Getting the best value for money

There are a range of discount offers available on public transport.

To check the best value ticket for your journey call the Translink Contact Centre on 028 90 66 66 30 or check the ‘What Ticket?’ function on the Translink website

Podcast on Translink Fares and Ticket Options

Listen to our podcast, produced in conjunction with Translink, on how to get the best deal on public transport.

Some of these include:

Multi journey tickets – Smartlink cards, weekly tickets or monthly tickets are cheaper than buying the equivalent single or return tickets. Smartlink cards can be used on Ulsterbus or Metro services and save around 32 per cent on the cash fare. Train passengers can save around 20 per cent if they buy a weekly ticket compared to five return tickets. Visit for more information.

Discount Cards – If you’re aged 16–23 you can save a third off the cost of bus and rail travel with the Translink yLink card. The card costs £8 and is valid until your 24th birthday. Details are available on the Translink website at or by calling the Translink Contact Centre on 028 90 66 66 30.

Senior Smartpass – There are two types: The 60 Plus Smartpass for those aged 60 to 64 and the Senior Smartpass for over 65s. Both offer free travel throughout Northern Ireland on any Translink bus or rail service and the Senior Smartpass also offers free cross border travel. (You must have been a resident for a minimum of three months in Northern Ireland to be eligible for both).

Half–Fare SmartPass – gives 50 per cent off the standard adult single fare on scheduled bus and rail services in Northern Ireland. You are only entitled if you meet certain criteria, for example if you are refused a driving licence on medical grounds. Pick up an application form from your local bus or rail station, Social Security Office, Health and Social Services Trust or Driving and Vehicle Agency (DVA) or phone 
0845 600 0049.

Concessionary passes can also be used on services operated by Airporter, B&C Coaches, Cavehill Coaches, Logan's Executive Travel, Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company and McAnulty's Coach Hire.

Timetable Information

Translink timetable information is produced in a number of formats. We have produced a factsheet outlining the different formats. Click here to view.