bad if weather gloomy and misty

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5. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Having a car after you leave Dublin would be useful. A lot of what people go to the west and south for is the scenery and natural beauty, as opposed to the towns. You can do day trips etc but a car would let you see a lot more

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6. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Totally understand the benefits of having a car and also understand that February is not the best month to see the natural beauty ;( Still weighing pros and cons

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7. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Quick question: approximate dates of your visit in Febraury?

A selection of Trip Reports of Travel in Ireland Without A Car:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g18659…

Can't remember that any of them are in February.

Keep an eye on the web fares for travel by train:

http://www.irishrail.ie/webfares

Booking online and in advance is the way to go, if you opt for Irish Rail. Otherwise, very expensive buying on the day of travel.

irishrail.ie/fares-and-tickets/guide-to-buyi…

For February and travel by Bus Eireann, make sure you are checking the Winter (generally, somewhat reduced schedule):

buseireann.ie/pdf/1424345990-BE-English-Netw…

Directly from Dublin Airport, there are also private coach services, many of which pick up and drop off at Dublin city centre locations, as well:

https:/…by-bus

Some weekends in February 2018 will be both busy and expensive in Dublin on account of International Rugby Matches.

Aviva Stadium in the Ballsbridge area of Dublin is the venue. South of the city centre.

https://www.six-nations-guide.co.uk/2018/

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8. Re: Leap Card - 2 weeks Ireland

Thanks for links . Arrive in Dublin Feb 16 and leave Feb 21 for Galway and then travel in south for 11 days. . Fly out Dublin Mar 4 th. From memory no Rugby in Dublin when there . First up is train to Galway . Checks with buses usually just a Tue or Thu next month as guide so will look further ahead for real dates in Feb . Obviously some routes better served by buses than trains .

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