Students can now benefit from a two-in-one student travel card, after Public and Commuter Transport Minister Alan Kelly announced today the launch of the Leap Card integrated into the new Student Travelcard.

The National Transport Authority has combined the two products onto one card which is now available for all third level college students.

“This will make public transport more attractive to students. There is no additional charge for having a Leap Card as part of your Student Travelcard and it can be used right across the public transport system within the Greater Dublin Area. It will give potentially 50,000 students or so easy access to all forms of public transport in Dublin.

The Leap card is already being used by almost 130,000 people generating 7.3million journeys. The student Travelcard is another important addition to the ‘Leap’ products with more to come in the following months” said Minister Kelly.

The Student Travelcard offers discounts on expenses, mainly travel, for third level students who use the card as identification of their student status.

Student Travelcard holders can also avail of a range of exclusive discounts with selected partners. All Second and Third Level students are entitled to apply for a Travelcard. The card is available from Students Union offices and Youth Information Centres nationwide.

Leap Card is easy to use and hassle-free, eliminating the need for correct change. Students can simply top up their Student Travelcard at one of the over 400 Payzone Leap Card outlets, Luas and Irish Rail ticket machines and on-line to enjoy great savings on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail in the Dublin area.

The card gives students the benefit from discounted pay-as-you-go Leap Card fares, including up to 18% off Dart and Commuter rail, 17% on Luas journeys and 11% on Dublin Bus.

For more info, log on to the Student Travelcard or the Leap Card websites.