Department of State GrowthTransport

Student Bus Fares

Child student fares

A student can access the child student fare between the ages of 4 and 16 years without proof of concession eligibility.  

From the age of 16 until the end of the year in which they turn 18, students can

  • access the child student fare as long as they are still studying full-time (600+ hours per year), and    
  • are enrolled in an education facility recognised by the Department of Education.      

These students may be asked to present student identification to access the child student fare.

In some circumstances, students may be eligible to travel for free between home and school during the school year.

In 2017, the standard child student fare is $1.70.  (Please note this fare is subject to change in the future).

A minimum discount of 20% on the child student fare is available if travelling on a bus service which uses electronic ticketing, or by purchasing a 10-ride ticket.

For information on ticketing, contact your bus service operator.

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Adult student fares

The adult student fare applies to students from the start of the year in which they turn 19.

To be eligible to receive this fare, the student must be:

  • studying full time (600+ hours per year), and
  • attending an education facility recognised by the Department of Education.  

These students will be required to present student identification to access the adult student fare, which is 50% of the full adult fare.If travelling on a Metro and / or Tassielink service, or a Merseylink urban area service, the adult student fare is a flat rate regardless of how many fare sections or zones the student is travelling.

Students over the age of 18 may be eligible to travel for free between home and school during the school year if they meet the criteria for Special circumstances bus pass.

For information on concession fares, contact your bus service operator.

Student bus services

There are two types of Government-funded student bus services – fare charging and free.

Fare charging services 

Students are required to pay a fare on bus services that travel to or from an urban or town area, or wholly within an urban or town area.  

To access a discounted fare, students can present either a Greencard / Smart Card, or a 10-ride ticket, which are available by contacting their bus service operator.

If you would like to view the urban boundaries in Tasmania, please refer to the Urban area maps.

Free bus services

Student bus services that operate wholly outside of an urban or town area, and travel to the local home area school, do not charge a fare.  These services are available to child students only.  

Students do not need to present a bus pass or pay a fare to travel on this type of bus service.

If you would like to view the school home areas within Tasmania, please refer to the Department of Education Home area maps.

2017 fare increases

Fares for student travel will change in 2017.

  • The standard student fare will increase from $1.60 to $1.70
  • The new fare will be in effect from 1 January 2017

A discounted fare is available if using electronic ticketing, or by purchasing a 10-ride ticket from your bus service operator.

Student fares apply to:

  • students who pay a fare to travel on the bus, and who do not meet the eligibility criteria for free travel.  

You may be asked to provide student identification to validate your entitlement to the student fare.

Electronic ticketing

Some bus service operators provide the option of using a Greencard or Smart Card to pay your fare, instead of paying by cash. This is called electronic ticketing.

How it works

If you travel on a bus service that uses an electronic ticketing machine, you can pay your fare by using a Greencard or Smart Card.  

Your Greencard / Smart Card has an electronic ‘purse’. This means you can add money to the card, and your fare will be deducted when you use the card on the bus.  You can top up the balance of your card with additional funds, by contacting your bus service operator.

Students will receive a 20% discount on the standard student fare when you use your Greencard / Smart Card on the bus.  The maximum fare deducted from your card will be $1.36 per trip.

To apply for a student Greencard, or for more information, contact Metro at www.metro.com.au

To apply for a Smart Card, or for more information, contact Merseylink at www.merseylink.com.au

10-ride ticket

Students who do not travel on a bus service that offers electronic ticketing, can access the discounted child student fare by purchasing a 10-ride ticket from their bus operator.

A 10-ride ticket will:

  • cost a maximum of $13.60 for 10 tickets; and
  • enables the student to travel 10 trips on the bus  

Contact your bus service operator for more information.

2016 tickets

If you still have some 10-ride tickets left from 2016,  you will be able to use these to travel on the bus in 2017, as long as you will be:

  • under 18, or turning 18 in 2017; and
  • a full time student (600+ hours per year) enrolled at an education facility recognised by the Department of Education.

If you have any questions relating to Student bus fares, you can find further information within the Frequently Asked Questions.

Free travel  

Students who travel on a fare charging bus service may be eligible for a Student bus pass for free travel, if they meet certain criteria.              

Students who have been approved for a Student bus pass for free travel are not required to pay a fare when travelling between home and school.  Free travel applies between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm on school days only.              

To be eligible for a student bus pass for free travel, the student must be:              

  • under 18, or turning 18 in the year of study; and                                
  • a full-time student (600+ hours per year), enrolled at an education facility recognised by the Department of Education.                                

