If you have a concession card you may be eligible for reduced or free fares when travelling on Transport Canberra bus and light rail services.
Purchase a concession MyWay
You will need to present your concession card to a MyWay Recharge Agent or Access Canberra Service Centre. You will be required to present your card at an agent each time your concession is renewed to maintain your concession fare entitlement.
Failure to reapply your concession upon expiry will result in standard fares being charged for travel. Refunds will not be provided if:
- you purchased the wrong card type
- you failed to provide proof of concession when purchasing
- the concession entitlement expires.
Free concession travel
You may be eligible for free travel if you’re:
- a child aged 5 and under who is not attending school
- an ACT resident aged over 70
- a Department of Veterans Affairs TPI Gold Card holder
- a passenger with a visual impairment
- an approved Student Transport Program concession holder.
As part of an off-peak trial, eligible senior and concession MyWay card holders travel for free between 9am and 4.30pm and after 6pm weekdays, and all day Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays. Remember to ensure your MyWay card has a positive balance and to tap on and tap off correctly to access free travel during off-peak times.
Student and tertiary card holders are not eligible.
Proof of concession entitlement must be carried at all times.
Current Concession card examples (PDF, 2459.08 KB) are:
- Primary School, High School and College Student Identity Card with student name, date of birth, photo of card holder, Full Time status, issued by a school within Australia (the card holder is eligible for a Student MyWay card or concession cash fares).
- Tertiary Student Identity Card (for university or CIT) with student name, photo of card holder, Full Time status, issued by a school within Australia (the card holder is eligible for a Tertiary MyWay card or concession cash fares).
- Health Care Card issued by the Department of Human services (eligible for a concession MyWay card or concession cash fares).
- Pension Card issued by the Department of Human services (eligible for a concession MyWay card or concession cash fares).
- DVA Gold Card – concession fares apply at all times.
- ACT Services Access Card issued by Companion House (eligible for a concession MyWay card or concession cash fares).
- ACT Seniors Card – concession fares apply at all times. Off-peak fares between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm, weekend and public holidays are free. Find out how to get an ACT Seniors/MyWay card.
- Interstate Seniors Card – concession fares apply at all times. Off-peak fares between the hours of 9am and 4.30pm, weekend and public holidays are free. Find out how to get an Interstate Seniors MyWay card.
- Concession travel on the NSW Opal public transport network is now a whole lot easier for seniors from the ACT. Transport Canberra in partnership with Transport for NSW has developed a new process that automatically validates ACT seniors' eligibility for concession travel in NSW.
ACT seniors are able to get a Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card that does not expire, as long as they remain eligible. Transport for NSW is also removing the 60 day expiry on around 880 existing eligible ACT seniors' Gold Opal cards.
If you are over 62, a permanent resident of the ACT and working 20 hours or less each week you are eligible for an ACT Seniors Card and a Gold Opal card, giving you concession travel capped at $2.50 a day* across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter, Illawarra and the South Highlands.
For Gold Opal card application details please visit the Transport NSW Opal website.
- Vision Impaired Travel Pass holder is entitled to free travel on Transport Canberra bus and light rail servcies. Free travel includes an attendant, if required. An ACT issued Vision Impaired Travel Pass may be accepted by interstate transit authorities where provision allows for free or subsidised travel for vision impaired persons. Each state and territory policy varies, so please check your travel entitlements with the appropriate authority prior to commencement of your journey. In the ACT, vision impaired travel passes issued by another Australian State or Territory Government are also accepted, and receive free travel on regular route services. Attendants of the pass holder also travel for free under these passes. The Vision Impaired Travel Pass is issued by MyWay Administration Office to eligible recipients. Call 13 17 10 for more information on how to apply.
- Companion Card issued by the Community Services Directorate. The card holder's eligible companion is allowed free travel when this card is presented to the driver.
- DVA Gold Card marked with TPI or EDA are entitled to free travel. Their companion or carer also travels free. Present the card on the bus, or apply for a free travel pass by phoning 13 17 10 or emailing TCCS firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ACT Seniors over 70s. Find out how to get an ACT Seniors/MyWay card.
Free off-peak travel trial
- Health Care Card issued by the Department of Human services.
- Pension Card issued by the Department of Human services.
- DVA Gold Card
- ACT Seniors Card
- Interstate Seniors Card