Interstate Transport concessions - a guide


Going interstate but unsure if your Seniors Card works? Are you eligible for public transport savings away from home?

It can be a maze. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to seniors’ transport concessions.

(Below information correct as at 24 September 2019.)

Queensland – go card and tickets

Seniors

Australians, with a valid seniors card from any state or territory, are eligible for a concession fare.

You can buy a standard go card which applies to Brisbane and regional transport.

Or you could purchase a Seniors Card +go.

When you receive your Seniors Card +go, you will need to either:

  • visit a go card retailer and add a minimum of $5 credit to your card before you can travel
  • present your card to a bus driver (except P buses which are prepaid), staffed rail stations and go card retailers, including 7-Eleven and Night Owl shops and newsagents.

Not accepted

International seniors cards and senior business discount cards are not accepted.

NSW - Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card

Non-pension seniors

If you have a government-issued seniors card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport—but NSW can be tricky.

A NSW Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card, which is issued free, enables you to gain access to discounted travel.

However, unlike other states and territories, you must apply for the card three to four weeks prior to arriving in Sydney. You can do this by completing and submitting the Interstate Seniors application form (pdf 270KB).

You must carry your state seniors card when travelling on a concession fare as proof of entitlement or you may be fined.

Concessions are generally not available on private ferries, event shuttle buses, chartered buses and Great Southern Rail services.

Pensioners

If you have a pensioner concession card issued by any Australian state or territory, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW.

You must hold a valid pensioner concession card at the time of booking on regional services or when applying for a gold senior/pensioner Opal card. You must also carry your pensioner concession card when you travel as proof of entitlement or you may be fined.

To apply, visit the Opal website.

Seniors cards not accepted in NSW

New Zealand SuperGold Card, National Seniors Card, Qld Seniors Business Discount Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

NSW regional travel

It is not clear whether you need a gold Opal card or not. So, it is best to discuss with ticket sellers in NSW.

Eligible seniors are entitled to $2.50 all day travel with a Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket when booking on NSW TrainLink regional services within NSW.

Privately-operated local buses

Eligible seniors are entitled to $2.50 all day travel with a Regional Excursion Daily (RED) ticket on local buses. Some privately owned and operated services may offer other concessions at their own discretion. Check with local transport operators before you travel.

For a replacement gold Opal card, call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). A replacement fee may apply.

Victoria – concession myki card and paper tickets

Seniors

Interstate seniors card holders can buy:

·       concession myki

·       concession VLine tickets

·       concession tickets on regional bus services.

Pension Concession Card holders are eligible for a 50 per cent discount on public transport fares, but you must ensure your myki is a concession version. 

You can use your myki or VLine paper ticket to travel on some local town buses.

Pensioners

If you have a pensioner concession card, you're eligible for a 50 per cent discount on travel.

Australian Capital Territory 

Seniors and pensioner concessions are available to interstate card holders. You can buy cash concession tickets from the bus driver or go to MyWay card.

Free travel is available to those over 70. More information at transport.act.gov.au

Tasmania - Greencard

Concessions on both networks are available to those aged 70 or over or those who hold a:

  • DHS or DVA Pensioner Concession Card
  • DHS Health Care Card
  • seniors card – all states and territories
  • ImmiCard or Tasmanian Government concession card
  • Tasmanian Companion Card.

Holders of a Metro Greencard can receive further concessions.

To find details of concession fares offered, visit metrotas.com.au or merseylink.com.au

South Australia - MetroCARD

For Adelaide Metro – metro trains, trams and buses – present your state seniors card or pension card to buy a MetroCARDs. You will receive free metro travel Mon-Fri 9am-3pm and all day Sat-Sun. Discounted fares outside those times are also available.

You can buy MetroCARDs at the visitor information centres at the Adelaide Airport and in the city.

Western Australia

Seniors cards and Pension Concession Card holders from any Australian state or territory can receive concession fares discounted up to 60 per cent on Transperth-operated public transport services. Find out more at transperth.wa.gov.au

Concessions of up to 50 per cent are available on Transwa fares for seniors card and Pension Concession Card holders, but these must be booked in advance. Visit transwa.wa.gov.au for more information.

Show your seniors card or pension card when buying a ticket in Perth and also for government coaches and trains in regional WA.

Northern Territory

Concession fares are available to holders of seniors cards, Pensioner and Carers Cards and Health Care Cards.

The concession will reduce a single fare from $3 to $1 and give unlimited bus travel for up to three hours from purchase. A daily travel pass is reduced from $7 to $2.

Find out more at nt.gov.au


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