Concession fares for apprentices and trainees

    Overview

    Transport concession cards for apprentices and trainees are changing.

    The current Indentured Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Card is being discontinued and has been replaced by the new-style Transport Concession Entitlement Card.

    Indentured Apprentice/Trainee NSW Transport Concession Cards will no longer be valid after 30 June 2017, even if their printed expiry date is later. If you have one of these cards, you should apply to get a new-style card now.

    Overview

    If you have a Transport Concession Entitlement Card, you are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW.

    You must carry your Transport Concession Entitlement 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 a Transport Concession Entitlement 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 a Transport Concession Entitlement 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 a Transport Concession Entitlement Card, you pay concession fares on local bus services.

    Transport Concession Entitlement Card

    Transport Concession Entitlement Card

    You are eligible to apply for a Transport Concession Entitlement Card if you are an apprentice or a new entrant trainee registered with Training Services NSW and in an active apprenticeship or traineeship approved by them.

    How to apply

    The Transport Concession Entitlement Card is issued free of charge. It is valid up to 31 March of each year, and you can renew it free of charge as long as you remain in an active traineeship/apprenticeship approved by Training Services NSW.


    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 or 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 a Transport Concession Entitlement 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:

    Concession Opal card and Transport Concession Entitlement 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 a Transport Concession Entitlement 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.


    Replacement cards

    • Transport Concession Entitlement Card: Complete the online replacement form. A replacement fee may apply.
    • Concession Opal card: Call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). A replacement fee may apply.

    Further information

    Read the Frequently Asked Questions

    Contact the Transport Concessions Office

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