Changes to Rail Fares to ensure consistent and fairer pricing for travellers

Date published: 19 October 2023

The Department for Infrastructure is today announcing a simplification of the rail fares across Northern Ireland to ensure consistent and fairer pricing for people using the rail network.

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Following many years of fare disparity, from 6 November, Translink will be simplifying its rail fare pricing structures to more accurately reflect the mileage travelled.  The aim of this adjustment will be to simplify the rail fare structure to provide a more equitable, fairer and more consistent pricing structure for passengers across the network.

This process will impact on the cost of some fares with any increase on an adult single fare capped at £1.50.  The iLink fares will not increase anywhere across the network and this may prove to be the best ticketing option for many passengers.

With a challenging budget allocation this year, the Department and its Arms-Length Bodies including Translink have had to consider new revenue raising measures to deliver public 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.  People are also encouraged 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 Tickets and Travel Cards ( 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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