Changes to public transport fares

Date published: 08 February 2023

After remaining frozen for around four years, public transport fares are set to change from Monday, 6 March 2023.

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The changes, which affect travel on Metro, Glider, NI Railways, Enterprise, Goldliner and Ulsterbus services will see standard fares increase on average by approximately 7%.

In his Written Ministerial Statement of 24 November 2022, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland stated that steps would need to be taken to improve Translink’s sustainability through the uprating of public transport fares.

The Department fully recognises the challenges facing many people in the current cost of living crisis. However, significant budget pressures mean the below inflation uplift is needed to maintain and improve public transport services.

Translink will continue to offer a range of good value fares and we would encourage users of public transport to look for the best value options available. We would also continue to encourage people to reduce carbon emissions by walking, wheeling or cycling or using public transport, rather than private vehicles, to help address the climate emergency.

The best fare deals can be found on online at, by calling the Translink contact centre on 028 90 66 66 30 or by visiting the local bus or train station for advice.  

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