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New Leap Card Auto Top-Up function now in place offering additional convenience for consumers

Posted on 13/05/14 at 11:16

National Transport Authority & Minister Kelly mark 500,000th Leap Card sale with prize giveaway

Auto Top-Up

Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly and the National Transport Authority have announced an important new enhancement of its service to users: Auto Top-Up.  This is an opt-in addition to the Leap Card’s current ticketing functions, and offers the user the facility to automatically reload their Card with value for a pre-determined amount from their bank account when the value on their Leap Card falls below a certain threshold. Registered Leap Card users can opt-in by signing into their online account at

Minister Alan Kelly said: “Auto top-up represents an important step forward for Leap card users. Commuters who chose it will simply not have to worry about topping-up again and travel easily across the various transport modes served by Leap. When their leap card runs low on credit, it will automatically be topped up from their bank account by the amount they decide,”

Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive of the Authority said: “We are delighted to add the Auto Top-Up service to our very popular Leap Card. For consumers who chose to opt-in, it gives a substantially more convenient service, in that they will never again have to remember to top their cards up between journeys when the value of their Travel Credit is running low.”

500,000th Leap Card

Sales of Leap Card, the integrated public transport ticket, have now broken through the magic half-a-million mark, and to celebrate this significant milestone, the National Transport Authority ran a competition – the winner of which is today announced as Ciara Harte of Rush, Co Dublin.  Ciara wins the 500,000th Leap Card plus a one-for-all voucher for €500, which were presented to her this morning by Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Public and Commuter Transport. In addition, Wendy Twomey of Raheny won a further one-for-all voucher for €500 in a competition to promote registration of cards on the website.

Since its launch two-and-a-half years ago, the Leap Card has been warmly welcomed by users. More than €1,250,000-worth of journeys are taken in a typical week on the 500,000 Cards now in circulation.

Minister Alan Kelly said: “500,000 Cards is an important landmark and it has exceeded everyone’s expectations including mine as Minister.  With some 250,000 journeys per week-day taken using Leap, the Leap Card represents a major achievement in a short space of time. The next phase will be to develop Leap Card further in Cork as well as moving it to other cities. Leap accounts for 47 million passenger journeys since its inception I look forward to progressing it further in future.”