Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE)
A Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional and rural NSW and the ACT. With a CPE, you can take an economy class trip on a NSW TrainLink Regional train service.
The CPE ticket is intended to help you get to neighbouring towns to visit family and friends, go shopping or to attend appointments.
You can buy a CPE ticket if you have one of the following cards:
- Seniors Card from any Australian state or territory
- NSW, Victorian or ACT Pensioner Concession Card (pensioners from other states and territories pay half fare)
- NSW, ACT or Victorian War Widow/er Transport Concession Card
- Asylum Seekers Transport Concession Entitlement Card
- Transport Concession Fare Authority for former RailCorp or State Transit employees.
$2.50 to holders of relevant concession cards.
How to use the CPE ticket
You will need to book your ticket in advance, 7 days or less prior to travel. If you catch a train or coach without booking, you will be charged for each trip you take.
You can make several stops on the same ticket, providing you don’t stop for more than 12 hours and complete your journey as shown on the ticket.
You can return to your place of origin, provided you begin your return train journey within 12 hours of arriving at your destination.
Remember to carry your concession card when you travel, as onboard crew will need to check it.
Where you cannot use CPE tickets
The CPE ticket cannot be used for travel through NSW TrainLink Intercity or Sydney Trains areas such as Sydney, Wollongong or Newcastle or for travel to the Blue Mountains, or for interstate travel to Victoria or Queensland.
It cannot be bought or used for travel to or from locations or pass through the area bounded by and including Sydney, Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog. If you wish to travel into these areas, buy a half-fare pensioner concession ticket or use a Pensioner Travel Voucher. For more information visit the NSW TrainLink pensioners page. Once outside the urban area you can use the CPE ticket.
Where to buy a CPE ticket
- You will need to register your concession card for CPE travel prior to booking online. Registration needs to be done in person at a NSW TrainLink Travel Centre or Booking Office or a Registered NSW TrainLink accredited agent.
- There are several ways to book and pay for a CPE ticket. Visit NSW Trainlink.
- Country Pensioner Excursion tickets cannot be purchased from Sydney train stations or NSW TrainLink travel centres in the Sydney, Wollongong, Hunter Valley or Blue Mountains regions.
- A spouse, friend or relative can purchase and collect your ticket for you if they can show your eligible concession card and their own ID (e.g. concession card or driver licence). If the person is not your spouse they must also produce a letter of authority from you that includes:
- date of travel
- your name and address
- your pension number
- name and address of the person collecting your ticket
- both of your signatures
- reservation number (if applicable).
Terms and conditions
The CPE ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional and rural NSW and the ACT
- Tickets must be booked within seven days of the date you intend to travel, otherwise you will be asked to pay 50% of the full adult fare when you show your concession card.
- You need to provide your concession card number when booking and collecting your ticket and you must carry both your ticket and concession card with you during your journey.
- The CPE cannot be bought or used for travel to or from locations or pass through the area bounded by and including Sydney, Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog, or used for travel to Victoria or Queensland destinations.
- The ticket is not transferable.