CHILDREN using the public transport Leap Card will get free travel in Cork city for the next two weeks.
The free travel promotion aims to encourage families, children and teens to use public transport for their leisure activities in the school holidays.
It also aims to highlight the cheaper fares which are available to Child Leap Card holders.
The 'Kids go Free' promotion began today and runs until Sunday, July 16.
Free travel will automatically apply to any holder of a Child Leap Card when the card is presented and covers Bus Éireann services in Cork city where Leap Card Validators are available.
“A festival like the Irish Youth Dance Festival whose performers have kindly joined us today, is a great example of an event that, thanks to this promotion, is now even more accessible to young people and families who choose to use public transport.
"I’m sure many of its participants and its audience members will avail of this great deal, and if that means attracting more young people and more families into the city centre to enjoy the great range of cultural, artistic and heritage attractions that we have, then all the better."
Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority said: “Of course, this promotion doesn’t just apply to Dublin. The historic cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford are also included.
“At a time when a lot of people still find themselves under financial pressure, we want to do everything we can to make it easier for families to get out and enjoy all there is on offer throughout the network of public transport services covered by Leap.
“One way we can do this is by making sure that the cost of transport for families is not prohibitive and our Kids Go Free promotion does precisely that.
“It also gives that extra bit of freedom to the teenagers who can now meet up with their friends in town without breaking the bank and just as important, gets them into the habit of using public transport.” This offer is valid for Child Leap Card 4-15 and Child Leap Card 16-18, (which is valid up to the holder’s 19th birthday), as long as the card has at least 1 cent credit.