Concession fares for children and secondary students

    Overview

    Children and school students aged 4–15 years and secondary students aged 16 years and over are entitled to concession fares on public transport in NSW. 

    Children aged three years old and under travel free.

    Across NSW

     

     Proof of entitlement

    • If you are under 16 years old but look older, you will need a NSW Proof of Age Concession card.
    • If you are a secondary student aged 16 years and over, you will need a NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card with a Transport Concession foil sticker affixed to your card.

    Children aged between 4-15 years

    Proof of Age Concession Card

    Children aged between 4-15 years do not require any proof of entitlement for concession travel.

    However if you look more mature, you can obtain a NSW Proof of Age Card (Transport) to verify to transport staff that you are under 16 years old.

    Some private operators may not recognise the NSW Proof of Age Card. Check with the transport operator before you travel.

    proof of age concession

    How to apply

    Contact your educational institution.


    Secondary students aged 16 years and over

    NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card

    To be eligible, you must be a school student aged 16 years and over and meet one of the following criteria:

    • Enrolled in a NSW or ACT secondary school or non-government secondary school.
    • Registered with the Board of Studies as a full-time home-schooled or distance education (OTEN) secondary student.
    • An International school student who meets the criteria.

    Once you receive this card, you can travel on Child/Youth Opal fares, either with an Child/Youth Opal card, Child/Youth Opal single trip tickets or Opal single bus tickets.

    Senior secondary student concession card

    How to apply

    The NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card is issued free of charge. It is valid until 31 March the following year unless you enter full-time employment.

    Contact your educational institution.


    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, children and eligible secondary students have the following ticket options:

    • Child/Youth Opal card
    • Child/Youth Opal single trip ticket or Opal single bus ticket

    If you are aged 16 years and over, and do not have your NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card with you, you need to travel with one of the following:

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

    Child/Youth Opal card eligibility

    • Children aged 4–15 years (inclusive)
    • Full-time school students aged 16 years and over with a NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession card

    How to get your Child/Youth Opal card

    • Over the counter from retailers. Present your Proof of Age Concession or NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card if required.
    • Order over the phone 13 67 25 (13 OPAL) or on the Opal website.

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

    Opal card and proof of entitlement

    If you are aged 16 years and over you must carry these two cards when you travel:

    NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession Card and Concession Opal card

    If you are a secondary student aged 16 years and over and you do not have your NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card with a Transport Concession foil sticker affixed to your card, you will need to pay for and travel with an Adult fare.


    Travelling to and from Sydney Airport train stations

    Children aged 4–15 years and Secondary students aged 16 years and over with a Senior Secondary Student Concession Card are entitled to a Concession Sydney Airport station access fee.

    You can pay the station access fee by using a Child/Youth Opal card or purchasing a Child/Youth single trip ticket.

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


    Opal card and single trip ticket fare information


    Regional NSW - outside Opal network

    Privately owned and operated services may offer concessions to children and students at their own discretion. Check with the local transport operators before you travel.


    Replacement cards

    • Proof of Age Concession: Contact your educational institution or call 131 500. A replacement fee may apply.
    • NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card: Use the Secondary Student Transport Concession Card replacement form. A replacement fee of $28 applies.
    • Child/Youth Opal card: Get a new one over the counter from over 1,000 retailers, or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).

    Contact the Transport Concessions Office

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

    Individual applications can also be made during school holiday periods, if you are home-schooled, no longer enrolled in a school, or from interstate.

    Applications must be accompanied by proof of identity, age and the name of the school attended or, if home-schooled, a copy of the Certificate of Registration issued by the NSW Board of Studies showing the year of study and course.