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Top-up your Student Leap Card at the Students’ Union

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You can now top-up your Student Leap Card at the NUI Galway Students’ Union office!

Please note all the below fares are the Student rates for the Student Leap Card only.

To obtain your Student Leap Card:

  1. Go to and complete the online application.
  2. Bring the order confirmation code to the SU office along with your Student ID or a letter from your School/College and we can print the card off for you. Please note the code expires after 7 days.
  3. The Student Leap Card costs €10 and doesn’t have any credit on it.

There are two options for topping up your Leap Card with credit in the SU Office and we don’t charge any commission! 

Option 1: Pay-as-you-go

If you are looking to use the pay-as-you-go option you can top up your Student Leap Card with Travel Credit to the value of your choice. The fare when using the pay-as-you-go on Bus Éireann would be €1.68 a trip for bus trips in 01-11 stages and €1.98 for the 12+ stages.

Option 2: Load a ticket onto your Card

For Bus Éireann you have three options of tickets which can be loaded to your Leap Card:

  • 24 Hour – €4
  • 7 day – €16.80
  • Monthly – €59.50 (The monthly ticket is done by calendar month e.g. 1st January to 31st January)

For City Direct there is only the option of the Monthly Ticket:

  • Monthly – €50

The Students’ Union Office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building (beside Sult) and we are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday during term time.