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Country Pensioner Excursion ticket (CPE)

A Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional NSW and the ACT.

For $2.50 you can book an Economy class seat on a NSW TrainLink Regional train service. You will need to book 7 days or less in advance

You can buy a CPE ticket if you have one of the following cards:

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 transport staff will need to check it.

If you catch a train or coach without booking, you will be charged for each trip you take.

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. If you wish to travel through these areas, use the half-fare entitlement with your Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card or use a Pensioner Travel Voucher. If you are only travelling within the Opal network, you can use a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card.

View the Country Pensioner Excursion tickets boundary map (pdf 1.0MB).

Before you book your first ticket online or over the phone, you need to register your concession card. You can register your concession card by phone on 13 22 32 if you hold a:

If you hold a Seniors Card you will need to visit a NSW TrainLink station or sales agent to register your card.

There are several ways to book a CPE ticket:

CPE tickets cannot be bought from train stations and NSW TrainLink agents within Sydney and surrounding areas. This includes Central Station. View the Country Pensioner Excursion tickets boundary map (pdf 1.0MB).

If you book online or over the phone, you can pay by credit card or arrange to pay later at a post office.

If you book over the phone, you'll also have the option to arrange payment by cash, EFTPOS or credit card in person at your nearest train station, sales agent or post office. Some stations may not be able to accept EFTPOS or credit card payments.

Tickets will be emailed to you.

  • 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.
  • 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).