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Travel and Concession Cards

Western Australia

Can I get free travel?

You can only travel for free on public transport in Western Australia if you’re under 4!  If you’re reading this, chances are that’s not you.   But if you’re at school or university you can get discounted tickets (called a concession ticket).

School students

If you’re a student in primary school or high school, you can travel on a discounted concession ticket until the end of the year you turn 18.  You need to make sure you have a Student Smartrider card! We explain how to get one below.

Primary school students in city areas:
If you go to school in a metropolitan (large city) area, you can travel on discounted a student concession ticket.  You’ll need to get a Student Smartrider card. You can apply online here

High school students in city areas – If you go to school in a metropolitan (large city) area, you can travel on discounted a student concession ticket. You’ll need to get a Student Smartrider card from your school or you can apply online here.

Students in rural areas - If you go to school in a rural area, you can get free travel on an orange bus service. If you’re not sure if you’re in a rural area, you can check the maps here to find out. If you want to apply for a free rural pass, click here.


Can I travel on a concession fare outside of school hours, like on the weekends?

Yes. You’ll get the student fare for any journey Monday – Friday during the school year and concession fares on the weekend and during the Christmas school holidays.


Discounted travel for university students

If you go to university or TAFE full-time, you can get a Tertiary Smartrider card. 

You can get a card from your university if you go to Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia.  If you go to TAFE or another university such as Notre Dame in Perth, you can get a Tertiary SmartRider card from Transperth InfoCentre or Retail Outlet.


What happens if I buy a concession ticket without my concession card?

You must have your Student or Tertiary SmartRider card with you if you’re using a concession ticket .  It’s not enough just to have your university ID card.  If you’re caught travelling on a concession ticket without your Student or Tertiary Smartrider card, you could be fined $100. 


What are rules about behaving on public transport?

When you’re travelling on public transport in Western Australia, you have to follow certain rules including:

  • standing for adults, especially those with special needs such as seniors, people with disabilities and pregnant women.  If you don’t stand up when asked to by an Officer, you will have to pay an adult ticket price for a month!
  • putting your feet on the seats;
  • no smoking;
  • no drinking alcohol;
  • playing loud music without earphones;
  • damaging the bus, train or ferry.

If you do any of these things, you could be fined $100! If you travel on a school bus and you misbehave in a serious way on repeated occasions, you could be banned from getting the bus for over 5 weeks!


If you have a question about travel and concession cards that we haven’t answered here please send us a Lawmail.

This page was last updated 16 April 2015.

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