Concession fares for apprentices and trainees

    Overview

    If you have an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW.

    You must carry your Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card when travelling on a concession fare as proof of entitlement, or you may be fined.

    Sydney and surrounding areas – Opal network

    With a Concession Opal card and an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card, you pay:

    • Concession fares on trains, buses, most ferries and light rail.
    • $7.50 daily with the Opal travel cap. This does not include the Sydney Airport station access fee.

    Without a Concession Opal card and an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card, you are required to pay for and travel with an Adult fare.

    You are not entitled to travel with a Child/Youth Opal card, a Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket or a Child/Youth Opal single bus ticket.

    Regional NSW – outside Opal network

    With an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card, you pay concession fares on local bus services.

    Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card

    Apprentice and Trainee

    You are eligible to apply for an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card if you are a first, second or third year apprentice or trainee registered with State Training Services (NSW Department of Industry).

    How to apply

    The Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card is issued free of charge. It is valid for the first three years of your apprenticeship or the lifetime of your traineeship for as long as you remain in a traineeship/apprenticeship agreement with State Training Services.


    Sydney and surrounding areas – Opal network

    Opal is an electronic ticketing system used on public transport in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

    Inside the Opal network, if you are an apprentice and trainee, you can travel with one of these tickets:

    • Concession Opal card
    • Adult Opal card
    • Adult Opal single trip ticket or Opal single bus ticket

    You are not entitled to travel with a Child/Youth Opal card, a Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket or a Child/Youth Opal single bus ticket.

    How to get your Concession Opal card

    If you have an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card, you are eligible for a Concession Opal card.

    Apply on the Opal website or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).

    You will need your Training Contract ID number (TCID) for the application.

    Travelling with your Concession Opal card

    You must carry these two cards when you travel:

    Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession card (proof of entitlement) and Concession Opal card 

    If you do not have your Concession Opal card and proof of entitlement, you are required to pay for and travel with an Adult fare, or you may be fined.

    For Opal terms of use and travel benefits, visit the Opal website.


    Travelling to and from Sydney Airport train stations

    • With your Concession Opal card and proof of entitlement, you are entitled to a Concession Sydney Airport station access fee.
    • Without your Concession Opal card and proof of entitlement, you are required to pay the Adult Sydney Airport station access fee.

    Read more about travelling to the airport by train and the Sydney Airport station access fee.


    Opal card, single trip tickets and fares


    Regional NSW - outside Opal network

    If you have an Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card, you may be entitled to concession fares on privately-operated regular route local bus services.

    Check with local transport operators before you travel.


    Exceptions

    Concessions are not available on fast ferries between Manly and Circular Quay, event shuttle buses, charter bus services, Great Southern Rail services or NSW TrainLink Regional services.

    Trainees classified by State Training Services as being on Existing Worker Traineeships and fourth year apprentices are not eligible for concessions.


    Replacement cards


    Contact the Transport Concessions Office

    Mail: Locked Bag 5085, Parramatta NSW 2124
    Phone: 131 500
    Email: concessions@transport.nsw.gov.au