As access to many of Northern Ireland's must see tourist destinations is mostly rail free perhaps the smart card should be extended to Translink's bus service as the buses are seldom crowded. Why isn't the scheme available in Northern Ireland outside the main and more expensive holiday season? This would be of great assistance to those who have less money to spend.
Visitors will be surprised to see that an iLink card costs £5 in Belfast but £15 in Derry. And that in Murphy-speak Donegal is in the South, not in the North!!