50% concession fare
A 50% concession fare is available to:
Children aged five to 14 years (inclusive) are eligible for a concession fare.
Children who appear older may be asked to show proof of age, such as a school photo identification card.
Please note: Children aged four years and under can travel for free on TransLink services.
Some school students may be eligible for the School Transport Assistance Scheme which provides school transport assistance.
School students (full-time Queensland primary & secondary students)
Students must carry valid concession identification to receive a concession fare.
Please note: Students are not eligible for concession fares on Airtrain services.
Primary students and secondary students aged 15 years or older are eligible for a concession fare.
School students aged five to 14 years fall under the child concession category.
To receive a concession fare, students must:
- carry an approved Queensland student photo identification card, or
- wear an official Queensland school uniform.
Secondary student identification cards for students in:
- grades 8 to 11 are valid until 31 March of the following year
- grade 12 are valid until 31 December of the current year.
The following students are not eligible for a concession:
- students holding a home education unit student identification card
- students holding an interstate secondary student identification card
- students holding an international or overseas secondary student identification card.
Some students may be eligible for the School Transport Assistance Scheme in certain circumstances which provides school transport assistance.
Tertiary/post-secondary full-time students
New and existing tertiary/post-secondary students
The Tertiary Transport Concession Card (TTCC) has been removed and is no longer required.
We are working with Queensland tertiary and post-secondary institutions on a new technology-based go card solution for semester one 2016. We are also rolling out a new concession sticker for students travelling outside the go card network in regional Queensland.
Until the new solution is implemented, students will still be required to meet all of the following eligibility criteria to purchase and travel on concession fares:
- carry a student ID (issued by a Queensland institution registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads) as proof of eligibility
- reside in Queensland
- be enrolled in and attending a course:
- at a university, TAFE or other registered training organisation in Queensland (unless otherwise approved by the Department of Transport and Main Roads) that is registered with the department; and
- that is approved by Centrelink for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance purposes, or studying at a post-graduate level
- be a full-time student enrolled on an internal basis. To be considered full-time:
- a university student must be enrolled full-time, as deemed by their university; or
- students attending an institution other than a university must be enrolled in a course of study requiring attendance at classes (or unpaid practical requirements) for at least 12 hours per week for a minimum course duration of 12 weeks.
You are not eligible for a concession fares if you:
- live interstate
- are a part-time student
- have a student ID issued by a Queensland institution that has expired
- are undertaking all subjects externally, online or via correspondence
- are enrolled in a course that is not approved by Centrelink for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance purposes.
Please note: Students are not eligible for concession fares on Airtrain services.
If you choose to travel on a concession fare without a current student ID or you do not meet the eligibility criteria you could be fined $235.
If your concession go card is set to expire, you can have your expiry date extended to 31 March 2019 or the expiry of your student ID card (if before), by presenting your concession go card and current student ID card issued by a Queensland institution at selected go card retailers or train station ticket offices.
If you are a year 12 secondary school leaver thinking of doing further study, please hold on to your year 12 student ID card to continue to travel on concession fares.
Until 31 March 2016 or when you receive your new tertiary student ID (if before), if you live in South East Queensland and go on to further study, you can visit a go card retailer and purchase a tertiary student go card by showing your expired school student ID. From 1 April 2016, to continue to travel on concession fares, if you are eligible, you will need to have applied for concession fares on your go card and carry your tertiary student ID issued by a Queensland institution to travel. If you’re no longer eligible you’ll need to travel on adult fares.
If you live in regional Queensland and go on to further study, you can continue to travel on concession fares by showing your expired school student ID until 31 March 2016 or when you receive your new tertiary student ID (if before). From 1 April 2016, to continue to travel on concession fares, if you are eligible, you will need to have applied for a concession sticker with your tertiary institution who will apply it to your tertiary student ID. If you’re no longer eligible, you’ll need to travel on adult fares.
If you continue to travel on concession fares and don’t go on to further study or you are studying but don’t meet the eligibility criteria, following 1 April 2016, you could be fined $235 and will eventually be charged adult fares.
Read our student FAQs or more information.
Information for educational institutions
To offer eligible students access to concession fares, educational institutions must be registered with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
To register, complete the educational institution registration form and send the completed application to the address on the form.
The Queensland Government reserves the right to withdraw an institution's registration if it is found that the institution is not complying with the department's policy, including eligibility requirements as stated on the application form.
For information on registering please call our Contact Centre on 13 12 30.
Australian residents with a current Pensioner Concession Card from any Australian state or territory are eligible for a concession fare. (Dependents listed on the card do not receive a concession fare.)
The Pensioner Concession Card is issued by Centrelink, Commonwealth Department of Human Services, or the Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Please note: holders of Centrelink or Commonwealth Department of Human Services issued Health Care Cards are not entitled to travel on a concession fare.
Australians with a valid Seniors Card from any state or territory are eligible for a concession fare.
The Seniors Card is issued in Queensland by Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.
International Seniors cards and Senior Business Discount cards are not accepted.
Australian Defence Force Veterans (Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card Holders)
Queensland residents who hold a gold DVA Health Card - All Conditions within Australia with the prefix 'Q' are eligible for a concession fare.
The Gold Card is issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Cards issued interstate are not accepted and dependents listed on the card do not receive a concession fare.
Free travel is available to:
- children under 5 years of age
- Vision Impairment Travel Pass holders
- attendant carer of a Companion Card holder
- Travel Trainer Pass holders
- Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) Veteran/Extreme Disablement Adjustment (EDA) Veteran Travel Pass holders
- Student special program pass
Regional ferry services
Certain concessions are available to pensioners, seniors, veterans, people with disability, school students and children on regional ferry services. Please contact your local operator for details of the concessions offered.
Proof of eligibility
When travelling on a concession fare, you are required by legislation to have your valid concession entitlement card with you at all times. A driver or an authorised person may ask to see your proof of entitlement when travelling on services.
You will need to update your concession go card expiry date before your entitlement card expires.
When you touch on and touch off the card reader will display 'card expiry soon' for 30 days before your concession go card expires. You will also hear 3 short beeps and see a red light.
Other concession passes
The following concession passes are only accepted for travel on public transport in South East Queensland:
Taxi Subsidy Scheme
The Taxi Subsidy Scheme provides an affordable and accessible transport option for people with a disability who experience profound difficulties using other modes of public passenger transport.
For more information about public transport concessions, contact TransLink.
Note for Airtrain passengers
For information about concessions on Airtrain services, visit the Airtrain website or call 1800 119 091.
Note for long distance rail passengers
For information about concessions on long distance rail services, visit the Queensland Rail Travel website or call 1800 872 467.