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Translink announces bus and rail fares increases

Translink has announced a price increase in fares for its bus and rail services.

Fares on Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus services are to be revised from Monday, March 26.

Translink said key fare changes will include:

  • Metro Single cash fares (inner and extended zones only) will increase by 10p
  • Metro City Zone £2 fare -  no change
  • Metro Daylink/mlink fares: unlimited day travel £3 off peak / £3.50 peak - no change
  • Metro paper day ticket - £4 no change
  • Ulsterbus cash single fares - first increase in 2 years - Translink said prices vary on each route
  • Ulsterbus 1/3 off day return introduced after 9.30am  - prices vary
  • Ulsterbus maximum cash single to be increased to £12.50 - up 50p from £12
  • iLink – integrated bus and rail smartcard available for 1 day reduced to £16, down from £16.50
  • Family Day Ticket fare £22.00 - no change

A spokeswoman for the public transport provider said:  "Some fares are held and many ‘smart’ ticket discounts are available. The overall fare increase will be 2.9% which is below inflation. However, we would encourage passengers to check out individual changes for their specific journey as well as review their best fare options."

Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway added: “With more people travelling with us over the last year and by keeping our costs down, we have been able to keep fare increases low.

"We know our customers want best value and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the savings to be made with our range of everyday value tickets and offers.   Metro Multi journey Smartlink cards – offer around 25% saving off the cash fare, Metro monthly tickets have been reduced by £2 and Metro mLink offers all day travel from £3. 

"Other options like weekly and monthly tickets offer great value for rail commuters while we also have a range of special discounts available for leisure markets with 1/3 off Ulsterbus, Goldline and rail fares and special family tickets."

“Many improvements have been made to our services over the past years which have been welcomed by our customers with recent independent research showing us that customer satisfaction remains high. We will continue to innovate and invest in our services so we build on our success and attract even more people to choose public transport as their first choice for travel in Northern Ireland."

Fare information can be found at or on 02890 666 630 or at bus and train stations.

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