NI rail and bus users to pay more from April 1

Translink has announced fares are to increase on some of its bus and rail services next month.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 9:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 9:46 am
Translink train

Fare changes on Metro/Glider, NI Railways and Ulsterbus will come into effect from Monday April 1.

On average, fares will increase by 2.6% but Translink said many “best value” fares have been held and discounts of around 25% will continue to be available using ‘Smart’ tickets.

Chris Conway, Translink Group chief executive said: “We have worked hard to keep fares low by keeping our costs down and attracting record numbers on board over recent years with new services including Glider and Urby.

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“We are urging passengers to check their fare options before they travel and look for the best deals such as the range of Metro and Ulsterbus multi-journey Smartlink cards offering around 25% saving off the cash fare.”

Some of the new prices include:

l Metro City Zone £2 fare to increase 10p to £2.10 (last increase Feb 2015);

l Metro Daylink/mlink fares: unlimited day travel price held £3 off peak/£3.50 peak;

l Metro Weekly Travel Smartcards price held at £15;

l 1/3rd off Day Return fares on NI Railways and Ulsterbus, after 9.30am, to be retained.