AND meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:              

Concession eligibility

The student is the holder of a current Concession Card or is listed as a dependant on a current Concession Card.  
Accepted Concession Cards are:              

  • Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC)                                
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)                                
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Pension Concession Card                                

Home are school eligibility

The student is attending their rural home area school but the only bus service available to them charges a fare.              

Care and Protection Order eligibility

The student is under a Care and Protection Order. When applying for a student bus pass for free travel, the application form must be supported by a letter from the Case Manager on official letterhead.              

Free transfer eligibility

The student is required to travel on more than one fare charging bus service (operated by different bus service providers), between home and school.  A free transfer is provided so the student will only pay a fare on the first fare charging bus service.              

How to apply for a Student bus pass for free travel              

The fastest way to apply for a Student bus pass for free travel is online.  Complete the online application form.              

Alternativley you can download a Student bus pass for free travel application form or pick up a paper application from from any Service Tasmania shop.                                        

After you have applied:

  • Applications can take up to 4 weeks to process.                              
  • The applicant will receive a letter from Passenger Transport to advise them of the outcome of the application.                              
  • Until a letter is received to advise if free travel eligibility has been approved, the student will be required to pay a fare when travelling on the bus.                            

Expiry of free travel              

Your free travel entitlement will expire at the end of grade 2, grade 6, grade 10, grade 11 and grade 12.              

If your free travel entitlement expires this year, and you still meet the eligibility criteria, you will need to renew your eligibility for next year by reapplying for free travel.              

To renew your free travel eligibility, complete an online application or download the Student bus pass for free travel application form.

Applications for the 2017 school year can be submitted from 16 November 2016.  If approved, you will receive notification of your free travel eligibility from 3 January 2017.              

Cost of Student bus pass for free travel              

There is no cost when you apply for a new, or renew your expired, Student bus pass for free travel.              

Lost, stolen or damaged cards            

If your Student bus pass for free travel has been lost, stolen or damaged you can            

If your card has stopped working through no fault of your own, you will need to visit a Service Tasmania shop to complete the  form and surrender your card. No fee will be charged under these circumstances.            

Please note:

If you travel on Metro or Tassielink only    

  • you will need to apply directly through Metro for a replacement student Greencard. Visit www.metrotas.com.au for more information.                

If you travel on Merseylink urban services only    

  • you will need to apply directly through Merseylink for a replacement Smart Card. Visit www.merseylink.com.au for more information.

Special circumstance bus pass

A special circumstance student bus pass provides adult students who meet the eligibility criteria, with discounted travel on one or more fare charging bus services between home and school.

Discounted travel applies between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm on school days only.  In certain circumstances you may be eligible for free travel.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you are:

  • aged 18 or older at 1 January in the year of study; and        
  • a full time student (600+ hours per year) enrolled at an education facility recognised by the Department of Education; and        
  • studying at a level that is no higher than is offered to any year 11 or year 12 student at a senior secondary college        

AND you have not had the opportunity to complete the equivalent of two years post-year 10 study due to circumstances beyond your control, including:

  • delayed entry at the start of your school life; or        
  • interrupted education progress due to disability, illness, family circumstances, frequent changes to school, or other circumstances; or        
  • the time required to complete two equivalent years of post-year 10 training and education has been extended because of disability; or        
  • late completion compared to other people in your age group due to initial overseas or interstate enrolment; or        
  • you have humanitarian entrant status.        

Special circumstance free travel eligibility

You may be eligible for a Special circumstance student bus pass that enables you to travel for free, to and from school, if you are the holder of a current Concession Card or listed as a dependant on the card.

Accepted Concession Cards are:

  • Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC)        
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)        
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Pension Concession Card        

How to apply for a Special circumstance student bus pass

Download the Special circumstance student bus pass application and guidelines form (PDF, 107.5 KB)

Section 6 of the application form must be completed by the Principal, Assistant Principal or Student Co-ordinator from your school.  

The Principal, Assistant Principal or Student Co-ordinator must also provide a letter on official letterhead which states the following information about the student:

  • name and date of birth    
  • enrolment details    
  • the reason beyond the student’s control for not previously being able to attend two years of post-year 10 study.    

The application form will need to be submitted with the letter from your school.  If you are applying for free travel you will also need to include a photocopy of the Concession Card.

You can submit your application via:

Note:  Applications will not be accepted after 1 September of the current school year.

After you have applied:

  • Your application will be assessed based on the eligibility criteria you have selected.  
  • Applications can take up to 4 weeks to process.  
  • You will be sent a letter advising of the outcome of your application.

If you have any questions relating to Student bus fares, you can find further information within the Frequently Asked Questions.