Under-fives travel free on public transport from today

Under-fives travel free on public transport from today

FREE travel for children under the age of five on public transport services kick in today.

The age limit for free travel has today risen from four to five and, according to the National Transport Authority (NTA), children under five can now travel for free on subsidised public transport including Bus Eireann, Iarnrod Eireann, Luas, Dart and Dublin Bus.

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According to the NTA, it recognised that the cost of travel with a young family can be expensive and today’s move marks “another step towards making sustainable transport a more affordable option for more families”.

Anne Graham, NTA Chief Executive Officer said: “Today’s development will be good news for families, particularly around this time of year as people get geared up for going into town to do Christmas shopping and to see Santa Claus.

“NTA has been taking steps to reduce the cost to families of using public transport since 2014. 

“These include extending child fare eligibility to a person’s 19th birthday, and introducing ‘Kids Go Free’ Leap promotions during the summer. 

“This is something that we will continue to work on in the years ahead.”