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Can I get free travel to and from school?

Generally no. However, you may be eligible for free travel between home and school if you are:

  • A full time student under 18 or turning 18 in the year of study and
  • Have concession eligibility if you or your parents have a:
    • Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC);
    • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card (PCC);
    • Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) Pension Concession Card; or
  • Have home area school eligibility; or
  • Have a Care and Protection Order; or
  • Requires a Free Transfer pass as they travel on more than one fare charging bus service between home and school.

For more information on eligibility criteria necessary and more information, visit here.

If you fit the following criteria, you can apply online for a free pass here.

 

If this isn’t your situation, you can still get discounted prices for your travel:

Metro Tassielink Merseylink
Age Under 18 or 18 during school/college year Under 18 or 18 during school/college year Under 18 or 18 during school/college year
Studying requirement Full-time student at a school/college Full-time student at a school/college Full-time student at a school/college
ID Student ID when travelling on student fare from the age of 16. Student ID required to purchase train fare and to use child/student fares up to/including the year of their 18th birthday. Student ID required to purchase train fare and to use child/student fares up to/including the year of their 18th birthday.
More Information https://greencard.metrotas.com.au/signup/details https://www.metrotas.com.au/fares/concessions/ https://www.merseylink.com.au/fares/concessions/

 

The way I get to school is by catching a Metro bus and a Merseylink bus - when I transfer, do I have to pay twice?

If you catch two buses on the way home and they are with different companies, you can get a free transfer bus pass that allows you to transfer to the second trip for free. To get one of these, fill out the online application form here.  

Can I use my discounted student card outside of school hours?

Yes, you can still get child/adult student fares on the weekend or during the school holidays.   

What happens if I travel on a student fare without ID?

You could be fined $110 for failing to produce student ID when asked by the driver or authorised officer.

I’m at university – can I get discounted bus fares?

Yes. These are subject to requirements

 

Metro Tassielink Merseylink
Age Over 18 Over 18 Over 18
Studying requirement Full-time student at university or a similar institution. Full-time student at university or a similar institution. Full-time student at a school/college
ID University student ID must be carried when travelling to be entitled to an adult student fare. University student ID must be carried when travelling to be entitled to an adult student fare. University student ID must be carried when travelling to be entitled to an adult student fare.
More Information Apply for a special Student Metro Green card here. http://www.tassielink.com.au/fares/tertiary-student-fare https://www.merseylink.com.au/fares/concessions/

 

What are some of the rules when travelling on buses in Tasmania?

When you’re travelling on a bus, you have to follow the company’s code of conduct.  These include things like not smoking or yelling on the bus. You could be fined anywhere between $50 and $200 for doing these things!

 

Metro https://www.metrotas.com.au/corporate/policies/conditions-of-travel/
Tassielink http://www.tassielink.com.au/code-of-conduct-for-coach-passengers
Merseylink https://www.merseylink.com.au/information/conditions-of-travel/  

 

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This page was last updated by Lauren Howe 24th July 2018

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