Free travel for companions
Under the National Companion Card Scheme, your carer or companion can travel free on public transport in NSW when they travel with you. You pay your normal fare, which will depend on your concession status.
The Companion Card is valid on most public transport in NSW, including NSW TrainLink Regional services. Companion Cards from other states and territories in Australia are also accepted in NSW.
Your Companion Card gives your carer or companion free travel on most public transport in NSW. You still need a valid ticket or free travel pass for your journey, depending on your concession status.
You must carry your Companion Card as proof of entitlement or your carer or companion may be fined.
You and your carer or companion must travel together. You need to show your Companion Card to public transport staff as proof of free travel or if asked. Your carer or companion is responsible for looking after you when travelling and is to follow transport staff directions relating to your safety.
Only one carer or companion can travel with you for free at any one time. You cannot use other entitlement cards to gain free travel for more than one person.
Travelling in Sydney
Your Companion Card provides free access to Sydney Airport train stations for your carer or companion.
The Companion Card is valid on most public transport in NSW. Free travel is not available on fast ferry services between Manly and Circular Quay and on chartered bus services.
NSW TrainLink Regional services
When booking a seat on NSW TrainLink services, make sure you provide details of your concession card (if you have one) as well as the number of your Companion Card. You also need to mention any requirements you may have, such as needing a wheelchair space. Bookings using a companion card can be made in person or over the phone.
Free travel does not apply when booking sleeping berths or travelling interstate on NSW TrainLink Regional services.
Your NSW Companion Card can be used in other states and territories that have a Companion Card scheme, such as Victoria and South Australia. However, free travel is not available on Great Southern Rail services.
Eligibility for a NSW Companion Card is determined by the Department of Communities and Justice, which manages the NSW Companion Card Program. The NSW Companion Card is issued free of charge by the Department of Communities and Justice.
To apply, download, print and complete the application form on the Companion Card website.
For replacement cards, follow the same process. A replacement fee may apply.