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Bus in Ireland

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Bus in Ireland

Are foreigners being cheated often?

I went on the bus a few times in Dublin and the bus driver tells us to swipe our card in the one in the back when I told him we will just go two stations away. He said the one next to him will charge us much higher. The one in the back always charges a flat fee of 2.50 euro.

Later my Irish friend was with me and he told me not to swipe it there, to give to the driver because it is usually around 1.4-1.8 if a short distance.

I know it's only a little bit different, but I have never encountered being overcharged on public transport before. Was I really being overcharged or does everyone spend 2.50 flat rate, even more than riding the subway 4x as far?

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1. Re: Bus in Ireland

What kind of ticket do you have? If a Leap Card with pay as you go credit, for short distances you place the card on the driver's machine and state your destination. A tourist ticket or season pass is swiped on the other machine. Not sure what you mean about the subway.

Please don't make accusations of "foreigners being cheated", that's a bit of an unfair reaction to what is most likely an honest mistake.

Edited: 28 August 2014, 20:13
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2. Re: Bus in Ireland

The 2nd machine is only supposed to validate passes.

If you use a pay as you go card, it charges the maximum price.

Dublin bus fares aren't flat fare, so if you're used to using it somewhere like London, the way it works is different.

You just need to know how any local system works. For example, in Holland you get charged €4 if you forget to tag off. In most countries, you don't tag off a bus.

Edited: 28 August 2014, 21:50
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3. Re: Bus in Ireland

Did you have a tourist leap card or a regular leap card?? Tourist card is a pass so you can tag on to any reader. If pay as you go then it can be a tiny bit cheaper on shorter journeys to go to the driver. I think it is very unlikely a Dublin bus driver would try and cheat people, he may have thought you had a tourist pass

Also Dublin has a massive non Irish population so it is a bit offensive to suggest foreigners get cheated on the bus

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