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Child and youth

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Child/Youth Opal cards are for:

  • children aged 4-15, or
  • full time older students holding a NSW Senior Secondary Student Concession Card.

If you do not have an Opal card, you can purchase Child/Youth Opal single tickets.

If you are a secondary student aged 16 years and over, you must have your NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card with you as proof of entitlement, otherwise you will need to pay for and travel with an Adult fare. If not, you may be fined for travelling on an invalid ticket.

How to get your Child/Youth Opal card

  • Over the counter from retailers. Present your Proof of Age Concession if required.
  • Order on the Opal website.

Using an Opal card provides you with a range of travel benefits.

Find out more about Opal terms of use.

Airport train station access fee

The Concession Sydney Airport station access fee applies to:

  • children aged 4–15 years
  • eligible secondary students with a NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card.

Regional trains and coaches

Children aged 4-15 years and secondary school students with a NSW or Victorian school pupil identification card are entitled to discounted fares on Regional trains and coaches. Find out more about child and family fares.

Local services in rural and regional NSW

Privately owned and operated services in rural and regional NSW may offer concessions to children and students at their own discretion. Check with your local transport operator before you travel.

NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card

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.

To be eligible, you must 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.

To apply, contact your school or educational institution.

Senior Secondary Student Card 2020

For replacement cards, complete the Secondary Student Transport Concession Card replacement form (pdf 263KB). Upload and submit your completed application and any supporting documents online via the Concessions application form.

For a Secondary Student Transport Concession Card, NSW/ACT students out of school term or home-schooled students can complete the Home Schooled Concession Application Form (pdf 272KB).

Individual applications can also be made during school holiday periods or if you are home-schooled.

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.

Be sure to prepare a photocopy or scan of any required supporting documents outlined in the form.

Upload and submit your completed application form and any supporting documents online via the Concessions application form.

Proof of Age Card

Children aged between 4 to 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.

A NSW Proof of Age Card (Transport) can be used as proof of eligibility for concession/child fares when a student under 16 years of age looks older.

How to apply

  • Contact your school or educational institution.
  • For replacement cards, contact your school or educational institution. A replacement fee may apply.

Some operators may not recognise the NSW Proof of Age Card so check with your transport operator before you travel.