Child and youth
Children aged 3 years and under travel free on public transport in NSW.
Children aged 4 - 15 years are entitled to concession fares.
Eligible secondary students aged 16 years and older also pay concession fares with their proof of entitlement card.
Primary and secondary students in NSW may also be entitled to free or subsidised travel to and from school.
In the Opal network, children aged 4-15 years and eligible secondary students can travel with a Child/Youth Opal card.
If you do not have an Opal card, you can purchase Child/Youth Opal single tickets.
If you are a secondary students 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.
- For a replacement Child/Youth Opal card over the counter from thousands of retailers.
Using an Opal card provides you with a range of travel benefits.
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 Proof of Age 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 operators may not recognise the NSW Proof of Age Card so check with your transport operator before you travel.
How to apply
- Contact your school or educational institution.
- For replacement cards, contact your school or educational institution. A replacement fee may apply.
NSW/ACT Senior Secondary Student Concession Card
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.
Contact your school or educational institution.
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.
For replacement cards, download the Secondary Student Transport Concession Card replacement form (pdf 258KB). A replacement fee of $10 applies.
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.
Apply online and add Senior Secondary Student Concession Card into the description field for quicker processing.